Why You May Want to Reconsider Painting Your House Yourself

by | Feb 16, 2017 | Construction and Maintenance

When your house needs a new coat of paint is it easy to get lured into the trap of doing it yourself. After all, it is just painting. How hard can it be right? Wrong, painting, when done properly, is a very time-consuming job. When you consider the time, you will put into it and the fact that you will undoubtedly get better results from a professional it is obvious that this is the way to go. For those who are still not sure, here is a couple of reason you should consider hiring a painter in San Antonio or your area for your next large painting project.

Your House Is Bigger Than It Seems

It is easy to look at your house and think, “That is not too much. I can paint that,” but often this is deceiving. Once you actually start doing the prep work and painting, you will quickly realize that your house is about four times as large as it seemed when you were assessing it before. This is more common than you would think. Dedicated DIYers will start painting their homes only to stop part way through and hire someone because it is so much more work than they originally anticipated.

Painting Takes Lots of Prep

A quality paint job is 25% paint and 75% prep work. When it comes to prepping a surface for paint, you must first clean it to remove any dirt or debris that will keep the paint from adhering. Then you have to sand the old paint, prime any areas that need it, clean the entire surface again, then finally you can paint. This may not sound like much, but consider that by the end of it you will have gone over every outside inch of your home at least four times before you are done if you do a high-quality job. Add this to the fact that most people underestimate the size of their house and you can see why so many people give up.

If your house needs a new coat of paint, then you should strongly consider hiring a professional. If you choose to do it yourself then at least be sure you follow all of the proper prep steps to ensure your paint job lasts for years to come.

If you are looking for a painter in San Antonio, then contact Shaw Remodeling.  Visit their website at http://www.shawcoremodeling.com/.

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