- How much is it going to cost?
- How long will it take to compete the project?
- Will the contractor be hard to work with?
- What color/s will I use?
- Will this increase my homes value?
Let’s dive into each of these questions and see if we can come up with the top 5 reasons for painting your house.
First question, what is it going to cost me to paint my house? This has many factors and can be approached in different ways. Let’s take exterior vs interior painting for example:
- How many rooms do you have?
- What are their square feet?
- Do you have any brick walls?
- What quality of paint do you want to use?
Many of these questions apply only to interior painting but you see where we are going? All of these factors influence the cost and are somewhat variable to answering the “how much will it cost?” question. You can see where interior painting although it is very disruptive to everyday living, can cost quite a bit more than external house painting.
Second question, how long will it take to complete the project? A good contractor should be able to gauge how long a project will take in the initial estimate. This is based on previous projects and the amount of current projects they may have ongoing. A painting contractor should know the average time each of their employees take to complete projects. Usually they will overestimate so as not to tell you 3 days and it actually takes 5 days. They will likely just tell you it will take 5 days and work fast to complete it in 3 days. Estimation is done this way because there are other factors that influence it such as:
- Workers might be injured
- Workers might be sick
- Workers might be on vacation
- Scheduling conflicts
The best way to feel confident with your project time estimate is plan for the worst and go from there. Once painting has commenced, you don’t really want to interrupt the flow of work, this will not make it go any faster and can ultimately end in low quality service and delivery. Trust your professional, thats why you hired them.
Third question, “will the contractor be hard to work with?” This is completely uncertain. As a consumer, you should read the reviews by other customers and make an informed decision. As companies get larger they start hire more people and may lose a sense of values that got them to that point, like excellent customer service. Look for contractors that are less commercial and have local values. You will likely see them around town at one point or another.
Forth question, “what color/s will i use?” The fun part of painting is deciding what colors to use. If you and you spouse have are in agreement, then this is just fun and easy. If not, then this can become a prolonged argument that nobody wins. Try to come to an agreement on the vision of the room or house exterior first. This will inform the color scheme you should use. People see the world in different ways, so it is important to have a shared vision.
Fifth question, “will this increase my home’s value?” investing in your home will always increase the value, so adding any fresh coat of paint will indeed increase the value. How much value is uncertain, but it will likely make your home more marketable if your looking to sell it.
In conclusion, your house is your largest investment and should be taken care of in a way that is both fun and intriguing but also with these considerations.