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How Much Does it Cost to Hire an Interior House Painter?


By Jennifer Whitehead



You’ve been leafing through the latest issue of your favorite home improvement magazine, and you come upon a plethora of inspirational paint schemes. They make it look so easy and offer multiple assurances that you can do it yourself, but you know you will end up wearing more paint than will make it on the walls.



Whether you’ve become inspired to paint your interior walls, ceilings, windows or trim, you will achieve the best results if you use a professional painting contractor. So how much does is cost to hire a professional interior house painter? The only way to know is to get cost estimates, and using a matching service is an efficient and convenient way to locate a local professional who will estimate the cost for you. Without leaving the comfort of your computer, you simply answer a few simple questions, and the matching service will identify three or four local, qualified professionals who are interested in your interior house painting project. One of the questions you will be asked is how quickly you want the work performed. If you make the matching service aware that you are simply seeking estimates, the contractors will be fully aware that you are still in the “contemplation phase.”

Before you know, the contractors will begin calling. As you take a few minutes to talk with them, ask yourself: Are they personable? Do you feel that they understand your needs? Are they aware that you are still “shopping” and are not “ready to buy”? Maybe they are willing to give you a discount if you are flexible with your scheduling? Take a moment to browse their company websites, read customer reviews and see if other customers had a good experience. Be sure they are licensed, bonded and insured.

Eventually, the contractors will offer to visit your home for a first-hand look at the project. Have a list of questions ready, so you are able to interview each contractor in a similar manner. Make notes of their responses, so you have something for future reference. After that, all you have to do is sit back and wait for the contractors to begin submitting their cost estimates.



Once they are presented, compare the various cost estimates to see where you are getting your best value. Remember, the cheapest isn’t always the best! Also, make sure to note whether the bottom line includes materials. If not, you may have to factor in the additional cost in order to compare estimates. It’s often more economical to allow the painter to purchase the paint and other materials because they are able to purchase them at a discounted rate.

When you are ready to move from “shopping” to “buying,” you will know exactly how much it costs to hire a professional interior house painter because you received costs estimates from several professional contractors. Best of all, you’ll get your house painted, and you won’t be wearing any paint!



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Jennifer Whitehead, JW Professional Services
Jessup, MD 20794

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