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Planning for a House-Painting Project

Painting your home’s interior is one of the best ways to give it a nice, quick and low-cost facelift. Besides investing in top-quality paint and a reputable house painter, planning key to achieving great results. But how can you even get started? What considerations should you make?

The following are some useful tips:

Give your house a lead check.

If your house has been there before 1978, get a qualified lead expert to give it a check before starting your project. The first few layers can still contain lead.

Prep the surfaces.

Any successful paint job starts with good paint preparation. If this phase of the project is done haphazardly, not even the best paint will be good enough. Any important repairs must be done prior to starting your project. Walls should be cleaned, especially near the stove and sink, as the paint may not adhere well because of the grease and soap scum.

Hire a professional house painter.

Professionals are professionals for very good reason. That’s why it’s best to entrust your house painting project to one. However, even professional painters are not all the same, so you need do a little research. Seek personal recommendations from family, friends or neighbors. Or check out reviews on third-party consumer websites (not marketing websites which are biased). Once you have a few prospects, ask them for client 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. 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.

Inquire about additional costs.

Take note that the house painter will probably not move heavy furniture, unless it’s in the contract. If you’d like them to do it, know how much you need to pay them for it. 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.

Select a paint color.

Finally, before deciding on a certain paint color, look into how it may affect the room’s perceived space. Dark colors tend to make space look smaller, while light colors do the opposite. 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.

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