DIY Commercial Painting vs Hiring a Contractor

Whether it’s a home renovation or a commercial project, sometimes you’re left to wonder which is better, DIY or hiring a professional? You can read reviews in household project forums, or spend a lot of time searching and comparing companies and getting quotes. But sometimes, it all boils down to simple reasoning and weighing your options, budget, and expectations.


Every so often we want to freshen up and change the look of our space. While commercial painting projects can often be done personally, the hiring of a professional contractor can streamline the process to create a seamless result. Commercial buildings often include public works, hospitals, universities, churches, and so much more. They also usually involve large spaces with hard to reach spots such as high ceilings that are a better fit for professional painters. If you are debating whether to hire a painting contractor or completing the project yourself, consider the following factors.




Doing this yourself is not always the most cost-effective way to freshen or change the look of your space. It will require you to buy paint and all necessary materials including brushes, primer, or even a ladder for all those hard to reach places. To avoid spending a lot of wasted time and money, a commercial painting contracting company utilizes the proper tools to assure you the job is being done correctly with a finishing look that you will love.


Professional contractors also save you time, money and energy! For instance, think about the painting of the ceilings. Unless you have a tall enough ladder, this may turn into a difficult task for you to complete. This, however, is not a concern for painting professionals as they have the necessary tools and knowledge in this area. You won’t have to worry about spilled paint on your carpet or hardwood flooring (as this can be expensive to remove), or having to go out and buy the best vacuum on the market to clean up the mess from sanding and plaster. Depending on the size of your space and your painting knowledge this may be a difficult DIY task.




Because commercial painting contractors have experience in the painting industry, you are more than likely going to receive a high quality finished product from them. They have the experience, tools, and knowledge to handle a project as big as the painting of a commercial residence. Hand in hand, since they are familiar with different types of paint they will be able to select the right kind for your desired space. Other factors to consider are straight edges, nicely painted ceilings, all while keeping a clean environment and not damaging any surrounding property.


Additionally, if you decide to do this yourself be sure you do not skip any important steps in the process or you may end up doing the job over. If you have no experience in commercial painting, it’s a wise idea to seek the help of a professional contractor as they have acquired tips and tricks that make them experts in their trade. Hiring a team of contractors will save you time, money and energy.




Another great advantage of hiring a painting contractor is timeliness. Depending on the size of your commercial building, most contractors will finish the job in a matter of days. To land a reputable and dependable contractor be sure they have their own insurance to prevent any liability on your part. This is the biggest drawback to handling this task on your own since it will take you time to complete.


Finding a Commercial Painting Contractor


If you decide to hire a painting company to help with this time consuming and labor-intensive job, do not be afraid to ask for references or testimonials from former clients. Word of mouth recommendations is often the best, especially if they are coming from a trusted friend or relative. Be sure to ask your selected painter questions and ask to see some of their previous work.


Consequently, a painting business that is insured and bonded often offer the best results and protect you as the business owner in the case of any intentional destruction or theft. Most contractors will be, but be to be certain, ask. You want to be sure to conduct thorough research and compare your local commercial painting contractors to get the most from your time and money.

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Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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