Should You Hire a Painter or DIY?

Having painted walls can completely transform the look and feel of your home. But should you hire a professional, or should you do it yourself? Here, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of a DIY paint job vs. hiring painting experts.

If You Choose to DIY…


  • You will feel a sense of accomplishment.
  • You can paint at your own pace, whether over a single day or week (or month!).
  • It will cost less. (The biggest expense will be the paint, which can cost $30-$40 per gallon, though higher-quality or designer-brand paints can cost much more.)


  • You might underestimate the time and effort it takes to paint.
  • In addition to paint, you will also need to buy primer, brushes, rollers, ladders, correct tape, mud, tarps, etc.
  • Even if you take your time and pay attention to details, the quality will likely not be as good as what a professional could do.
  • You have to clean up any mess or paint that ends up in places other than your walls.

If You Hire a Professional…


  • You can be more sure the job will be done correctly, and the results are more predictable.
  • You can expect clean lines and edges, as well as uniform color.
  • You may like how easy it is to step aside and allow someone to do their job.


  • It will cost more.
  • You will need to coordinate with painters to enter your home.

Making a Choice

Consider the pros and cons to decide whether DIY or hiring a professional works best for you!


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