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While there’s certainly nothing wrong with painting your house yourself – you’ve picked out the color and all already, after all – actually getting the job done isn’t necessarily as easy as picking up a paint brush, dipping it in the paint, and getting to work. Do-it-yourself guides tend to gloss over a couple of things – things which a prospective do-it-yourself house painter needs to keep in mind.

Painting your home takes time

Reading through a do-it-yourself guide or watching a video, it’s easy to miss how these compress the amount of time actually involved in getting the job done. It’s easy to underestimate just how big your home can be, and how long it can take to finish painting it yourself.

Considering that your average homeowner is also juggling a regular job, you could easily end up spending a month or more painting your house. And it’s not an easy job by any means. Painting is no easy walk in the park. Under the worst conditions it’s hard, back-breaking labor. Are you sure you want to spend the next three or four weekends putting in all that work?

Painting your home can be dangerous

It’s virtually certain that if you choose to paint your house yourself you’ll be spending a lot of time on a ladder, reaching up to paint those hard-to-reach places. If you’re not comfortable on a ladder and are not in good physical condition, the results could be catastrophic.

Painting your home requires skill

As with all things, there’s a right way to do things, and many ways to get it wrong. Unless you yourself are experienced in painting, chances are that you’ll not know all the little tips and tricks to getting the job just right. Instead of saving on the cost of hiring a professional, you could end up spending more to get the job done right.

If you haven’t quite decided whether to go ahead and paint your house yourself or hire a professional to do it, first read Part III.