How Hiring a Painting Contractor in Michigan Can Save Homeowners Money

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Sterling Heights painting contractor, Imperial Painting, advises how hiring the right painter for exterior house painting can save a lot of aggravation and money.

There are a lot of homeowners out there turning more and more toward DIY solutions rather than hiring a professional for all sorts of tasks around the home. From those who have attempted DIY tasks, it is often heard how they wish they had gone with a professional in the first place. Imperial Painting in Sterling Heights, MI runs into this problem often when it comes to house painting. With exterior painting there are a number of things to consider and a lot to watch out for when trying to do it yourself.

First, it is always important to consider the base cost for painting a house. There is a cost for the paint. There are computers at hardware stores and online that can help figure out how much paint should be needed for a specific job. Measurements will need to be taken beforehand. With a professional painter, wastage is typically less than 10 percent. For a novice do it yourselfer, the wastage usually ranges between 20 and 30 percent.

In figuring out how much paint is needed, it will become readily apparent how much the paint will cost. Consumers pay one price off the shelf. Experienced painters know where to shop and often have deals with vendors because they do so much business where they can actually get the paint for less and pass that savings on to their customers.

Then, it is important to have the right tools. This means everything from nails, hammers, and screwdrivers to make sure the wood or siding is in good repair. Then, there are paint brushes, paint rollers, ladders, paint buckets and drop clothes to buy. Do not forget to have tape and plastic to cover windows, trim, and other areas that should not be painted. Try to get everything before the painting job starts to avoid having to leave in the middle of the job just to go back to the store because something was forgotten. It is also important to get extra of just about everything.

After that, consider how much time is spent painting the house. If you can’t get it done over a single day or weekend, that could be problematic. Paint, as it sits, will begin to breakdown. It might be troublesome to ever get it to mix right again.

Also, homeowners who want to paint their own home need to be sure they are getting the right brand and type of paint. It is also important to understand concepts like how humidity and temperature affects paint. Know what is being painted over can make a huge difference as well. If the wrong paint is applied or the right paint is applied improperly, it can cause trouble. That problems with the paint may not be recognized for days, weeks, or months. Then, it needs to be again and the paint that is still on the house needs to be taken off first.

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