Adding a fresh coat of paint to your home’s exterior is the most effective way to protect it against the damaging weather elements and regular wear and tear. Upfront, it might seem like a costly home maintenance practice, however, exterior painting is perhaps the most transformative and cost-effective home renovation project.
When done the right way, a new paint job can boost your home’s curb appeal, minimize costly repairs down the line and increase the value of your home. Professional painters in New Haven, Branford, Milford, Orange, and other surrounding cities charge anywhere between $40 to $70 an hour, and that is just labor, before factoring in the materials. For a particularly large home, the total exterior painting estimate might seem a little overwhelming, especially to first-time homeowners.
Luckily, though, planning out your exterior repaint project and executing a few tips can help you significantly reduce the project cost without cutting corners or compromising the quality of the work. And here are some tips on exactly how to do that:
Hire a Professional Painting Contractor
Well, when thinking about reducing the exterior painting costs, hiring a professional is probably the last thing that comes to your mind, right? Exterior painting is generally a complex project that requires a specific set of skills, training, and tools, backed by years of experience in practice.
While DIY is a possible option, attempting to repaint your home without the right training or skills can lead to mistakes that will cost you much more to correct than just hiring an expert right away.
Professional painters have the skills, tools, and experience that enable them to pick the right paint products, perform appropriate and thorough surface preparation, and paint using the right methods –all aimed at achieving quality and durable results.
Compare Multiple Painting Estimates
When trying to cut on your exterior painting costs, you would want to compare various service providers and choose one that fits your budget. If you’re dealing with a major repaint project, compare about 4-6 local painting contractors and invite 2-3 of the best (separately) for an estimate. Be sure to give them similar needs and requirements in order to get comparable estimates.
Lastly, compare the estimates and choose a painter that meets your painting needs –DON’T be tempted to automatically go for the cheapest contractor on the list, because they may have compromised material quality and some important processes to arrive at that low bid.
Offer To Do Some Tasks
As earlier mentioned, the bulk of your home repainting project cost will go to labor, and so if you can offer to do some of the tasks, you could significantly cut down on those man-hours. Some of the task you can offer to do include pressure washing the siding, sanding, stripping, caulking, clearing the perimeter for painters to work, and removing/reinstalling the outlet covers and doorknobs. Be sure to discuss this with your chosen painter in case they have any reservations or a particular way of doing things.
Repaint More Often
Postponing repainting your home exterior might buy you more time and spare your bank balance for the moment, but as your home exterior paint continues to deteriorate, it might cost you much more to repaint your home later. So while most paint jobs can last up to 5 years without needing repainting, you don’t have to wait for that long. Consider repainting your home’s exterior as soon as you notice significant levels of paint failure –peeling, chalking, fading, cracking, flaking, bubbling, etc.
The Bottom Line
Hiring a professional painter the smart way by comparing multiple estimates, choosing the best painter for your needs, repainting your home more often and offering to do some of the tasks will definitely cut down the project cost with no compromise on quality.
For affordable, reliable, and durable home exterior painting services in New Haven, Branford, Milford, Orange, North Haven, West Haven, East Haven, and the surrounding areas, give New Haven Painters a try. We would be happy to add you to our ever-growing list of happy customers. Book a free estimate below to get started, or simply call us (203) 606-2346 so we can chat about your project.