Should You Do The Painting Yourself Or Hire A Professional?
There’s several questions to ask yourself before making the decision whether to hire a painter or do it yourself. What quality of work are you capable of? How much time is it going to take you? Do you have any painting equipment and how much is it going to cost by the time you purchase all the materials to complete the work?
The following items are the basic necessities for most paint jobs:
- drop sheets and/or large amounts of plastic
- rollers, trays and tray liners
- roller pole
- dust mask or respirator
- sandpaper and sanding poles
- caulking and filler, as well as the tools to apply it with
- possibly a primer, or a special sealant
A painter will already have all of this equipment. They also get paint and other materials needed for the job at a contractor rate which is substantially cheaper than what a home owner would pay. Taking all of this into consideration you may end up going through a lot of effort and expense in “doing it yourself” only to save a small amount of money in the end.
You can have confidence that a professional painting contractor knows how to do the proper preparation to the surfaces to ensure a long-lasting finish. Not only is the actual painting a lot of work, there are a lot of details to consider. You can easily become overwhelmed by all the roller choices, brush choices, what type of paint to use and what type of finish is best. Of course you can ask these questions and get the information from knowledgeable staff at a paint store, but again this all takes time.
Quality Of The Work
Can you achieve the high quality workmanship of a professional painter? The importance of experience can’t be overstated. We have often been witness to the mishaps of poor quality work. Improper surface finish or product failure can occur because the correct preparation work was not done. Common aspects of inexperience include rollers bumps into the ceilings and uneven surface finishes caused by improper rolling techniques. Wiggly cut in lines and over brushing onto the wall when trying to paint trim work are other common issues we see from lack of experience.
A professional painter leaves clean lines and cut ins. The painted surfaces will be visually attractive. The professional painter has gained valuable knowledge through practice and has many tricks of the trade to know how to get the best looking finish.
This is one area you don’t have to worry about when you hire a professional. You don’t have to deal with cleaning up the mess. The work will be done with as little disruption as possible to your household. Any unwanted leftover paint will be donated or properly disposed of along with all the other materials.
Amount Of Time
People are often astonished at how a professional painter can make such quick work out of what seemed like an insurmountable task to the homeowner. They do this everyday so naturally they can often finish the job in a fraction of the time. We have met many people throughout the years who are capable of doing a fine job of painting their own homes, others….not so much. Even if you can paint yourself sometimes it is best to hire a professional to do what they do best. This frees up your time to do what you do best or so that you don’t have any inconvenience to your schedule or free time. Do you really want to spend your precious weekends or holiday time to paint your home?
If you have interior or exterior work that involves getting up ladders, especially tall extension ladders or needs scaffolding or any other special equipment you might want to leave it to a professional. Your safety is not worth risking.