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When to Hire a Painter vs DIY

Spring and summertime are the popular seasons for painting homes, especially as the weather gets nicer and everyone is spring cleaning. It is a very simple way to refresh or update a single room or your entire home. Sometimes, painting is used as a tool to remodel a home and not just for aesthetics. It is an effective way to get rid of bad home odors and to keep walls from absorbing excess moisture that may be in the air.

Out of all the jobs that can be done when remodeling or updating a home, painting is often one that homeowners consider doing themselves. So why hire a painter? Read on to learn more.

Don’t Forget to Prep

As the saying goes, “painting is 90% preparation!” This includes moving furniture, covering areas to protect them from dripping paint, getting the right tools, choosing your final colors, scrubbing and sanding down walls, priming, and so on. Skipping a small step in the painting process can make a huge and undesirable difference, from paint dripping onto expensive furniture to imperfections on your wall being magnified.

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Changing Colors

When you’re changing the color of your wall, painting is not as simple as throwing on a new coat of paint. This is especially true if you are going from a dark paint color to a lighter color. This will require using the appropriate primer and a couple of fresh paint coats. The more drastic the change, the more attentive you will need to be for your desired final result. A professional painter will know the best way to cover your walls so that the paint shows true to color in your final result.

Finding the Time

Your time and it’s possible you may already feel overwhelmed by the process of even choosing your paint color in the first place. Some painting jobs are easier than others, like if you’re painting a single wall in an almost-empty room. For a non-professional, this could take a whole day. But when you hire a painter, it would take a mere few hours. And you’ll also find that it takes a professional to properly cut in paint along your ceilings, trim, and other areas with architectural detail. Professional painters will also have the right tools and experience to get your painting job done in a reasonable amount of time, including the prep work and clean up.

Invest in a Professional

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Some homeowners may think that painting themselves is a more economical alternative than hiring a professional painter, but that is not always the case. Hiring a reliable painting contractor will ensure a job well done, including proper surface preparation, the right type of paint application, and more. You also will save money by not having to purchase all the different tools you’ll need for painting, especially if you’re planning on painting multiple stories or rooms. Furthermore, a professional painter will come insured and with a satisfaction guarantee.

WPL Interior Design has helped clients bring their design vision to life from helping you choose the right colors to connecting you to the best contractors. We’re happy to help guide you through the process of re-painting your interior or exterior, using the right paint finishes, and whether or not you should hire a painter. Let us know more about your home remodeling plans by filling out our design inquiry form today.

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