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Painters usually price a job by the square feet of the project. Sometimes they’ll include flat fees for fixed expenses, like overhead and permits.

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Interior painting makes for a doable DIY project. You can save some money and get a real sense of accomplishment by doing this yourself. And, with the right prep work – covering, taping and scraping – it’s fairly forgiving. But it takes a lot of time to move furniture, tape trim, prep the surface and cover your floor, let alone apply the actual paint. Instead, save yourself the time and hassle and find a local interior painter.

Leave exterior painting to the pros. Not only do you need to worry about the type and quality of the paint, you’ll also likely need a ladder and considerably more prep work. You’ll likely need additional equipment like ladders, scaffolding and possibly a paint sprayer. It’s almost cheaper to just hire a pro. Talk to a local exterior house painter about your project.

  1. Do your research. Understand what to expect and what to look for in a pro. Look at paint types, prices and costs.
    1. Interior home painting costs $1,000-$2,800
    2. Exterior painting costs $1,700-$4,100
    3. Painting a ceiling costs $150-$350
    4. Painting cabinets costs $350-$1,200
    5. Trim painting costs $500-$1,500
    6. Calculate paint coverage
  2. Call pros for site inspections and estimates. Always get three to five estimates.
  3. Check references, compare quotes, look at past work. After you have estimates in hand, do one final pass to compare the contractors.
  4. Sign a contract with the pro of your choice. You might need to make a down payment, usually 25% to 50% of the total project cost to cover material costs, but not all pros require this. Don’t pay for the entire project upfront.

  • A complete inspection. Each pro takes a walk around your home to evaluate the condition of your current paint, the size of the job and any obstacles for accessing the site. They do this to see how much prep work they’ll need and estimate how long the job will take. The more thorough the inspection, the more accurate the quote.
  • Color consultation. Expect each contractor to have varying color options and suggestions. However, you have the final say.
  • Listen to the pro – they’re experts after all – but don’t get pushed into a color combination or finish type that you don’t want. Understand the different exterior paints or interior paint choices before your pro arrives.
  • A rough estimate or complete quote. Finishing contractors vary here. Usually, they can quote straightforward projects on the spot. But some may need to take it back to their shop to run numbers and give you a detailed estimate with costs broken out. Neither method is better than the other, but just make sure to get multiple quotes.

  1. How long have you been in business? A long business history helps you avoid shoddy companies. It’s hard for a service business to stay in business if they don’t do good work.
  2. Are you licensed and insured? Not all states require a license for painting homes, but many do. Always use one that’s insured.
  3. Do you belong to any professional organizations? You’ll find many online, like the Painting Contractors Association or the Finishing Contractors Association?
  4. Do you have other work I can look at? Always check a portfolio or, in the case of painters, it’s better to look at work they did a few years ago to see how well it’s held up.
  5. How long will the job take? Get a rough estimate but get it in writing.
  6. How many people are in your crew? This is especially important if you work remotely. More people generally means more noise, but they’ll be done faster.
  7. Will I be in the way if I’m home during the painting? You usually won’t be in the way, but this question helps you understand what to expect while they’re working. They’ll need to lay down coverings and do a lot of prep work.
  8. Do you guarantee your work? Never hire a painter who doesn’t guarantee their work. This often means they’ll rush the prep work, since peeling never happens right away.
  9. What type of paint do you use, and how long is it rated to last? Different rooms need different paint and the exterior needs exterior paint. It comes in different grades with different guaranteed lifetimes.
  10. Can you supply a written estimate and contract? Never use a painter who isn’t willing to put his work in writing.

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Recent Job Requests for Painting Contractors in Vancouver, WA

  • NewProject: Exterior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Vancouver, WA
    Date: 12/06/22
    Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Square Footage: Under 1500 sqft
    Surface Material: Wood
    Number of Stories: One story
    What do you want to paint?: More than half of the home exterior (3-4 sides)
    Wall Condition: Fair - Has cracking, peeling, or wood rot that likely needs repairing
    Comment: We are in need of some fresh exterior paint on our house. We are getting ready to sell it and may also need some repair work done on the siding. There are some cracks and missing pieces.
  • NewProject: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Vancouver, WA
    Date: 12/06/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Desired Completion Date: More than 2 weeks
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Number of Rooms: 3 - 4
    What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: Under 1500 sqft
    What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft
    What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied
    Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Very Good - Looks new and requires no repairs
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Kitchen
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Hallways
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Dining Room
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Living Areas
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Trim
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bedroom(s)
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bathroom(s)
    Comment: Doors and trim are dark oak stain. Walls are neutral beige. I want white to off white for all.
  • NewProject: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Vancouver, WA
    Date: 12/06/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Number of Rooms: 5 - 6
    What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: Under 1500 sqft
    What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft
    What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied
    Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require patching
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Kitchen
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Ceiling
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Dining Room
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Living Areas
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Trim
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bedroom(s)
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bathroom(s)
  • NewProject: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Vancouver, WA
    Date: 12/05/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Number of Rooms: 7 - 8
    What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: Under 1500 sqft
    What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft
    What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied
    Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require patching
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Whole House
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Other / I don't know
  • NewProject: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Vancouver, WA
    Date: 12/04/22
    Historical Work: No
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Trim
    What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Other
    What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: 1500-2500 sqft
    Location: Home/Residence
    Number of Rooms: 3 - 4
    Are you interested in financing?: No
  • NewProject: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Vancouver, WA
    Date: 12/02/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Number of Rooms: 1 - 2
    What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: Under 1500 sqft
    What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft
    What is the occupancy of the house?: Empty of furnishings and unoccupied
    Which best describes the condition of your walls?: I'm not sure - We'll help you determine this later
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Trim
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bedroom(s)
  • NewProject: Exterior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Vancouver, WA
    Date: 12/02/22
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    What do you want to paint?: Other
    Surface Material: Wood
    Square Footage: I don't know
    Comment: Need my trim painted and a little repair
  • NewProject: Exterior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Vancouver, WA
    Date: 12/01/22
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Square Footage: Under 1500 sqft
    Surface Material: Other / I don't know
    Number of Stories: One story
    Wall Condition: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require repairs
    What do you want to paint?: More than half of the home exterior (3-4 sides)
  • Project: Exterior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Vancouver, WA
    Date: 11/29/22
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Square Footage: 1500-3000 sqft
    Surface Material: Other / I don't know
    Number of Stories: Two stories or more
    Wall Condition: Excellent - Like new and requires no repair
    What do you want to paint?: More than half of the home exterior (3-4 sides)
    Comment: Painting exterior of the house. About 2200 sq feet home.
  • Project: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Vancouver, WA
    Date: 11/28/22
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Whole House
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Ceiling
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Trim
    Location: Home/Residence
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Number of Rooms: 9 or more
    What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: Under 1500 sqft
    What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft
    What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied
    Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require patching
  • Project: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Vancouver, WA
    Date: 11/28/22
    Historical Work: No
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Trim
    What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Other
    What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: 1500-2500 sqft
    Location: Home/Residence
    Number of Rooms: 3 - 4
    Are you interested in financing?: No
  • Project: Exterior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Vancouver, WA
    Date: 11/27/22
    Wall Condition: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require repairs
    Surface Material: Stucco
    Number of Stories: Two stories or more
    Square Footage: Under 1500 sqft
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    What do you want to paint?: Other
  • Project: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Vancouver, WA
    Date: 11/26/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Number of Rooms: 1 - 2
    What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: 1500-2500 sqft
    What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft
    What is the occupancy of the house?: Empty of furnishings and unoccupied
    Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require patching
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bedroom(s)
  • Project: Exterior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Vancouver, WA
    Date: 11/26/22
    Wall Condition: Excellent - Like new and requires no repair
    Surface Material: Wood
    Number of Stories: Two stories or more
    What do you want to paint?: Shutters and / or a front door
    Square Footage: Under 1500 sqft
    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
  • Project: Exterior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Vancouver, WA
    Date: 11/25/22
    Desired Completion Date: More than 2 weeks
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Square Footage: 1500-3000 sqft
    Surface Material: Wood
    Number of Stories: One story
    Wall Condition: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require repairs
    What do you want to paint?: More than half of the home exterior (3-4 sides)
  • Project: Paint or Stain Small Projects
    Location: Vancouver, WA
    Date: 11/25/22
    New color: Multiple colors
    Location: Home/Residence
    Historical Work: No
    Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Property Owner: Yes
    Quantity of cabinet doors: 10 - 19 Doors
    Location of cabinets: Kitchen cabinets
    Comment: We are moving into our new house the beginning of December but would love to paint the cabinets before the movers get here
  • Project: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Vancouver, WA
    Date: 11/21/22
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Location: Home/Residence
  • Project: Paint or Stain Small Projects
    Location: Vancouver, WA
    Date: 11/21/22
    New color: Don't know
    Features to be painted/stained: Exterior siding
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Historical Work: No
    Location: Home/Residence
    Property Owner: Yes
    Type of project: Paint
    Comment: I would like to get an estimate for exterior painting arounbd the 2nd floor of my house

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