How to Prepare Your Home for a Professional Paint Job

Painting crews can be very specific about how a home is prepped for a paint job. If your home isn't ready, they might be unable to do their job, and you could end up with a mess on your hands.

If you're want to get your home painted, here are tips to help you get ready.

Remove Your Items from the Walls

Painters will need to move around a room, so they'll likely ask you to remove all your belongings. If you have a lot of stuff on the walls (like paintings and pictures), you could put your belongings in storage until the painting job is done.

Once your wall is clear of any hanging objects, clean the walls and remove dirt, dust or cobwebs. You can use a damp cloth or vacuum with a brush attachment. Once your walls are clean, you'll need to let them dry completely before the painters arrive.

Protect Your Flooring

Depending on the type of flooring you have, there are different ways you can prevent accidental damage. For instance, you could lay down tarps or plastic sheeting to protect your hardwood floors from paint splatter. Be sure to tape down the tarps so they don't move around. This strategy also ensures that the paint doesn't seep underneath.

But if you have tile floors, you should put down some painter's tape to create a border around the room's edges. That way, you can keep paint or primer from staining the tiles and ruining them.

Also, remove your carpet before the painting crew arrives. In doing so, you protect your carpet from any paint or primer that may end up staining it. In addition, the painting crew will have an easier time moving around the room while they work.

Move Your Furniture

Furniture can get in the way of a painting job. In addition, your furniture can be easily damaged by paint fumes. So, if you can, move all of your furniture out of the room you want the painters to work on. Experienced professionals can work around small pieces of furniture, but you might have to move the larger pieces for more effortless movement.

You can move your large furniture pieces to the centre of the room. That way, the painters will have plenty of space to work. Also, if the furniture stays away from the walls, the painters can access all the room edges without spending too much time organizing their workspace.

Be sure to remove any curtains or blinds since they can get stains during a thorough paint job. You should also remove any small items from the room, such as vases or knick-knacks. These items can easily get knocked over and damaged while your painting professionals work. 

For more information on residential painting, contact a professional near you.