At the beginning of any DIY project, homeowners start out with a lot of hope, energy, and optimism. Afterall, how hard can it be to tackle a project like painting? The answer, harder than you think. The reality is that an excellent paint job involves a number of steps to get to that point. It often also requires experience and training to implement those steps properly. It is possible to handle some paint projects on your own. However, many homeowners find themselves frustrated at the end of a DIY paint project because it took longer than planned and did not turn out as well as expected.
Be realistic about how much time your project will take
A big mistake that DIYers make when it comes to a paint project is underestimating how long it will take. Do you have one weekend to finish your paint project? That may be doable for one bedroom but will not be enough time if you want to paint your entire house. The reality is that it will take you longer to paint if it is not something you do on a daily basis. Things like prepping the surface, purchasing the right amount of paint, and getting the painter’s tape on straight are all small things that can eat up your time on a painting project. If you hire a pro for your project, you will get a much more realistic estimate of how much time it will take. And, as a bonus, you will not have to be the one spending your time painting!
Consider the level of skill needed for your project
How much skill is needed to successful paint a wall, ceiling, or house? At first glance, this project may seem like the simplest of all the DIY home improvement projects. The reality is that it takes skill to get a finished product that looks professional. It takes experience to get straight lines and an even coat. If you have a project that involves damaged walls or siding then the skill level is even higher. Do you know how to repair holes in drywall? Can you replace a section of damaged siding? You may be able to learn how to do these tasks but it will take time and likely cause a lot of frustration before they’re done. A pro will have the training and expertise to tackle any challenge that arises during the paint project.
Take into account all of the things that could go wrong
There are a number of things that can go wrong during a paint project. You may purchase too little paint, choose the wrong tools, encounter areas that are damaged, or simply get overwhelmed with the scope of the project. Take the time to think about if you want to deal with the potential issues that come along with painting on your own. The reality is that something will go wrong during your paint project. A painting pro will be able to anticipate most of the possible issues before they arise because of previous experience.
Hiring a painting pro for your paint project can save you time and frustration. You can get a free quote for your project to help you decide if it is worth the cost to hire a pro. Give D&D Painting a call to schedule a time for a quote.