Posted by JoeKaiser on March 09, 2001 at 11:02:08:
This is a business about using your brain, not your back, and the last thing I would ever recommend to anyone is to “do all the unskilled labor yourself.” Frankly, becoming an unskillled laborer is way down on my list of things to do today.
If you took the same time and energy it takes to mask and pressure wash a house but instead invested it in researching your local painters, obtaining bids & references, checking credentials, etc., you’d likely end up with a painter or two who you can depend on (and at a price that makes sense).
And even better, the next time you need to paint a house, it’s a phone call away, period. We’ve painted the inside of 6 houses this year, all done well, all done reasonably priced, and all done over the phone. No surprises, no messes, no problems.
That’s where you want to be. This is one piece of the puzzle that is so easily figured out and handled. I can’t imagine anyone thinking about having to do their own masking and pressure washing everytime they need a house painted.
I suspect the people who read this board are more interested in becoming investors, not painter’s helpers.