How Much Should You Pay a Painter Upfront?

The question “How much should you pay a painter upfront?” is one of the most common inquiries that I receive from my new and established painters. It’s not surprising because most artists have never been asked that question before. The real question is, “How much should you charge your customers, and how much should you be willing to take in return for the work done.”

Estimating Work

Here’s my advice: Don’t do it. Don’t try to wriggle out of paying anything until the job is done. There are always good arguments to be made about estimating work based on cost. There’s nothing wrong with that per se; it’s just not a good way to go about painting.

Contractors &Sub Contractors

You’re going to get the best estimate of what it’s going to cost to paint an interior wall when you ask for bids from all the contractors and subcontractors who will be working on the project. Ask each of them for their bid upfront. Please don’t be shy about asking for the total amount they’ll be charging you. That’s a starting point. If you assume that every estimate is the same, then you’ll be overcharged.

Ask each of the contractors and subcontractors to furnish you with a written proposal for the project. Ensure that it includes everything that the interior painter will do, complete with a breakdown of what each phase of the project will entail. Ask for copies of these proposals as well, don’t wait until after you’ve agreed to hire the interior painter to ask for them. A good negotiator makes it easy for their client.


Once you’ve reviewed the bids, go back to the painter and ask if there are any hidden costs or fees that have not come up in the descriptions. Sometimes hidden fees and expenses that you weren’t aware of sneak up on people. Don’t be afraid to ask about this, and an excellent professional will be honest with you. Just because the job costs more doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily better quality work.

Interior Painter

Another question to ask the interior painter is what will happen if you get a lower price than initially quoted? Often a lower price is just the beginning of a drawn-out battle over who gets the job done. Will they lower it just because they’re trying to undercut you? Will they try to give you a discount just because they’re hoping you’ll settle. The last thing you want to do is get stuck with a contractor who doesn’t do his job, won’t do his best work, and leaves your house looking less than perfect. A good contractor will treat you well right from the start and give interior painters ann arbor you the best possible result.

Several Factors

How much should you pay a painter upfront? It’s really up to you and depends on several factors. Of course, the price is essential, but don’t let it be the only deciding factor. It’s better to find a good quality contractor who does a reasonable job for a fair price, and this will make the project enjoyable rather than one that’s a struggle.

Final Word:

You want a painting contractor who isn’t going to raise the price at the last minute, stay within his price range from start to finish, and isn’t going to give you a run around either. You also want to make sure they have references and can provide you with contact information. Ask the contractor for references and visit their connections to see if they can provide you with quality work. If they cannot provide you with a quality estimate, you probably want to go elsewhere to find a qualified and reputable contractor to do your painting.