A house can look fresh with a new coat of paint on the outside While it might not be at the top of your DIY jobs, every house can benefit from being regularly painted. Exterior paint is formulated to be resistant to weathering and provides continuous protection to your house. If your home is in need of a good paint, then you will have a decision to make. Will you hire someone to come in and paint it for you or will you do it yourself? We will outline the pro’s and con’s of each below.
The Costs Of Hiring A Painter
These costs will be dependant on whether the painter charges by the day or offers a flat rate for a job. The price will also be calculated on the extent of the job, if any additional paint work is required such as external windows or doors, then expect this to be added as extra.
The fee will also taken into account the size of your house, including the area that needs to be painted. For example, if you live in a small terraced town house, then the job might be smaller and faster to complete. However, a 6 bedroom detached manor house will require more time, product and therefore cost more.
These costs can typically range anywhere from a hundred pounds up to thousands of pounds. The quality of the paint and products you select will also affect the final price.
The Costs Of Doing It Yourself
Painting your own house may seem a great way to save some cash. However you’ll still need to take into account the cost of brushes, paint and equipment.
This isn’t the main thing to consider. When you look to undertake a task like this, it is important that you have enough time to get the job completed. If you have a large house, this job may not get finished in a weekend. Therefore, you will need to ask yourself whether you have enough time to get the painting done without it dragging on for a several weeks?
It is also important to understand about the time you will need to sacrifice and what you originally would have used that time for. This is particularly important for anyone who is self-employed. If the paint job overlaps into time that you should be working, then you could be losing out on money. In this case, it could be recommended to hire a painter to avoid this happening.
Finally, it may seem small but you should take into account whether you feel confident climbing a ladder. Some people may not feel comfortable balancing on a ladder and paint at the same time.
Costs vs Benefits
In the end the decision will be up to you and should suit your individual situation and needs. Typically, a house painter will be a lot quicker than undertaking it yourself. Their expertise can reduce the hassle for you and you won’t have to worry about climbing ladders or rubbing down existing paint. It is likely to cost you more but you can reap the benefits of getting a professional in to do the job for you.
If you do decide to get the experts in, then make sure you get a range of quotes first. This is allow you to decide who would be the best value and top quality person to do the job.
There is no right or wrong decision – it’s all dependent on what suits you.