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    DF
    Arlington, VA·

    Painting, Framing, Drywall

    "Two Projects - recessed lights with ceiling painting and door installed in the hallway. Edward was excellent to set up and communicate with; he returned to complete the job to perfection. I added a 3rd task to fix a broken doorbell, which he did on the spot at a reasonable price. I will use him for future work and highly recommend him."

    Pamela M. in December 2022

    J.M.R. Contractor Logo

    "I trusted them with a small project and now will trust them with larger projects."

    Calvin A. in December 2023

    Topline Home Renovations, LLC Logo
    Oxon Hill, MD·

    Kitchen & Bath Renovations, Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath Renovations , and 1 more

    "Clear communication & timeliness of project completion. I had a custom blind install done in my bedroom."

    Nedra M. in December 2023

    PC

    In business since 1998

    About us: "When it comes to painting your home's interior or exterior, you need professional results. Your home deserves high-quality service and an impeccable finish. We hope you consider us for your next project and take advantage of our best prices of the season!"

    GS
    Washington, DC·

    Painting, Remodels Bathroom and Kitchen, Bathroom Remodels , and 1 more

    "They painted my whole apartment and it looks beautiful"

    Trish E. in November 2023

    Handres Construction, LLC Logo
    Silver Spring, MD·

    Soft Washing, Painting, Gutters Maintenance , and 2 more

    "HAndres arrived on time as scheduled. They communicated thoroughly about the process to be performed. Their workmanship was outstanding and even provided before and after pics. Very professional service."

    Everett K. in December 2021

    Chaca's Home Improvement Logo
    Fairfax, VA·

    Home Improvement Projects, Junk removal, Painting

    "They provided excellent job on the power wash and painting of my porch. They went extra mile by also cleaning the sections of the porch that wasnâ t included so I really appreciated that. They are very professional and communicated well on timing. This is short notice for them to do the work because my former contractor didnâ t do the job so they came to the rescue. Highly recommended"

    Angelo H. in August 2021

    Diaz Painting Logo
    Annapolis, MD·

    drywall, painitng, house cleaning , and 2 more

    "This was an amazing job, everything was left with a new style. I love it."

    Disney A. in August 2021

    DS
    Washington, DC·

    Remodeler, Handyman

    "Mr. Cordon was knowledgeable, professional, thorough, a pleasure to deal with, and completely fair, even recommending a fix that required no labor as an alternative to the re-do we thought was necessary.We will call him first for all home projects in the future."

    Cheryl B. in December 2019

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How much do painting & staining companies typically cost?

  • Washington, Washington DC Average
    $789
  • Typical Range
    $411 - $1,360
  • Low End - High End
    $200 - $2,000

Frequently asked questions

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.

We make finding a painter easy. Simple use our directory to find a painter. Here you can browse local pros, check their reviews and do your first screening without ever having to call. We’ve also prescreened all the pros for you, to give you peace of mind.

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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    • Project Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 02/03/24
      New color: Darker than existing color
      Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Location of cabinets: Entertainment center cabinets
      Quantity of cabinet doors: 20 - 29 Doors
      Location: Home/Residence
    • Project Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 01/29/24
      Desired Completion Date: Within 2 weeks
      Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
      Check off each feature that will need to be painted/stained. (Check all that apply).: Interior door(s)
      What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall
      Comment: Customer did not provide additional comments. Please contact the customer to discuss the details of this project.
    • Project Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 01/28/24
      Desired Completion Date: Urgent (1-2 days)
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Check off each feature that will need to be painted/stained. (Check all that apply).: Interior door(s)
      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
      Check off each feature that will need to be painted/stained. (Check all that apply).: Other
      Comment: "Other" includes windows.
    • Project Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 01/27/24
      New color: Darker than existing color
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
      Location of cabinets: Kitchen cabinets
      Quantity of cabinet doors: 1 - 9 Doors
      Location: Home/Residence
    • Project Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 01/27/24
      Features to be painted/stained: Other
      Location: Home
      Comment: We just need trim exterior (several faux shutters) paint and a door painted.
    • Project Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 01/24/24
      Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
      Check off each feature that will need to be painted/stained. (Check all that apply).: Other
      Comment: Customer did not provide additional comments. Please contact the customer to discuss the details of this project.
    • Project Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 01/21/24
      Desired Completion Date: More than 2 weeks
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Location: Home/Residence
      Comment: Stain an antique couch a different color
    • Project Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 01/21/24
      Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
      What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Ceiling
      What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall
      Check off each feature that will need to be painted/stained. (Check all that apply).: Other
      Comment: Want to get an estimate for paint and minor patching of holes of our condo. Worked with you before for our townhouse and we really like the work you have done. Once the estimate is done, we can follow up to see if the prices are right for us.
    • Project Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 01/19/24
      New color: Darker than existing color
      Location of cabinets: Kitchen cabinets
      Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Historical Work: No
      Quantity of cabinet doors: 10 - 19 Doors
      Location: Home/Residence
      Comment: I need to paint some cabinets 15 in total made wood.
    • Project Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 01/15/24
      New color: Same or similar to existing color
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Historical Work: No
      Items to be Painted or Stained: Other
      Location: Home/Residence
      Comment: I would like to get an estimate for removing a popcorn ceiling from apartment that i own , Remove popcorn ceiling . its older than 10 years. its partially 700 sq ft. after that paint the ceiling . project to be done next week. xs ceiling paint
    • Project Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 01/13/24
      Check off each feature that will need to be painted/stained. (Check all that apply).: Other
      What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall
      Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
      Desired Completion Date: More than 2 weeks
      Check off each feature that will need to be painted/stained. (Check all that apply).: Interior door(s)
      Comment: Customer did not provide additional comments. Please contact the customer to discuss the details of this project.
    • Project Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 01/13/24
      Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Location: Home/Residence

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