Interior Painting is Like Money in the Bank | Irvine Real Estate | Irvine Homes for Sale

by Robert Mack on January 5, 2011

in Latest News, Sellers

Trying to decide whether to do some home remodeling this year or leave your money in the bank? You can do both if you remodel with paint.

“The cost of do-it-yourself interior painting is so low, it’s almost like remodeling without touching your bank account”

“The cost of do-it-yourself interior painting is so low, it’s almost like remodeling without touching your bank account,” says Debbie Zimmer, spokesperson for the Paint Quality Institute.

The key, of course, is investing some sweat equity.

“While a professional painter might charge up to $500 or more to paint a room, if you’re willing to provide the labor, you can complete the job for a small fraction of that amount,” says Zimmer.

Looked at another way, do-it-yourself interior painting is a great way to “earn” money. Since painting a room is usually a two-day proposition, if a contractor-applied paint job costs $500 in your area, you’re essentially paying yourself $250 a day to paint!

Absent the labor cost, do-it-yourself interior painting is downright thrifty. Your only outlay is for paint, application equipment like brushes and rollers, and some miscellaneous expenses for things like tape and a drop-cloth. Total cost? “Less than $100 a room,” says Zimmer. That’s little more than pocket-change in today’s remodeling world.

Whether you’ve decided to do your own interior painting to save money or simply to have a hand in beautifying your home, Zimmer offers some tips:

“Take the time to properly prepare the walls and other surfaces before starting to paint,” she says. “That means cleaning them with a solution of detergent and water, after which they should be rinsed and allowed to dry. If there are any cracks or holes in the walls, this is the time to repair them with spackling compound or a good-quality acrylic caulk.”

Zimmer also recommends using only high quality brushes and rollers. “These will help you apply the paint more evenly to get professional-looking results, even if this is your first time painting,” she says.

via businesswire.com for the complete article

a can of paint is worth 20 bucks in the can and thousands on the wall…I always say this!

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