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Repainting your home can take a lot of time and dedication in planning your home’s paint, choosing a contractor, and actually receiving your painting service.
What color paint should you choose? Should you choose a gloss, satin, or flat finish? Do you have enough money for a professional painter? What is your painting budget? What do you need to do to prepare? These are all questions that you’ll need to have answered before obtaining a professional painting estimate.
Here are some important tips to consider before getting your professional painting estimate.
- Make a List. Your list should include all of the painting work that needs to be done along with all of the areas that are in need of painting. Also include important things such as what you did or did not like about your previous home’s paint job and the total cost of the previous home paint project. This can be helpful information for your new professional painting estimate so they can make helpful suggestions and discuss areas of the job that are important to you.
- Handle Repairs Before the Painters Arrive. If there are any areas of concern such as paint that has failed despite regular maintenance and cleaning, hand sanding, and scraping, ask your painter if you will need to handle of this type of work beforehand. If you have any specific situations such as rotten areas, extensive structural damage, or many decorative fascia boards, you may need to hire a third party to handle your repairs.
- Create a Color Palette. Some professional painting companies may provide design consulting services to help you choose the right types of paint and colors for each of your projects. If a design consultation is not included, you’ll want to make sure that you have this figured out well beforehand. The project might not be able to move forward if you haven’t chosen your color palette and made important paint decisions.
- Ask for a Written Estimate. Estimates should never be given over the phone. A professional painter should always give a free no-obligation estimate after meeting you in person. He or she should also have the ability to provide any other information or answer questions that you may have in order to help you make an informed decision.
- Ensure That Your Exterior and Interior Is Ready for Work. Preparing your surroundings for a professional painting job will help speed up the project. For your exterior, you can trim back landscaping, check the electrical outlets that might be needed for the use of power tools, and make sure that your water spigots are in working condition in case power washing is required.
For your interior home painting, you’ll want to make sure that furniture is well-protected and moved out of the way (some painters can help with heavy items) and that all of your small and fragile items are moved and protected. Make sure that all of your windows can open easily and that you designate an area for the painters’ tools.