If you believe all those Home Depot and Lowes commercials, you can do a professional looking paint job, complete with perfect accent stripes using blue tape in an afternoon without so much as getting any paint splatter on your clothes before settling in for a cozy night watching Netflix. The reality for most people is quite different. What the commercials don’t show is all the grunt prep work that needs to be done before painting such as washing down the walls, the two or three coats that need to be applied, the hours spent trying to paint straight lines on door jamb trim, plus clean up.

While it is true weekend DIY warriors can do a bang-up job painting, there is also no denying it is time consuming and requires a steady hand, hours of time, and the patience of your favorite saint. And that’s just for one room; multiply that by the number of rooms you plan to paint. For most people the best way to get a meticulous, professional-looking paint job is to hire an actual professional. Here are some top reasons to use a painting pro the next time your home needs a fresh coat of color.

Efficiency

What will take you a weekend to accomplish, a professional can get done in a fraction of the time. Not only do they have the experience, they also have all the necessary supplies and tools in hand such as sprayers that can apply multiple coats in minutes. And most pros don’t need to tape to paint a straight line.

Guarantees

If you spill a gallon of paint on your carpet, or the spackle on the wall sinks and needs to be redone, or a water stain reappears a week later, you are on the hook to fix it, costing time, money, and aggravation. If you hire a professional, their work is guaranteed, and they are responsible for any accident.

Tools of the trade

Not all paint brushes and rollers are created equal. And most people are not going to invest in top-of-the-line painting supplies and specialized tools for a weekend paint job that all professionals already have. There’s one big reason a DIY paint job will rarely ever look quite as good as when a pro does it.

Safety first

If you’ve ever had to stand on a ladder to change a light bulb, you know how precarious that feels. Multiply that by having to balance a paint tray while wielding a brush to paint a ceiling. Again, professional painters have better ladders, have more experience, and have the tools to paint ceilings and other hard-to-reach places. Don’t risk a serious injury to save a few bucks by painting yourself. Leave it to a professional. You’ll be glad you did.

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