Should I Hire A Professional Painter Or Do It Myself?

Fred Bays
May 10, 2022
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3 Questions To Ask Yourself When Deciding To Hire A Professional Painter Or Do It Yourself

We all have visions of what we want our home to look like, and making those visions come to life takes time and money. So here are a few questions you can ask yourself when trying to figure out if you should do it yourself or hire a professional.

1. What is My Time Worth to Me?

Some people love doing projects and take pride in their work. If that’s you, then taking on a painting project might energize you and bring you a lot of satisfaction. When it comes to painting, people either love it or hate it. I have found that if I spend a lot of time doing something I don’t enjoy, it drains my energy, and I usually don’t end up doing very good job. I’ve had many conversations with people who didn’t realize all that goes into painting a house, and they became worn out and never ended up finishing the projects.

When it comes to doing a big painting project, you have to evaluate the cost of energy it takes, not just the financial cost. Painting a room is pretty quick, even if you have have limited experience. But if you're wanting to paint the whole house; you have high vaulted ceilings; or you are selling/moving into a new house; your time is important to consider.

Professional painters are able to complete large jobs within a week while you are able to focus on the other things you need to do each day. How much is that worth to you? I can’t answer that question for you, but it’s an important one to ask before diving into a project that could stretch out multiple weekends, evenings and months, draining your energy to accomplish other things.

And if you're considering painting cabinets, which is a specialty, I would recommend at least getting a free quote. We’ve had many people regret not going that route.

2. Do I Want The Highest Quality?

There are multiple factors that go into quality workmanship. Things like experience needed for cutting crisp lines, rolling evenly, knowing what type of paint and tools to use all factor into quality paint jobs. Some people like to learn how to do it themselves, if that’s you and you have the time to devote yourself to it, then it’s probably a good fit for you.

But for most people who are novice painters, they know good work when they see it, but they aren’t sure how to create it themselves. Professional painters, like those at Bays Painting, develop their craft every day for a living. It takes practice repeatedly to learn how to cut crisp, sharp lines and evenly roll walls. When you hire professionals, you are paying for their expertise in skill.

The products and tools used are also a huge part of the process. Professional painters use all kinds of paint and learn what covers best and why. There are certain products that cover better on different surfaces. We use multiple brands of paint because we have found what produces the best results. The tools used are also key. Just because it's an expensive name brand does not mean it will be the best for a particular job. Should the brush be firm or soft? How do you know if the roller cover will leave lint or not? These are questions that professionals take care of for you. There’s a lot to learn and buy to do a job right.

3. Do I Struggle to Know What Color to Pick?

There are thousands of colors to choose from, and it can be overwhelming to pick the right color. In my experience, I have found that there are people who can see things in their mind ahead of time and visualize what a color would look like. Often, their spouse cannot see it and is hesitant on what color to pick.

If you are a natural with colors, you might enjoy the process of picking out colors, but for other people it’s a very stressful decision. Professional painters help with color consultation and understand that lighting, room size, your personality and other factors contribute to the right colors. Sometimes we just need someone to help guide us to it. In fact, I usually recommend for people to buy a few sample cans for $5 each and paint a 3x3 area on the wall with a few colors they are considering. Leave them there for a couple of days, and one color will pop and begin to stick out to you more than the others. It’s much easier to decide with the color on the wall than with the little color swatch.

I hope this article helps you with your decision to paint or not to paint. If you decide you need a professional, contact us for a free quote today and let us help you turn your vision into a reality for you!

Fred and Dyan Bays, the owners of the Bays Painting
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