Friday, July 6, 2012

Should You Paint It Yourself?

The advertising by major paint companies encourages homeowners to consider painting a do-it yourself project, and when the work is straightforward, such as painting walls, it can be. However, there are many circumstances when the best approach is to call a professional.

Here are some things to consider when you're deciding if you want to do it yourself:

  • Purpose of the work and the size of the budget.  Budget can trump every other consideration...
  • Size and scope of the project. Is it manageable? How long can you take to complete the work without causing problems or serious inconvenience?
  • Time frame. Are you certain that you have enough time to do it yourself? If you don't paint for a living, you won't have a realistic idea of how long things take, and 99% of the time, you'll underestimate. Allow extra time.
  • Interior work. It takes far more skill to paint inside a furnished home than is required for most exterior projects. Do you know how to work cleanly and protect the adjacent areas? Do you know the best way to handle details such as hardware and light fixtures? 
  • Access difficulties. Are there tall ceilings or a stairwell that would be difficult to access? Do you have the right equipment and are you comfortable working high? 
  • Complex trim. Is there detailed crown molding, cabinetry or a fireplace that requires skilled brushwork?

  • Type of Material(s) to Use. Do you know the right type of materials to use for each surface, including how compatible each would be with the existing finish? Do you know when you need to prime? 
  • Ease of Application. What material does the project call for? Some materials, such as oil base enamel and clear finishes, can be challenging to use.
  • Cosmetic repairs. Preparation determines the quality of the result, especially when there are holes in the walls, cracks, stains, or other problems. Bad repairs make problems look worse. 
  • Equipment, tools and supplies. Do you have ladders, drops, buckets, rollers, screens, poles, a variety of small tools, sandpaper, plastic, various types of masking tape, masking paper, materials for patching and caulking, a masking machine, caulking gun, etc? This is just the beginning of a long list of things that professional painters have on hand.
  •  Your skill level. If you've never painted and don't know where to begin, this may not be the project for you.
  • Quality of the result you want. Is just OK good enough? 
  • Other issues.Do you hate to paint? Are you klutzy? Do you and your spouse work well together? 
Your answers to these questions should point you in the right direction. If you decide that you want professional help, call me at 828-692-4355 to discuss your project and schedule an estimate with Roger. When you hire us to do your painting, a color consultation with me is a free part of our service.

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