Home improvement & maintenance guide: Tips from a painter

Izzy Molina is the owner of Southern’s Best Handyman, a Dickinson-based home improvement company that specializes in interior and exterior painting, deck building and staining, and drywall repairs and additions. Molina offered tips for homeowners interested in giving their walls some new color this summer.

Do not rush on color selection

Painters tend to have a color in mind immediately when selecting paint and can end up regretting that color once it is on the wall. Take your time deciding and look at all the different shades, he said.

“Paint is not just paint”

Molina encouraged painters not to skimp on the quality of the paint because while more expensive does not always mean better, price point and quality are closely connected. Paints at different price points may contain more pigments or be easier to touch up than others, and some may give more vibrant or deeper colors.


Use technology to guide you

Smartphone applications can help homeowners visualize a paint color on their walls, and YouTube tutorials can help novice painters brush up on their technique. Confidence is key when making home improvements, Molina said, so using the tools at one’s disposal is key.

Save time and hire quality help

For homeowners hiring out their painting services, making sure the painters are well-versed in different paint grades is important because it can ultimately save both the painters time and the customer money, Molina said. Certain types of paint, particularly cheaper ones, can require up to three coats.
By Colleen Ferguson
A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.

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