Tips for Planning a House-Painting Project
If you want to give your home a quick and refreshing facelift without spending a lot of money, give it a paint job. 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?
Below are some helpful tips:
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.
Prep the surfaces.
Paint preparation is the foundation of any paint job. If this stage of the project is done poorly, even the best paint will peel, chip or crack easily. 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 professionals for very good reason. 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. Seek personal recommendations from family, friends or neighbors. 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 bad sign – it means they’re 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. Specifically, it should indicate the type and amount of surface preparation and priming, the paint brand, and the number of 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. 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, when choosing paint color, consider how it may increase or decrease the perceived space of the room. Dark is for smaller while light is for bigger. If you’re thinking of selling the property, stick to neutral colors. It’s important that buyers are able to visualize themselves as the new owners of the home.