Hiring A Professional Painter vs DIY Painting (Which is best for you?)

How do you choose whether to do your painting yourself or hire a professional painter service?

There are many things to consider when painting the interior or exterior of your home, and it can be confusing. What should it cost? Is DIY painting safe? Some of the items you need to evaluate include:

  • Cost
  • Safety
  • Convenience
  • Time
  • Longevity
  • Colours
  • Application

Below we discuss some of these important considerations when making the decision to paint your home yourself or hire an expert painter, so you can make an informed decision about your painting project.


Painting the house yourself can save you some money, depending on your circumstances. The only expense is the paint products, brushes and protective equipment. Experienced painters are a little more costly upfront because they have the skills and knowledge to execute a perfect paint job every single time, safely and quickly.

If you’re painting a wall yourself, inevitably you will end up with uneven paint and drips. This can make your surfaces look messy, and will most likely require more than one attempt, or even worse – calling in an expert to fix it, resulting in wasted time and money. Professional painters bring a wealth of knowledge to ensure the most suitable products are used to suit your lifestyle requirements, so you save money down the track. A professional paint job involves planning and preparation, including checking and priming the surfaces to ensure there is no debris, damaged walls, rotting timber or structural defects. If anything out of the ordinary is discovered, the painter will know how to treat it promptly. A DIY painter may not look for these issues, which can be costly down the track.

At SG Coatings we provide a painting service that will stand the test of time and require very little maintenance. Like us, most professional painters pride themselves on accuracy to avoid mistakes and always ensure the paint job looks flawless. By using the best quality, relevant products specially selected for your walls it’s unlikely that your home would need to be repainted again for 7 years.

preparing roof for painting

A professional painter applying a proper undercoat to a roof


Unfortunately, if you’re not a professional, things don’t always go to plan. DIY can be more difficult than you first imagine, but if you have ever attempted it, you will know that accidents are prone to happen. You may need to reach high ceilings, or place a ladder on uneven surfaces when painting the house’s exterior. This can be dangerous, and even a small mishap when painting can result in paint spillage or even worse – injury.

Hiring a professional painter means they have all the methods, tools, products and experience to ensure that the job is done safely. Painting specialists also have full insurance, so you can feel safe knowing that if any unforeseen circumstances arise while your residence is being painted, your property’s security is guaranteed.


Painting yourself does mean that you don’t have to let any painters into your home, or organise to deal with unreliable tradespeople. This can take up your valuable time if you have more important things to be doing than waiting around the house. However, painting yourself can be tiring and is actually a lot more time consuming than hiring a painting specialist. A standard paint job can take hours or even days to complete, so hiring a painter to do the job for you can save you alot of time. It also reduces the stress associated with purchasing products and painting the walls yourself, as professionals bring their own materials, complete the job quickly to ensure your freshly painted wall is set and ready in no time.

At SG Coatings, your time is valuable to us, so you are never left waiting or wandering. We also have a flexible overnight painting service available which is especially popular with businesses to ensure that minimal time is wasted in the day-to-day work schedule. The painting is completed in time for the business to operate again the next morning, saving time and money. The biggest convenience of hiring a painting specialist is that they bring all of their equipment with them when they arrive, and take it all with them when they leave, so you don’t have to find the space to store used or messy equipment, and you don’t have to clean up afterwards. You are left with a clean, beautifully finished house that you can admire and enjoy with your family.

Kitchen Painting

Getting a new kitchen ready for painting


If you want to do the painting yourself, you can decide which colours you want as well as how many coats of paint to apply, and this can be fine-tuned to your preference as you go. If you book a painting specialist to do the work for you, you do need to decide upfront what colours you would like.

The benefit of hiring a professional painter means they have experience in treating different surfaces, and will know how the paint will react to your surfaces and what colours will look best. The experts will also generally be privy to the newest and most popular colours on the market as well, so if you are looking for something trendy and innovative the professionals can give you some guidance.

Also, did you know that female painters can see a broader range of colours? At SG Coatings we provide a free design consultation to learn about which colours you prefer and how we can match it perfectly to create your dream result! If you paint it yourself and you do not like the results you may have to pay a professional to fix it up, which will cost you even more money and time.

A professional job will look a lot better in the long run, and you can trust that the work will be completed right the first time.

Whether it’s hiring a professional painter for a small job like painting a home interior, or a large commercial painting project, SG Coatings has become well known for providing high quality painting services with results that really deliver. We value our clients and we aim to build reliability through our excellence and integrity. Our professional painters are renowned for their expertise and efficiency, to provide quality painting for any project.

If you would like to book a free design consultation to discuss domestic painting on the Mornington Peninsula, Bayside or the surrounding suburbs, please contact us here.