Even though you may save some money in labor costs by completing house painting projects yourself, you need to consider the amount of time it will take for you to complete these projects. In some cases, it’s best to just hire a professional painter. For example, while it may take you a weekend to paint one or two rooms in your home, it will probably take a few weeks to repaint your entire house.
For larger painting projects, do your research to determine the cost of paint and equipment such as rollers, extenders, brushes, trimmers, painter’s tape, drop cloths, and other necessities. Contact one or two professional painters for an estimate. Depending on the scope of the project, you might find that a DIY house painting project might not save you as much money in labor costs after factoring in the cost for paint and equipment.
More than Just a Coat of Paint
Take a closer look at your walls. If your walls need to be scraped, sanded, or spackled to create an even surface prior to painting, hiring a professional painter is worth the money. If your walls are smooth and even, then you should be able to tackle the job yourself.
A Whole New Color Palette
If you’re making drastic color changes to the walls, you may need to apply a primer coat, followed by one or two coats of paint to adequately cover the previous color. Since this project will take much longer than a weekend to complete, you should consider hiring a pro. If you’re repainting the walls using a similar color, you can probably finish in a day or two (factor in taping and drying time).
Woodwork and Other Obstacles
If your home has lots of woodwork, cabinetry, built-in shelves, and other decorative features, repainting will require a lot of brushwork to avoid mistakes. A professional painter has a variety of brushes and, more importantly, the know-how to paint around these obstacles. A professional can also paint built-ins, moldings, trim, and other decorative features without leaving smudges and sloppy paint spots.
Exterior Painting Projects
Because exterior painting projects often involve large ladders, spray paint equipment, and the ability to reach some difficult areas such as awnings and decorative moldings, you should definitely consider hiring a professional – unless you have some experience in exterior house painting, or you are very limber and not afraid of heights.
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