Is your house looking a little shabby?
Does it need a new coat of paint?
Think you can do as good a job as a professional?
Think you can bribe your spouse, children or family members to help with this project to save a little money?
If that is your plan for the summer, you might want to think a while on that. Here are the realities of painting the house yourself:
Exterior paint averages $25-$40 a gallon, and a 3,000-square-foot home takes 15 or more gallons of paint, or $375-$600 just for the paint. However, premium paint can easily cost $50-$100 a gallon, or $750-$1,500 for that same large home.
Doing it yourself also requires renting a pressure washer or sprayer for $50-$100 a day; extra-long ladders or scaffolding at $20-$75 daily; and a power sprayer for $50-$100 daily, plus masking tape, drop cloths and other supplies. This is a labor intensive process.
Now lets add in labor. Will you be taking a week off work to work non-stop on the project? Or maybe you’ll be dedicating every weekend over the next couple of months to the project. How much is your time worth? What will you be missing?
If you are not prepared to cope with all of the above, then hiring a painting contractor is the smartest and best way to go.
A professional will tell you there are two sides to every paint job: the preparation and the painting. How much time and commitment you spend preparing can be the difference between painting every year, and a great paint job that will last for years. Preparation is what separates the do it yourselfer, and the professional.
Make sure you have at least three estimates from three different companies. The least inexpensive bid may not be the best choice. Ask questions, and do your homework up front. After you choose the company make sure to read the contract all the way through, ask any questions you have and don’t sign it until everything is agreed upon by both parties.
The best benefit of hiring a Professional Paint Company is that you are getting a licensed, bonded, accountable way to paint your home. You don’t have to deal with the prep work, actual labor, clean up or disgruntled family members.