How to prepare for a painting project
If you are having professional painters come to your house you may be wondering if you need to do anything to prepare. The short answer to this question is, ‘Yes!’ But the prep work is minimal so try not to panic and wonder why you hired someone if you have to do all the work. It is a good idea to understand what you need to get done and what you can expect from the professional painters. The whole process will be much more enjoyable if everyone has the correct expectations.
Tasks the homeowner should complete before professional painters arrive
As the homeowner, you need to make sure your home is free from clutter that may get in the way of the painters. Remove anything on the floor that may get in their way or cause them to stumble. They will need space to move around, lay out drop cloths, set up ladders, and access supplies. Clutter on the floor will get in the way of the painters being able to adequately perform their job.
Dust can become a problem during a paint job so take a look around your home before the painters come. If there is visible dust or spider webs near the walls that you are having painted you need to wipe them down. It is as simple as going over these dusty spots with a damp rag. This will prevent dust from being stirred up during the painting process and potentially landing in the wet paint.
Remove any pieces of art or small shelves that are on the walls you want painted. By removing them yourself you can be sure that they are stored properly throughout the painting process. If you have built-ins that would be difficult to remove it is fine to have the painters paint around them.
The final task you as the homeowner need to complete is to get the kids and pets out of the house. This will prevent accidents and give the painters the space they need to get the job done.
Tasks you can leave for the painting contractor
Professional painters will come to your home with all of the supplies they need to complete their task. This includes items such as drop cloths, brushes, rollers, sprayers, and trays among others. They will also do all of the major prep work like scraping, sanding, and power washing.
If there are some items you are unsure about do not hesitate to give your painting contractor a call. For example, do you need to have large pieces of furniture moved or can the contractors get all the painting done without them being moved? The answer will depend on the type of furniture and your specific contractor. Getting prepared for professional painters to come into your home will take a little time and planning on your part. It is worth the effort though because all of the steps mentioned here will add to the overall success of the paint job.
*Vignale Construction is not liable for a customer's failure to follow these guidelines.