While sometimes it’s easier to do your own work instead of hiring a professional painter, we believe exterior painting is best left to the experts. Here’s why…
When was the last time you painted your home’s exterior? When was the last time you even paid attention to the paint on your home?
If you can’t answer these questions it’s time to paint your home’s exterior. A fresh coat of paint in the right color can improve the look of your home, adding about $6,000 to the perceived value.
You may want to tackle this DIY project on your own. Before you do, think about the time, effort, and expense involve.
Consider these 8 reasons why you should hire a professional painter, instead.
8 Reasons You Should Hire A Professional Painter To Paint Your House
1. Your Time Is Valuable
Your time is valuable – You don’t need to spend it taking countless trips to the hardware store, or spending hours touching up all the places you missed.
Then there is the cleanup process once you are done painting the house. If you do not have experience, painting can quickly become a very messy job.
You will have to spend time cleaning paint off of the areas you don’t want it. This includes both your home and you.
Then consider if you plan to do this project alone or recruit friends and family to help. The fewer people you have, the more you will have to do, which makes the project take longer.
Hire a professional painter and move on to other things that are a better use of your time. A professional will show up on time and get the job done.
2. Professional Painters Have the Right Tools
Do you have all the tools needed to paint the exterior of your home? You’ll need the paint, rollers, long handles, drop cloths, and ladders to get started.
By the time you buy everything you need, you’d be better off to hire a professional. Besides, what will you do with everything once you’re done painting your home?
Professionals will bring their tools, paint your home, and take everything away. This saves you time and expense of buying everything you need. It also saves you the hassle of storing the tools when you’re done.
Tools Need to Paint the House Exterior
- Paint Brushes
- Paint Rollers
- Paint Roller Extension Pole
- Paint Sprayer
- Drop Cloths/Sheeting
- Sanding Respirator Mask
- Safety Glasses
- Coveralls with Hood
- Breathable Gloves
- Pressure Washer
- Painter’s Tape
- Painter’s Plastic
- Putty Knives
- 5 Gallon Homer Buckets
- Sand Paper
- Wire Brush
- Caulk and Caulk Gun
- Wood Filler and/or Stucco
- TSP Cleaning Solution
Professional painters will do a quality job and provide the customer with a warranty and satisfaction guarantee.
There are a variety of things that can result in a bad house exterior paint job. For instance, improper surface preparation, using the wrong type of paint, not applying the paint properly or in bad weather conditions, not using enough paint, and so on.
If you paint your own home and something goes wrong, you are responsible for the outcome and will most likely need to hire a professional to fix the problem. However, when you have a professional paint your home, they will be the ones who will make the corrections.
Don’s Bay Area Painting offers clients a 5-year warranty and doesn’t require customers to pay anything until they are completely satisfied. We use professional quality paint to ensure your home’s paint job will last for years to come.
Whoever you hire to paint your home, make sure their work comes with these guarantees.
If your home is two stories then you’ll need to have a ladder or scaffolding to reach the second story. There is a certain amount of risk involved in climbing a ladder to paint your home.
This risk increases if the ground around your home slopes. If you have landscaping around your home this presents a challenge to stabilizing your ladder.
Professional house painters will perform the job safely since they have the right tools. They also have the training to use the tools in the right manner.
5. Pros Have Skills You Don’t
When was the last time you tried to paint a straight line? If it didn’t go well, then you need to hire a professional.
Professionals paint trim on a daily basis so they have the skills to get crisp straight lines. They also know how to paint the big areas so they aren’t patchy or blotchy.
If your home has a lot of detail work, you’ll want a professional to do this. These intricate designs require the right experience and tools to get the job done right.
You need to ensure that you’re protected in the event that there are any damages. Be sure to ask the painting company if they are bonded and insured to protect you from any of these potential incidents. Ask them for copies of up-to-date papers before they begin work that explicitly state that you’re protected.
6. Prep Work
Many DIY homeowners that choose to paint their own home skip much of the prep work and then wonder why their paint job doesn’t look as good as it could have. The secret to a professional looking paint project is to do a thorough job preparing the surface to be painted.
Professional painters know this and will take the time to prep your home before painting. They will clean up bubbling or peeling paint and make any minor repairs such as filling holes, stucco cracks, caulking, etc to ensure the best application of new paint on your home.
Be sure to make sure your painter will be pressure washing your home before painting in order to remove any dirt, mold and mildew so the paint will stick to your home’s exterior.
If you decide to paint your home, and fall off the ladder and get hurt, your home owner’s insurance will cover it. Reputable painters have their own bonding and insurance.
If someone gets hurt or something gets broken, it is the painter’s insurance that will cover the repair. You will save yourself the expense of a deductible and possible future rate increases.
8. They Know What They Are Doing
You can’t buy any paint and expect it to perform well on the exterior of your home. A professional painter will know which brand and type of paint work best for the environment.
Homes in sunny locations, like Florida, do best with a paint that has UV barriers. This will keep the paint looking true to color longer.
The material on the outside of your home will also dictate the best paint to use. You cannot use the same generic paint on wood, metal, or brick and expect great results that will last.
A pro will know what kind of primer to use. This will help your paint look great on all the different surfaces of your home.
Hire a Professional Painter
Hiring professional painters to paint the exterior of your home will save you time and money. DIY projects are never as quick or cheap as you plan for them to be.
There are the unplanned trips to the hardware store for tools you don’t already own. Then there is the added time of cleaning and fixing the mistakes you made.
Professionals work neatly and proficiently to get the job done. They bring all of the needed tools and do the prep work.
Most importantly, a quality painter for hire will stand behind their work. This gives you someone to turn to for guarantees and warranties.
Start saving time and money with your risk-free painting estimate today.