House painting on a Budget


Painting an entire house, indoors or outdoors, can be an expensive project.  Some people might wonder if there is an easier way of going about this, or a cheaper way to avoid some costs.  In some cases, there may be things you can do in order to save money, but when it comes to other things, its best to pay what you need to get done in order to ensure that its done right, in a quality manner, so that it won’t end up costing you even more in the end.  For example, if you use cheap paint, and by cheap, I mean bad quality paint, it might seem okay right now, but maybe next month or the month after that you are going to have to paint it again.  Add in the paint from previous months, plus the quality paint from this time around, plus the accessories like paintbrushes, painters tape, tarps, etc. and you could be paying more than you bargained for.  Below, we will be going over the places or items, where it’s okay to bargain, and other places it’s not.

Cabinet Budget

If you are painting something like a kitchen, chances are you are going to want to A) save money where you can because the kitchen tends to be a big project and B) you are going to want to do this right the first time around.  Kitchens are, after all, one of the most active rooms in the house.  It’s where your family tends to go to eat, study, do homework, read the paper, and maybe even watch TV.  It’s also the place where your guests, living in the house or just coming over for a few hours, tend to be the most.  Cabinets CAN be an expensive situation.  On one hand, you want them to look good.  On the other hand, they can cost upwards to thousands of dollars depending on size, features and material.  One thing to think about in terms of budget is to either redo or paint them.  Redoing them means you will have to sand them down to remove the stain or finish, and then adding your own stain or finish.  Painting them means also sanding them down, putting on a primer for something like wood, and painting them.  If you choose to stain something like wood, it might cost $28.96 / each for a 1 gallon jug of Mahogany.  These prices vary though depending on the stain. Painting wood, again, will vary on brand, size of can, and store, but tend to range around the same price as stain.  If you are going to paint them, make sure you use oil-based or 100 percent acrylic latex paint.

Flooring Budget

Believe it or not, but the flooring budget is not something you want to skimp out on.  You have to consider the fact that flooring is something that everyone in your house will use.  So quality does matter.  This is not a quick fix.  However, just because you need a quality floor, doesn’t mean that you have to spend $10 a tile.  No.  In fact, there are all sorts of materials you can use for flooring, and some of them are incredibly cost efficient.  Instead of looking at marble, look at porcelain.  Porcelain has come a long way since it was first used in homes.  It’s now much more durable, comes in all sorts of sizes and styles, as well as colors.  You can even find porcelain that looks like marble!  Flooring for your kitchen can range from other non-expensive materials such as cork, vinyl even linoleum – which has changed a lot over the years.  You can even redo old wood flooring by sanding it down, painting it or adding stain.

Exterior Painting

When it comes to exterior painting, people do one of two things.  They do it themselves or they hire someone.  Both of these options have their benefits, of course.  Let’s go over pros and cons for both.

DIY Painting

– Cost is probably going to be cheaper than hiring someone – PRO

– If you have a two or three level house, it could be unsafe for you to climb on a ladder to do it – CON

– You don’t have to worry about communicating with someone as far as what you want – PRO

– You’ll have to buy all the equipment and accessories on your own, as well as choose the right type of paint – CON

Hire a House Painter

– It might cost a little more, but it’s going to be done right the first time! – PRO

– They have all the equipment and accessories available – PRO

– They are mindful enough to understand how to choose the right paint and what measures to use so that the paint looks good, and continues to look good for years to come – PRO

– They do all the set up for you as well as the cleanup – PRO

So from what you gather above, yes, it probably will cost a little more to hire a house painter in New Jersey, but the benefits definitely outweigh the cost.  Like with your job, you probably know things that other people in other positions don’t know.  Painters are the same way, they do this for a living, so they make it their business to know about all those little paint secrets you probably wouldn’t know about; they also know how to pick the best paint and brands, how to choose finishes, why primer is important, etc.  When a painter does the exterior, you can choose whatever colors you want and you can choose specific colors for the body, trim and accents of the home.  You can also ask them for advice on colors or colors for body, trim, accents in terms of what looks better!

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