Things to Consider When Hiring a Painter

1. Check for lead paint. If your home was built before 1978, make sure to hire a qualified lead expert. Some older homes still have lead paint in the original layers. This can be dangerous to you and your families home

2. Prep for paint. Preparation is the foundation for the entire job — if done correctly your paint will perform to its fullest potential. If done incorrectly, the best paint will crack, peel, or chip easily. Make any necessary repairs before you start your painting project. Dirty walls should be cleaned, especially near the stove and sink. Greasy deposits and soap scum can interfere with paint’s adhesion.

3. Hiring a professional company. The contract should include what will be done and the products used. This includes the type and amount of surface preparation, priming and type of primer, and the brand of paint. Also include how many coats of paint will be included.

4. Ask about extra costs. If you have heavy furniture blocking walls and need to be removed, is this included in the cost? How about crown molding, baseboards, or walls/ceilings taller than average?

5. Pick a paint color. Keep in mind the perceived space of the room. Dark colors tend to make a room look smaller, while light colors open up the space. Test drive your color by investing in a quart-sized can of paint in the color you’re thinking of using before you buy the entire lot. Paint a small portion of your wall and watch the color in different lights throughout the day so you don’t get stuck with a color that only looks how you want it to look in broad daylight. If you’re planning to sell your home, stick with neutral colors.

6. Choose a finish. If you have many imperfections on your walls, consider a flat paint, but keep in mind flat paint is harder to clean. An eggshell finish has slight shine/gloss and is also good for walls, but holds up better with cleaning. A general rule is the higher the sheen, the better it will stand up to washing and cleaning.

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