Depending on the size of the job, you might be able to get away with painting some of your own interior rooms here and there, but when it comes to repainting the full exterior of your home, it’s really better to hire a professional. While you might be tempted to try and tackle the job yourself, when it’s all said and done, it usually isn’t worth the hassle. Keep reading to find out why.
Prepping and Power Washing The Home
Prepping your home for your exterior paint job is one of the most involved parts of the process. It requires stripping paint that’s chipping, as well as a deep clean to remove any dirt or debris, which might cause paint to fall off early. This takes time, as well as a variety of tools such as scrapers and power washers. When you consider buying or renting these tools, the total cost seems much more appealing.
Avoid Hazards & High Falls
Exterior painters are trained to navigate the outside of a home using extremely tall ladders, ropes, working on the roof, and other techniques. With this comes risk that you need to be extremely cautious about if you are to undertake this project. Especially if you are on the older side, you might want to consider hiring a professional instead.
Extended Time Commitment
Professional painters rarely act alone, most of the time they use a whole team to make sure your home can be prepped and painted in a reasonable amount of time. Trying to match this time frame on your own, or even with the help of some untrained professionals just isn’t realistic, and can end up complicating things very quickly.
Buying The Necessary Equipment
In addition to power washers, and scrapers, there’s also lots of paint, trays, brushes, rollers, drop cloths and more that go into the project. All of these can really rack up and begin to cost you some serious money, that will make you realize what you’re saving by trying to DIY this project isn’t really a significant enough amount to justify it.
Having to Re-do The Project
Whether it’s a mistake made during prep work, painting, or else, the last thing you want to do is go through the whole process of painting your home only to need to re-do it so soon down the line due to an error. When you hire a professional they’ll do a complete audit of your home and they won’t start painting until they know for sure the paint will stick!