Homeowners often spend more time at home to stay warm and cozy during the chilly winters in Ohio. They also have more time to look around their house, dreaming of spring and summer projects to refresh the look of their family home. One common project to plan for is interior painting and homeowners will start looking around for local painters to get estimates.
If you are a homeowner who is used to doing your home projects yourself, you may experience sticker-shock when you get a paint bid from a professional painter. Painting estimates include not just the physical painting but also the labor-intensive prep work such as taping off valuable doors and curtains, moving and covering furniture, protecting wallpaper, etc. Trim work, for example, is usually 60% of a bid. Professionals often operate at a level of detail that typical homeowners do not, and all of this can take extra time and result in seemingly high estimates.
If you want professional help with painting but would also like to save money, here are some valuable tips that can save hundreds on your painting estimate:
1) Create an accent wall by not painting one wall.
2) Don't have ALL the doors painted.
3) Move and cover furniture yourself.
This may or may not save on the estimate, depending on the placement of the furniture. It will be a lot easier for your painter to get the job done faster if the furniture is out of the way.
4) Remove wire shelving yourself.
Ken is the owner of American Painters and has many years of experience in this field. He is passionate about helping homeowners and business owners alike achieve great results with their painting projects.