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Paint Job: When To DIY and When To Hire A Pro

Painting your house seems to be an easy job that you can do yourself. However, there are times and situations when hiring a professional painter is a better option than doing it yourself.

In this blog post, you’ll learn when it is right to do the paint job yourself and when to hire professionals. 

What Part of Your Home Should You Paint?

Painting your home prevents damage, preserves it and makes it last a long time. Therefore, it is necessary to know what parts of your home you need to paint and what kind of paint to use on them.

Here are some of the most important parts of your home that need painting:

  • Exterior


The reason why you should paint the exterior of your home is not only to make it attractive from the outside. This will protect it from damage due to extreme exposure to different weather.

Make sure to use latex-based paints on the concrete part of your outdoors and enamel paints for the gates and railings.

  • Roof


Your roof is the part of your home that is the most exposed to UV, rain pour and winds. The exposure makes your roof degrade fast and suffer corrosion. Painting your roof is the best way to protect it from damage.

Use the right roof coating compatible with the material of your roofs, such as metal roofs, terracotta or concrete tiles.

  • Walls and ceiling


Your interior walls and ceilings are the life of your home. Painting them with the right colours will create the right ambience that you want to live in.

Water-based paints can be used for painting your home’s interior.

  • Built-in Cabinets, Shelves and Furniture


Your home might have built-in parts, such as cupboards, cabinets, bookshelves, kitchen counters, tables and others. As they are permanent parts of your home, they, too, must be painted.

Painting these parts of your home is not only a one-time job. Repainting them will enhance the protection and prevention of future damages and fix existing damages.

Things to Consider Before a Paint Job

Before starting a paint job, there are a few things you need to consider to ensure the best results.

  • Type of surface
  • Type of paint suited for the surface
  • Signs of debris from old paints or damage
  • Moulds, mildew and fungi growth
  • Furniture or appliances that need covering from paint drops and splashes
  • Set of tools
  • DIY or professional painter

Pros and Cons of a DIY Paint Job

If you are thinking of doing a DIY paint job, here is a list of its advantages and disadvantages that will help you with your decision. 

  • Pros


    • Painting your home yourself is cheaper than hiring a professional painter.


    • You will have full control over the job. You decide what colours to paint and what designs to make.


    • DIY projects, including paint jobs, give you a different kind of satisfaction, confidence and an increase in self-esteem.


    • If you do it with your other family members, painting is a fun and enjoyable family bonding.

  • Cons

    • Painting your home is time-consuming.


    • If you do not have the skills and expertise, it will reflect on the outcome.


    • You will need complete tools and materials for painting, which include:


  • Paints


  • Painter’s tape


  • Brushes


  • Rollers


  • Canvas drop cloths


  • Plastic buckets


  • Roller trays


  • Ladder


  • Touch up tools


  • Putty knife

Pros and Cons of Hiring Professional Painters

Hiring a professional painter or a trusted painting contractor also has its share of advantages and disadvantages.

  • Pros


    • A professional painter is an expert in paint jobs who has the skills to ensure a high-quality outcome.


    • A professional painter has complete materials and tools for different kinds of paint jobs.


    • They are knowledgeable about the right kinds of paints to use in different parts of your home.


    • They can give you advice on the designs and the best colour combination around your home.


    • Hiring a professional painter can save you a lot of time and stress.

  • Cons


    • Compared to a DIY paint job, hiring a professional painter costs more.


    • If you get your professional painter from a less reliable painting services provider, there is no guarantee that he will do a great job. Therefore, it is important to choose the best professional painter from the best painting service provider.

When Should You DIY a Paint Job?

There are times when you do not necessarily need a professional painter to do the work and DIY paint jobs are acceptable. 

  • Go ahead and DIY if the surface you are about to paint is in good condition.
  • You can DIY if you are doing uncomplicated colour changes.
  • Small spot touch-ups do not require a professional painter.
  • Do you have the complete tools? Go and DIY a small room like a kid’s room.

When Should You Hire Professional Painters?

There are also parts and situations where a DIY paint job cannot work but an expert painter can fix it.

  • Hire a professional if you have a high ceiling.
  • Lacquer, high gloss and other specialty finishes shall only be handled by experts.
  • If your walls are in poor condition, let the professional handle them.
  • Hire a professional painter if you need to strip off really old paint.
  • If you do not have the tools and materials, it is much better to hire professional painters than to buy all the tools. Professionals have complete and high-quality tools for better results.

Finding a Master Painter in Australia

DIY small and easy painting projects around your home, but for big and complicated paint jobs, leave them to the professionals.

To make sure that you are hiring the best professional painter, consult us. We have licenced and experienced professional painters, as well as decorators, across New South Wales and ACT.

Contact us here at Master Painters today.