People go mad for DIY these days.
The DIY industry, for instance, will be worth almost $14 billion by next year. And, according to the same source, that upward trend’s only just getting started.
Clearly, DIY’s no longer the reserve of stubborn spouses and frugal fathers. It seems like everybody’s now forgoing professional input where possible, opting to use their own time, tools, and endless YouTube tutorials instead!
When it comes to painting a house, though, it pays to hire a painter.
After all, DIY’s a good way to save cash on small, straightforward tasks. But it can easily backfire on bigger, technical, and more time-consuming jobs like home painting.
Want to learn more about the benefits of hiring professional painters? Read on for 7 key reasons to put down the brush and hire the pros instead.
1. They’re Professionals!
Painting a house is harder than it sounds.
For example, you’ve got to get an even coat on each wall, avoiding any drips or blotches (that’s easier said than done on large areas).
Then there are the intricate bits around fixtures and fittings to consider. You need the right technique and a steady hand to avoid getting paint in all the wrong places!
If you’ve never done it before, painting your own home is a recipe for trouble. You risk ending up with a substandard ‘finished’ product that leaves much to be desired. By contrast, professionals have all the skills and experience that you might lack!
Hiring them ensures you end up with a quality result.
2. They Understand Paint
Many homeowners fail to realize the fact that all paint isn’t made equal.
With limited time, they purchase the first tin of paint with the appropriate color and rush headlong into the job. It rarely ends well!
The sheer variety of paint brands and types demands some insight into which is best for the task. Everything from the materials you’re painting to the location of your home can impact which paint you need.
Professionals know that already and understand which paint (and primer) will deliver the best results.
3. They’ll Prepare the Walls Properly
Prior preparation prevents poor performance in all areas of life.
Including painting your home.
Basically, you can’t expect a high-quality outcome without preparing your walls properly first. Rushing straight into the painting process may leave dirt, mold, cracks, holes, and/or peeling old paint on the surface. Simply painting over those kinds of issues will never create the best results.
It’s important to address the underlying issues first. That means filling the holes and cracks, removing any mold, and cleaning up the bubbling old paint job that’s in place.
Professionals understand the importance of this initial step and have the tools, knowledge, and time to do it.
4. They Save You Time
Painting a house is a time-consuming process from start to finish.
Before you even begin, you’ve got to clear the area, purchase the paint, and lay drop cloths to protect the upholstery. Then there’s the painting itself to do! That can take days to complete- especially if you’re in a large property.
Finally, having finished the first coat, applied a second, touched up the bits you missed, and let it all dry, there’s the clean up to do!
You’re looking at a long and arduous task that can get frustrating very quickly. Hiring professional painters means you can sit back with a cup of tea while they take care of everything.
5. They Save You Money
Many people take the DIY approach as a way to save cash.
And you can’t blame them! A big pro paint job, for example, doesn’t come cheap. It’s natural for homeowners to balk at those kinds of figures and seek a cheaper alternative.
The irony is that taking a DIY approach can end up costing more in the long run.
For one thing, there’s the opportunity cost involved. In other words, the time it takes to paint your property could be spent on other, more lucrative, tasks. Then, of course, there’s the risk of making mistakes that require money to fix.
Throw in the cost of essential tools and equipment (paint, brushes, rollers, ladders, etc) and you’re looking at significant expense. All things considered (especially for smaller jobs that require less time and materials) hiring the pros can be the cheaper option.
6. They Provide a Warranty
Whoever paints the house is responsible for the outcome.
It means that, if you do it yourself, then you’re to blame for any bad results. You either have to try again to resolve matters or pay a professional to sort them out instead. That all amounts to extra time, money, stress, and hassle.
Hire a painter, though, and the opposite’s true. The guarantee they provide means they’d fix any issues at no extra expense. The onus is on them, not you.
7. They Take the Risks
Imagine trying to paint the outside of a two or three-story house.
The longest roller extension pole in the world couldn’t cover the entire wall! Sooner or later, be it with scaffolding or a ladder, you’d need to get up high to finish the job.
You’d take a risk in the process. Indeed, around 300 people die every year in the US from ladder-related injuries.
Hiring professional painters means you don’t have to worry about any of that though. They’re the ones at the top of the ladder or scaffolding, not you! Moreover, they have the tools, skills, and training to ensure they stay safe up there.
Time to Hire a Painter!
As popular as it’s become in recent years, there’s a time and a place for DIY.
And we’d argue that painting a house isn’t one of them! Taking the DIY approach might get the job done, but it probably won’t be to the standard you want. After all, this is a big, time-consuming task that demands skill, practice, understanding, and appropriate equipment to deliver the best results.
The best way to get them? Hire a painter to do the job for you!
Ready to do exactly that in Jacksonville/St. Augustine area? Contact us today to see how we can help!