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Preparing Your House for Painting

A Residential Painting Company Provides Valuable Advice

It doesn’t feel like it yet, but spring isn’t that far off now—and likely, your house’s exterior has taken a beating in the winter weather. In fact, now that you think about it, your interior is looking a little dull too. You can inject some life and rejuvenate your home this spring with a fresh spell of house painting, but before you begin, you should know how to prepare. Whether you’re taking on the project yourself or calling a residential painting company, the right preparations can make the whole project go so much more smoothly.

Preparing for Interior Painting

Whether it’s your whole house or just a single room, a new colour or a fresh coat can breathe new life into your living spaces. Once you’ve picked out a colour, the first thing you should do is remove the furniture. Simply covering it won’t do you any good, since it can still become an obstacle. Basically, if it’s not nailed to the floor, take it elsewhere. Wall hangings, light fixtures, outlet covers, switch plates, plants, and more should all also be removed. Once the room is as empty as you can get it and the walls are bare, the next step is to wash them—after all, dirt, grease, and other impurities can prevent you from getting a smooth, even result from your house painting project. After cleaning the walls with warm water and a mild detergent, tape up the lines that need to be taped, and put down sheets to cover the floors. If you’re using professional painters, they’ll take care of these last two steps themselves, but you can help them out big time by clearing out the room and cleaning it.

Preparing for Exterior Painting

As important as cleaning your interior before painting is, cleaning your exterior is even more so! That’s because it’s constantly exposed to the elements, so even if it looks clean, clean it anyway. Your exterior will have more nooks and crannies where dirt can get in and hide, so be sure to pay attention to the little details. Before you call a residential painting company for assistance, check to see that all the putty and caulking is in good shape, and that all your gutters, eaves, and downspouts are clean. If you discover any damage to the exterior of your home, have it repaired before you begin painting.

Whether revitalising your home’s exterior or adding a splash of colour to the interior, house painting can make your home feel as good as new. If you’re ready to begin, call your local residential painting company today!

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