Many homeowners may be tempted to save a few dollars by painting their own home, rather than using a Master Painter Sydney. And in the age of home renovation TV shows where novices complete their own paint work, it’s easy to be tempted. Before biting off more than you can chew (or paint), consider if it’s really worth ditching the professional.

It’s easy to underestimate the prep work necessary

Many homeowners believe that the painting process only requires a coat of paint. Unfortunately, it takes a lot more to achieve professional results. If you’re unsure how to inspect your home, you’ll end up missing something important. Failing to locate and correct exterior issues result in eventual paint surface problems.

Paint removal can spread toxic material

The most time intensive tasks during the painting process is when you need to remove old paint. Here in Australia, homes built before 1970 used lead paint.
Inhaling lead is dangerous, especially for children and the elderly. Master Painters Sydney like Summit Coatings can tell you if lead paint has been used in your home. If it is, it’s crucial that you hire a professional that’s trained to work with lead paint. They’ll ventilate your space and complete work without spreading toxic material that affects your health.

It’s difficult to master painting techniques

It takes year of training and experience to become one of Sydney’s Master Painters. Applying paint well is tricky, especially if you have a large home with unique features. Without experience, uneven coverage, thin spots, and drips are just the least of your problems. On a larger scale, improper application can mean your home isn’t protected from the elements. Remedying these problems is often more expensive than hiring a professional painter the first time around. 

Not all homes are easy to paint

The height of your home, unique designs, and foundation grade all affect how easy it is to paint your home. It also determines what types of specialised tools you’ll need to complete the job. Two and three story homes present more challenges than a one story home. The more ornate your home, the longer it takes to paint. If there are obstacles present around your home, you’ll have difficulty painting. Consider your home’s intricacies before tackling the job yourself.

Factor in time and labour costs

Consider these questions when deciding if it’s risky to paint your own home.

  1. Are you going to work alone, or will you have help painting? If you receive help ensure that everyone has enough time to complete the job. Otherwise, you’ll have an overwhelming project to complete by yourself.
  2. Can you complete all the necessary prep work? Knowing that prep work is half of the painting process, make sure you devote enough time to the work. If you’re under a time constraint, prep work seems like the easiest part of the painting process to skip. Paint failure is almost always a result of failing to complete prep work.
  3. Do you have enough time to complete the work within a reasonable amount of time? There’s an opportunity cost to focusing on a major house painting project. Not all homeowners can devote time to painting with their current work schedule and family obligations. Also factor in the leisure time you’ll lose out on. The time it takes may motivate you to hire a professional.

Still planning to paint yourself? Hiring a professional painter is less expensive than you think. Plus, you’ll be at ease knowing that your home was prepped, painted, and cleaned up properly. If you’ve decided that it’s time to get a quote for your next painting project, contact Summit Coatings. There’s no obligation and we guarantee you’ll love the work we do.