Tips for Planning 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 should you even begin? What are things you have to consider?
The following are some useful tips:
Give your house a lead check.
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.
Prep the surfaces.
A good paint job always begins with good paint preparation. If this part of the project is not done right, even the best paint brand will chip, crack or peel easily. Before you begin your project, make sure all important repairs have been done. 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 expert.
Professionals are not called professionals for no reason. That makes it best to hire one for house painting project. However, even professional painters are not all the same, so you need do a little 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.
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. Specifically, it must mention the type and amount of surface preparation and priming to be done, the brand of paint, and how many applications.
Inquire about additional costs.
Unless expressly stated in the contract, moving heavy furniture is something a house painter will likely not do. If you want them to do it, tell them and ask how much the extra charge will be. You should also keep in mind that paint crown molding, baseboards and walls or ceilings that are higher than the standard 8 feet can add to your costs.
Pick a paint color you like.
Finally, before deciding on a certain paint color, look into how it may affect the room’s perceived space. Light colors give an enlarging effecting, and the opposite is true for dark colors. 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.