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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.