If you are like us, we are bombarded with ads from South Shore home improvement companies looking to paint your home.
But what about the costs of these services? They seem to vary greatly from estimate to estimate and company to company. How do you know if you are paying too much or getting a fair price? Do you pay more in Hingham or Duxbury and less in other towns? Not as far as we can tell. Here is all you need to know when you go to get a painting estimate.
According to new information put out by Home Advisor, the average cost to paint a room in the Boston area is $957 – $2,545, including walls, trim, doors, and ceiling. The cost to paint only the walls in an average size room (10X12) ranges from $380-$790, not including ceilings, trim or cost of the paint. Yikes, this seems like a lot!
However, there are numerous factors when a painter conducts an estimate:
What is the condition of the walls, trim and ceiling? Is there water damage, or are there cracks, warps or other issues? Is there missing or damaged trim? Repairing problem areas can take time to be done correctly. Carefully painting windows, trim and grills is painstaking work and needs to be done carefully; while typically requiring two coats of paint. This is why what you pay for your paint job could be vastly different from what your neighbors’ pay.
Overwhelmed yet? There is no need to be. Here are some guidelines to help you make sense of your painting estimate.
The size of the room is an important factor in determining the cost of professional painting. Average room sizes range between 300 – 400 square feet. When estimating the paint for such a job, keep in mind that a gallon of paint covers about 400 square feet (though the label claims it will cover 450 square feet).
Trim, Windows and Doors
As mentioned, trim, windows and doors require meticulous attention to detail and are very time-consuming. Usually, adding these components will double your cost when added to the cost of painting the walls only.
Prep and Prime
Preparing the walls and trim is the most important part of your paint job. Most likely your painter will need to patch and caulk holes and gaps. Rooms need clean, unblemished surfaces to look their best when painted. Be sure your painter preps the walls to perfection. If you are switching from a dark to light color, you most likely will need one to two coats of primer before the paint color is applied.
Generally, it will take a minimum of two gallons of paint to cover a room with two coats. At the highest end, the paint will cost anywhere between $30 and $60 per gallon and come in three different finishes: flat, semi-gloss or high-gloss. Painters will typically provide the supplies for a project, including the paint, brushes, and sundries, and includes these in the price.
|Behr||$31||up to $220||$30|
|Benjamin Moore||$55||up to $400||$66|
|Valspar||$31||up to $200||$20|
Hopefully, this helps clear up the guesswork when looking for a painting pro to paint your home! Was this helpful?