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.
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.
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.
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!