Hiring a professional painting crew is always a smart decision. We know this is a job you could probably tackle alone, but why bother? It will be faster and easier to let professionals take care of it, plus it gives you a little safety net – if the paint job doesn’t turn out right, you have a contract to fall back on. But if you do a bad job by yourself? You’ll have nobody to blame it on but you.
So hiring a painter is a sensible, savvy choice. But should you do anything to prepare your home for when they actually get here?Absolutely.
Here are four things you can do to prep your home for the painters:
1. Pressure wash the exterior
If you’re not having the outside of your home painted, feel free to move to the next tip. But if the outside is getting updated, it would benefit from a good pressure washing. Most professional painters should be able to provide this service, but not always for free. Regardless of who covers it, this should be done – when was the last time your exterior walls were washed by something other than rainwater?
2. Scrub the walls
Even if the inside is what's being painted, that doesn’t mean the walls are clean. Just think about this: do you remember the last time you scrubbed your walls? It's important that you do. We want the paint to adhere as closely to the walls as possible; and having dust mites in the way isn’t going to help.
3. Move the furniture away from the walls
This is probably something you expected but you’d be surprised how many people expect the painters to handle this. Even if they do, contractors typically don’t work for free – they might move the furniture for you and then charge you later.
4. Protect the important stuff now
If you give your painters specific instructions on what to avoid and where to be careful, they’ll certainly do their best. But accidents happen, and we can’t predict the future. So if there’s a family heirloom, priceless rug or some other furnishing that can’t be harmed, take steps to protect it now. Remove it from the room or cover it with something you don't mind ruining, such as an old sheet