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DIY House Painting vs. Hiring a Contractor

House painting is a big chore that homeowners have to go through every few years, unless they have no-paint siding or stucco. This can be such a time-consuming and labor intensive job that many homeowners choose to hire a painting contractor or company to do it. The other reason many people hire a contractor is that the house is to large for one person to paint on their own, and may require more equipment than the homeowner has available. The other house painting option is to do-it-yourself. This is a money-saving option, and often a good summer home-improvement project. Here is a comparison between the diy option and a painting contractor.

Do-it-yourself house painting-pros and cons

The biggest pro of do-it-yourself house painting is the money saved. The only costs would be the costs of paint, primer, paintbrushes and any other supplies. Another pro is that the colors the homeowner chooses are probably more likely to be exactly the right shade. Sometimes the color painted by the contractor may be not quite as the homeowner pictured it and the only option is to live with it rather than pay to have it done again. One drawback to diy is the time it will take. It could take the average homeowner with a full-time job up to a month to complete, depending on the time they have available. Another negative of this choice is that a homeowner may not be covered by their insurance if something were to happen. Most contractors carry their own insurance, so that is not a concern.

Hiring a house-painting contractor-pros and cons

The main positive about choosing to hire a house-painting contractor rather than the diy option is timeliness. A contractor, especially if they have a crew, can finish a job in one or two days, compared to the three to four weeks it may take a homeowner. Also any reputable contractor will have their own insurance, which prevents any liability on the part of the homeowner. The biggest con of the contractor option is the cost. Not only will there be a charge for supplies, but also labor costs, which can be substantial. The homeowner needs to be sure to get three or four written estimates that include not only the price, but the estimated time the project will take.

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