Some­times, it’s smart to hire a paint­ing pro

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Few things can re­vi­tal­ize a home more read­ily than a fresh coat of paint.

Thanks in part to the af­ford­abil­ity of paint and its ease of ap­pli­ca­tion, paint­ing is some­thing that even novice DIYers can typ­i­cally han­dle.

Ac­cord­ing to the mar­ket­ing ad­vice guru Bran­don Gaille, it is es­ti­mated that res­i­den­tial in­te­rior paint lasts only about three years be­fore it needs to be up­dated. Ex­te­rior paint can fade, chip and peel due to var­i­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors. As a re­sult, many homes can likely use a fresh coat of paint in at least one room.

As DIY-friendly as paint­ing can be, when at­tempt­ing to paint the in­te­rior or ex­te­rior of their homes, home­own­ers may learn that some paint­ing projects are best left to the pro­fes­sion­als. Paint­ing re­quires skill, pa­tience and a knowl­edge of how var­i­ous paints — in­clud­ing fin­ishes for par­tic­u­lar ap­pli­ca­tions — will hold up.

Novice painters may do more harm than good by drip­ping paint on ex­pen­sive car­pet­ing or floors, or fail to rec­og­nize the nu­ances that in­di­cate a spot-on paint­ing job.

Pro­fes­sional painters have spent hours upon hours learn­ing the ropes of what works — and what does not. Painters of­ten un­der­stand that painstak­ing prepara­tory work is cru­cial to get­ting pris­tine fin­ished re­sults. Walls and ceil­ings must be prop­erly re­paired and pre­pared even be­fore a base coat is ap­plied.

Pro­fes­sional painters also have an eye for de­tails. And, be­cause pro­fes­sional painters make a busi­ness out of do­ing in­te­rior and ex­te­rior sur­faces, they un­der­stand which tech­niques can im­prove ef­fi­ciency. That means a pro­fes­sional job typ­i­cally can be com­pleted much more quickly than a DIY project.

Even though some peo­ple think they’ll save money by paint­ing their own homes, that’s not nec­es­sar­ily true. Pro­fes­sion­als already have all the equip­ment nec­es­sary, un­like novices, who may need to make re­peated and po­ten­tially costly trips to the hard­ware store for sup­plies. Plus, if mis­takes hap­pen, DIYers have to spend ad­di­tional time and money fix­ing them.

Safety can be a large mo­ti­va­tor for turn­ing paint­ing over to a pro. Nav­i­gat­ing ex­te­rior areas or tall in­te­rior ceil­ings can be chal­leng­ing and may re­quire scaf­fold­ing or tall lad­ders DIYers do not have. Risk of falls or other in­juries in­crease with lack of ex­pe­ri­ence.

Paint­ing can give a home a facelift, and of­ten­times it is smart to turn the work over to pro­fes­sion­als to en­sure the job is done just right.

Metro Cre­ative photo

While paint­ing your home — in­side or out — is man­age­able for al­most any DIYer, some jobs are bet­ter left to pro­fes­sion­als.

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