Whether you have fading colors, cracking paint or updated décor, you only need to apply a fresh coat of paint to the interior or exterior of your home to revitalize its appearance. For homeowners who enjoy taking on home renovations, painting ranks at the top of the list. However, before you make a final decision look at the pros and cons on both sides of the equation. Find out how much a painter charges per square foot compared to the cost of completing the job yourself. The comparison helps you put everything into perspective so that you can make the best decision for your situation.
DIY Paint Project Perspective
Undoubtedly, the large cost savings makes completing the job yourself hard to resist. In addition, you have total control over the project, from when you will paint and how you will approach the overall project. Before you get carried away with all the money you can save, make sure that you consider the time investment (prepping and painting) as well as the “opportunity cost.”
"Opportunity cost" refers to the time delegated towards purchasing supplies, prepping the work area, applying paint, and cleaning up, as opposed to engaging with your family, and pursuing your hobbies.
Next, make sure that you accurately compute the cost of paint, materials, tools, and equipment, which includes:
- Rollers and brushes
- Painters’ tape
- Paint thinner
- Drop cloths
- Caulk, patching compound, etc.
You should also include the price of tools, equipment rentals and purchases. Finally, consider the physical aspects of interior and exterior painting. The lifting, climbing and stretching can take a physical toll on the body.
Obtain Quotes from Professional Painting Services
The cost of a paint project varies, depending on the type (interior or exterior), size of the job, condition of the paint surface and the quality of the paint and primer. You can measure and compare the cost of the project based on how much a painter charge per room, or how much a painter charges per square foot. According to Home AdvisorLink opens in a new tab, in 2018 the national average for painting a home interior or room is $1,754.
When meeting with a potential vendor, make sure that you ask the estimator what costs are included in the quote. When viewing a low-priced bid, to be sure there are no extra charges once you’ve committed to the project. Ask if the quote includes the cost of any prep work and cleanup. For exterior paint jobs, make sure that the quote includes any up-charge for painting multiple stories or detached structures, such as a deck, porch or garage.
Five Star Painting actually conducts an on-site evaluation of your project. When the estimator arrives at your home, the person will walk the job with you and explain our painting process, from start to finish.
Benefits of Hiring a Professional Painter
On the surface, painting your home may seem easy. However, the job requires you to use the right paint and the proper tools. Having requisite knowledge that comes only with years of professional experience. When you hire a professional painting services company, you benefit in a number of ways, including:
- Save time
- Save money
- Avoid hassle
- Superior performance
A successful paint project takes time. Nothing can be more frustrating than to find yourself stuck in the middle of a paint project and be faced with a lack of time and patience. The bottom line here: if you do not complete the job the right way, you may end up wasting lots of time and money. Call Five Star Painting for a an estimate today!