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Painting: a DIY job or one for the professionals?

Painting is often a project many homeowners feel they could or should tackle themselves. After all, how hard can it be to apply a simple coat of paint to a home? Plus, it’s much cheaper to paint your house yourself…isn't it?

What many homeowners don’t realise until it's too late, is that painting is a specialised trade that is both technical and time-consuming, as well as being hard physical work.

There are a number of pitfalls for the DIY enthusiast who decides to tackle the painting of their home. The first is the massive time commitment required to complete a high quality paint job. Against the demands of work and our hectic day-to-day lives, squeezing a paint project into weekends and after hours is challenging and can take months…even years, depending on the size of the project.

Lack of knowledge is another obstacle for the DIY painter. Surface preparation and paint and equipment selection are specialised areas and it’s easy to make mistakes, but difficult to hide them! For example, painting a water-based enamel over the top of a surface that was previously painted using oil-based enamel is a common mistake that causes paint adhesion problems, which can be costly and time consuming to rectify.

At first glance, attempting to paint or repaint your own home may look like it will save you money. However the result achieved by DIY painters is generally poor compared to the finish a professional will create. Many DIY paint jobs need to be repainted within a couple of years, due to poor or incorrect surface preparation and paint application, while a professional paint job can last for many years.

Finding the right professional tradesperson to paint your home is easier if you know what to look for. Many homeowners have benefited from choosing a painter who is part of Australia's highly respected Dulux Accredited Program. Unique in the painting industry, the Dulux Accredited Program features many of Australia's leading paint businesses. All Dulux Accredited Painters commit to the highest professional standards, provide a top quality result, offer a minimum 5-year written warranty and use only Dulux Premium paints.

Because all Dulux Accredited Painters have been stringently reviewed and selected by Dulux to be part of the program, you can be confident in their workmanship as well as their professional conduct (ie keeping appointment times, taking the time to understand what you had in mind and presenting ideas, providing a colour consultancy service, protecting your home during the project, using premium Dulux products, undertaking environmentally responsible clean up etc).

Like many things, the investment you make today in a professional painter will pay dividends in the long term by adding value to your home. While a professional interior/exterior full repaint by a Dulux Accredited Painter may cost around 3% of your home's value, the finished result could add as much as 10% to the value of your property. Many Dulux Accredited Painters even offer a finance option, making it easier to meet the cost of achieving a beautiful, superior standard of finish on your home.

For more information about choosing a Dulux Accredited Painter to complete your project, or to locate a Dulux Accredited Painter in your area, please visit www.duluxaccredited.com.au or call 13 23 77.