Photos: Kitchen: Sustainable Planet Painting; Stairs: ESP Painting; Bedroom: Painted Turtle LLC

Hire a professional painting contractor for your interior or exterior painting project or do-it-yourself?

Understanding the difference.

Should you hire a residential painting contractor? If you need a little touch-up painting, sure you can get out your paint, tape and brushes and make a quick fix. It’s the bigger projects where the do-it-yourselfer often gets in over their head. Or, worse yet, ends up with amateur looking painting job that sticks out like a sore thumb.  It’s especially noticeable where the wall meets the ceiling (not a straight line), in corners (oops, the colors overlapped), on baseboards (paint splatters) and on walls with those nasty “missed spots” that we call “holidays”.  Worse yet, your paint bubbles and peels.

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Photo: ESP Painting

Reasons to hire a professional residential painting contractor

This is our career, not our hobby.

Your Time:

Yes, your time is valuable, so keep it for yourself and family.  You can’t get time back once it’s used.

Our Time:

Chances are professional residential painting contractors can get your paint project done in half the time that you could even dream of doing it. That’s because we know what brushes, rollers, tape and equipment to use. We know how to prepare the surface so the paint goes on smoothly and stays on for years. We know the right coatings to put on a surface, whether it’s latex, oil base or the new non-smelly paints. In many cases, we send an entire crew to come in, get the job done, and get out of your hair as fast as possible.

Safety Issues:

Safety is not just about ladders or spilled paint. If you have a property built before 1978, then you need to follow the protocols for the possibility of lead paint. You need someone who understands the law and knows about testing surfaces and can recommend a course of action.  In more complex projects there are safety issues with odors in small spaces, legal disposal of paint and toxic coatings, respirator usage and state and federal laws that must be followed.