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Interior Painting

The cost of an interior painting job depends on a couple of factors. One is who you choose to do the job. It will obviously cost more to hire a painting professional than to do it yourself. Other factors contributing to the cost is the type and amount of paint you choose. A bigger room will most likely cost more than a smaller room, unless you buy a cheaper paint. A note on that-buying cheaper paint may save money in the short-term, but higher quality paint will retain its appearance longer, allowing you to go longer between painting projects.

Do-it-yourself Interior painting costs

Good, high quality paint can cost $35-$50 a can, and you really do want to get the best paint you can afford. Not only will it add to the appearance of your interior painting project, it will save you the trouble of having to paint again in a year or two due to inferior paint. As far as painting supplies go, you should spend the extra dollar or two on higher quality rollers and brushes to avoid lint in your paint or brush streaks. Diy interior painting of a 12'x12' room will cost you anywhere from $100-$200, including paint, primer and supplies.

Interior painting contractors' costs

A painting contractor's costs will be higher, approximately twice as much as doing it yourself. A 12'x12' room painted by a contractor will cost $200-$400. If the room is bigger, say 15'x20', it could cost upwards of $600. So why would anyone pay twice as much for something they could easily do themselves? One reason is the amount of time you have. If you work a 40 hour work week, finding the time to complete a project may not be possible. Unpleasant tasks such as prepping the walls and cleaning up afterwards should be included in the cost. Other reasons people may choose a contractor is that their walls are made of an uncommon material, or if the size of the room is just too overwhelming.

Ultimately, the decision to use a contractor or do-it-yourself is a matter of personal preference. Just be sure that no matter what option you choose, you research the project thoroughly and spend the time to find a good contractor if that's what you decide to do.