A fresh coat of paint can vastly change the look of your home. But stunning results don’t come easy. There’s a great deal of prep work behind every perfect paint job, and few people have the level of accuracy required for the task. That’s the main reason why most homeowners choose to outsource painting jobs to the pros. However, you can choose to reduce the project’s final cost by doing some of the prep work. If that sounds like a plan, start by checking out these tips for picking house paint, then follow this guide.
Visualize the Result
How do you want your house or room to look after the project? Do you have a theme or previous furniture you want to reuse? These are some of the things to consider when picking colors for your home. And the idea is to make sure everything blends in perfectly.
To play it safe, stick to bright, neutral colors. These are easier to change when you’re ready for another revamp. But you’re allowed to throw in one focal point per room to spice things up a bit.
Get the Repairs Done
You might want to knock off the repairs before the painter comes in. These can be drywall patches, tile replacements, and upgrading your plumbing fixtures. It is also a great time to add automation to your home. For example, you can run power cords to the windows to operate motorized blinds.
Remove all Hardware
Experienced painters might not need to do this, but it wouldn’t hurt to remove (or cover) light fixtures, handles, and other house accessories you don’t want to paint. This also allows the painters to work on these accessories separately or even give you the chance to swap them. But remember to put all fixtures in a labeled bag if you plan to reuse them. The last thing you want is to start looking for screws and missing handles on the final day of the project.
Cover the Frames and Floors
Tape all the door and window frames with blue tape to avoid staining them with wall paint. You might also want to sand and apply a fresh coat of wood sealer to make the frames look new again.
After that, cover the floors with plastic sheets and place all the furniture at the center of the room. Doing that will provide enough space for the painters and even reduce their time in your house.
Inform Your Neighbours
While this one is not a requirement, it’s good practice to inform your neighbor of the incoming paint job. This is especially important when painting the exterior. The solvent-based paints are notorious for releasing pungent smells, and some neighbors don’t like that. Informing them of the paint job allows them to plan ahead and maybe avoid coming home that day.
Insist on Quality Paints
The durability of your paint job depends on the quality of the paint, not how good your painter is. Naturally, most painters want to use the best products, but there are situations where they have a partnership with a not-so-great paint brand. If that happens, insist on the tried and proven stuff, just to be on the safe side.