DIY vs Hiring a Professional Painter – is it worth it?

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These days, a lot of people opt for doing things themselves to avoid spending money on various enterprises. In most cases, like decorating the interior of a house, sometimes a professional can’t fully get the vibe you may be after. However the same may not be able to be said when it comes to painting the interior of your house.

The choice to repaint areas of your house or the whole house is never an easy decision to make. If opting to complete the project by yourself, it is an incredibly time consuming task and knowing why you want to repaint your house is important before committing.

Here are some reasons why you should consider repainting your house:

Paint is chipped, cracked or flaking:

A lot of houses have been standing for decades. Over time, paint starts to chip at the edges. At first, it may not seem like a bad thing but if left to flake, chip or crack more, the value of the property may drop in resale prices. Furthermore, if a house structure has not been built correctly, rainfall can cause cracks in the ceiling – making the overall visual appeal of the house lower. Simply painting over the cracks will not solve the problem. Think of it like putting a bandaid over a huge water leak. As a short term solution, it may work. Long term, not so much.

Fading or discolouring of the paint:

It’s no surprise that the sun in Australia is incredibly potent and even with a good amount of shade, the paint on the inside walls will start to fade and yellow. If your property is built in a location where the sun shines on the inside of the house (no curtains/shades), the chances of this happening increase at a faster rate than not. However, if poor quality paint is used or the original application of paint was done incorrectly, the paint will fade or become discoloured as well.

Mould or Mildew:

When there are patches of mould or mildew in the walls or on the paintwork, it is a pretty good sign that you should consider repainting those areas. Mould commonly appears after it’s been raining or the air has been particularly humid (very common in Australia). The cultivation of the mould can happen quite fast – as early as 24 hours after coming in contact with a moisture source and between 18-21 to visually show. When this happens, painting over the mould or mildew is a bad idea. Using the right pesticide cleaner on those areas before repainting is always a smart idea.

Increase the value of your home:

It’s no secret that modern homes look classier with a good coat of quality paint. Houses also increase in price – by quite a lot – just through repainting yellowed walls to make them look new.

Choosing the right paint

Each house is different, and so is the kind of paint to correctly use. A professional painter will have the kind of experience needed to make the right decisions on proper paint choice, as well as advice on how to maximise the value for the cost of the expense. 

If you are the kind of person who is information savvy on the different types of paints, their pros and cons, as well as cost and preferred usage, you may be all right to DIY the project. But if you’re unsure of any of this information and researching the issue still confuses you, best to consider hiring a professional.

Paint Colours:

Choosing the right paint colour for each room can play an important role in selling your house or even making it more inviting for your guests and family members. 

Some colours that are popular are:

  • Whites and Creams
  • Light blue
  • Charcoal grey
  • Greys

Each colour can correspond to a room in the house, and some room locations work best with different colours compared to others. It’s important to note however, that keeping every room the same colour in contrast to making each room unique, may not have a positive effect when trying to sell the property as your design ideas may not fit in with a potential owner’s views.

DIY vs Professional Painter:

To reinstate the point, doing things DIY is usually cheaper than hiring a professional to get it done. But as most people tend to be pressed for time, and other commitments can arise, paintwork can often be left to be half done, affecting the overall quality of the paint job. If the wrong paint is purchased, it can be a waste of money as there might not be anyone who would want to take the useless paint off your hands.

Whereas, hiring a Gold Coast Painter will offer you their years of experience and knowledge in the field, and while it might be a costly venture, it is one that will save you money in the long run if you are unaware of the knowledge needed to properly complete a paint job.

We’re a family owned painting business that puts YOU first. We service the Gold Coast with a team of qualified and licenced painters and we’re all about making your next project a success! We completely understand your need to make your house a home and we’re excited to hear your ideas. Contact us today for your free quote!

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