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Considering painting the interior of your house for valuation or sale? Then you need to know the difference between a standard residential painting job and a qualified professional painters’ result. An excellent residential paint job will refresh your walls, brighten the trims, modernise the aesthetics, and make your accessories pop. What it shouldn’t do is highlight flaws in your walls, leave drips on the floor, or create the need to replace your doorknobs and light switches.  

When deciding to paint yourself or hire professional house painters, Perth homeowners need to know and consider the following. 

How Smooth Are Your Walls?

Let’s talk damage repair. Chips, holes, stains, and damage can all seem like quick, easy fixes at a glance – or they may seem so minor it’s not worth the effort. However, with specific colours, flaws can be highlighted and take away from a great paint job. Therefore, preparation is key to every interior paint job, and a professional will make sure all flaws are fixed and primed correctly before starting to paint your primary colour.  

How’s Your Paint and Surface Knowledge?

What about choosing the correct paint? While you may not think it makes a difference, there are probably different surface types in your house – and different surfaces often call for different paint types. Even choosing a quality Dulux paint can end in disaster if it’s not the right one for the surface, leaving you wondering how what looked so good initially can look so unsightly after just 6 months. Using the correct paint for each surface prevents peeling, pitting, and mould from appearing. Professionals know to look for this, and through years of experience, can choose the right paint to make your house look freshly painted for years.  

Do You Have the Skill and Patience?

An even finish is one of the hallmarks of a good residential painting job. If you’re envisaging smooth, even coverage but end up being able to see roller marks, drips, splatter, or uneven coverage, will the DIY have been worth it? Professionals know how to create an even and flawless finish on a wall consistently.  

Fixtures, Light Switches, and Doorknobs

Painted fixtures look nasty, but most importantly, they cheapen the look of any paint job. Therefore, professionals always remove the fixture so that the new colour is followed through to the surface behind, giving a flawless finish, or apply the perfect tape to give a razor edge finish.  

Edging, Edges, and Specialised Paints

The skill required to achieve a razor edge from wall to ceiling, or the flawless transition from matte wall to high gloss edging should not be underestimated. Unfortunately, the best paint on the market can’t hide colour bleeding, shaking hands, and gloss ripples of a DIY residential painting job. Edging is time-consuming, but the satisfaction of a perfect edge is rarely achieved by the home painter. Similarly, feature walls using specialised paints can be challenging if you don’t spend every day developing the perfectionist skill required to get the best out of the paint.