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Professional Painter Or DIY?

By Jacob Painter

Choosing whether to hire a professional decorator or simply do it yourself can be tricky when it comes to revamping your home. While DIY tends to be cheaper, and many professional services offer a higher-quality end result, these aren’t the only reasons that people opt for one method over another.

Professional decorating services have one obvious advantage over DIY; namely, you don’t have to do it yourself. For many people with busy working lives or children to look after, this is a huge bonus and a main reason why people hire decorators rather than donning a paint-splattered T-shirt themselves. But there are other reasons too – for example, while it may seem more costly to hire a decorator to do the job for you, it can work our more expensive in the long run to tackle the job yourself. Paint and wallpaper may not cost the earth but decent brushes, ladders and other necessary items – if you don’t already have them – can mean the costs mount up and you still have to put your own time and effort in. Added to a professional level of quality and their expertise in the little details such as preparing walls for painting, many people would lean towards going pro when giving their house a makeover.

However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any reasons to choose to decorate yourself. Many people feel that by doing so, they add their own personal touch to a room; and there’s nothing like the satisfaction of seeing a job well done. If you’re planning to use them again, buying things like brushes to do the work yourself can be cost-effective. You’ll also get the peace of mind of knowing you’ll get exactly what you want, done your way, and it solves the problems of decorators being in the way at all hours because you can work when you want.

Obviously the decision to use a professional or DIY would vary dependant on your requirements. A small painting job requires a lot less time, effort and expertise than a major rehaul of a whole house, something that needs taking into consideration. Making this choice is as personal and situation-specific as choosing the decorations themselves and therefore should be made taking all the factors into account.

If you do fancy having a go at doing it yourself, you can always ask for advice at big DIY stores or surf the internet for some advice before you start, so you can still end up with your perfect result without spending the money on a professional. If not, however, word of mouth is a great way to find a good painter and decorator; try asking trusted friends and family if they know of anyone they could recommend.

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