Should I Hire a Professional House Painter?

Even if you think you’ll probably do the job yourself, it’s good preparation to seek estimates from professional home painters, whether your painting the exterior or interior of your home. Then you’ll have a financial point of comparison and you may benefit from what a home painting contractor has to say about the condition of your home, color choices and types of paint available. Let the painter make his pitch for a professional job before you decide what to do. You can still opt to do it yourself while having learned something worthwhile.

If you have a one-story house with minimal peeling and you have plenty of time, you can probably do the job yourself and save money. If the house is taller and/or needs significant preparation it may be wiser to hire exterior painters to do it for you. Consider these points:

Do you have the equipment? Painting a house is not a one-ladder job. You’ll need a minimum of two extension ladders and scaffolding. These can be rented, but that’s another cost to factor in.

Do you want to take the risk? Working on scaffolding is dangerous. Home painting contractors have experience and know what safety precautions to take. Painting is monotonous work and after a few hours up on a scaffold it’s easy to lose track of just how narrow that board is.

Will you do the preparation? It takes a disciplined approach to properly scrape away all of those little peeling paint spots. If you’re not going to do this correctly, don’t do it yourself. There’s no point in putting in all of this work if the paint is just going to start peeling again a few years later.

If you decide to hire a professional house painter, make sure you get three on-site estimates from reputable painters who have been in business at least five-to-10 years. After all, even a bad paint job can look good for a few years, so you want to hire a home painting service with jobs that have been proven to stand up over time.