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6 Easy Tips to Prepare a Home for a Professional Painting Crew

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

You’ve made the decision to hand off your home interior painting work to a professional, which is a huge time and headache saver. At the same time, there are things you can do to make the job move along even more smoothly while limiting unexpected surprises.

1. Moving furniture

Painting professionals want to disturb your daily home routine as little as possible. However, when doing work that likely involves moving furniture around, disruption is inevitable. That’s why it’s important to address where furniture should be moved before the job starts.

2. Wall hangings, cords

If a photo frame or piece of wall art will remain in its current location, leave the hardware in place, Campbell notes, so you don’t need to rehang it. At the same time, unplug electronics and mark cords or alert crews about those electronics that need to remain plugged in.

3. Asking about masking

It’s also a good idea to make sure floors are as clear as possible to make it easy for workers to tape off and mask floors and other items. You may even want to ask about how much or little team masks. Ideally, you want a contractor who may use more plastic covering than seems to be needed.

4. Cabinets, closets

If the bathroom or kitchen cabinets are being painted, unless it is specified in your scope of work, you will be expected to move all plates, pots, pans, and other items inside the cabinets. Find a place to store them, perhaps a room or area that is not being painted that day, or at all. And if closets are being painted, you’ll need to empty them prior to the crew’s arrival.

5. Dust, fumes

Painting a room 20 or more years ago usually involved strong fumes lingering for days. Today’s paint formulations, even those not labeled as low or zero-VOC (volatile organic compounds), have minimal odor. At the same time, it’s still a good idea to keep areas ventilated. Painting professionals are aware of this, but it doesn’t hurt to remember to keep windows cracked while crews are working and even while paint is drying.

From first sight, these steps might look complicated but trust us they are not. Just do one thing at a time and the process will go smooth by itself. Completing all these steps will make your painting project go faster thus you can return to normal life in a matter of days.

If you will have any questions on preparations before painting simply call us at (206) 665 - 3233 to speak with one of our experts. Feel free to ask any questions you may have.

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