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Having Your Home Painted? 4 Tips For Prepping The Home

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Regardless of whether you are trying to add some pizzazz to a dull room in the home or you're attempting to spruce up the home to sell, painting can be an effective and cost-efficient way to give your interior a refreshing appearance. Before the professional contractors arrive at your home, make the job easier for them with a few preparatory steps.

Remove Clutter from the Walls

One of the first things that you need to do is to remove any items that you have on the walls, which includes family photos, artwork, and other decorations. It is also a good idea to remove curtains, blinds, and other window treatment to ensure they don't get stained. Don't worry about any nail holes that are left behind in the walls, as your painting contractor will deal with those.

Move the Furniture

To ensure that the painting contractors have plenty of room to move around and help prevent upholstery from getting stained by paint drops, remove your furniture from the rooms that are scheduled to be painted. Just make sure that when you move your furniture that you aren't obstructing any walkways that the painters will be using. If a piece of furniture is too heavy to move by yourself or too large to move through the door opening, just move it to the center of the room and request that it being covered with a tarp or drop cloth.

Clean the Walls

Once you have the room bare, dust and wash the walls. If you leave a dirty wall to be painted, the paint will be unable to successfully adhere to the surface, leading to a shortened lifespan and premature peeling and chipping. Plus, taking the time to clean the walls will allow you to spot any wall damage that you can let the contractors know about.

Safeguard Your Children and Pets

While paint fumes aren't really a risk to your children and pets, they may be a threat if they get beneath the feet of the painters while they're working. If only a room or two is being painted, use child or pet gates to keep the children and pets out of the rooms that are being worked in. If the majority of your home is being painted, it may be best to see if a friend or family member can watch your children and pets to ensure the painting contractors have the space that they require.

For more information, contact a local painting company.