Cost-Benefit Analysis of DIY vs Professional Painting

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We must carefully plan our budget for painting the house like we would any other home improvement project. A number of criteria are considered when coming up with an estimate: square footage, materials like paint, labor, and more. The cost of such an undertaking is not always obvious to the uninitiated. The reassuring thing about it, though, is that a contractor’s quotation is final.
In some circumstances, doing the painting ourselves may appear to be the least expensive option. Naturally, if we go DIY, we’ll still be responsible for paying for the material costs and the labor done by those who are helping out. We must still pay for the painting errors we make. The price differs depending on whether we engage in a service or do it ourselves. In Sarasota, residential painting is best planned, all things considered.

Square Foot Estimate
The primary factor in the overall cost of painting a house is the surface area. More space demands more work and paint. This square footage equation is used as a quick and simple approach to calculate a quote that includes material and labor charges.
A baseline for labor is usually $2 to $3 per square foot. If we’re doing the job ourselves, primer and paint will cover 350–400 square feet per gallon of paint. Remember that two coats are generally needed. The brand and finish of the paint will affect the price. We will also need a lot of other supplies for a DIY paint job.
Professional painters can easily calculate what the cost of a project will be with the use of square footage as their determining factor. They can give us a quote that’s final, a timetable that’s doable, skilled work, and painters that are insured.

Labor Costs

One benefit of DIY painting is that we’re essentially paying ourselves to work. On the other hand, the task is labor intensive, and it will surely take up much of your time that may be best used for earning a living that can also help pay for the project. Many people will prefer to pay someone else for the pain in the neck involved. There are commercial painting services in Sarasota, FL, and elsewhere that you can look up.
We will need to prepare the space before we even start, and this can take a lot of time. Furniture will have to be moved, drop cloths set up, etc. Depending on the size of the space, it may take at least an additional three hours to be done with the preparation. If we do it ourselves, a paint job for an average space will likely require a full day to finish, or maybe even more. Again, the question of whether we have the time arises.

Damage Control 

When we hire a painting company, we are paying for experience to complete the task effectively, correctly, and quickly. To make a long story short, we want to be assured of peace of mind. Whatever happens, we will get superb paint for the price that’s been agreed upon. If an error does happen, we expect it to be their lookout. 

If it’s DIY, however, all errors and the resulting cost are on us. Whatever needs replacement, touch-ups, or, worse, a workplace injury, will be entirely our responsibility. In the end, doing a paint job ourselves may end up costing us more than getting it done by professionals.


To DIY or Not to DIY?

Painting our house will always be a pricey endeavor. If we know what we should be doing and the risks entailed and are ready to give it the time needed, it will save us a significant amount of money. If we don’t, know this: in Sarasota, residential painting is done by professionals.

Welcome to the world of quality painting at sensible prices. JC Painting & Refinishing has 25 years of experience in interior and exterior painting, deck & fence staining, epoxy flooring, and cabinet refinishing. You can call us at 941-893-0891 for more information. Scroll through our website now to see our list of services.

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