Saving time and peace of mind can be worth the cost of hiring a professional, even if you prefer to "do it yourself." Keep in mind that each project situation is unique with its own challenges. It may be opening Pandora's box: when trying to fix a situation, another bigger problem lurks behind the original. This would only increase your time on the project.

So ask yourself if I should be immersed in a do-it-yourself project or do I need the services of a professional?

Each project has criteria: time, skill, budget and knowledge to hire the right painter. There are different types of painters.

A house painter can be a merchant, mechanic, or worker: responsible for painting a house or substrate.

Decorative painter also known as artist, faux finisher, decorators, custom house painter and usually performs more specialized detailed work.

Do you need a painter or a contractor, with what skills?

Painters Skill level: master painter, laborer, apprentice and skilled man.

Professional painters need to have a great knowledge of the tools of the trade, regardless of skill level. This knowledge includes safety, ladders, scaffolding, paint roller type, brushes, sprinklers, sandpaper, and power tools to get the job done.

Thought and preparation should be considered before simply applying paint. For example, fabric drop, tape, wallpaper removal, repair techniques, roller or brush dimensions, there are different sizes or types of brushes and rollers for different finishes; water-based VS solvent-based, types of materials, amount of paint, number of coats of paint, amount of primer, types of primers and gloss finishes. The ability to brush around the roof, make trim, doors, windows, trim, skirting, and other trim work smoothly and nail filler techniques just to name a few.

Don't assume that a painter or contractor can complete all tasks or have the necessary skill set to complete the desired result; without asking, do you have the manpower and experience in all tasks? Get referrals by following and visiting past work. Some painters or contractors are unable to use sprinklers, color match and make certain repairs, stain wood, imitate, or do custom work.

Painting Contractor: Person or entity able to quote, organize, and perform a task for him / her or has qualified mechanics who work as employees or subcontractors. They enter into a contractual agreement directly with the owner to carry out the repair and painting.

Larger contractors are generally capable of many painting, repair, and decorating services. They may have multiple qualified or unskilled merchants to perform certain tasks. Proper use of workers, apprentices to do cleaning, grooming, and helping with painting can save you money. Some jobs may require the following: plasterer, drywall repair, carpenter, caulking, master painters or laborers, wallpaper removal, hanging wallpaper, or fake finisher.

Business activities: the contractor or painter is primarily responsible for safety, organizing job preparation, protecting surfaces from paint splashes, preparing the surface to paint, how to repair nail holes, repair panels plaster, plaster, caulk and apply paint. The last of the items may include cleaning, proper identification of paint cans, and proper disposal of all hazardous material.

Each painter's category may vary: residential or new build repainting, interior / exterior, economy, standard or custom, wood interior staining and varnishing, drywall repair, drywall, caulking, light woodwork, restoration work, ceilings with Popcorn texture, imitation finishes, wallpaper removal and wallpaper installation, cleaning and finishing of floors on deck fences, pressure washing and cleaning, epoxy floors, residential garage floors and basement floors.

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A house painter can be a merchant, mechanic, or worker: responsible for painting a house or substrate.