If painting your home is at the top of your to-do list this year, you’ve probably already calculated costs and started saving. But before you cut a check, consider these money-saving tips.
1. Get competing bids
Before hiring a painter, get more than one estimate. Labor is the most expensive part of painting costs, so ask how many hours your specific project will take. If you get an estimate that seems steep, ask your painter which parts of the job you can save for a later date.
2. Use a contract
Make sure you get your cost agreement in writing before your painters start a project. The last thing you need is a price surge after the job is complete. Talk openly to your painting company to make sure you’re on the same page. This will prevent any surprise add-ons.
3. Do all or some of the work yourself
You don’t want to do an entire paint job yourself if you’re not a professional, but there might be some minor touch-ups or prep work you can do to cut costs. This may include things like moving furniture, cleaning the perimeter of your home, removing or reinstalling outlet covers, and other miscellaneous small tasks.
4. Don’t wait too long to repaint
Don’t wait until you see peeling and flaking to hire a painter. The longer you wait to re-paint your home, the more costly the job will be. If you hire someone for routine maintenance, you’ll be way better off in the long-run.
5. Consider your color scheme
By re-coating your existing colors instead of changing colors, you may get away with one coat of paint rather than two. Also, avoid very deep colors, or use them on trim or accents. Bright reds and yellows may require multiple coats. So if you must use them, ask about premium paints.
Darker colors look great on exteriors, but they fade more quickly than lighter colors, so you’ll have to repaint more often. If you think about you paint color strategically, chances are you’ll end up spending less.
The key to saving money on painting your home really comes down to talking openly with your painter. A professional company will guide you through your options, and work with you to meet your budget requirements. There are always ways to customize projects to deliver quality results without breaking the bank.
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