Here’s When to Know If It’s Time to Hire a Professional Painter

Its the age-old tale: Do it yourself, or hire a professional?


Sometimes it seems like a task as simple as painting a house wouldnt need a professional. Its just painting, right? Paint isnt as extensive as a plumbing job, or even working with the foundation of your house. Sure, it seems easy, but you shouldnt consider writing it off quite yet. Theres actually quite a few scenarios to consider before nixing the idea of hiring a professional painter.

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The first thing to naturally consider is the pricing. Its common to think that painting yourself would be a lot cheaper than hiring a professional, given that the labor costs could account for almost 85 percent of the price of your paint job. However, when you consider buying all of the painting supplies needed (brushes, rollers, primer, paint cans, dishes, maybe even some tools to repair the walls), those prices rack up pretty quickly. Before you know it, you an amount pretty close to the what you would spend on hiring a professional.

However, if you do have the supplies on hand, theres still a lot to consider when it comes to hiring a professional. Heres how to know if you should or shouldnt.

A few rooms: Do it yourself
The whole house: Hire a pro

Are you looking to paint the entirety of your house, including the outside? Thats a lot compared to just transforming a few rooms. If you are repainting the whole house, you also need to consider the amount of time youll spend laboring. If its going to take up a majority of your free time, it may be worth giving a professional the business for the sake of your sanity. But if it’s just a few rooms, here’s how to paint faster to just get the job done.

One story: Do it yourself
Two stories: Hire a pro

If youre giving the outside of your house a much-needed facelift, youll want to consider the height of the house first. A one-story house will be easy to paint, given that you wont need any tall ladders to do so. But if youre looking to paint the outside of a two-story (or even a three-story), a professional painter will be more equipped for it. They will have the right ladders and equipment needed to get the job done, freeing you from the stress of having to reach those hard-to-reach spots at the top of your home.

Smooth walls: Do it yourself
Walls in need of repair: Hire a pro

If your walls are in need of some prep work before painting, a professional will get that done in a blink of an eye. Although its relatively easy to patch up drywall, it does require you to buy more supplies before starting that paint job. If your walls need work, let the professionals handle it. But if they are smooth and ready for a fresh coat, handling it by-yourself will be a breeze.

Just walls: Do it yourself
Intricate woodwork: Hire a pro

Painting a new room for a baby? Changing up your kids bedroom into the guest bedroom youve always wanted? A fresh coat of paint wont be much for you to handle. However, if you are looking to paint over some intricate woodwork (i.e. trimming around windows or doors), a professional can handle with ease. If you dont have the steadiest of grips, let the professional do it instead.Think you can handle it on your own? Here are a few tips for a perfect paint job.

Drastic color change: Do it yourself
Similar color: Hire a pro

Changing the room from dark blue to light grey? Thats a huge changeespecially if youre making the walls a brighter color! A huge change like this would require two coats, which will also cost more paint/labor from the professional. Which, in return, is costing you more money. If you need to do a few coats, dont waste your money on professional labors. However, if you are painting a good majority of your rooms with similar colors, that wouldnt require multiple coatsor double the time on the professionals clock. Not sure what colors to pick? Here’s how to choose paint colors.