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? If not, how much is it going to cost to purchase all the materials to complete the work? To get an idea of what’s involved in quality done job take a look at our Interior Painting Services and Exterior Painting Services.
Equipment And Materials For A Basic Paint Job
- drop sheets and plastic
- roller cages and sleeves, trays and tray liners
- roller poles
- brushes, brush buckets and liners
- 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
- ladders, including specialty ladders for stairwells or other access areas
A professional painter will be well equipped with everything they need. They get paint and other materials for the job at a painting contractor rate which is substantially cheaper than what a home owner would pay. Taking all of this into consideration you have to decide if in the end it’s worth your time, effort and expense to do it yourself.
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. Painting is a lot of work and there are many details to consider from choice of roller sleeves and brushes to what type of paint and finish is best for your particular project. You can get this information from staff at a paint store, but they won’t be visually inspecting your property. A painter will see issues you may have overlooked and be able to assess if there is any special preparation required.
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. A poor quality outcome in the finished look or a product failure can occur because the correct preparation work was not done. Common aspects of inexperience include uneven surface finishes caused by improper rolling techniques, wiggly cut in lines, paint overlapping into the trim work or into the ceiling perimeter.
A professional painter leaves clean lines and cut ins, and surfaces that are visually attractive.
They have gained valuable knowledge through practice and have many tricks of the trade to get the best looking finish. They have ways to get into tight and hard to reach spots.
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. Garbage and empty paint cans will be taken away and recycled and disposed of. The work will be done with as little disruption as possible to your household.
Time And Efficiency
Homeowners are often astonished at how a professional painter can make such quick work out of what may seem like an insurmountable task to them. They do this everyday so naturally they are efficient at their job. We have met many people throughout the years who are capable of doing descent job of painting their own homes, others….not so much. Even if you can do a half descent job do you really want to spend your precious weekends or holidays painting your house? Or do you want to pick away at it in your spare time and have a project that should take a few days turn into weeks?
It may be best to hire a professional to let them do what they do best and you can concentrate on what you do best or do something that you actually enjoy.
There may be tall ladders required for interior work or tricky painting situations in stairwells. Exteriors may require heavy extension ladders or other special equipment. It’s not worth risking your safety if you’re not a person who is used to dealing with ladders. Leave this work to an experienced painting contractor.