After you’ve picked out the perfect interior paint colors for your home, you’re going to be faced with a dilemma. You’re going to have to decide whether it is worth the time and money to paint your home yourself or whether it is better to invest in a professional painter. The answer really depends on a variety of factors.
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How much you want to spend
Professional house painters can be pricey, but it is important to know what you’re getting at that price. Most of the time, a professional will come to assess the space to determine how much paint is needed, what color will work best, and what type of paint you need before giving you a quote. They’ll also prep the room, bring the needed supplies, and clean up after themselves.
If you paint your own rooms, you won’t have to pay for the cost of labor, but you do have to factor in the cost of the paint and supplies. You also have to consider the fact that if the paint you choose doesn’t work in the space, you’re going to have to spend money to repaint the room.
The shape of your room
If you’re painting a small, square room, it can be easy to do the prep and painting yourself without special equipment. But if you’re dealing with a room with a vaulted ceiling or a two-story room, you’re going to need ladders of multiple heights, longer rollers, and paintbrush extenders. Consider whether or not it is worth it to buy this equipment.
A professional painting company will already have all the necessary supplies for any room, no matter how large or small or tall it is. They’ll be able to easily prepare the room, paint the walls, and paint the ceiling too.
What repairs are needed
Occasionally, a room might need some minor fixing up before it can be painted. If there are nail holes in the wall, they’re going to need to be filled in with spackling paste. If you have horsehair plaster that is starting to crack, you’ll need to remove any large crumbles, apply joint compound, and sand the area down. And if you have wallpaper, you’re going to need to get scrapping.
If you don’t know the first thing about wallpaper removal or the difference between horsehair plaster and regular plaster, your probably going to run into some difficulties while attempting your own repairs. Depending on the size of the room and the needed repairs, it might be quicker and most efficient to hire a professional. Most professional painters will have the ability to make minor repairs to your walls and to help you get rid of wallpaper.
What your skill set is
Anybody can buy a can of paint and slap paint on a wall. That doesn’t mean that they’re good at it. If you’ve never painted a room before, you run the risk of dripping paint onto your floors or ending up with unevenly painted walls. If you decide to paint your own interior, look up tips on choosing the right kind of paint and tips on how to prep a room.
A professional painter, however, will deliver high-quality results every time. They’ll know how to prepare a room so that you don’t end up with your paint splatter on your baseboards. And they’ll know how to evenly apply coats of paint. If you want to get it right the first time, opt for a professional instead of attempting to do it yourself. Also, if you’re having trouble deciding what color would work best in a space, a professional can give you suggestions.
How much time you have
Painting takes time. You’ll need to buy the needed supplies, prep the room, paint several coats, wait for each coat to dry, and then clean up the room and your equipment. And if you don’t know how to be efficient, this process can take up a large chunk of your time.
Professional painters have the skillset to quickly and efficiently move through projects. Plus, you don’t have to supervise them while they work. While they’re painting, you can be taking care of other household projects like cleaning the bathrooms or going grocery shopping.
There’s no right or wrong answer on whether or not you should do your own interior painting or if you should hire a professional. However, if you have no idea what you’re doing, a professional painter can save you a lot of time and frustration.