How To Prepare Your House for Interior Painting
Okay, so you’ve made the right choice to have a professional painter come and paint the interior of your house. How exciting to know that your house is going to have a fresh coat of paint and is going to shine like new! Before your painting company can come and get started, there are a few things you need to do to prepare your house for interior painting. Let’s take a look at what you should do to prepare your house for interior painting and what to keep in mind before your house is painted. If you’re curious about how long your paint job is going to take, check out our blog post about this subject.
- Wall Hangings – One of the first things you’ll want to do is to remove any wall hangings you have in your house. This includes any art, mirrors, pictures and anything else you have hanging in your house. You could just put these with your furniture and cover them, but the best idea is to move them somewhere out of the house so that they’re completely safe. If you plan to hang things back up in the same spots, you can just leave those nails in and they’ll be painted over.
- Ornaments – Along with removing your wall hangings and pictures, you’ll want to take down any freestanding ornaments or decorations you have in your house as well. Again, you can choose to cover these items with a drop cloth or sheets, but if you are concerned about anything of value or with sentimental feelings behind them, you might choose to remove these items from the house, perhaps to your garage or basement if it is not being painted.
- Furniture – This is one of the big ones. You will need to make sure all furniture is moved to the center of the room and is covered with a drop cloth. If you don’t have a drop cloth, plastic sheeting from a hardware store works great too. You can also use any old sheets you have around the house, but keep in mind that they will likely get paint on them.
- Access to the House – This one seems obvious, however each day the paint crew will need access to your house. You can do this through a lockbox, or just simply coordinate meeting the team at the house in the morning of your scheduled paint days and unlock the door. If you’re looking at a full interior repaint then we highly recommend you stay somewhere else if possible. Large interior painting projects like that will require a lot of plastic and prep which can make it very difficult to live comfortably through the painting process. If a hotel, friend, or family member’s house is an option it can be a huge lifesaver.
- Curtains and Rugs – Any curtains or rugs around the house should be removed to insure no paint is dripped on them. They can just be placed with the furniture under the drop cloth.
- Ask Your Painter – It’s always a good idea to ask your painter if there are any other specific things that they want you to prep your house with. The items listed above are what we at Kind Home Solutions request, however every painter is different so check with your paint pro.
Hopefully this has helped answer your questions of how to paint your house for interior painting. If you have any more questions or would like a free estimate to paint your house, please give us a call at 720-370-3063 or contact us via our estimate form.