How to Plan a Successful House-Painting Project
Painting your home’s interior is one of the best ways to give it a nice, quick and low-cost facelift. On top of investing in a good brand of paint and a good painting contractor, planning is the secret to successful results. But how can you even get started? What considerations should you make?
Here are some tips that can help you:
Have your house checked for lead paint.
If your house was built before 1978, you should hire a qualified lead expert to examine it before you start any work. The original layers may still have lead paint.
Get the surfaced prepped out.
Any successful paint job starts with good paint preparation. If this stage of the project is done poorly, even the best paint will peel, chip or crack easily. Any important repairs must be done prior to starting your project. All the walls must be cleaned, especially those that are close to the stove and sink, because soap scum and grease can prevent paint from sticking well.
Hire a house painting professional.
Professionals are professionals for very good reason. Hence, it’s best to hire one for your house-painting project. However, not all painting professionals are the same, so do your research. Ask friends, family and neighbors for recommendations. Or read reviews on independent consumer websites (not marketing websites where testimonials are fake). When you have prospects, ask if they can give you references. Hesitation is a red flag – it indicates that they have something to hide.
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.
Unless expressly stated in the contract, moving heavy furniture is something a house painter will likely not do. If you’d like them to do it, know how much you need to pay them for it. Another thing you should remember is that baseboards, paint crown molding, and walls or ceilings that are taller than the standard 8 feet can lead to extra charges.
Select a paint color.
Finally, before deciding on a certain paint color, look into how it may affect the room’s perceived space. Dark is for smaller while light is for bigger. If you’re thinking of selling the property, stick to neutral colors. Buyers need to be able to visualize themselves as the new dwellers of the home.