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Hiring a Professional Painter vs. Doing It Yourself

December 1st, 2015
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Repainting your home’s interior is one of the most cost-effective ways to breathe new life into your surroundings. It costs a fraction of other types of remodeling, but delivers a truly remarkable impact on the overall look and feel of a space. A lot goes into achieving the perfect paint job, however, and some would be surprised by the way that even the slightest wrong move can ruin an entire interior painting project. If you’re on the fence about whether you should hire a professional painter or paint your home yourself, there are a few things that you should consider before making your decision.

Your home is one of your most valuable assets.

The most common argument that is made in favor of do-it-yourself paint jobs is cost savings. However, when it comes to maintaining your home, cost should never be more of a concern than value. Saving a small amount of money up front does not always mean a greater payoff in the end.

Think carefully about what a flawless end result is worth, and be honest with yourself about whether or not you’ll be happy with a less-than-professional outcome. Do you have a good understanding of how the right sheen can hide or enhance a wall’s imperfections, or how it will affect the longevity of your paint job?

These are examples of how subtle nuances can make a huge difference, and when all is said and done, these are the types of things that define good value in a home improvement project. It is often said that your home is one of the greatest investments that you will make in your lifetime, so it certainly doesn’t make sense to sacrifice long-term quality in favor of relatively insignificant short-term savings.

It’s easy to bite off more than you can chew.

The idea that interior painting is both quick and easy is absolutely inaccurate. Painting can be a very time-consuming process, so if you’re going to do it yourself, you should plan to take a considerable amount of time off from work. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself doing a small portion at a time, dragging your project out for weeks.

Hiring a professional painter means that you will have someone dedicated to painting your home, with a singular focus placed on doing an exceptional job in a reasonable amount of time.  In most cases, a professional painter can complete an interior paint job in a matter of days.

You’re only one wrong step away from a disaster DIY.

There’s a reason that DIY Network has a television show with that very name: Disaster DIY. It’s a problem that is easy to relate to, because so many people have, at some point, found themselves in the midst of some type of home improvement mistake.

Depending on the severity of your DIY blunder, the consequences can get pretty ugly. In most cases, the cost of the remedy negates the initial savings entirely, and it may even mean spending more than you would have if you had just hired a professional in the first place. It should also go with saying that, if you experience a mishap like this, your project is going to take much longer to complete.

There are so many reasons why hiring a professional is a smart move. You hire an accountant to do your taxes. You hire a mechanic to repair your car. You hire a painter to paint your home. Whatever the task, the underlying principle is that when professionals specialize in a particular field, everyone achieves expert results. A professional painter has the concentrated knowledge, skills, and experience required to create a beautiful ambiance in any room of your home, without any added stress for you.

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  • “We have worked with Brel on several occasions and have been impressed with the product each time. His quotes are reasonable and comprehensive – all supplies and paint color switches were included, which we learned is not always the case. We relied on Brel for advice and consultation on color schemes and were very happy with the results! His team is courteous, professional and timely. We look forward to engaging his team for future projects.”Shannon Bernard