Should I buy the paint myself before hiring a painting contractor?

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It’s true, the internet can teach us almost anything, including how to paint. With all the DIY guides available, it begs the question, “should I buy my own paint?”

There are advantages and disadvantages to buying your own paint. Here is what you should consider before you make up your mind.

Benefits of Purchasing Your Own Paint

Are you a person who likes to control everything, even down to the smallest of details? If so, you will probably want to buy the paint yourself. If you are a bargain hunter, in love with the chase, then you might enjoy getting it yourself. You get to choose the brand, colour, lustre and price of your paint. Buying the paint yourself can be a comfort because you know exactly what is going on your walls.


  • You have complete control over every detail
  • You can rest easy knowing exactly what is going on your walls
  • You can pride yourself in your shopping prowess


  • You may buy too little (or too much) paint
  • You have to accept full responsibility if the paint isn’t what you had hoped it would be

Yes, you can buy your own paint even if you’ve hired a pro to paint. Before you go out and buy, consider the following reasons to let the contractor do it.

Benefits of Hiring a Painting Contractor to Supply Paint

There is a myriad of paint choices to make. It is a lot to process and very time-consuming. Most of us are too busy to do it and do it well. Why do it yourself when a painting contractor can do it for you? You are the one with the vision and get to make the final call. You needn’t get muddled in the details unless you want to.

Painting contractors have access to discount pricing on paints and materials. Having them buy the paint can save you time and money. They can likely get paint much cheaper you can, even if you are a bargain hunter.

Lastly, depending on the painting contractor, if they offer a warranty on their work (and would probably be best A good painter will warrant their work, but this warranty may only cover paints they trust. Asking the painter to buy the paint can help you avoid voiding any warranties they might offer.


  • You can save time and money by trusting the job to the painter
  • You can rest easy knowing that everything is being looked after
  • You can take advantage of warranties offered by the contractor


  • You might find it difficult to communicate your vision to the painter
  • You might have to pay for premium paint in order to satisfy the warranties

Leaving it to the professionals is much more convenient, but it is up to you. There are pros and cons to each approach, you just need to decide what is most important to you.

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