There are certain tasks and chores in life that few of us would think about carrying out on our own – fitting a new engine into the car, re-wiring your home’s electrical system, cutting down a 60-foot tree in the garden or tiling the roof. When such jobs need doing, we tend to call a professional, knowing they’ve got the tools and experience to do the job properly, safely and efficiently. So it seems strange that so many people think that house painting and home decorating is something they can do themselves and expect a good result, even if the last time they painted something was in a high school art class.
The truth is that painting is actually a highly-skilled job, and getting a professional, long-lasting finish on your internal and external walls, only comes with experience and insider knowledge – of paints, techniques, color management and preparation. So if you’re thinking about painting your house, here are some reasons why you should bring in a pro.
A better quality finish
The main benefit of hiring a professional painter is the quality of the end result. While anyone can splash some paint on the walls, doing a proper job requires expertise and preparation. A professional painter will take time to prepare surfaces, so that paint adheres properly and there results will be smooth and long lasting. This may involve stripping old paint, filling in holes, sandpapering rough areas and then masking fixtures, furnishing and fittings that need to be protected from splashes. A professional also knows what primer is best for walls, and what type of paint is right for each surface and type of room.
Safety comes first
Some paints can put out dangerous fumes that could potentially harm your pets and family. A professional painter will have precautions in place when applying or removing such paints. It can be physically risky too. When you’re painting outside, you have to be careful as two or three story buildings will require the use of ladders. It takes experience to not only secure these safely but also to be able to concentrate and do a good job when you’re perched 30 feet above the ground. As well as ladders, professional painters also make use of scaffolding and harnesses if needed – something that your everyday joe probably has little experience with.
Specialist knowledge and vendor benefits
Do you know about the local building codes and regulations and how they could affect your new paint job? Do you know where you can buy the best quality paint at the cheapest prices? The chances are you would have to answer “no” to these questions. But a professional painter will know about any rules regarding painting in the locality and will have long working relationships with paint and home improvement merchants. They’ll also be able to get a better range of paint so you don’t have to pay high markup prices.
The tools to do the job
A professional painting company owns equipment that many homeowners will have never even heard of, let alone know how to use. These include paint sprayers, scaffolding, speciality rollers, pipe painters and much more. Of course, it’s possible for homeowners to hire such things but they don’t generally have the expertise to use them. And contractors don’t just have the tools, they work together with professional team members who can help them get a job done quickly and efficiently.
Save your valuable time
We all have jobs and responsibilities, and at the end of a long day, or at the weekend, when time is precious and you have other people calling on your time, the last thing you want to do is change into your overalls and start painting. By contracting this work out to a professional, you save this time for yourself and your family. And this doesn’t just include just the painting time, but also the preparation work and cleanup. Of course, hiring a contractor will be more expensive than doing it for yourself, but as you will end up with a professional finish, that lasts longer, you may end up saving money in the long run. Especially, if when doing it yourself, you end up having to do touch up and make overs or clean up splashes and spillages.
Licence and insurance
Professional painting contractors such as Sharper Impressions, are fully licensed and insured and bonded. So in the unlikely event of there being an accident in your home, you’ll be covered. You know that a professional painter will work to the terms of your contract and carry out work you’ve asked for and in a timescale you ask for. Contractors will also have completed programs relating to environmental, the handling of certain chemicals and paints.
To learn more about the many benefits of hiring a professional painting company like Sharper Impressions, contact us today. We’d be happy to give you a quote or answer any questions you have.