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DIY Painting or Hiring a Professional Paint Contractor?

Should You DIY or hire a Painting Professional?

Many homeowners think about painting their houses themselves as opposed to wanting to hire a painting professional. It’s a great sense of accomplishment when you DIY many projects, but when it comes to painting looks can be deceiving. It’s very tempting to go in and just throw some paint on your house.

If you are a professional then you know that it takes a lot of time, knowledge, and effort for the project to go smoothly and for your house to last for 10+ years before the next paint job. There are many factors that go into painting that many people do not realize. It could be the difference between your paint job lasting 1 year and your paint job lasting 15 years.

Does Hiring A Professional Save Money?

Once you factor in all costs, there is not much of a difference in the price between hiring a professional and painting your home yourself. Many people think that the cost is much cheaper to paint yourself than to hire a professional painting company. In order to fully understand the cost of not hiring a painting professional, you need to analyze how long the painting job will take you to complete. How many days of work that you need to take off to do the job? How many tools will need to be purchased? Are you considering all the plastic, tape, paper, and most importantly the cost of the paint? What about the cost of your time?

Painting does not going to take just a few days. The average house is going to take at least 80 hours of solid work to paint correctly. If you make $25 an hour that’s $2,000 of time off.

The paint and tools cost is on average $1,500 for a house painting job. If you add all that up then you’re already looking at $3,500 to do it yourself. And that’s not factoring in accidents or mistakes, and doesn’t come with any warranty on the work! 

Professional paint jobs can be more or less expensive than doing it yourself, depending on your situation. However, when using a trusted company you don’t have to worry about a thing. When you hire a painting professional you can ensure you will have a warranty and a high-quality paint job that lasts for many years.

Furthermore, Any and all accidents, injuries, or damages on the property will be covered and worked out with the company that does the job. If you are painting it yourself, then all those liabilities are covered by you. That could be even more expensive if you damage items in your house or get into an accident and have to miss more work. 

Tips for DIY Paint Jobs

  • Avoid Property Damage and Paint Spills

To avoid property damage be certain to use drop cloths over hard surfaces, mask items that you don’t want the paint to get on, and remove breakable items from the work site.  Also, be certain to follow all of the recommended safety precautions when working with ladders and other tools.  Many of these items are more dangerous than they appear.  

If you decide to DIY your home painting, check out our blog about the detailed process of painting prep work. Prep work is 80% of the job so make sure you brush up on your knowledge.

  • Cheap Vs Quality Paint

Using the best paint you can use is also very important. Using cheap paint to try to save money might actually cause you to lose money. Cheap-quality paint fades and chips sooner, which means you’ll need to paint again much sooner than if you use high-quality paint. Plain and simple, your paint will start fading, turning colors, and chipping fast if you use cheap paint. 

If you are DIY or just want to learn about the best paints on the market for long-lasting quality click here.

  • Knowledge

Another great thing about hiring a good paint contractor is they will be able to provide knowledge on what works the best, what kind of paint is recommended to be used and why, and many tips to ensure that your house is going to last. Even setting up an estimate and going through the process may give you more knowledge than you had that is very useful to have even if you are going to do the paint job yourself. 

Contact Us if You Decide to Hire a Painting Professional

We’ve covered many aspects of the benefits of hiring a painting professional versus deciding to DIY your home painting. If you’ve decided to DIY we hope it goes smoothly and your house looks fantastic!  If you’ve decided that it’s time to hire a professional, please give us a call at 720-807-9068 or click here to request a free estimate. 



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