How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Painter?

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When considering a fresh coat of paint for your office or commercial space, one of the primary concerns is likely the cost involved. Hiring a professional to do the job ensures quality and efficiency, but what does it entail financially? As more business and property owners seek commercial painting service, understanding the expenses of hiring a painter becomes crucial. 

In this guide, we’ll delve into the costs of hiring a painter, specifically focusing on the nuances of commercial painting services so you can make an informed decision for your establishment.

What Is the Average Price of a Painter?

Painting contractors charge for labor and materials. They should explain these categories in their estimates. Labor is typically 80%-85% of the total cost of a paint job. However, it would help if you asked your contractor how they calculate their rate.

Per Square Foot

Most painters charge between $2 and $7 per square foot for interior painting projects, including at least two paint layers. However, adding window and door trims, moldings, or painted exterior doors can increase costs.

Expect to pay more for painted millwork, such as cabinets or built-in furnishings. You can expect to pay between $50 and $100 per drawer or door face for kitchen cabinets.

A good range for exterior paint jobs is between $3 and $6 per square foot. This includes gutters, trim, windows, shutters, or other decorative elements. A painter will often calculate the total square footage and give you a quote for the entire job.

Calculating Square Footage

You can calculate your square footage to estimate the cost. To calculate the exterior cost, multiply the height of the home from the top of its foundation to the bottom roofline by the perimeter.

For interior calculations, measure the perimeter and multiply by the height. In both cases, you can subtract the area of doors and windows to get more accurate measurements.

Per Room

Professional painters may occasionally charge per room, but it’s rare. Hiring a professional painter to repaint an entire bedroom can range between $800 and $1,000, while large rooms, like living rooms or even larger spaces, may cost up to $3,000 or higher. These prices often include all necessary repainting.

Per Hour

You can ask for an hourly rate. It is rare for painters to provide one. Professional painters charge between $20 and $50 per hour for a simple paint job. They can charge up to $100 for a more specialized paint job or if you want to use a specific paint or paint level.

If you want to know the average cost of a painter before speaking with them, you can calculate it by dividing 150 square feet by 350. Be sure to allow time for the prep work, as well as for cleaning up.

Every Day

Day rates are the least common way professional painters charge. If you receive a quote this way, expect to pay between $200 and $500 daily. Remember that even a simple project can take longer than expected.

Additional Cost Factors

Paint is included in the materials that make up 15% to 20% of the professional painting cost. Other costs may be incurred if you need to test your home for lead paint or perform additional preparation and repair work.

Paint and Materials Costs

Depending on the brand, a gallon of paint for the interior can cost anywhere between $25 to $60. Exterior paint costs about 25% more per gallon. Professional painters will often be able to purchase paint in bulk, which can save you money. You can estimate the number of cans needed for your project by using how much paint one can cover.

The best way to ensure that your paint will last as long as possible and have the best finish is to buy the highest-quality paint you can afford. The type of paint, the finish, and other factors can also affect the price of paint. Water-based paint and oil-based are the two most popular types of paint.

Oil-based paints have a longer drying time but are more durable. They are also easier to clean. Enamels can be difficult to apply but are incredibly durable and easy to clean. They’re perfect for kitchens.

A good rule to follow when choosing the paint finish is that the higher the gloss, the more expensive it will be. However, the longer the paint will be. Wall surfaces are usually painted with a satin, matte, or eggshell finish, while millwork like trims, cabinets, and doors is painted in semi-gloss. To ensure that the finish will last, the higher the gloss, the better.

A second factor to consider is whether you need to prime. If you’re painting the same color over a previously painted surface and are using a 2-in-1 primer paint, then a light cleaning and sanding is usually enough. However, a regular primer will work if you are trying to paint a darker or unpainted wall, such as new drywall.

Repainting also requires other materials, such as drop cloths, tape, rollers, and spackle or wall caulking. Professional painters will already have these materials, but DIYers can expect to pay $50 to $200 for additional materials.

Lead Paint Testing & Remediation

Homes built before 1978 are usually required to be tested for lead paint. You can expect to pay $300 for a lead paint test. If lead paint is found, the painter or licensed professional must follow the regulations to remove or cover it.

You can expect to pay around $14 per square foot for paint removal. It may take a long time to remove all the paint. You can expect to spend around $5 per square foot for encasing, an option common with exterior siding paint.

Preparation Work

The cost of professional painting will include basic preparation work. However, additional repairs beyond light sanding or cleaning may increase the price. Preparing your surfaces and your space will help you save time, which can lead to saving money.

It is possible to save money and time by clearing the space before painting. Professional painters will usually move your furniture. Painting the space before or after moving in is often cheaper, as fewer surfaces must be covered and protected.

It is better to leave some preparation work to professionals. For example, removing old popcorn ceilings and cleaning mildew or moldy drywall. Notify your painter of any additional repairs or remediations so they can include them in their estimate.

Specialty Paint

A mural or trompe-l’oeil is another cost that can be unexpected. This technique, also known as “trick of the eye,” uses paint to create an illusionary perspective on walls or ceilings.

Most decorative paintings, such as adding metallic or textured designs, two-toned stripes, etc., will fall under the wheelhouse of a professional painter. Professional painters are the best to hire for more complex projects. You may need a professional painter for more complex projects, such as a mural. Depending on the artist’s skill level, this can cost up to $150 per square foot.

Does it Make Sense to Hire Professional Painters?

If you want to give your home the best possible look, a professional will guarantee you’ll be happy with the result. A professional painter can save you money and time by completing your project. They also have the right tools, materials, and expertise. The professional painter will offer advice on how to improve the space’s aesthetics with various options.

Tips on Hiring Professional Painters

Asking your friends and neighbors for recommendations is a good place to begin when looking for a professional painter. You can also do a quick online search to see reviews and ratings for local painters.

Compare each bid’s costs after receiving a few (we recommend three). It is important to compare the costs of labor and materials when reviewing a bid. It is acceptable to request a detailed breakdown if the costs are broken down differently. Even if the contract is very simple, it’s important to have a written copy.

Asking a few simple questions before hiring a painter can help you understand what you are paying for and if they will be a good match. Some good questions to ask are:

Are you covered by general liability or professional indemnity insurance?

  • Are you licensed and covered by insurance?
  • You can hire a freelancer or subcontractor to do the work.
  • You guarantee your work.

The most important thing is to make sure the professional you hire is insured and provides a guarantee. You can ask for the contact details of previous clients or a portfolio to get an idea of quality.

Before the work starts, you should decide on a plan of payment. Never pay the painter in advance. A downpayment of a third of the quoted price is more usual. Some painters will not ask for a down payment and may demand payment in full after the job is completed.

The Benefits of Hiring Professional Painters

It’s not impossible to paint your home. A professional painter is a great resource if you want to give your home a fresh look but need help knowing where to start.

Quality of Work

Hiring a professional is a great way to ensure you get a high-quality job. Talented painters know how to properly prepare surfaces properly, sanding and scraping as necessary so that the new paint adheres. The best painters can also match existing finishes or make your walls even more beautiful than they looked when you first painted them.

Completed on Time

A professional painter will complete your project quickly without any paint mistakes or messes. Professional painters know the tools and products needed to finish your project quickly.

Well Equipped

Hiring a professional painter with experience is the best way to achieve a perfect painting result. A professional painter will achieve the best painting results in the fastest. Professional painters with experience, excellent preparation, and the right equipment will guarantee that your paintwork will be done perfectly within the timeframe you expect.

Professional Painters: Alternatives

There are alternatives to hiring a professional.

You can save money by hiring a handyperson if you only need to paint a small space or don’t care about the quality of the finish. Small jobs can be as low as $25 per hour or $200 flat.

You can also hire student painters, who are always cheaper than professionals. This is an option, but it’s only recommended if they work under a foreman you trust who can supervise the job and guarantee a good finish.

You can also do it yourself. Painting yourself is a great way to save money if you have the time and are willing to pay for the equipment. A DIY project will take two to three times as long and produce a different result than a professional.


Hiring professional painters might seem like a significant upfront cost, but the investment is well worth the guaranteed quality and efficiency you receive. You can make a more informed decision by understanding the various factors that influence the cost of a painting job – from square footage to type of paint and preparation work. In most instances, relying on professional painters like The Repainters of Miami ensures you get the best value for your money with a job done right.

Keep quality high when giving your space a fresh look. Trust the expertise of The Repainters of Miami to deliver top-notch results every time. Contact us today to get started on your painting project.

Choose The Repainters of Miami for a flawless painting experience. Our professional painters are dedicated to ensuring you get the premium finish your home deserves. Book now and witness the transformation.

FAQs for Commercial Painting Service

Why should I hire the cheapest painters?

It can be tempting because 80% of painting costs are labor. Ask the painter what paint brand they use and ensure they will do two coats. Be sure to get a written guarantee of their work.

Will painters move my furniture?

It depends on the situation, but in general, yes. You will be charged for this time, and the cost will increase. You should ask about the company’s policy if something gets damaged during the painting process.

How much paint will I need?

One gallon per 350 square feet is a good rule of thumb. It is usually two to three gallons per bedroom. Five gallons are needed for larger spaces, such as living rooms, and one gallon can be used for small areas, like a bathroom.

Do painter’s quotes include paint?

The estimate from your painter will include the project’s total cost, including travel costs, preparation work, and paint. You’ll know the exact cost before deciding to proceed with the project.

How much does a painter charge per hour?

The cost of a painter per hour depends on your project’s location, size, and difficulty. Generally, you should pay between $20 and $70 an hour.

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The Repainters of Miami is a full-service painting company that has been servicing the South Florida area for many years. We offer both residential and commercial painting services to our clients. We are fully licensed and insured and our team of professional painters is experienced in all types of painting projects.

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If you're in the market for a fresh coat of paint, be sure to check out The Repainters of Miami! We offer free color consultations to help you choose the perfect hue for your home. Our experienced painters will work diligently to ensure your project is completed on time and within budget.

Smooth and Uniform Finish

One of the main reasons that our clients choose us for their painting projects is because we are able to provide a smooth and uniform finish. We take great care in preparing the surface of the walls before we start painting, and we use the best quality paints and finishes to ensure a beautiful finish that will last for years.

Flexible and Professional

In addition to our high-quality workmanship, we are also very flexible and professional. We understand that each project is unique and we work with our clients to ensure that their needs are met. We are always available to answer any questions or concerns that our clients may have, and we are always willing to make changes to the project if necessary.

Attention to Detail

One of the things that set The Repainters of Miami apart from other painting companies is our attention to detail. We take great care in ensuring that each and every painting project is completed to the highest standards. We understand that the smallest details can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of a painting project, and we work hard to ensure that our clients are completely satisfied with the final product.

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We are a full-service painting company that can take on any project, big or small. Our team of experienced professionals will work diligently to get the job done right – and on time.

We understand that choosing the right painting company can be difficult. That’s why we offer free estimates so you can make an informed decision before hiring us. Plus, we always stand by our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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