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TO HIRE A PRO OR PAINT YOURSELF...

Painting a house is one of the fastest ways to increase both its value and curb appeal. There is perhaps nothing else that can make a home look more updated in such a short period of time. However, as with everything else in the real estate investing landscape, there are multiple ways to achieve the end result. More specifically, there are technically two ways to go about painting a home: hiring a professional to paint it for you or doing it yourself. Which is the right one for you?

There are two schools of thought when it comes to painting a house, and each has its own merits. However, each also coincides with setbacks. On the one hand, you can paint a home by yourself. It eliminates any labor costs that may be incurred by hiring a professional, but it is a huge undertaking. Painting an entire house takes a lot of time and diligence; time that can be better spent somewhere else. On the other hand, you can hire a professional to do it for you. Their expertise will cost you, but the job will be done well in a relatively short period of time.

If you are considering painting your house, but can’t decide whether or not to do it yourself, the following should point you in the right direction:



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CHOOSING A PAINTER

Planning a home improvement project? Use the following tips to find the best painter for your needs.

Ask for Referrals

Get referrals from sources you trust, like friends and family members, neighbours, and our LINK Painting and Colour Services Network—a directory of reputable, experienced painting contractors and colour consultants. You can also ask your local Benjamin Moore retailer for referrals.

Interview Painting Contractors

Before you hire a painter, ask the following questions:

Are you a member of any national or local painting contractors' associations?

How long have you been in business?

Do you subcontract your work or perform it yourself?

Are you bonded and insured? (All workers should be insured for injury and liability.)

Check References Personally

Ask each candidate for at least three references from past customers—and be sure to follow up with each reference personally. If possible, visit each job site in person to evaluate the work and see how it has held up over time.

Ask for Written Estimates

Request estimates, in writing, from at least three painting contractors. Be sure to meet with each candidate in the location you want painted, so that you can review the property together. The more specific and clear you are about what you want, the more precise each contractor's estimate will be.

Specify which surfaces you want painted (walls, trim, mouldings, ceilings, etc.).

Communicate exactly what colours and sheens you want the painter to use—and be sure they're included in the written estimate. To see how different colours will look on you walls, use our free Personal Colour Viewer™—an interactive colour-selection tool.

Keep in mind that some products perform better than others. For example, Benjamin Moore Aura® is formulated with paint and primer together and covers any colour with just one coat.

Be wary of contractors who bid too high or too low.

Think Beyond the Price

There's more to hiring the right painter than price. Before making a final decision, ask yourself the following questions:

Does the painter project a sense of professionalism and experience?

Is he or she courteous and business-like?

Is he or she busy? (Good painters usually are.)

Does the painter return phone calls and provide estimates in a timely manner?

Does he or she arrive on time for appointments?

Review the Contract

Take time to review your contract carefully and make sure it includes the following elements:

Specific details about what is being painted (house, trim, shutters, etc.)

What exact primers, paints, colours, and sheens will be used on each surface

How many coats of paint will be applied

Preparation (protecting furniture, plants, patios, etc.)

Cleanup procedures

How much time the project will take, from start to finish

When and how the contractor will be paid

Guarantees and warranties (what, exactly, is covered?)

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COLOUR FLOW

Knowing how to create colour flow is the secret to achieving a harmonious atmosphere throughout your home.

Have you ever walked into a space and sensed that something was not quite right but did not know why? Chances are, colour had something to do with it.

The colours that surround us influence our moods and perceptions in the most powerful way. Colours and their placement can make us feel comfortable—or disconnected.

To create a sense of continuity and harmony throughout your home, you need good colour flow: a balanced colour scheme that seamlessly connects one space to the next.

You can apply the principles of colour flow to every architectural and personal style. Our Colour Gallery will help you find the perfect colour scheme for your home. Choose any colour, and it will show you several colour combinations created by our colour and design experts.



Tips for Creating Colour Flow
  • An easy way to create colour flow is to use lighter and darker shades of the same colour throughout your home. Consider how you'd like to see these colours transition from room to room. A fan deck is an indispensable tool for helping you choose these shades.

  • Create continuity by selecting hues with similar undertones. If you love reds with blue undertones, look for other colours with blue undertones.

  • Look to existing furnishings for colour inspiration. Pick up colours from fabrics, artwork, or a favourite accessory and use them in different rooms throughout your home.

  • Choose between three and five favourite colours, and then alternate the primary, secondary, and accent colours for each room. For example, perhaps the main wall colour in one room becomes the ceiling colour in another and an accent colour in another. You can also use wall stencils, pillows, lampshades, or window treatments to carry these colours from room to room. Select one or two colours that all your rooms will share.

Achieve colour flow with our beautiful Affinity® Colours, a collection of harmonious colours designed to work together for mistake-proof results.

Watch a video by renowned designer Candice Olson on creating colour flow.

Get inspired with gorgeous colour palettes for every room in your home with our Rooms by Colour tool.