Do-it-yourself projects can be a great way to have a little fun and hopefully save some money in the process. But, you shouldn’t do everything yourself. In particular, if your home needs exterior paint, you should put down the rollers and call in the pros. Here’s why.
If you have a multi-story home, you have to get on ladders or scaffolding to paint your home. Depending on the design of your home, you may even need to stand on roofs. Working at heights always presents a risk of falling. That’s physically dangerous for you, and if you have friends or relatives helping, you may be financially liable if they get hurt.
In contrast, when you hire professional painting contractors, they handle the job, so you don’t have to worry about risks, and they have insurance, so you never have to worry about liability issues.
2. Cost of Supplies
Painting a home requires more than just paint. You also need rollers, paint brushes, scrapers, and tools to do light repairs. Buying those items can drive up the cost of your project significantly, and since most homes only need to be painted every five to 10 years, you probably won’t end up using those tools and supplies in the near future. Hiring a professional painter helps you save on those costs.
The biggest reason you should hire a professional to paint your exterior — experience. These professionals have painted countless homes. They understand how to prep a home so that the paint sticks to the exterior. They know how to tape a home so that the colors don’t migrate from area to area. Over the years, they have perfected their application techniques so that you get smooth, consistent colors over your entire home. Generally, even the best amateur can’t accomplish that. Experience is especially important for homes that have a lot of detail work such as Queen Anne or Arts and Crafts style homes.
4. Help with Prep Work
If you are diligent about staying on top of repairs and you repaint regularly, your home may not need a lot of prep work. But if the paint is peeling or rot has gotten under the paint and onto the wood, a fair bit of prep work needs to be done. Quality professional painters tend to offer light repairs and carpentry services in addition to painting. As a result, they can help with loose caulk, cracked window panes, rotting siding, and other issues. If these issues aren’t addressed before painting, moisture may get sealed in beneath the paint, and the damage is likely to get worse.
You’re busy. Do you really have time to paint your own home? Between work, family, and other obligations, most people have a full plate, and adding a massive painting project to the to-do list isn’t always possible. Depending on the size of your home, the intricacy of its design, and the amount of prep work involved, it can take a lot longer than a weekend to paint your home. Save yourself some time and let the pros handle the job.
When you need to paint, let us help. At Cape Cod Painting, we’ve been in business since 1985. We have great reviews from a long list of satisfied clients, and you can get a sense of our work by checking out some of our recent painting projects. You deserve a beautiful exterior — contact us today for a free quote.