Painting – DIY versus Professional Contractor

Painting – DIY versus Professional Contractor

Painting.  This video we are going to show you about painting, some of the issues that you should consider when you are deciding should you paint yourself, or should you have a contractor do it.

Usually, when you get a few bids you notice that painting bids seem very High.  Well, when you break that down you should look to see if the bids require preparation.

We are going to show you, in this video, the many places to do preparation for your home, before you paint.  And Painters assume that they are going to have to prepare.  And perhaps you are underestimating how much work that really is.  Show we will show you that on an average home in the video, today.

The second issue is how much time will it take to do the job, if you do it yourself.  You are probably going to do it when you get time like over a weekend, or weekends.  A painting crew can do about a 2000 square foot house, interior, in about 4 to 5 days.  So that is something to consider, how long do you want to be disrupted?

Another thing to consider when you are going to paint, is the quality of paint.  When you go to the store and look at, let’s say, brown paint.  Why can you spend $35, $45, $55, $65 dollars on Brown Paint.  What is the difference?

Rather than tell you all of the different ingredients that go into paint, let me share with you the experience that I have had.  An inexpensive paint will wind up taking more coats in order to just look equivalent to a more expensive paint.  So, since the labor is the highest cost to painting,  it is often wise to give yourself the luxury of a high dollar paint from a reputable dealer like Porter, Sherwin Williams, I like Benjamin Moore, myself.  It is 2013, and my favorite paint color is Alexandria Beige.  It comes with a Litchfield Grey, and a Desert Tan.  These color schemes are created by designers to blend well together and it happens to be the highest selling paint in the Midwest.  So why would I use anything else.  Our homes sell faster and for more money when we use those paints. And for people staying in the home, they find that they love the comfort and ambience created for them by the Benjamin Moore paints.

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Hello, I Brad with  And today we are talk a little bit about painting.  Sometimes when you go out and get bids for painting, you will be surprised at the difference between a low bid and a high bid.  So today we will look at those differences, plus,  we will look at what happens when you do the work yourself, or when you have a professional do the job.

We are at our friend, Morgan’s, house.  And she just had her house painted.  The job never got finished, she had her boyfriend do it, which is common.  He wanted to do  it, and how hard can it be to put on paint.  So after nine months, we will show you some pictures of how he was in process for nine months, and she never got her house put back together.  She felt uprooted all of that time.  We are going to spend about 4 days here and get her house painted on the inside.  The difference between a professional job is just that, we get it done in four days.

But also, doing the work properly.  So the house has just been painted but you’ll notice just behind me there are a lot of splotches on the wall.  What are those?  A professional painter wants a nice flat surface.  After you have been in your home a few years, there are some bumps and bruises on the sheetrock, which is just a hard chalk.  These gentlemen are filling those bumps in, and then they will do a nice sanding job, so the walls are nice and smooth.  And then, begin painting.

So, let’s take a look at some of the other pieces of the house.

You will also have places in your house where just from settling and normal usage, your sheetrock will need some repair.  This home had a big patch missing right up here.  There is a window, there is a door, and going in and out of the door causes movement.  Movement causes a home to start showing their time and their wear.  So, if you are painting, you should fix that, and then paint.

So here is a wall that we are going to start with.  It has been painted.  And  it looks pretty much like the rest of the walls in this house.  It will have some spackling put on it, as well.  Sometimes, it isn’t just a place or two.  It is pretty much the whole wall.

Some walls are going to take more than others.  This wall, for example, is near an entry.  An entry.  People are coming into the home, a lot more traffic, the chances of bumping the walls are pretty high.  You bring things in, you take them out…get the idea?

Or a stairwell, which is a high traffic area.  You are going up and down, you often have things in your hands, and sometimes you are at high speeds.  And so, the walls get dinged up a little bit more.

Should you paint first, or should you paint last?  If you are doing quite a bit of remodeling, you are probably best to paint last.  Why is that?  Well if you are doing tile work or carpet work, look at the contracts and you will see a mention that they could bump and bruise your walls.  Since you know that is going to happen, why not paint last?  It gives other contractors an incentive to stay neat and clean, and to get done quickly.  So, as you are assembling your team and everyone is talking about who should go first, and who should go last, remember, paint is best if it goes on last. 

The second person who will have a good argument about going last is the carpet guys.  So, if you don’t want people traipsing across your new carpet, then have carpet go in last.

Definitely one of those two, paint, or carpet, should go last.



Brad Schuttler, with has completed

many projects in the Kansas City area.  He typically

works in homes that are $200K and up in retail value.


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