Painting your house may seem like a simple task; many homeowners assume they can manage this on their own with a good power washer and paint gun, and perhaps a friend to help. However, the job is often much more complicated than you may realise, and it can be good to have a professional painter tackle it instead. Note when it's especially good to call on professional painters versus painting your own home and why their services may be necessary.
When dealing with old homes
Older homes may have lead-based paint, which should be carefully scraped and removed, and then collected so that it doesn't become airborne. Painters also typically need to wear proper protective equipment including full breathing apparatus when scraping or sanding lead-based paint. In some areas, you may even face fines if you should fail to manage lead-based paint properly, so have a professional tackle this job if your home is old enough to have any type of lead-based paint.
If your home's exterior needs repairs
If your home has aluminium siding and it's suffered a number of dents and dings over the years, these areas may need repair before they can be painted. The same is true with a brick home if there are chips or cracks in the brick. These should be filled in before any paint is applied. Otherwise, the paint may chip away or make those cracks look worse. Don't assume that heavy-duty exterior paint will cover over these imperfections, even if they seem minor. Instead, have a professional painter if he or she should bump them out, fill in the cracks or do whatever else is needed to get your home ready for fresh paint.
Seeking renovation ideas
You may have experienced what it's like to try to put a light wall colour over a dark colour and have it turn out very muddy or otherwise unattractive, or may know how difficult it is to add texture with paint. If you're looking to try something very new with the colour or texture of your house paint, this is why it's good to rely on a professional. Even strong shades of blue, rusty red or brown can look very different on your home than they do on the paint can or in a magazine picture. Work with a professional and tell them exactly the colour or texture you're trying to achieve and they'll be more likely to be successful with the end result.