Planning for a House-Painting Project
Painting the interior of your home is one of the best ways you can give it a nice and quick facelift for relatively little money. Besides investing in top-quality paint and a reputable house painter, planning key to achieving great results. But how do you even start? What are the considerations you should make?
Here are some tips that can help you:
Check your home for lead paint.
If your home was constructed earlier than 1978, have a lead expert examine it prior to beginning any work. It can still have lead paint in its original layers.
Get the surfaced prepped out.
A good paint job always begins with good paint preparation. If this phase of the project is done haphazardly, not even the best paint will be good enough. Before you begin your project, make sure all important repairs have been done. Walls should be cleaned, especially near the sink and stove, as grease and soap scum can reduce the paint’s ability to adhere to surfaces.
Hire a house painting expert.
Professionals are not called experts for nothing. That makes it best to hire one for house painting project. However, not all painting professionals are the same, so do your research. Ask for referrals from friends, relatives or neighbors. Or read reviews on independent consumer websites (not marketing websites where testimonials are fake). When you have two or three prospects, ask them to give you some client references. If they hesitate, that’s a negative side – they’re likely hiding something.
The contract with your house painter should cover all necessary general details, like descriptions of what should be done, all materials to be used and their separate costs, the estimated beginning and end dates of the project, the total cost you have to pay and when you have to pay. In particular, it must indicate the amount and type surface preparation and priming they will do, what specific paint brand will be used, and how many coats will be applied.
Ask about additional costs.
Take note that the house painter will probably not move heavy furniture, unless it’s in the contract. If you need them to do it, ask them how much you have to pay them for it. Keep in mind too that paint crown molding, baseboards, and 8-feet-plus ceilings or walls can increase your total bill.
Choose your paint color.
Lastly, before you decide on a particular paint color, consider how it affects the room’s perceived space. Dark is for smaller while light is for bigger. If you intend to sell your property, the colors should be kept neutral. Buyers should find it easy to picture themselves as home’s new dwellers.