Painting is a home improvement task that many people consider doing on their own. At first glance, the idea of rolling paint on a flat wall seems easy and straightforward. But as you dig into the task you may discover that it is more involved than you previously assumed. It is definitely possible to get a good finished product with a DIY paint project as long as you are willing to take the steps necessary. If you are trying to decide between painting on your own and hiring help consider the size of the project, think about your level of experience painting, and look at the tools you will need to purchase to complete the project properly.
Consider the size of the project
The size of the paint project can have a big impact on whether or not you should tackle it on your own. One wall or room in your house may seem like a manageable project. However, painting the entire exterior of your house may feel overwhelming. The size of the project will impact how much of your time it requires, the tools you need to have, and the level of expertise you need to possess. Prepping the exterior of your house for paint is a much different process than prepping an interior wall. If you are concerned at all about your ability to handle the project you are considering it is worth your time to get a professional inspection and estimate.
Think about your level of experience
Experience counts for a lot when you decide to paint the interior or exterior of your home. Do you know how to prep the inside of your home for a paint project? What about the exterior? Do you know what type of paint to buy and how much? If you have little to no experience painting you may encounter a few roadblocks along the way. Getting a high-quality finished product requires proper prep and application. In addition, if you are an inexperienced painter you will end up taking a lot more time to complete a project when compared to a pro. A project that would take you days could potentially be completed in one afternoon by a top-notch painting contractor. On the other hand, if you are an experienced painting DIYer you will be able to handle a variety of painting projects on your own. Take an honest look at your level of experience with and knowledge about painting to help you decide if you should do it on your own or hire help.
Look at the tools you will need for the project
One of the reasons professional painting contractors can complete projects quickly is because they have all of the appropriate tools. The right tools can help a project get done more quickly and with a better final result. Look at the tools you will need for the project to help you decide if it is worth purchasing those tools to do the project on your own.
If you are struggling to decide if you should take on a paint project yourself or hire help you can use the factors mentioned above to aide in the decision-making process. For further help with this process, you can bring in a painting professional and get a free estimate.