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When people see the potential price tag for hiring professional painters to paint their home, they may balk. Exterior paint jobs can climb into the thousands, while interior painting can often cost $500 or so per room, depending on the size and scope of the job. For most people, that’s not an easy chunk of money to part with, so it’s understandable to consider whether you can save some cash by doing it yourself rather than hiring a professional company to paint your home.

However, it’s definitely worth your while to consider the benefits of hiring a professional to get the job done. We’ll go over those considerations below.

Do Professionals Paint Better?

Time Investment

There’s no way to get around the fact that painting a home takes time. Especially for exterior house painting, you can expect to lose multiple evenings and weekends to getting your home prepped, sanded, primed, painted, and finished. Some people really enjoy home improvement projects and won’t be deterred by giving up their free time to paint, but many others just don’t have the time or desire to do the job. That’s okay! Professional painters will not only do the job if you don’t have the time, they’ll be able to do it more quickly, both because they’re more practiced and because they usually work with a team of people.

 

Cost

It may seem easier and more cost-effective to buy paint yourself and do your own labor, but you should still sit down and do the math. You might save some money buying paint yourself, but you have to be sure you’re buying the right paint for the job, and you may also have to invest in primer, finishes, and tools. Exterior paint is pricier than interior paint, and those costs can start to rack up. Your labor might be free to you, but you may still want to consider if it’s worth it. We mentioned the time investment above, so remember that a big part of the cost of hiring a professional is in the labor they perform. Is it worth it to you to do the labor yourself? You may find that when you break down the cost, it’s not such a sticker shock to hire the pros.

 

Scope of the Job

Some paint jobs are relatively simple. You may want to repaint a small bedroom or touch up a few doorframes. No big deal, right? Probably not. Smaller projects are perfect for DIY projects. It’s when you start to get into the bigger jobs, like painting the exterior, where it gets more complicated. Unlike interior painting where you can simply paint over old paint, exterior painting requires a lot more prep. You have to clean, remove old paint, and sand down the surface. You may also need to remove and replace old caulk and treat door and window frames to keep water out, and that’s all before the first coat of new paint goes on. For bigger projects, professional painters have experience and tools that you don’t, allowing them to do the job right the first time and avoid any costly mistakes.

 

Clean Work

Inexperienced painters can definitely do a good job with a painting project, but you may also find out it’s a lot tougher than it looks. Have you ever been in a home where the lines aren’t clean, or the paint is lumpy or patchy in places? That’s a mark of inexperience, and it can be avoided by working with a professional. The pros can easily match any paint color, and they’ll be able to touch up trim easily to give everything a crisp, uniform look. If you’d like any creative work done, like an accent wall or stencil, you may want to leave it to a professional painter.

 

Keep these things in mind when you’re deciding whether hiring a pro is worth it. Have questions? Call us anytime!

Preparing Your House for Exterior PaintIn order to give your house painter the best base for exterior paint, you’ll want to do some prep before they arrive. Doing so will ensure your paint job lasts longer and looks better. It’s well worth your while to get outside for some preparation before the painters arrive!

Your first step is cleaning. A clean surface will ensure a smooth, even paint job that stays where it’s supposed to. The best way to wash off a season’s worth of dirt and buildup, as well as reach hard-to-reach places, is with a pressure washer. If you don’t own one, you may be able to borrow one from a neighbor or rent one nearby for a reasonable fee. You should always be careful using one — the highly pressurized water is excellent for removing built up dirt, but can actually damage wood or break windows if the pressure’s too high. Or hurt anyone who gets in the way of the water! Make sure you follow the instructions carefully and use appropriate cleaning solutions if you choose to.

Give yourself plenty of time to watch the house and let it dry — at least 24 hours, or more in cool weather. Once your “canvas” is nice and clean, do a quick visual inspection to note any areas where there’s loose paint. Using a wiry brush or palette knife, brush or scrape of flaking paint. You don’t have to get it all off, the main goal is to create a nice even surface for the new paint so it’s not lumpy. Once you’ve removed the flakey paint, you can use a sand block or plain sandpaper to sand the surface smooth if it’s still uneven. Old caulk can also cause issues for a new coat of paint, so be sure to keep an eye out for it and remove it. Just remember that whatever you remove, you should replace! Failing to replace removed caulk could result in water damage, especially around doors and windows.

If there are any damaged areas of the home, particularly windows, you should repair or tape them before paint is applied. Any caulk, putty, or glaze that’s applied anywhere should be given ample time to dry, or cure if necessary.

Discuss with your painters whether they’ll be bringing their own primer or if they expect you to prime. Most professionals will be happy to do the priming work and bring drop cloths to protect the area surrounding your home and any flowers or vegetation you have. For any particular spots where you don’t want people walking due to sensitive plants, be sure to communicate clearly with your contractors beforehand. It’s also helpful to tie back tree branches, bushes, or shrubs that usually brush up against the house so that the painters don’t have to move them out of the way and possibly break them.

Your house is now clean and ready for a fresh new coat of paint! To keep your home looking its best, it’s a good idea to have it repainted every 4-6 years, but for some areas you can go as long as 10 or 15 before the house starts showing true signs of wear. Regular exterior cleaning and repair will also help with water damage, pest problems, mildew, and wood rot. It’s definitely worth it to keep your house painted and maintained.

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How to Make Cabinets Look New AgainThere’s no getting around the fact that renovating a kitchen is expensive. It’s not uncommon for renovation budgets to climb up to $10,000, $25,000, or even $50,000, depending on how much you’re renovating and upgrading. That is a healthy chunk of change, and one that not everyone can afford to drop. Thankfully, there are other ways to give your kitchen (or bathroom) a facelift without dropping tens of thousands of dollars. One excellent way to immediately improve the look of your kitchen is by refinishing your cabinets.

When you walk into someone’s kitchen, you can often tell at a glance when it was last renovated, or if it’s still rocking original fixtures. Out of date colors and styles can date a room something fierce, whether that comes in the form of 50s-era basic walnut or 70s-era yellow Formica. If you walk into your own kitchen and automatically feel like you’ve stepped into a different decade, it’s probably time to update. Don’t leap immediately to replacement, though! If your cabinetry is still functional and well-constructed, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t work with what you already have and give it a fresh, modern feel.

If there’s one telltale sign of a cabinet’s age, it’s the door and hardware. Every era had its own style, and that age shows plain as day. So, first things first: remove those doors. Today’s styles are sleeker, often featuring glass to display the contents. Visit your local hardware store to see what they have on display and find some fixtures that work with the style you’re going for.

Once you have your new doors and hardware selected, you can figure out how you’d like to treat the existing frames. Are there any you’d like to combine, or shelves you’d like to place or remove? What will be stored in each section? Take some time up front to plan everything out so that you’re going in knowing exactly what you want. Next, consider the color of your cabinets. Depending on what you’re doing with the doors, you may want to paint the frames a specific color, like white or black. If you’d prefer to stick to natural wood, there are tons of options for stains these days. It’s always more difficult to remove color than add it, so bear that in mind.

Consider a satin finish paint — you’re unlikely to want glossy cabinets unless you’re going for a very specific look. This is a multi-day project, so take your time treating, priming, and painting the frames (and doors, if you choose). Let everything dry completely before moving on to the next stage. If you’re staining the wood, make sure you use a proper finisher, as well. Invest in high-quality tools for the best look!

You can attach the finished doors to the finished frame with new or existing hinges. To hide old hinges, go for doors that are slightly larger than the old ones, but be careful not to exceed the frame. There are all kinds of fine touches you can add to make sure your cabinets look fantastic — from sanding down rough spots to updating the cabinet interior.

If you’d like help or guidance, you can always call on PaintRite Pros to get the job done right. Our professional paint jobs won’t leave you wanting!

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