Painting Your Home: DIY vs. Hiring a Professional

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When it comes to painting your home, it may be tempting to pull up a YouTube video rather than invest in a professional service. While some people have the background to take on a painting job, hiring an experienced painter could be a better choice for many reasons.

Here’s what to consider before embarking on a DIY painting project of your own.

Pros of DIY Painting

Cost

A big reason people consider painting their own home is to save money. It’s true that DIY jobs will cut your bill down by quite a bit. However, you will still need to buy all your own painting supplies, brushes, and painting accessories for the job. Plus, if something goes wrong, you’re on your own. The cost of fixing painting mistakes can add up quickly, so that is something to keep in mind.

Control

When you do your own paint job, you have total control of the project. You can experiment with different colors and styles. And you may think you executing your vision will be easier than trying to tell a painter exactly what it is you want done. However, you are taking a big risk if you don’t have much painting experience. A trained professional should be able to deliver quality work at a reasonable price, so that you feel comfortable relinquishing control.

If cost is a huge issue, and your painting project is relatively small, it could be worth the risk. Otherwise, a professional painter is usually your best option. Here’s why.

Pros of Hiring a Professional Painter

Precision 

While you might save money and have more control over a DIY painting project, it will likely look like a DIY project. That’s not to say it won’t look good, but it won’t look like a professional did it. That’s because professional painters know what mistakes to avoid, what areas need more or less paint, and how to pull the look together. Their experience helps them avoid mistakes that anyone else could easily make. The precision that comes with hiring a professional will become apparent in the small details of the finished paint job.

Time

Your time is valuable, and painting can be extremely tedious work. Professionals know what they are doing, and can get a paint job done in half the time. Because you have other obligations in your life, you can’t dedicate every moment to your painting project. A painting company, on the other hand, will be able to focus on the task and hand until the job gets done. You never know what kind of speed bumps you’ll run into, so if you’re on a time crunch, it’s best to avoid DIY.

Guarantees 

If you do your own paint job and it comes out poorly, you may end up having a professional redo it anyway, costing you money and time. A professional painting company will often guarantee satisfaction, so you can be sure you are 100% happy with the results. For this reason, it’s best to hire a company that offers warranties or guarantees for all the work they complete.

Better Tools

If you’re going to start a DIY paint job, you’re likely trying to cut down on costs. That means you’ll probably invest in tools that are inexpensive. It makes sense–high-quality supplies and equipment would be very costly, and would defeat the purpose of doing the job on your own. However, the brushes and paint you use will make a noticeable difference when the job is complete. Professionals have the best materials, which are already included in the cost of the project.

Safety

Professional painters are trained for safety, so they know what kind of hazards to avoid on a job. If you decide to take on a painting project of your own, there is a chance you could get injured. If you do decide to start a DIY project, make sure you take precautions and brush up on safety tips to avoid getting hurt.

Hire a Painting Pro in Charlotte, NC

If you live in Charlotte, NC and need to paint the interior or exterior of your home, call the professionals at Advance Painting so we can do it right. We are a fully licensed, bonded and insured company.

If you’re ready to join the Advance Painting family with a beautiful new paint job for your home, contact us today.

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