A coat of paint is an effective way to refresh the interior of a home, and the best part is, it’s a quick and relatively low-cost option too. But it does help to have an interior painting services company to assist with the job, so when hiring a contractor to paint the interior of your home, keep these five tips in mind:
1. Before You Do Anything, Check for Lead Paint
Older homes (built prior to 1978), need to be checked for lead paint. Although the top layer may not contain lead, it is likely that there are several layers of paint on the walls, any of which might contain harmful lead. You’ll need to hire a qualified expert who specializes in lead paint to check your home before you even consider repainting the interior.
2. Check That the Painting Service Specialists Will Do the Prep Work
The interior of the home needs to be fully prepared before the job starts to ensure that the job runs smoothly and that the paint job lasts. If the walls and ceilings aren’t correctly prepared, the paint will quickly begin to chip, peel, and crack.
Preparation includes cleaning all the walls thoroughly especially in the kitchen around the stove and sink area, as well as ensuring all the walls are completely dry (especially in the bathroom). If there are greasy deposits, soap residue, and damp, the paint will not be able to adhere properly. In many ways, this preparation stage is the most important part of the job.
3. Hire a Professional Painting Services Company
It can be tempting to start the job yourself, but a professional company is likely to do a much better job. They have the necessary equipment and experience to complete the job quickly and neatly. When hiring a painting services company, check their references, and get more than one quote so that you don’t end up overpaying.
When signing the contract, check what work will be done, how long it will take, and what products will be used. This should cover who is responsible for the surface preparation, priming, as well as the type of primer and the brand of paint that will be used. Make sure you’re comparing apples with apples by finding out how many coats of paint are included in the quote.
4. Don’t Forget to Ask If There Are Extra Costs
There are a couple of costs that may not be included in the painter’s quote. If you want a full solution that includes surface preparation, the removal of heavy furniture, specialist painting such as moulding, baseboards or ceilings, ensure that you are clear about these requirements when requesting an estimate.
5. Choose a Paint Color That Perfect For Your Home
Here it’s important to consider how color affects the look and feel of a room. Dark colors, in general, make a room feel smaller and more cramped, while lighter colors have the effect of opening up a space. If you’re not quite sure what you want, it might be worth testing swatches on the walls and having a look at the effect of the color at different times of the day. If you are thinking of selling your home, it’s best to stick to neutral colors as potential buyers might be put off by more striking colors as they aren’t able to visualize their belongings in the home.
Luna Restoration in Raleigh, NC, is a locally owned and operated business that offers painting services. They understand that interior painting is a specialist task that requires the right tools, proper planning and techniques, and thorough preparation to get the right results.