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What Does a Small Paint Job Cost?

When most people think about hiring professional painters, they imagine large-scale projects like painting the entire interior or exterior of the home. However, there are plenty of times when hiring professional painters is the best option for even a small job. Some small jobs are simply hard to do well, and others need to be done in a hurry in order to stage the home or sell it. Discover more about the average costs of small paint jobs and what to expect when hiring professionals for this task.

National Paint a Small Project Costs

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National Paint a Small Project Costs
Average reported cost $597
Number of Cost Profiles 5553 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $60
Maximum reported cost $1,400
Most homeowners spent between: $409 to $657

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Average Cost of a Professional Small Paint Job

Trying to pin down a specific number for the cost of a small paint job is not easy, and there are several variables to take into consideration. The size of the project may influence the total cost, but the intricacy and skill involved is also something to consider. On average, homeowners can expect to pay anywhere between $629 and $853 for a professional to tackle a small painting job in or outside of their home.

Exterior Small Painting Jobs

The overwhelming majority of small paint jobs undertaken by professionals are interior projects, but you may find the need to hire a professional for an exterior job. Whether for a fence or siding, determine whether the job will require a paint sprayer or if it can be done by hand. Fences, for example, can be completed with a sprayer and will be relatively quick, but painting an exterior shutter on the second story might take more time to be done by hand from a ladder.

Different Projects and How Long They Take

Determining pricing for small paint jobs has a lot to do with how long each project will take. Painting just 400 square feet of kitchen cabinetry, for example, takes upwards of eight hours, but painting the same square footage of ceiling will be done in less than half the time. Painting a standard interior door will take a total of two hours, it takes roughly one hour for each 50 feet of crown molding that needs to be painted and window casings take up to six hours apiece to paint correctly.

Last updated on May 16, 2016

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