How Much Should You Pay a Painter Upfront?

When you need a fresh coat of paint, whether on your home’s interior or exterior of your home, there are two options to choose from. You can either learn how to paint your kitchen cabinets or choose to hire a professional painter that does it all. Choosing to learn the process can be time-consuming and will cost more in the end. You may even abandon the project halfway due to your busy schedule or find yourself unhappy with the outcome. On the other hand, hiring a professional painter allows you to focus on more productive and rewarding projects or tasks that you are good at. If you have decided to hire a professional for your next painting project, you may face the nagging question of the appropriate amount to pay upfront. The question is tricky because you should never make an upfront payment to a painter or any contractor.

Standard Pricing

As a homeowner looking to hire a painting contractor for your next painting project, you should take your time to understand how the industry works. The first line of action should be to investigate the average market pricing. The prices charged by painting contractors vary based on several factors.

Some of the most important factors include location, materials to be used, the project’s scope, independent contractor or company, etc. After establishing an average and fair market price charged, you should then proceed to receive estimates.


Usually, you scout for a few good painting contractors that have what it takes to handle your project. Next, you invite them over to assess the project to be done and submit a price quote. Once this has been done, you can compare the quotes for service pricing and material choices. When selecting your painting contractor, you should be careful about their fees or prices. Choosing a contractor who is willing to accept less than the fair market value may not be a great idea. In most cases, cheaper services mean cheap outcomes. On the other hand, avoid overpriced services as they may, in the end, be a waste of your money.

Once a contractor has been selected, you need to know when the contractor will start the project and the estimated completion time. If the contractor cannot complete the project in a reasonable time frame, you may need to hire a different contractor to handle the job. If the contractor has requested an upfront payment based on the scope of the job, there are considerations to make. The contractor may use the upfront payment for personal reasons and then rush the job later, thus leaving you with poor-quality results. The contractor may also need the amount for the purchase of painting materials.

Stay Vigilant

To be on the safe side, you may either pay the quoted price for the estimated painting materials to be used or buy the materials yourself. Doing this removes any doubt and leaves you with the leverage needed for the painter to get the job done.