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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 considerations should you make?

Below are some helpful 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 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. Any important repairs must be done prior to starting your project. 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. Hence, it’s best to hire one for your house-painting project. However, painting professionals are not all created equal, so be ready to do some homework. Seek personal recommendations from family, friends or neighbors. 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 contract with your house painter should include all important general details, such as what will be done, what products will be used and their individual costs, the estimated start and end dates of the project, your total costs and the schedule of payments. 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 need them to do it, ask them how much you have 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.

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 planning to sell your property, keep the colors neutral. Buyers need to be able to visualize themselves as the new dwellers of the home.

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