Do It Yourself Painting; Is it Worth it?
If you want a thing done well, do it yourself,” or so said Napoleon Bonaparte. The trouble with that is that he probably said that about Waterloo. Unfortunately, do it yourself painting jobs often have the same unsuccessful consequences.
It’s that “maybe it will work out, maybe it won’t” feeling that makes most people weigh the pros and cons of painting a home themselves before they do it. Here are some insights that you might consider regardless of what you decide is best for you.
“I’ll do it myself”
1. Doing it yourself nearly always costs less. ‘Enough’ said.
2. Doing it your way gives you your results. If you’re an adventurous spirit, good luck.
3. Determining what you need is more than just “by guess and by golly.”
4. Do you feel like taking your life into your hands?
1. Painting your home yourself can cost less than having it painted commercially, but after you realize that your do-it-yourself job isn’t nearly as neat and attractive as a professional job, having it done over by a professional might end up costing you more than if you had just had it done by a pro in the beginning.
2. How hard can painting your home yourself really be? The trouble is that painting a house is very labor intensive. Further, if you don’t apportion the amount of time required to do the job right, you might just be left with a half-painted house and zero time left to get it finished.
3. A professional painter has the knowledge and experience that allows him to be accurate in his calculations of what he needs to do the job.
4. A professional painter knows what equipment he needs to do the job professionally and safely. Further, he has the help he needs to get the job done.
“I’ll hire a professional.”
1. The job will get done right the first time.
2. Colors are what you want.
3. A professional is dedicated to getting the job done in a timely manner.
4. More painting, less money.
1. If you aren’t sure what you want, chances are good that neither will he.
2. Colors are often a matter of opinion. One shade can look much better on a home than another. If you leave your painter alone and he finishes the job in a color you don’t like, you’re stuck with it.
3. If you have hired a painter, chances might be good that he will have other jobs lined up after yours. There won’t be much time for him to go back and redo a job. Once he’s done, he’s done.
4. If you don’t like the way a professional painter is working, you’re out of luck. For example, if he has jobs going on in other locations, he might sneak time off of your home to attend to business elsewhere, extending the time it takes to complete your job.
Just as is the case with any job you have done on your home, there are pluses and minuses to each alternative. Depending on what you expect and for how much will best determine what is best in your case.
If you live in the Pittsburgh area, visit www.housepainterspittsburgh.com for a free appraisal, who will be more than happy to assist with matching new colors and tones to your existing interior setting.
Most painting contractors in Pittsburgh should be able to at least offer some kind of advice or suggestions. If not, ask them for any nearby interior decorators before calling them in for a quote. That way you’ll have your colors and texture paints pre-arranged for the painters when they arrive.