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The Pros and Cons of Painting Yourself vs. Hiring a Contractor

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 5:00:00 AM by Eric Dokey

The Pros and Cons of Painting Yourself vs. Hiring a Contractor | D and D PaintingIf you’re the do-it-yourself type, taking on a painting job in your own home may seem like a no-brainer. However, painting an entire room, let alone an entire home, may require more work than you might think. Below we will discuss the pros and cons of tackling your home painting project yourself versus hiring a contractor.

The benefits of doing the work yourself are many. You can work at your own pace, so the work can be completed as quickly as you feel like getting it done. You will obviously save quite a bit of money, as the only things you will need to purchase are the supplies to complete the job. You can also enlist the help of friends and family and turn it into a “painting party” of sorts, which can actually be quite fun. And if you enjoy DIY projects, nothing will give you a sense of accomplishment like seeing a room entirely transformed by your own handy work.

However, there are also several cons to doing the work on your own. For one, your work likely won’t look as professional as if you hired a company to complete the job. Clean lines and full coverage aren’t exactly easy to accomplish, so in many cases a professional is better at this type of work. You also may be unaware of the correct type of paint to use, the best way to prep the area beforehand, and whether or not a primer is necessary. There is quite a bit of work that goes into the process of painting a room, and the job can become larger than you may have thought before you know what’s happening.

When it comes to using a professional painting contractor, many of the positives are obvious. A professional painter will complete the work, so the results will likely be quite impressive. Also, these professionals have the experience to get the job done in an incredibly quick amount of time. They could often complete the entire interior of your home in the amount of time it would take you to knock out a room or two. They will also have the knowledge that will lead them to use the best paint products available in order to ensure a long-lasting paint job.

The downside of using a professional painting contractor is mainly monetary. Paying for their services will be much more expensive than attempting to do the work on your own. However, the quality of work that you will get as a result and the fact that you won’t have to mess with completing the job yourself is often well worth the amount that you will be charged.

If you are considering hiring a painting contractor for a project in your home, reach out to a few companies in your area for quotes. As with any major purchase, it’s always a good idea to compare the rates of at least three companies before making your decision. Allowing a professional to complete the job is often in your best interest when it comes to something as major as the walls within your home.

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