If your home is looking a little worse for wear or a bit drab, you might consider a fresh coat of paint. In fact, repainting a home is one of the easiest ways to revitalise a house and make it feel like new. It takes just the new season’s shades, and brighter paint surface to make a brand-new look. It is also an excellent way to increase your home’s overall property value. If you are looking to sell your home, then repainting is essential to get top dollar for your property. The big questions is: Who should do the painting; a professional New Lynn painter or Do-It-Yourself?
Painting, at first sight, looks to be one of the easier home DIY jobs. It’s not like you are dealing with life-threatening electricity or plumbing that could cause flooding in your home if it goes wrong. A good sanding of the surfaces, and then painting one or two coats. It must be easy.
However, many homeowners simply do not realise what they are getting into. It’s not so much opening a can of paint as a can of worms.
Today, we are going to look at three reasons why you may not want to be too quick on opening that can of paint and climbing up the ladder!
At first glance, painting a house may not seem like it would be that expensive. You need a few cans of paint, some brushes and a roller. However, there are other significant costs involved in painting a home that will quickly mount up.
You may need drop cloths, masking tape, rollers, ladders, access towers and for a top-class job, a paint sprayer. While a paint sprayer is not essential it is going to help make your job look more professional and help with time management.
An access tower will be about $200 per day, and a paint sprayer will be over $200 per day. If you take a week off work and can do the job in that time, that’s almost $3,000 just for hire charges for a week. A professional painter is going to have all of those tools already available to ensure that the job is completed quickly to a much higher standard.
Many people think that painting a room in a home is going to be a quick weekend project. It might even be a bit of fun. This could not be further from the truth. It will take a few hours to remove the furniture, lay out the drop-sheets and then mask-up windows, skirting boards and other items touching the walls. Then you will need to thoroughly prepare the surfaces. This includes sanding the wooden surfaces, first with a coarse sanding paper, then a finer one.
Holes or rough patches in the walls will need to be filled, allowed to dry, and then sanded flush with the surrounding wall.
Finally, all surfaces will need to be dusted and cleaned with sugar soap or a similar cleaning solution.
Instead of a fun weekend job, you can expect to spend three to four days of painstaking work, more if you do everything manually. And the painting hasn’t even been started yet.
Once you can start the painting, probably next weekend, and another $1,500 hire charge for the access tower, you will realise how long it takes to paint a wall, even with a roller or a sprayer. Painting itself isn’t too time-consuming, but painting so there aren’t any streaks or so the paint is evenly spread, takes time to learn. And painting woodwork so you don’t leave any brushes strokes. Well, that’s another big learning curve.
Professional painters do not typically work by themselves. They arrive on-site with a team of experienced workers who know what they are doing. That means they can do the job much quicker than a well-meaning amateur.
They have turned the art of painting a home into a process that can typically be done in a few days rather than weeks.
In addition, they are going to be able to complete the job with flawless results. It is important to keep in mind, just how difficult it is to paint a home and have that same professional look by yourself.
At first sight, painting a home might not seem to be a risky activity. While it may not be one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, it does have numerous hazards.
Primarily, there is the fact that you will be working on ladders or access towers. People fall off them, every week, even professionals.
Other risks include tripping over tools left on the floor, falling over furniture under drop sheets as you walk backwards admiring your handy work, falling downstairs. And more.
And don’t forget, that you are not used to bending your head back for so long to look up at the top of the wall or while painting the ceiling. Your neck and arms will suffer. That might end up with an expensive trip to the chiro or physio.
If you want the best paint job for your home, and to get the job done quickly, it makes sense to consult with a local professional New Lynn painter. It is going to save you time, money and avoid risks to you and your family. Painting a home is time-consuming, expensive and potentially dangerous. It is definitely one of those jobs that is best suited to a professional.