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Two situations in which you should not try to paint your home without professional help

by Bessie Beck

If your home needs to be painted and you are in one of the following situations, you should not try to do this job yourself but should instead have a professional painter to do it for you.

You have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease

If you have recently been informed by your doctor that you have Parkinson's disease, then it is best to have your home painted by a tradesperson, as going down the DIY route could be both dangerous and ineffective.

The reason for this is as follows; two very common symptoms of this condition are tremors and bodily stiffness. Unfortunately, these symptoms could affect your ability to paint neatly and to carry out this work safely.

For example, the tremors in your hands and arms could cause you to make a mess when cutting in the edges (i.e. painting the sections where the wall meets the ceiling, plug socket covers and skirting boards), as this particular task requires a very steady hand. This could then result in splatters of paint being left on areas other than the wall.

If this happens, you may end up having to sand and re-paint the affected skirting boards, replace the socket covers or add extra coats of paint to the ceilings to cover up these paint splatters.

Additionally, the stiffness you experience as a result of this condition could make it difficult for you to safely use a ladder (when you need to paint the top sections of each wall), as you may find it hard to bend your knees or hold on tightly to the rungs when climbing up or down. In short, this stiffness may increase your chances of falling if you use a ladder.

As such, in a situation of this kind, it is best to contact a painter and arrange for them to do this job for you.

You are extremely afraid of heights

If you suffer from acrophobia (i.e. if you are extremely afraid of heights), then it might not be very wise to try to paint your own home.

The reason for this is as follows; as mentioned above, you will have to use a ladder to access and paint the top parts of each wall (and the ceilings, if these also need to be painted).

If you are terrified of heights and you force yourself to climb up a tall ladder during the painting process, you may become so paralysed with fear when you reach the top that you cannot move, let alone paint ('freezing' is a very common response to a feeling of extreme fear).

If there is no-one else in the house when this happens, you may end up trapped at the top of the ladder for a long period of time before you are able to calm down enough to descend. This could be a very traumatic experience, which could make your phobia even more severe than it already is.

If you have any doubt about your ability to paint your house, don't hesitate to contact a local painting contractor. 

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