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Update for 2017 Exterior Painting in Newton MA, Lexington MA, etc

Hello everyone,

The website has been up and down undergoing maintenance but we are back up and running. Please fill out your estimate requests for the 2017 painting season now! We have already begun planning painting projects for March 2017 as soon as the weather is just right.

We plan to be very busy with exterior painting in 2017 after a very successful 2016. As you know we are currently serving Newton, Lexington and all of it’s surrounding towns.

A Rated Painters is starting to become a household name for interior painting and exterior painting in the area. We provide top quality professional painting and customer service. Our reviews are spreading all over the internet and we have yet to this date had any reviews that were less than perfect.

We understand the type of quality and professionalism that our customers expect and for a fair price. Make A Rated Painters your choice for this upcoming painting season and you will not regret it!


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Exterior House Painters – Give Your House a Great Exterior Painting

Exterior House Painters Newton MaRelax – Newton Exterior House Painters Can Do It All!

A great exterior paint job not only makes the outside of your house look spectacular, it also protects it like a waterproof raincoat.  You can do it yourself if you really have the equipment and know-how to do the job right or you can enlist the help of professional exterior house painters. This article will explain what all is involved.  One of the best ways to get a great job done is to hire the exterior house painters at A Rated Painters.

Painting the exterior of your house not only enhances its aesthetics, it also safeguards it from harsh weather conditions. if you’re painting the outside of your home without the assistance of a carpenter, you must keep two rules in mind: purchase the right paint for the job, and prep the surface properly.  Another great rule is to call A Rated Painters in Newton MA at (617) 997-1294.

HOUSE INSPECTION

To begin, perform a test to figure out how much work is necessary. Select a secluded area where paint is not at its best. Sanitize the surface, and once it dries, paint a small patch on it. On the day after, push on a piece of tape against the painted spot, then hastily yank it off. If that tape has no paint on it, it is safe to wash, prep and repaint the rest of the house. But if the tape shows paint all the way down to the wood, you’ll need to apply a paint stripper first.

Many older houses are covered with oil paint. When adding a new coat, you have a couple of choices: stripping it bare or touching it up. You can attempt sporadic touch-ups using oil, but the paint is liable to peel, as it becomes brittle, and also oxidizes. When this happens, you can scrape off the portions that are peeling, have the bare areas primed, and then use latex to repaint it. Spots that aren’t scraped will likely peel, so the process can be repeated. Eventually, your home will be covered with latex paint that holds up.

For another option, you can start over with latex after having the house stripped down to bare wood. This approach is rather costly, but if done properly, you will actually save money, as you won’t need to repaint the house for a while, nor continuously patch it up. Use this method if you find an abundance of flakes or cracks. For peeling, blistering, or wrinkling — which are usually caused by too much heat, moisture, or humidity — you’ll need to fix the wetness issue that’s producing these concerns prior to repainting.

Whichever approach you use, be mindful that applying paint over a surface that has not been prepped is no different than attempting to hang paper on a fridge without a magnet. It won’t remain in place.

Keep in mind that, until 1950, lead paint was regular. In 1978, it became outlawed in the U.S.A. Don’t use any product for paint removal that you think might have lead as an ingredient. For more details about lead paint, contact the EPA hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD.

Touching Up

Prior to the commencement of your project, mask doors and windows with builder’s paper or heavy plastic, then place drop-cloths on the floor. Remove loose paint with a hook scraper. Use a putty knife in areas where the wood is unbalanced, as it won’t cause too much damage, if any. For the rest of the paint, sand it down until the finish is dull, and either feather or taper thicker areas. Get rid of all caulking that is cracked. Use a garden hose to wash the house, and remove any loose paint that remains with a wire brush. Don’t use an iron or steel brush, as they could glaze the surface or leave stains behind.

At this point, it’s time to apply primer. The paint should be mixed with a heightened amount of binder, so that it tightly fastens to the wood and the following layer of paint to be applied. Several painters choose to use oil-based types for their ability to penetrate and block stains that bleed out of cedar and redwood. For a durable paint job, we suggest using an acrylic latex for laying the foundation. This initial primer coat makes nail heads, small cracks, and other flaws more apparent, so you should fill them up with exterior filler and a latex caulk. Consider using a light weight spackle and sand until leveled, as well as a two-part epoxy. Don’t forget to use primer prior to filling or caulking. Afterward, wipe up the surface of the house using a damp cloth to remove any lingering dust before applying a second coat of primer.

STRIPPING

Begin with an effective scraping by hand if the whole house is being stripped down to the bare wood. Once you’ve scraped off as much as you can, patch all gaps and gouges using a two-part wood epoxy before sanding the rest of the surface until it’s leveled.

Even the most rigorous sanding and scraping won’t knock loose mildew and mold on mature wood, a cleaning solution consisting of trisodium phosphate and bleach mixed with a couple of gallons of water should be effective. Spray the surface of the house as you scrub using a brush with stiff bristles. After about 30 minutes, use a garden hose to rinse it. Don’t use a power washer for this, as older wood could get damaged from the streaming jets.

The house should be left to dry for a full day in the sun. To ward off moisture incursions, you can then pre-treat the bare wood using a transparent water-repellent that can be painted over. Ensure that the brand you purchase contains a repellent, perhaps wax, so that the wood doesn’t swell too much when it rains. Additionally, inspect the label for a preservative that destroys mildew, as it may cause the wood to rot, or result in fading of the top layer of paint. Look for IPBC or 3-ido-2-propynyl butylcarbamate. Repellents that don’t contain the label “paintable” may include too much wax, which may prevent the paint from sticking. This treatment should be allowed to dry for a couple of days in the sun before primer is applied.

You’ll then be prepared to apply an alkyd primer coat, which contain adhesives that aid in maintaining the wood. Once the initial coat of primer is applied, seal door joints and window frames with acrylic latex caulking containing silicone. Apply an acrylic latex for the second coat of primer.

Brush Work

You’ll need approximately a gallon of paint for every 400 square feet to paint and prime bare wood. To figure out the amount you’ll need in general, take measurements of the area to be painted to determine the square footage of the area. Divide that number by 400 to determine how many gallons per coat you’ll need. Stucco and other coarse levels will require additional paint, so use 200 square feet per gallon for such surfaces.

Many paint jobs can be done using a 2” angled sash brush, a 3” straight-edge siding brush, and a 2.5” straight-edge trim brush. Efficient brushes contain tapered (chiseled) ends with long bristles and split (flagged) tips. The bristle is contingent on the paint: hog’s hair and other organic bristles take in moisture from latex paints, destroying the brush, and as such, should only be used for oil. Polyester and nylon brushes do not release oil paint consistently, and therefore should just be used for latex.

Always begin at the top and brush downward, so that all drips are smoothed over as you move. If oil paint is being used, lather it into the wood; latex will level itself out. Paint sprayers offer coverage four to five times quicker than brushes do, but the finish won’t appear balanced. Further, half the paint drifts away with the airless version. Apply paint lightly if you choose to use a sprayer. A couple of thin coats are more efficient than a single thick one.

Even though the summer heat might seem beneficial to house painting, paint shouldn’t be applied to any exterior if the temperature is over 90°F. Practical weather for exterior painting would be anything over 50°F (10°C) and over 40°F (4°C) for oil paints for latex. This is applicable to air temperatures and painted surfaces. Painting at temperatures lower than this could be problematic, as rolling and brushing could prove harder to do, and drying paint could invite insects, airborne dirt, and pollen.

During the right weather temperatures, paint the north side first, then the east, south and lastly, the west. Allocate a couple of hours for paint to dry before the weather cools down. If the wood surface begins to blister, let paint dry for about three days before scraping off the blisters, then level the sides with sandpaper, and finally, repaint.

Apply a couple of finish coats within two weeks of one another to stop chalky substances from forming on the surface. Should more than two weeks go by, scour the paint with a stiff-bristled brush and water prior to the application of another coat.

Once the body of the house has been painted, start with the trim. Trim work warrants oil-based paint, as it leaves behind a nice luster. There isn’t an alternative for trim brushwork; it gives you more control in such detailed areas.

Done right, a paint job could last as long as 15 years, but the durability is contingent on where the house is, and just how much protection it has from the wind, sun and rain. Ultimately, your brushwork will maintain your house’s beauty and protection. Save yourself the time and hassle of doing it yourself and hire professional, exterior house painters.

 


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Exterior Painter – 10 Rules for Painting Your House Right

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No home improvement project revives, protects and beautifies a house as quickly, effectively and affordably as exterior painting. A new coat of paint can completely transform a house, and while painting a house can be a big job, it’s a project that can be completed in a week or two.

If you hire a exterior house painter, expect to pay from $1,000 to $4,500 or more, depending on the size and condition of your house. By doing the work yourself, you can save the labor portion of the cost – typically more than half – but it will take some serious effort.

Regardless of whether you hire a pro or do it yourself, painting your house is something you won’t want to repeat in a few years. With this in mind, here are 10 critical rules that will ease the work and help ensure a beautiful, lasting result.

1. Don’t skimp on materials.

Pay for top-quality paint, primer and caulking compound. Top-quality paint lasts longer, and flows and covers better than poor-quality paint. Buy paint that has a lifetime warranty against defects in the finish.

With most house paint, you get what you pay for – the best ingredients are expensive. High-quality exterior paint typically costs from $35 to $40 per gallon, up to $70. Be sure to choose 100 percent acrylic paint.

Top-performing exterior paint brands include Behr Premium Plus Ultra exterior paint and Clark + Kensington exterior paint, costing between $35 and $40 per gallon, and Sherwin-Williams Duration exterior paint and Benjamin Moore Aura exterior paint – pricier at about $68 per gallon.

Flat finishes, preferred for siding, do a good job of hiding defects and irregularities. Satin and semi-gloss enamels, used for trim, are more durable and easier to wash.

2. Do the necessary preparation for a exterior house painter.

For paint to adhere well, it must be applied to a surface that is clean, dry and not flaking or peeling. Depending on the condition of existing siding and trim, this often means considerable scraping and sanding may be required before you can paint.

Begin by washing the surfaces. You can use a hose and a scrub brush with water and detergent, or a pressure washer. If you use a pressure washer, you must be careful not to drive water deeply into the joints between siding or erode the surface of the wood with the high-pressure water spray.

To remove loose, flaking paint, you’ll need a scraper. Then, for removing tougher paint and smoothing the surface, a 5-inch disc power sander or a random-orbit sander will work well. Start with 60-grit sandpaper and follow-up with 100-grit sandpaper.

The idea isn’t to remove all of the paint, just to remove loose paint and smooth the surface. Use a putty knife and wood filler to fill cracks and holes. Let the filler dry, and then sand these areas again. Brush off all of the dust, caulk the joints, and allow the caulk to dry before applying primer.

Read more about using a exterior house painter at realestate.usnews.com/


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House Painting Pros Secrets for a Perfect Paint Job

Ask just about any painting pros secrets, and he’ll tell you that his trade has a real image problem. After all, everyone thinks they can paint—just watch how fast the color goes up on those done-in-a-day home-makeover shows. Grab a brush, a roller, and a couple gallons of latex, and you’re all set, right?

Not quite. “The truth is, it is easy to do things poorly,” says Rich O’Neil, who chairs a craftsmanship committee within the Painting and Decorating Contractors Association of America. There’s no substitute for learning the proper steps, taking time to do the job right, and improving your technique as you go.

But there are also a few tricks of the trade that homeowners can learn to ease the way. We’ve assembled a couple dozen painting pros, gleaned from decades’ worth of accumulated wisdom from pros working from Seattle to Boston. Put their pointers to work, and you’ll notice a difference in your paint job years after the tape and tarps are put away.

Getting Ready for Painting Pros Secrets for a Perfect Paint Job

Painting Pros Secrets Newton MA1. A bigger, better swatch
Don’t expect a thumbnail-size color chip from the paint store to give you a sense of how a color will look on the walls. Colors are relative to one another and the objects around them—like, say, that new leather sofa. Instead, make your own megaswatch. Get a sample quantity of paint, brush two coats on a slab of foam core (its white surface acts like primer) at least three feet square, then put it up against the wall. You’ll get a much better sense of how your tint plays off your furniture and flooring. Eyeball the color at various times of the day and move it around the room to see how it looks in different light conditions.

2. How many cans?
Before you set out for the paint store, take a tape measure and figure out how much surface you need to cover—and don’t forget the ceiling. Measure the longest wall, and square that number for the ceiling. For the walls, multiply the length of the longest wall by its height, then multiply that number by four. Double your numbers if you’re doing two coats. Or use an online calculator, like the one at thisoldhouse.com; as a rule of thumb, one gallon covers about 400 square feet.

3. Go for the good stuff
Invest in a premium paint. Why? Because cheap paint covers very well when it’s wet—the first, and in many cases last, time many people scrutinize their work—but not so well once it’s dry. “There is only room for a gallon’s worth of stuff in the can,” says Seattle-based painter Doug Wold, owner of Queen Anne Painting. “If you add more cheap pigment, you take out more expensive resin—and that’s what holds it together.” Always apply two coats, and allow 2 to 3 hours between them.

4. No muss, no dust
Painting prep usually involves scraping, sanding—and dust-making. “You might be shocked at how far dust travels, and what small areas it can get into,” says Rich O’Neil, owner of Masterwork Painting, in Bedford, Massachusetts. If you don’t want to invest in a spring-loaded-pole-style barrier system like that made by ZipWall (zipwall.com), put plastic up around doorways that lead to the work area and over furniture. Skip the flimsy stuff: Clear, heavier-gauge sheeting (2 to 4 mil) is reusable, easier to fold and unfold, and less likely to rip. Secure it with painter’s tape.

5. A clean sweep
Many of us are so anxious to get the paint up that we don’t take the crucial first step of thoroughly cleaning the walls—especially in the kitchen, where they may be invisibly decorated with grease, oil, and food residue. “If you don’t clean that off, you could be painting a greased cookie sheet,” says Doug Wold. “It ain’t gonna stick.” Same goes for the bathroom, the domain of airborne shampoo, hair spray, and cosmetics. Use a degreaser on tough areas; household cleanser should work elsewhere. Then rinse.

Read more about House Painting Pros Secrets at thisoldhouse.com


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Exterior Painting Tips for Your House – Newton Painters

There Is Plenty to Consider Before Exterior Painting Begins on your House

So it’s time for exterior painting of your house and you are trying to decide if you should attempt it yourself and save the expense of hiring a professional painter or go ahead and spend the money to have it professionally painted.

So after much thought you have decided to do it yourself, so lets look at what you will need to get started. First, you will need some basic tools and equipment to get started. You may want to write down everything you need before hand so that when you are ready to start you wont be delayed because you forgot something. The next thing you will need to do when exterior painting a house is to pressure wash it. Be certain to use a cleaning detergent that is formulated just for pressure washing. Most all pressure washers have a chemical injection device on it so that you can apply the cleaner directly to the surface. Be certain when using a pressure washer not to use too much pressure as this can damage the surface that you are cleaning.

You will also need to decide how you want to apply the paint to the surface. There are three basic techniques that you could use, brush, roll or spray. Unless you have experience using a airless sprayer I would advise you to cross this one off of your list because you could end up doing far more harm than good with a sprayer.

exterior painting Newton MANext you will need to be able to reach whatever surface you are painting so you will need ladders, probably a extension ladder and also a step ladder. You will also need something to cover your shrubs and sidewalks so you will need some tarps or drop cloths. Last there are several small tools that you will need, a caulk gun, putty knife, scraper and of course a good paint brush. If you do not have some of these items such as ladders, pressure washer or an airless sprayer you can rent them at your local equipment rental store.

Safety First

The most important thing to consider when trying to take on a project such as exterior painting of your house is safety. There are many serious injuries and deaths each year caused by falls. Also, when moving ladders always be aware of where the power lines are at as this is another safety hazard you must look out for.

Last, you will need someone to help you. It is a big project and trying to do it alone is not advisable. Painting a house is a big project for any one person to undertake and the more help you have the easier it will make it.

Hire Exterior Painting Pros

If you do decide to hire a professional, exterior house painter, ask friends and neighbors what companies they used to paint their house and find out if they were pleased with the work their painter did. This is usually the best method for finding a good painter. If you have no luck with that you could turn to the internet, Google reviews, yellow pages, chamber of commerce or you local Better Business Bureau for a referral.

Always get bids from three different painting companies, but be sure to compare apples to apples. Many companies will be much cheaper but use subpar material and cut corners where ever they can. Next, ask for proof of insurance, not only general liability but also workers comp insurance. Ask for at least three references and be certain to check all of them. Last, if you did not receive a reference from your local Better Business Bureau, call them and find out if the company you are considering has had any complaints.

If you are going to paint your house yourself or hire a professional I believe that if you follow some of the guidelines that I have mentioned you should have very little trouble.


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Bulletproof Decorating : How to Choose Paint

Choose paint with some heft and a little sheen for walls and ceilings with long-lasting good looks. Here are some getting-started tips for Bulletproof Decorating

 

Although there’s no such thing as an indestructible interior, there are steps you can take to make your home stand up better to kids and pets. One key element in “Bulletproof Decorating” is how you choose paint. The right blend, finish and color can make a difference in how the paint wears and resists grime and abuse.

Here’s what you need to know to make the right choice.

Read more on Bulletproof Decorating at Houzz.com


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Professional House Painters Can Increase Your Home Value

Hiring Pros to Paint Your House Produces a Strong ROI

If you’re considering selling your home, but are worried about its current aesthetics, there are a number of ways to rejuvenate it. Old and tired houses can get easily get a new look with a fresh coat of paint. Your house will look more appealing and modern, increasing its property value in the process. Exterior and interior painting jobs produce strong ROIs (Returns on Investment). A freshly painted home will attract more buyers and influence offers especially if the home is painted by professional house painters.

Painting the Exterior of Your Property

Professional House Painters Newton MAStrong first impressions are critical when it comes to a viewing of your home. A buyer’s first impression is going to begin with the exterior of your home. Ensure that the front area of your house is pristine. Poorly maintained houses, particularly ones with dated paint jobs, will minimize the true value of your property. Having your exterior painted nicely can raise ‘curb appeal’, and also separate your home from the others on your block.

You can’t go wrong with neutral colors, as they tend to appeal to just about everyone. Bold colors are striking, but they might make your home look like one to stay away from. If you want to make your property subtly stand out, try adding a bolder tone to the trim of your exterior only.

Interior Painting Benefits

If buyers see peeling paint on the interior of your walls, it will suggest that the rest of the home is just as unmaintained. Wallpaper can also scare a buyer away, as it can make the house look trendy, if not stylistically outdated. We suggest selecting neutral, light colors for both the exterior and interior of your home. Light colors have the ability to make a room appear bigger than it actually is. When a house is painted with neutral colors, buyers will be able see themselves living within it, without any influence from you or your belongings. Refrain from using bold colors for entire rooms, as they can make a room look small and narrow.

Professional House Painters Are Quick and Efficient

If you determine that your home could use a fresh coat of paint, you should have your walls repainted prior to listing it for sale, specifically before any pictures are taken of it. For a quick and effective painting job, hire professional house painters. They will come prepared with the experience and equipment necessary to finish the job efficiently.

You may opt to paint your own walls, or split the project’s work between you and a painting contractor. For instance, you might handle the ceilings and trim, and have a painting company sand, prime, strip and paint the walls.

If you paint your own home, be sure to make smooth any cracks or blemishes on the walls first. Plaster, putty and primer will help to provide a clean finish. This might sound tedious, but it can make a huge difference on the final look of your home. Applying primer will ensure your paint coats are balanced, reducing work, lowering expenses and saving time. Always remember to use drop-sheets, and tape-up the areas you don’t want painted. This will prevent a cumbersome clean-up process.

If you determine that the entire house doesn’t require a fresh coat of paint, consider touching up areas that could use a refreshing look. These areas may include the window sills and door frames, which are constantly exposed to weather conditions, not to mention the sun, which can take their toll on the durability of your existing paint.

A fresh coat of paint will raise the asking price of your home. Neutral paint can make it look like the most expensive house on your block. A good job from professional house painters will suggest that the property is well maintained, and leave buyers with a strong first impression of it.


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Painting Tips from the Wall Wizard

Home Painting Tips

Need some painting tips before you start your next project.  One great tip is to hire A Rated Painters to do the perfect job every time. You will be glad you did.

Not sure how to choose a color, prepare a room, or clean a paintbrush? Learn some practical and unusual tips from Brian Santos, the nation’s favorite painting expert.

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  • How to Test Paint Colors

    Q. What is the best way to try a color before you paint, and why does paint sometimes look different from the paint chips?
    Brian Santos: You probably selected the color by looking at it under a different type or intensity of light than what’s in your room. Sunlight, daylight, fluorescent light, halogen light, and incandescent light affect colors differently. So bring the sample card into the room you intend to paint and look at it several times during the day. See how the color looks using different kinds of artificial light before making a final decision.

  •  Low Sheen or High Shine?

    Q. What’s the best paint finish or sheen for my room?
    Brian Santos:
    One factor you must consider is sheen, the degree of light reflection off the painted surface. In other words, how much the paint shines. Sheen affects the finish’s appearance, durability, and suitability for certain uses. As the amount of sheen increases, so does the enamel value, which determines the hardness or protective value of the coating.

  •  Use Color to Solve Problems

    Q. How can I use paint color to trick the eye and solve decorating dilemmas, like falsifying the dimensions of a room?
    Brian Santos:
    Your paint selection will depend on the result you desire. For example, if you plan on painting the walls white throughout your home, use the same value of white in every room for a unifying effect.

    Read more painting tips at BHG.com

 


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What Does House Painting Cost?

Many Things Determine House Painting Cost

House Painting Cost Newton MAIf you’ve considered having your home repainted, but postponed it because of pricing and budget uncertainties, here’s what you need to know. Even though every house painting job’s purpose is to give your interiors a new look, each painting company will have their own steps and methods for execution of the work. Knowing specifically what’s involved will help you save a few bucks in the process.

Supplies and paint consist of about 1/5 of the total costs of having a house repainted. The remainder covers the costs of labor. The paint price will generally be factored into the job, but you should make sure what kind of paint is being used. This can stop a painting company from using cheap paint in order to trim the expenses. Quality paint might be more expensive, but in the long run, it will save you money since it’ll last longer on your walls. In fact, quality paint has a seven year lifespan, on average, while a cheaper priced paint might only last four.

What’s Involved in the Prep Work?

Each painting company will do some prep work prior to painting your walls. Prep work involves cleansing the walls of older paint, dirt, grease, cobwebs, and the like. Pressure washers are may be used if you are having your exteriors painted as well. Some sanding, scraping and caulking might also be involved. The amount of work required for the prep work will influence the final house painting cost. A coat of primer may be required to thin out and remove older paint, which can also raise the cost of the job.

Does Your Exterior Need Repairs?

If your trim or siding has rot or water damage, they will need to be primed and repaired. If the work isn’t broad, a painting company may add this to the prep work. Altering your exterior’s color from dark to light will require additional coasts of primer and paint. These details may seem minor, but they amount to additional expenses and labor, and as such, the cost of the job will indeed rise.

Be mindful that any painting company can redecorate your house, but if you want it done with quality materials and workmanship, you’ll need to do some research and isolate well-reviewed contractors serving your city. Remember, every painting company works differently, and no two interior or exterior painters are alike. Be sure to find out every single cost of the job, including potential added costs while work is in progress. Check out pictures on painting company’s websites, and get referrals whenever possible.


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6 Things You Should Consider Before Hiring an Interior Painter

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Are you looking to hire a interior painter for an painting project? Get the tips to prepare your walls, select the color of interior paint, hire a professional and determine if you previously had lead paint in your house.

You can quickly refresh the interior of your home with an interior painting project using relatively little amount of money and time. Here are the 6 importing things to follow when hiring an interior painting contractor:

 

 

 

  1. Check if you have lead paint in the home

In case your home was built before the year 1978, you should hire a qualified expert in order to check the paint before you start work. Lead paint is still found in original layers of some older houses.

 

  1. Preparation for paint

The foundation of the entire job is paint preparation. If preparation is done correctly, the paint will perform to its maximum potential. And if it is not done correctly, even the best paint can peel, chip, or crack easily. Before starting the house painting project, make the necessary repairs. Clean the dirty walls, especially near the sink and stove. Soap scum and greasy deposits can interfere with the adhesion of paint.

 

  1. Hiring an interior painter

When you hire an interior painter, the contract should mention the details of work to be done and the products to be used. You will need to include the amount and type of surface preparation, the priming and the type of primer, and the brand of paint. The contract should also mention the number of coats of paint that are to be done.

 

  1. Choose a paint color

When choosing the paint color, pay attention to the perceived space of the room. Light colors make rooms look bigger, while dark colors make the rooms look smaller. You can test drive the colors by investing in a small can of paint in the color that you are thinking of using before buying bigger can. Take a small portion of the wall and paint it with the color that you want to test. Watch the painted portion in different light conditions throughout the day so you do not get stuck with a color that does not look good at night or in less or more light. In case you are planning to sell the home, you should go for neutral colors. Remember that the buyers would want to visualize their furniture and other things in your home.

 

  1. Choose a finish

In case there are many imperfections on the walls, you should consider flat paint. However, it is worth mentioning that it is harder to clean the flash paint. Eggshell finish is also worth considering. It provides a glossy/shiny look and it is easier to clean. As a general rule, the higher the shine in a finish, the better it’ll stand up to cleaning and washing.

 

  1. Don’t forget to ask about the extra costs

The painter’s estimates usually don’t include the costs of removing heavy furniture. In case you cannot remove the heavy furniture by yourself, you should ask the painter for the extra charge. Also, painting baseboards, crown molding or ceilings/walls taller than the average of eight feet can add to the costs.