When it comes to home renovations, there are some rooms/spaces and tasks/changes that are easier to DIY than others – and sometime this can blur the line between the jobs that you should do yourself and the jobs that need to be left to the experts.
Giving the bathroom a quick freshen up with some paint and new towels, or rearranging and redecorating a smaller bedroom, are often projects that aren’t overly ambitious – but when it comes to the bigger jobs like taking off old wallpaper and hanging new wallpaper, your best bet is to go with an expert at hanging wallpaper.
While it might seem like a case of choosing your paper, pasting on the glue or adhesive and the job’s a good’un, that’s rarely the case in reality. If you’re on the fence about whether you should hire a professional or not, here are some of the key benefits to bringing in an expert in wallpaper hanging.
They’ll get it right the first time
If you’ve already got wallpaper on your walls then removing it and getting the walls ready for new paper is a fairly large job in itself. Depending on how long the wallpaper has been up, how it was hung, and even the texture of the paper, the removal process can be different. You might need a steamer, or certain chemicals; you might be able to peel the paper off or it might need to be scored and scraped.
And then once you’ve got the paper off the walls, you’ll need to smooth over any damaged or drywall seams – after this you’ll likely need to sand the wall down, and then think about priming or painting it. Professional wallpaper hangers deal with removing wallpaper on such a regular basis that they’ll get the job done right the first time, saving you the time and money that might be wasted if you tried to do it yourself.
No wall damage while removing old wallpaper
While tearing down old wallpaper can be an effective stress-buster, it’s a job that’s often best left to the experts.
No matter how hard you try, you’ll likely end up with some dents and dings in the wall, plus it’s often safer for the professionals to be up a ladder removing the paper next to the ceiling! It’s an accident waiting to happen, especially if you’re not used to being up high ladders and working.
It’s a detailed process
As we’ve already discussed, a professional will be able to take down any existing old paper – but if you’ve just got a painted wall that you’re looking to change up with wallpaper, the experts can easily get your walls prepped and ready. They’ll remove outlet and plug covers, and most importantly, they’ll take all the measurements and ensure that they’ve got enough wallpaper to keep the pattern joined up and cohesive.
Plus, if you’re wallpapering a room that’s not just a straight, flat wall, but you’re opting to paper in a room with many workarounds, for example round a toilet, sink, windows etc then it’s definitely best to leave this to the professionals, as they’ll be able to get the job done to a much higher standard than someone attempting a DIY job.
You’ll benefit from their experience
While one of the drawbacks of hiring a professional can be the added cost, it’s worth noting that if a DIY job doesn’t go perfectly, it could actually end up costing you more! All it takes is one mistake as a DIYer and you’ve ruined the rug, got paste or glue on the paintwork, or wasted an entire strip of wallpaper.
When you hire someone to hang the wallpaper for you, you’re benefitting from their experience and skill. They’ll have all the tools and equipment needed to get the job done and make your décor look as stunning as it deserves to be – and you won’t be left at the end with a load of wallpapering tools, chemicals and equipment that you’re unlikely to need to use again for years and years.
Whether you’re looking to hang wallpaper as part of your home design, or a commercial refurbishment, the team at Marshel’s have a vast knowledge of all types of paper, including bespoke silks, hand printed paper and contact vinyl. If you’re ready to kick-start your wallpaper project, get in touch today!