Come house painting time, most people would rather find an escape route than deal with the hassle of this home improvement project. While painting the home is one of the easiest, cheapest, and fastest ways to improve its looks, address some problems, and give it the facelift it so much deserves, it is still a hassle. If you add to the actual home painting job's hassle the various considerations before you even get started, you will realize why you, me and a few more million people around the world dread the moment of painting their home. (No wonder there's a large number of painting contractors around ready to make our lives easy.) But let us focus on these first considerations that will determine the outcome of the entire painting project, and where it will be easy or not. Shall we?
Professional painters or DIY?One may say that the decision to hire a professional painting company or do the job yourself highly depends on the scale of the work. Partially, this is true. Let's say you just want to refresh one wall in your bedroom – a wall free of blemishes and bruises, you simply want to apply a new color. In such a case, you may decide to do it yourself. But even with such small-scale home painting jobs, it won't be easy if you have never held a roller or brush in your hand, know nothing about colors, don't know how to do the job. You may not get the results you expect. Now imagine wanting the whole house painted. Perhaps, an exterior painting service too. While such jobs may not demand 10 different college degrees, they still require some skills, knowledge, training, expertise. Even an interior painting service, which is usually easier than having the exterior painted, is hard to do right – let alone if you want the external walls painted as well. So, we vote in favor of finding a home painting contractor, although the decision is yours.
Interior painting – exterior too?While you sit around the kitchen table with the whole family discussing your soon-to-take-place house painting, you wonder: should we paint the exterior too? Taking such decisions is much easier than you think. Start by answering this question first: what made you decide to paint the house in the first place? Was it water damage that caused some internal wall discolorations? Or was it your choice just to refresh your house – perhaps, change the color of the walls in some rooms? Things to remember.
- The exterior always suffers the most. If you can afford it right now, include the exterior to your project. Naturally, if there's some apparent damage on the exterior walls, it goes without saying – you need to paint it.
- Whether there's mold, moisture, damage, it's important that the problem is addressed and the wall is painted.
- Homes are not painted often. Some cracks here and some bruises there are likely to be found. And while such blemishes may be scarce, your decision also depends on how long it has been since you last painted the house.