Painting a ceiling

Most homeowners think that painting the interior of their home is a do-it-yourself job. But unless you have a lot of experience with a paintbrush, you may want to consider hiring a professional.

But professional painters cost money, and people want to know their home’s interior painting cost before committing to the project. This includes the cost to paint a room, the cost to paint a whole house, ceiling painting costs, and more.

For this reason, we’ve decided to create this blog post covering the cost to paint the interior of a house in and around Ann Arbor.

Interior Painting Costs In Ann Arbor

Professional interior painting costs in Ann Arbor can range from $500 to $40,000, depending on several factors we’ll touch on later in this post. The cost to paint a room can range from $500 to around $2,500. For whole homes, the interior house painting cost can range between $15,000 and $40,000 or more.

Area Being Painted Cost
Small bathroom $500 – $1,000
Ceiling $680 – $1,500
Kitchen $900 – $2,500
2,500 square foot home interior $15,000 – $20,000
3,500 square foot home interior $20,000 – $30,000
4,500 square foot home interior $30,000 – $40,000
Per room $950 – $2,000+

Interior Painting Cost Per Square Foot In Ann Arbor

Per square foot, the interior painting cost of a home in Ann Arbor is between $1.20 and $2.90, though the cost can go to $6.15 and higher. It depends on several factors that we’ll get into further down this post.

The Average Interior House Painting Cost

The average interior painting cost for an entire American home goes from about $15,000 for a 2,500-square-foot home to $40,000 and up for a 4,500-square-foot home.

Interior Painting Project Cost Per Square Foot

On average, the cost to paint the interior of a house in America is about $2.75 per square foot, ranging from $1 to $4 per square foot. This cost goes up to $4.69 if walls, ceilings, and trim are included. Repairs will cause it to go even higher.

The Main Factors Changing Your Interior House Painting Cost

Painting a two story living room

Size

The more area there is to paint, the higher your interior house painting costs will be. The less there is, the less expensive it is. It comes down to time, labor, and materials. Two-story and higher areas need special equipment to reach, and if our team needs to get on ladders, we pay them for the extra risk.

This also includes accessibility. If it’s hard for us to get our equipment in and set up, it’ll add to time and labor, which increases the cost to paint a house’s interior.

Project Scope

What does your interior painting project entail?

The more or less complex your project is will change the overall cost. This can include paint type, whether you’re changing colors or not, how many rooms, room type, and more. Textured walls and an accent wall will also add to the cost.

Color

Painting an interior ceiling

If you just want us to refresh the same color, that’s easy. Interior painting costs go up if you want us to paint over a stain or use a different color. It takes more materials and a slightly different process, adding to time and labor costs. You can see how we change the color of a living room for a client.

Damages

Sometimes we find damages that need fixing before or during a project. It’s mostly nicks, dings, and nail holes, though sometimes we find water damage and wood rot. We recommend fixing them before we paint so your interior walls look better, the paint lasts longer, and the repair costs aren’t higher later down the line.

Cracking or peeling paint counts as damage. We need to scrape it off before we paint, or it’ll lower the lifespan of the new paint. This increases time and labor costs.

Paint Quality

We prefer higher quality paints because they look better for longer. This means you won’t have to spend money hiring painters to walk around your house as soon. Lower-quality paints are cheaper upfront, but you’ll need to repaint them sooner (and they don’t look as good.)

House Location

Areas with higher costs of living will have a higher interior house painting cost.

DIY Interior Painting Costs

A couple DIYing interior painting

If you like painting your home or don’t want to hire a painting contractor, you can paint it yourself. It’s best to know how to paint walls yourself and how to calculate your interior painting cost before starting.

The Cost For Primer And Paint

Primer can cost anywhere from $10 to $30 per gallon. You can also buy 5-gallon buckets for $50 to $100 if you have a bigger project. Quality primer costs more but will help your paint stick better and thus last longer.

Paint gallons tend to sell anywhere from $15 to $60 per gallon. Premium paint is best because it’ll look better for longer, which means fewer painting projects in the future.

Common painting costs by quality are usually:

  • Lower quality: $15 to $35 per gallon
  • Mid-quality: $35 to $50 per gallon
  • Higher quality: $50 to $60 and higher per gallon

The types of paint sheen can also affect your interior house painting cost. You can choose between flat paint, eggshell paint, semi-gloss paint, and high-gloss paint. Flatter sheens tend to cost less, while high-gloss paint costs more.

The Cost Of Equipment

Equipment examples that add to interior painting costs

These are the ranges of costs for the equipment needed for painting a home interior:

  • Drop cloth: $5 to $30
  • Ladder (if needed): $80 to $300
  • Scraper: $5 to $20
  • Sandpaper: $5 to $30
  • Rollers: $10 to $20
  • Brushes: $3 to $20
  • Painter’s tape: $3 to $10
  • Paint trays: $3 to $5

Time Cost

Painting a house interior on your own will cost you time as well as money. You’ll need to remove anything not being painted, set up the area, paint, wait for it to dry, paint again, clean up, then move everything back in. It can take hours to paint an entire room, depending on the size and other factors.

How To Get A Rough Estimate On The Cost To Paint A Room

This assumes that one gallon of paint covers up to 400 square feet.

  1. Surface Area= (Length x Width x Wall Height) of the room – (Length x Width) of doors, windows, and other areas you aren’t painting
  2. 400/surface area= the number of gallons for one coat of paint
  3. Multiply this number by 2, and you’ll know how many gallons you’ll need for two coats of paint. Round up so you know you’ll have enough paint

Cost To Paint The Interior Of Non-House Living Spaces

Condo

Painting a red interior wall

In general, homeowners can expect to pay between $2,400 and $5,800 on average to have their entire condo painted by a professional painter. However, if you’re willing to do some of the work yourself, you can significantly reduce that cost.

As with most home improvement projects, there are a few factors that will affect the overall cost of painting the interior of your condo. These include:

Square Footage- The first and most obvious factor is the square footage of your condo. The larger your condo is, the more paint you’ll need, and the more time it will take to complete the project. As such, you can expect to pay more per square foot to paint a larger condo than you would for a smaller one.

Number Of Rooms- Another important factor is the number of rooms in your condo. While most homes have an average of eight rooms, some condos may have fewer or more depending on their size and layout. More rooms mean more time spent painting and thus a higher overall cost.

Type Of Paint- The type of paint you choose will also affect how much interior painting costs. High-quality paints tend to cost more than lower-quality options, but they also last longer and provide better coverage. As such, they are often worth the investment if you’re looking for a long-term solution.

Wallpaper Removal- Finally, if your interior walls are currently covered in wallpaper, you’ll need to factor in the cost of removal before painting can begin. Wallpaper removal can be a time-consuming and challenging task so it’s best left to professional painters. It will likely add several hundred dollars to your total bill.

You can see how we painted a condo interior in Ann Arbor.

Apartment

The average cost to paint an apartment interior in Ann Arbor will vary depending on a few factors, including the size of the apartment, the number of rooms that need to be painted, and the type of paint you choose. Generally speaking, you can expect to pay between $2,150 and $4,600 for professional painting services.

If you have a small apartment with only one or two bedrooms, you can expect to pay on the lower end of that range. For larger apartments with three or more bedrooms, you can expect to pay at the higher end of that range. If you want to use high-end paint or special finishes like Venetian plaster, you can expect to pay even more.

Common Areas

There isn’t an estimate for how much an interior paint job can cost due to the range of factors involved. You’ll need to get approval from your building’s board, coordinate building access for the painters, and work with your neighbors.

How To Save Money On Interior Painting Projects

You can lower your interior painting cost by following these tips:

  • Shop around for the best prices on paint and supplies
  • Choose lower-quality paint for areas that won’t get a lot of wear and tear
  • Paint smaller rooms yourself to save on labor costs
  • Use coupons or wait for sales at your local home improvement store

Tribble Painting Can Help You Love Your Home Interior Again

If you’re feeling stuck when it comes to your home’s interior or just want a fresh perspective, Tribble Painting can help. Our team of experienced and talented professionals can take on any painting project–big or small–and help you love your home again.

Fill out our contact form today and see how we can help you fall back in love with your space.