How Can You Save Money Painting Your House?
There aren’t many things that feel fresher than a newly painted room or rooms in your house. It feels good, it looks good, it’s a nice change, it’s an easy way to spruce things up and it’s an important part of home maintenance. Although painting is a relatively inexpensive way to accomplish all those things, it still costs money, which doesn’t come easily for most of us. So the challenge is keeping as much in your wallet as possible.
Here are a few ideas that will help you…
“Keep the Costs Down”:
Many homeowners put off painting too long, which leads to repairs from peeling, cracking and other situations that could be costly. So I would recommend you treat painting like other maintenance you do around your home. A well maintained home will save you money.
Saving money on paint:
- Someone once said, “I’m not rich enough to buy cheap things”. Although it seems counterproductive, spending money to buy quality paint will save you money in the long run, because you will have to paint less frequently (unless you just like to change things up more frequently!)
- This is a little known trick that can save money when you’re ready to purchase your paint: Visit the local hazardous waste recycling center in your areas. There you can find left over, but still good, construction paint as well as unused paint from local stores. This paint will cost you little to nothing.
- Go to your local hardware store and ask for their mistinted paint section (this can still be good paint, just not the right color for the original customer).
- If you don’t have a color scheme in mind, options 2 & 3 could be very helpful.
- If you are painting more than one room it would be more cost effective to buy your paint in 5 gallon buckets.
- When you are calculating how much paint you will need, plan for a little extra for touch ups.
- Unless you’re painting over the same color, use primer…you will need to use fewer coats of your paint, and primer is less expensive.
- Primer can be tinted close to your final color, which will save time and money.
Saving money on painting tools:
- Don’t skimp when it comes to buying the tools you you will need. Buy quality tools and take good care of them. It will save you money because you can use them next time.
- At the end of the day, if you’re not finished with your project, store your paint brushes and rollers in sealed plastic bags.
Saving money on the labor:
- You may be able to save money if you do the work yourself, but only if you take the time to do a quality job.
- If you choose to hire a painting contractor, check to see if such things as moving furniture, wall hangings, blinds and draperies are included in their bid. If they are, doing that prep work yourself might save you some money.
If you’re like a lot of people, you’d rather leave the painting and the clean-up to someone else. That’s when they call Claffey’s. We’ll save you money by doing the job right the first time.
Contact us or give us a call for a free estimate – (425) 888-3634
Claffey’s Painting is a full service painting contractor serving Western Washington, Chelan, Douglas and Kittitas Counties. We have painted over 7000 homes and would enjoy the opportunity to help paint yours. We can guide you through all the decision making processes so you get the right paint for the right job, and the professional job you’re looking for.