How to Plan a Successful 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 things you have to consider?
The following are some useful tips:
Have your house checked for lead paint.
If your home was constructed earlier than 1978, have a lead expert examine it prior to beginning any work. The first few layers can still contain lead.
Prep the surfaces.
Any successful paint job starts with good paint preparation. If this phase of the project is done haphazardly, not even the best paint will be good enough. All necessary repairs should be done before you begin your painting project. Walls should be cleaned, especially near the stove and sink, as the paint may not adhere well because of the grease and soap scum.
Hire a house painting expert.
Professionals are not called experts for nothing. That’s why it’s best to entrust your house painting project to one. However, not all painting professionals are the same, so do your research. Ask friends, family and neighbors for recommendations. Or check out reviews on third-party consumer websites (not marketing websites which are biased). When you have two or three prospects, ask them to give you some client references. Hesitation is a red flag – it indicates that they have something to hide.
Your house painting contract should be complete with all the general details, such as descriptions of what will be done, the materials and their individual costs, when the project will start and end, your overall costs and your payment schedule. 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.
Inquire about extra costs.
Take note that the house painter will probably not move heavy furniture, unless it’s in the contract. If you’d like them to do it, know how much you need 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.
Pick a paint color you like.
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.