Sometimes a little bit of paint can change a home’s entire appearance – and that’s true whether you’re adding an accent wall or you’re touching things up because you’re moving out.
But should you tackle painting your house yourself, or leave it to the professionals?
Should You Paint Your House Yourself, or Hire Professionals?
For most people, the time and preparation involved in painting a house – inside or outside – is a little too much. Those people hire professional painters so they don’t have to worry about a thing.
3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Painter
If you know that you don’t have the time, skill or patience to paint your own house, skip these three reasons to hire a professional painter and call us at 910-725-3227. We’ll set up your appointment right away. If you’re not sure, keep reading!
Reason #1 to Hire a Professional Painter: Prep Takes a Long Time
A little less than half of the time it takes to paint a house goes into prep work. Pros clean the walls from top to bottom (and ceilings, too, if those are on the schedule for a new paint job), move furnishings so they don’t get paint on them, set up dropcloths to protect flooring and other items that can’t move, and ensure the perfect color match.
All this takes quite a bit of time. It’s worth it, though, because everything’s just the right color and your furniture (and floors) are paint-free.
Reason #2 to Hire a Professional Painter: Pros Catch Every Detail
When you paint your house yourself – especially if it’s something you don’t do every day – you’re bound to miss a few things. While you can always go back and fix them later, it’s best to get everything the first time (and a pro painter will be knowledgeable and experienced enough to catch everything).
Reason #3 to Hire a Professional Painter: Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness
Pro painters make a living painting homes, which means they’ve got it down to a science. They’ll be able to paint your house efficiently, as quickly as is possible, and as cost-effectively as possible. Think about it this way: If you paint your house and screw something up big-time, you’ll end up paying to repair the damage, and it’ll take a lot longer than it would have if you’d hired a professional in the first place.
If You Do Decide to Paint Your Own House…
If you choose to paint your own house, interior or exterior, use these tips to help you do it properly:
- Roll the roller across the full height of the all and keep a wet edge of paint so you can avoid lap marks (those unsightly stripes that show up when you roll over paint that’s partly dry)
- Reload your roller before it becomes nearly dry
- Mix all your cans of paint for each room in a large bucket to ensure a perfectly consistent color
- Don’t just pull painter’s tape off the trim; cut it away after the paint has dried for at least 24 hours
- Prime and texture the walls before you paint to avoid a blotchy, ugly appearance
- Make sure your walls and ceiling are spotlessly cleaned before you start painting
- Use a roller on edges and in corners so you don’t get mixed textures
Do You Need to Talk to a Professional Painter?
If you’re thinking about painting your home and would like an estimate from the Southern Pines painting experts, call us right away at 910-725-3227. We’ll evaluate your needs and give you a free painting estimate so you can make the best possible decision for your home.