Should I Hire a Painter or Do It Myself? The Pros and Cons of Both

Painting the interior or exterior of a home is one of the fastest ways to transform its look and feel. Paint colors affect people’s overall perception of a home, so it’s important to do the job right, whether on your own or with help from professionals. There is a big difference between a home with an attractive fresh coat of paint and one with a sloppy paint job.

Now you’re faced with a choice. How do you add visual appeal to a home with paint — do you take a weekend to do it yourself or do you rely on contractors? There are many factors that are sure to affect your decision, including costs, time commitment, and safety. When you’re asking yourself, “Should I hire a painter or do it myself?” take time to weigh your painting priorities.


The DIY Route 

There’s a point in most people’s lives where they are tasked with painting a room. When the job is complete, there is an inevitable sense of satisfaction that comes along with it. Sure, you’re not repainting the Mona Lisa, but it’s still work that involves some level of artistry and an eye for detail.

While it’s easy to feel proud of a job well done, it’s also important to reflect on whether the work was worth the effort. The answer will be different for everybody, and will likely depend on the following considerations:


Pros of Painting On Your Own

  • After collecting quotes from professional painting companies, you may find that the project costs less if you do it yourself. You have to consider: Your ability to do the work well, access to high areas, tools and also how high of a value you place on your property. If you find that the project is simple enough and does not require professional help, then it is possible to save money. The largest expense will be the paint itself, which typically runs for about $30-$50 per gallon. Primer is slightly less expensive, but you will need it for a high-quality application. The final expenses are the tools (brushes, rollers, the correct ladders, the correct tape, mud etc.) you will use when it’s time to start painting.
  • You can paint at your own pace when you do it on your own. If you’re not in a rush, you can complete the task in phases over several days to match your schedule.
  • Some people prefer the additional control of doing a job themselves.


Cons of Painting On Your Own

  • Even if you take your time and pay attention to small details, the quality of the work is unlikely to match what professionals can provide. Remember that painters dedicate their lives to understanding the nuances of painting prep work and quality control. It only takes a single mistake to detract from the look of paint.
  • Many people underestimate the time and effort it takes to paint a home. Lifting, reaching, climbing and bending repeatedly are all part of the process, and it can wear on a person’s body. An additional consideration may be if you enjoy your full-time job.  If you do, and are willing to work more hours at this job, it always pays to have a professional painter do the work for you (you normally make more working at your full-time job to offset the hours you would spend painting because professionals get more done in a shorter period of time and do it better).


Enlisting Professionals

When you choose a team like Complete Custom Painting, you are going with the sure thing. You can be certain the job will be done right, and on time. What you give up in control, you make up for in other areas.

Many people appreciate the convenience that comes with professional painting services. Others enjoy knowing the final result will look exactly how they imagine. If you’re considering enlisting professionals for your paint project, here are some things to be aware of:


Pros of Going with Pros

  • The results are more predictable. Clean lines and edges, a uniform color and overall neatness come standard with professional painters.
  • Homeowners enjoy minimal commitment when they leave the work to someone else. It’s possible to go about your day with little interruption while the painters make a room look amazing.
  • Unless you injure yourself signing a contract, there is zero risk of injury or strain on your body.


Cons of Professional Painting Services

  • It will cost more than going it alone. To some people, time is money, and they would not view this as a con.
  • If you are the type of person who has to be in control of every aspect of your home, enlisting professionals may feel like giving up a bit of oversight.


Best of Both Worlds

If you’re looking for a home painting solution that leaves the hard work to professionals, at a lower fixed rate, consider our Painter for a Day services. All you have to do is provide the paint, and we’ll take care of the rest. You don’t even have to provide the painting tools for the job, as we will bring our own. Interested in learning more? Contact us today to see how we can make your project easier and cheaper.

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