When it comes to home renovations, it’s often too easy to underestimate the amount of work that’s needed to get just the right finished look. This is especially true among young home owners that often envision the end result of work they’re doing to the new home they just purchased as looking like something out of a commercial for a home improvement store. People don’t often think about the necessary skills that go into making a home transformation like that, and they end up putting a lot more time into a project than they originally intended to.
Painting is probably the most common example that could be applied here, and there are quite a few reasons why it’s usually a lot more worthwhile to simply hire professional painters to come in and complete a project for you instead of attempting to do it yourself. Even before you can begin actually painting, you have to make sure to match the right colors in order to create a look that goes well with the rest of the decorations in the house. Even that takes practice, and paint colors often look different under the florescent lights of hardware stores than they will under the more subdued lighting of a typical household.
Electrical fixtures have to be removed prior to painting, and things like door frames have to be taped off to prevent paint from inadvertently getting onto them. The paint has to be applied evenly, and with steady strokes that won’t cause imperfections in the coat, and this can often slow down progress in the hands of an inexperienced painter. Often, multiple coats are required to get a smooth finish. It’s a potentially messy project, and it gets even more complicated if you want any kind of color pattern worked into the walls, and not just a single base color throughout.
When the time comes to make the decision of whether or not to hire professional painters, the most important factor should be the size of the project, and your own sense of what your time is worth. You have to ask yourself if the satisfaction of doing the job yourself is worth giving up an entire weekend, and if it’s worth the money saved over hiring a crew that has likely painted thousands of rooms in hundreds of houses to spend just a few hours to get it done right the first time.
If you’re the kind of person that likes to jump into a project with both feet first, and learn as you go, then painting several rooms over the course of a few days could be a fun and rewarding experience for you. It’s also pretty likely that you’re a rare kind of individual. If you’re like most people, and you’d rather spend your free time doing other things, then hiring professionals for as many of your home renovations as your budget will allow you to is the wiser option in the long run.