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Should I use a sprayer?

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Hey everyone, this is my first post. I am buying a short sale home that needs a lot of work, and the first thing we need to do is paint the whole house (interior and exterior). The home is a 2,000 square feet ranch. I've been painting houses for a long time, but I've always used rollers. This time around I'm thinking of using a sprayer since I have to do so much painting over the next 1-2 years. I have never used one, but I have seen them in person being used and it seems like it goes much faster once everything is taped and masked.

The home will be vacant for at least a month before we move in. Which means I'm spraying in an empty house.
I'm replacing all of the flooring in the home so I don't need to cover them.
I'm replacing all moldings in the home. Base, door casing, window casings, etc..
Ceilings will be flat white, and all walls will be flat light gray. Trim will be a glossier white.
I'm reusing the cabinet boxes but will be making new doors at some point. The kitchen will need to be masked off.

The home has vaulted ceilings. They start at about 10ft on the edges, and go up to 15ft at the peak. I do have access to scaffolding if needed.

My questions are. Is the sprayer a good choice? My concern is if it will really save me time since the ceilings are vaulted. I wasn't sure if they made attachments to allow me to spray without having to be on the scaffolding. With extensions I should be able to backroll from the ground right? Or will I be stuck to spraying and backrolling from the scaffolding?

Should I spray the ceiling first without masking the walls? I plan on using flat white on the ceiling, and a flat light gray on the walls in the entire home. I thought it's better to paint the ceiling first since white overspray wont matter on the walls. If I spray the walls first I will get light gray on the ceiling which might show through the ceiling paint. Thoughts?

If I spray the ceiling first, that means I will need to tape and mask a couple feet of it once I spray the walls right?

Is it realistic of me to get a good airless sprayer, tips, wand, etc for $1,000 or less? I will be using it for the interior, then the exterior at some point. After that I will probably sell it on Craigslist. I'm also open to buying a used one from Craigslist to save money too.

For my trim and cabinet work I have an Earlex HV5500 Spray station. I just need something for the walls and ceiling.

The main reason I want to spray is because I painted my townhouse this year that also had vaulted ceilings. The thought of rolling this entire house is killing me. I would love to hire it out, but we are spending enough money on flooring and other items I would love to save money any way I can.
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If it were me I would do as follows:
Spray ceilings to completion.
remove floor and trim
Install new trim slightly above where your floor goes.
caulk prime and spray finish all trim.
buy shoe moulding. lay it on floor spray it in finish
Cut and roll the walls 2 coats no need to prime as there previously painted
install new floor
install shoe mould at bottom of baseboard to remove gap of space as well as add a nicer profile.
run around caulk shoe mould to trim and run a brush across it.
do any wall touchups
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