How Much Interior Painting Should Cost For Seniors

Painting the interior of your home can be a small and simple job, or a larger and more expensive proposition. It depends on the specific situation and needs of the homeowners or tenants. While many people will opt to do the job themselves, this is not usually practical or safe for seniors.

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Therefore, seniors look to having professional painters to do the work. These contractors can be quite expensive. If the job is small and simple, say repainting one small room that is already white with a fresh coat of white paint – then it might be safe to use just a “handyman” and save money. However, for bigger or more complex jobs, it is highly advised for seniors to use a trusted professional painting contractor. This is particularly true if you are changing the color of the existing paint, need kitchens and bathrooms done, or have damaged walls that need to be repaired before the painting is done.

In some localities, tenants are entitled to a simple interior repainting every three years or so, paid for by the landlord. Seniors who want to do the job themselves can often get a 10% or more senior discount for paint and painting supplies at larger hardware chains. Otherwise, seniors can shop for a senior discount offered by many painting contractor companies, typically between 5 – 10 per cent of the normal price. Discussed below are what the normal prices are for an interior paint job.


Factors That Affect The Costs

You will see below that there is a big range of the average prices for certain types of interior paint jobs. These prices are affected by some of the following factors:

– Location: Because labor costs are a major part of the overall price of the painting job, the average price is higher in urban centers compared to more suburban locales. However, in areas where there is little competition, this will usually increase the price.

– Condition: If the walls or other surfaces in the home are very damaged, this will increase the cost.

– Surface areas: Highly textured surfaces, tight angles and high ceilings will increase the cost.

– Color: it is much easier and faster, thus less expensive, for keeping the existing colors.

– Preparation: Moving the furniture away from the walls and doors and clearing all clutter in advance can result in a lower price.

Cost By Total Square Footage

As mentioned above, the average price range is wide due to the individual factors involved. That being said, the average price of interior painting is between $1 – $4 per square foot of the home. This is a more accurate price range for a paint job for all (or most of) the home’s interior. This equates to the following:

Size in sq.ft. Average Total Price

1,000 $1,000–$4,000
1,500 $1,500–$6,000
2000 $2,000–$8,000
2,500 $2,500–$10,000
3,000 $3,000–$12,000

Cost By Room

– Living Rooms: An average living room is about 340 square feet, but living rooms come in many shapes and sizes. Painting costs range from $600 to
$2,000 for these rooms—and don’t forget to take wall height into account when measuring. Painters charge more for rooms with high ceilings and for
difficult angles.

– Bedrooms: A typical bedroom is 132 square feet and typically has a great deal of plain wall space to cover. This means it may cost $300 to $800 to
paint, however a large master bedroom may cost up to $1,500.

– Kitchens: A kitchen may be large, but much of the wall space is covered up by appliances, cabinetry, or backsplash. Thus, kitchens usually cost a bit
less to paint, typically in the range of $200 to $750. However, painting of cabinets and backsplashes will increase this price.

– Bathroom: Bathrooms tend to be small, and shower or tub areas are usually finished in tile or acrylic. Therefore, bathrooms tend to be fairly
inexpensive to paint. A half-bath of 20 square feet may cost $50 to $150, whereas a master bathroom of 70 square feet may cost anywhere from $350
to $650. But high ceilings, backsplashes and tight areas will increase the price.

– Hallways and entryways: These areas of the home get a substantial amount of traffic and may require hardier and more expensive types of paint to
resist scratches and other kinds of damage. These areas may range in cost from $300 to $1,000 to paint.

Cost by Interior Surfaces

– Walls: If all you need painted are the walls, the cost will be fairly low. Usually, wall painting is quoted in the range of $1 to $2 per square foot of
surface area. If there are strange angles or unusual features attached to the wall, you may pay more.

– Ceilings: Although ceilings are a little harder to access, they aren’t high-traffic areas and so usually only require inexpensive paint. Ceilings may cost
$1 to $2.50 per square foot of surface area, depending on the texture of the ceiling and its height.

– Trim: A home’s interior trim consists of items like baseboards, wainscoting, and crown molding. The cost to paint it is measured in linear feet, and the
price can range from $1 to $3 per linear foot. This price puts the overall cost for a 1,500-square-foot home at $500 to $1,500.

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