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How Much Does it Cost to Paint Baseboards?

$ Paint Baseboards: $1.75-$4 per linear foot $ $ Paint Window Trims/Frames: $25-$150 each $ $ $ Paint Trim/Doors: $45-$200 per side

The baseboard is the piece of wood located in the foot of the wall, between the floor and the wall, that is designed to protect it from dings and knicks.

Baseboards not only protect walls from damage, but they also add aesthetic value to homes, and come in a range of sizes from one to more than six inches tall.

Baseboards over time need to be repainted and sometimes even replaced depending on how worn out they are, but painting baseboards is not a favorite task for many.

What Affects The Price Of Painting A Baseboard?

The final price of painting baseboards depends on many factors like the contractor hired for the job, the type of paint used, the scope of the job, and the geographical area you live in.

The average professional contractor will charge $1.75 to $4 per linear foot to only paint your baseboards. 

Using as an example an average 1,500 square feet home, has approximately 500 linear feet of baseboards, which means the total to paint with a professional contractor will go from $875 to $2,000 or even more.

Painting trim and doors are not included in the baseboards painting price, and painting the trim and doors can cost from $45 to $200 per side.

Windows are also priced separately from baseboards, and painting window trims and frames can cost $25 to $150 each.

The paint used for these jobs can cost from $20 to $80 per gallon; but depending on the materials and whether it’s interior or exterior paint, the price can vary.

Things to consider

Before Buying

  1. It’s important to look for various contractors and ask for quotations depending on the length of your project to compare prices.
  2. You can also use online websites such as HomeGuide, Google, and the Better Business Bureau to look for a contractor’s reviews.
  3. Make sure that the company or contractor you hire is licensed, bonded, and insured.
  4. Ask the contractors for the warranty of the job.
  5. The quotations should include the materials and all of the necessary supplies to perform the job.
  6. Keep in mind that using multiple colors adds time and labor, which means increasing the cost.

When Buying

  1. If you have dirty baseboards that will require an additional cleaning and prepping service, which can increase the final price by more than $100.
  2. It’s important to know that if your home was built before 1978 it may have lead paint on the trim. If you have this type of paint on your baseboards and trims it will need to be scraped and removed by a professional painter or contractor, which can increase the final price of the job.

After Buying

  1. Painting will enhance and renovate the appearance of your baseboard and even your home overall appearance, but if the baseboards are too damaged you will need to replace them, which can make your price arise. Replacing the existing baseboards can increase the price from $0.05 to $2.00 per linear foot.
Giovanna Soto