7 Things to Consider Before You Decide to Paint Your House Yourself

Should You Paint Your House Yourself?

“It’ll be fun,” they said.

“We’ll save money,” you thought.

It’s likely that you’ve painted a room, or five, over the years. Maybe you helped a buddy paint his first home or decided to tackle your new nursery after binge-watching an HGTV makeover show. There can certainly be some nostalgia and a sense of accomplishment when you paint your house yourself.

However, more than likely, what starts out as a fun “afternoon” project often ends with regretting your decision to “DIY” when the sun is setting, your arms are sore, and you have paint in your hair. And that second coat you planned on? Forget about it. You’re done.

Painting your home yourself often means settling for a job that’s not truly finished because the project is more time-consuming and taxing than you realized.

Instead of enjoying a cozy sanctuary, you’re now anxiously trying to get paint off of your carpet and feeling annoyed by leftover streaks and drips.

A Pro Can Take the “Pain” Out of Painting Your Home

Are you looking to refresh your space with a more neutral tone? Are your walls showing their age? Enlisting the expertise of a residential painting company is a smart choice when you’re planning to paint your home. Here are the top seven advantages of hiring a painting professional:

1. Hiring an expert provides accountability.

Let’s face it, we usually have good intentions when starting home projects. However, if your ambition is to paint your house yourself, it’s easy for that “weekend project” to linger for weeks. A month later you’re avoiding eye contact with your dining room (and maybe your spouse!) because there are two walls left to be painted. Hiring a residential painter gives you both a start date AND a deadline. A project manager will ensure communication is clear and your project stays on track.

2. It’s all in the details.

Slapping on one coat of paint in a square room is one thing. But what about doors and baseboards? Additionally features like fireplaces, railings, high ceilings, and textured walls present a host of challenges that are best left to the professionals. Residential painters have the tools and experience to do the detail work right.

3. Choosing the ideal paint color can be overwhelming.

If you’re like most people, you’ve spent hours staring at paint swatches trying to discern the difference between shades of greige, beige and gray. Choosing the right color can feel paralyzing because paint feels like such a big commitment.

A reputable painting company can help you find the perfect color for your space based on your flooring, furnishings, and natural light.

(In fact, we just shared Riggins Painting’s top choices for your living room for 2021.)

From flat to super gloss, they can also choose the best sheen for clean-up and hiding imperfections. And once you find your perfect hue, a painter also takes the guesswork out of how much paint to buy.

4. They have the right tools for the job.

If you’ve painted your house yourself, chances are you’ve stood in the paint supply section at the hardware store unsure as to what type of brushes, rollers, and tape are best for your project. Should your paint roller cover be made of natural or synthetic fibers? What size paintbrush do you need for your baseboards? You give it your best guess and end up making several trips back to buy something else and are leftover with a surplus of materials.

5. It’s not just the painting. (It’s the prep work. And the clean-up.)

How you start the job plays a huge role in how you’ll finish it. Draping and taping can seem like a lot of work but it’s critically important to not cut corners when it comes to prep work. Rushing the job results in paint spills on your beautiful hardwoods or unsightly streaks on your crown molding. And don’t forget you should both prime the walls and spackle any holes or dents before you get started.

A trusted residential painter will invest the time to move furniture, properly drape surfaces, and tape off windows, trim, and molding so the paint only goes where you want it to. They will also have the professional skills to cover up imperfections so your paint goes on smoothly.

6. Quality matters when it comes to your biggest investment.

Painting your home has the potential for great ROI for the money. Because your home is likely your biggest investment having it done well matters. Whether you’ve just bought your first home, need an update, or are getting ready to sell, this is one home improvement where years of skill and experience make all of the difference.

7. Is this really how you want to spend your weekend?

This may be the most compelling case for hiring a professional. Your home should be a refuge, not a source of additional frustration. And free time is hard to come by. We bet there are one hundred more desirable things you could be doing on your weekend rather than painting your house yourself. Leave the hard work to a professional so you can enjoy the finished product.

Why Paint Your House Yourself When You Can Hire a Painting Pro?

Thanks to editing, cable shows make DIY home projects look easy. In reality, if you want a professional-looking paint job you should use a professional. They have the experience, skills, and materials to transform your home with paint. Hiring a residential painter can save you time, stress, and mess.

Since 2009, Riggins Painting has been trusted by homeowners in Memphis to help them create spaces they want to come home to. Our painting services include interior and exterior painting, textured finishes, wood staining and sealing, and faux finishes. We can help you pick the perfect color and make sure it goes on beautifully.

Contact us for a free estimate at (901) 444-0944 or reach out to us via our website so we can help you transform your space.

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