(Closed) Painting the exterior of your house: hire someone or diy?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We are DIY’ing ours.  It takes a little longer, but we’ve got 1 1/2 sides done already.  The paint and supplies cost us about $250-300.  Just don’t plan on getting it done in one weekend.  We’ve tried to do a side on each weekend that we were available, but now I’m slowing down and unable to help much (like at teh roofline and sutff).  Mr. DG isn’t really fond of me standing on the ladder right now (though I do it anyway) 🙂

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

Depends on the style and size of the house. We did ours ourselves (2 story,large house) but it was NOT easy to do and took at least a month to complete. We also did it with a sprayer (which kept getting cogged and breaking down), but once that was resolved it was OK (but also something we’d never attempt again). The prep work to cover the windows with plastic,lay large tarps over the roof…..it was a lot of work and took a ton of paint for 2 coats. We also had to powerwash it all first.

There ended up being a lot of overspray on the roof as well as the foundation. After the base of the house was done,there was still all the windows,trim and shutters to do by hand. It turned out beautifully,tho.

We actually inherited the job after 2 contractors kept pushing us back. We ‘thought” it was something we could do easily,but not so much (in retrospect). We’ve always DIYed everything in our houses,but for that one,we would have gladly paid someone else.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We will be buying our home within the next year and we are real excited to be painting the rooms. Fun little couple bonding (hopefully ha) DIY projects and we were thinking about having friends over to help.

However, the boys can tackle the exterior or we will probably hire someone. Depending on your home, it can be labor intensive and time consuming. I think $12k is absolutely ridic and if you’re looking into different options, I would do some reasearch of my own and call around. If yall have time and want to DIY, it will definitely save money but I would maybe get some friends involved to help.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Oooh, just a little tip… We’re rolling not spraying.  Sprayers do clog often and end up using more paint than the rollers. 

Our house is a 2 story 100 year old craftsman, so we spent one whole weekend sanding, using a pressure washer and prepping before we were ready to paing.

Hope that helps… It hasn’t been too frustrating for us.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I don’t know whether this is an option that is possible for you or one that you have considered, but my dad has always said that the best investment he’s ever made in my parents’ home (which they’ve owned since 1980) was to abandon the idea of painting the exterior in favor of siding. Painting is either laborious and time-consuming or ludicrously expensive, whereas siding lasts, well, practically forever. You can get it some pretty attractive patterns that don’t look so plasticlike. After hearing my dad preach about the labor and money he’s saved so many times over the last three decades, I wasn’t even willing to consider a house that didn’t have siding when we bought our new house last spring. Just a suggestion, perhaps worth considering.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

First, I’d get a few quotes after you close. Ask your new neighbours if they can recommend anyone. $12 000 is ridiculous, you are absolutely right. I think you can find a better deal!

If I weren’t marrying a contractor/painter, I would certainly hire someone to do the job. I hate painting, LOL! Heck, we hired a painter to do our house when we moved in 2 years ago! Painting your house is certainly time consuming and hard work. Kudos to you if you do it, but you’re going to have your hands full trying to unpack and organize inside the house, it might be a nice treat to just let someone else deal with the exterior.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

Except…if your siding is 30+ years old,is the original aluminum,and the color is washing off and running into your gardens. 🙂 Aluminum siding will become powdery over time, and rather than re-side it in vinyl, we opted to paint it.

Mrs.DG…our last house was a Craftsman,but this is a Colonial. It was incredibly hard to spray off of ladders that high up,and scaffolding for large areas….not good for the arms,neck and shoulders! We did part of the garage with rollers,but we didn’t like how it looked over the siding.

Our last house had asbestos siding which we ended up putting aluminum siding over that, since painting over the asbestos took too much paint. It sucked it up just like brick does…like a sponge.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Eesh, that sounds gross, smyley! I meant vinyl siding. I’ve also heard of cement fiber siding, which is a newer material that’s supposed to come close to emulating natural wood grain and is extremely durable/low-maintenance.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

smyley- we too have asbestos siding… It does suck up paint, doesn’t it?  And it sounds like your job was way bigger than mine.  I can reach everything without scaffolding.  We just need ladders 🙂

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