Interior painting is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to change the entire feel of your home. Whether you choose dark, warm colors or light, cool colors, painting can quickly change your home for the better (or, in some unfortunate cases, for the worse).
The question shouldn’t be whether to paint. Rather, it should be whether to do it yourself or to leave it to a professional. Interior painting is definitely one of the easier DIY projects out there, but there are some significant disadvantages to taking this job on yourself.
Keep reading for the pros and cons of DIY interior painting.
DIY Interior Painting: The Pros
There are some pretty obvious advantages to taking on this job yourself, even if you’re a novice painter.
This is probably the biggest advantage of DIY interior painting. Other than paint and supplies, the other costs of painting are sweat equity.
You’re in Control
You can experiment with colors, change your mind, take an entire week to paint, whatever works for you. Ultimately, you’re in control of the job when you DIY.
While DIY interior painting lends itself to creative freedom and cost savings, there are far more disadvantages that you need to consider.
Painting takes time, especially if you’re going to do it right. You can’t just jump in and start painting. The prep (and the cleanup) take time. The equipment and supplies you have can make or break you when it comes to the amount of time it takes to paint.
Pros do this all the time and can streamline the process.
Prep and Cleanup
Prepping a room for painting is tedious and pretty boring: taping off trim, removing outlet covers and switch plates, moving furniture, covering everything with a drop cloth, patching and sanding holes. These are the less-than-glamorous parts of the process but are necessary for a job well done.
Not to mention that when you’re done with it all, you’ve got to replace all those switch plates and outlet covers, remove the tape and drop cloths, and clean out your rollers, brushes, and pans.
The pros will do all of this for you. All you might have to do is take things off the walls and make sure the furniture can easily be moved.
It Will Never be Perfect
Amatur painters will never end up with a perfect paint job. There’s always going to be a spot you missed, a paint blob on the ceiling, or a drip on your floor.
The pros will do the job perfectly, as this is what they do day in and day out.
Buying the Supplies
Sure, you’ll have to buy the paint whether you paint yourself or hire a pro, but what about the brushes, rollers, drop cloths, tape, and other necessary tools? Do you have all of those on hand already?
If not, and if you want the job done right, you’re going to have to shell out more money for all the tools associated with painting. This isn’t a place where you want to cheap out.
A professional painter has all of the supplies, proper safety gear (if they are painting high surfaces or staircases), and the right ladders and scaffolding if needed.
DIY interior painting should really be a DI-don’t. Save yourself the time, money, and headaches by hiring a pro to take care of it for you. Whether you need your home or your business painted, we can handle it for you.
Contact us today to learn more about our services and to get an estimate for your painting job.