In a similar vein to when you are prepping for guests, presenting a clean and well-maintained environment is also vital for commercial painting. Preparing the home for the painters not only helps the contractors but also helps to create a better result. Essentially, you want to make the job as easy as possible for the painters and ensure that the process is completed on time.
A few simple measures can make a major difference financially. Of course, this is most relevant in furnished homes and properties. Anything that reduces operating hours could save you a significant amount. So, exactly what measures will help and what can you look out for?
Cover and Move Furniture
When operating indoors, painters need enough space to properly carry out their work. One of the most common obstacles they face is furniture in the home. While it may seem like a simple act, covering and or moving your furniture out of the way can make a major difference. It is generally recommended that you shift the furniture to the centre of the room (where possible).
This will also protect large couches, desks, chairs, tables and bedding from paint exposure. If you do not cover or move furniture prior to their visit, this could waste valuable time and end up costing you more money down the line. Ultimately, this is about three key factors
- Creating a safe space for the painters
- Allowing the painters to move around freely, and
- Maintaining the condition of your home furniture.
Taking Down Art/Wall Fixtures
This may seem obvious, but removing any existing artwork, posters and objects fitted to walls will help to save valuable time and money. When a house painting company arrives, you want to have the interior primed and ready to go. Painters will also appreciate not having to do this themselves.
Importantly, removing these items from the walls will allow you to access the underlying surface area for cleaning.
Cleaning Your Walls
The interior and exterior walls of our homes gather a considerable amount of dust. These walls are often neglected, or we simply forget to conduct a regular and thorough clean. This simple act of prepping your walls can be a lifesaver for commercial painters.
If an unclean wall is painted over, the existing dirt, stains and dust can all become visible after the fact. Essentially, a new coat of paint won’t be able to mask a dirty surface. The easy way to avoid this is to prep and clean your walls before house painting begins. While it may seem a little inconvenient, the result will be well worth the time and effort.
Identify and Remove Hazards
House painting is a delicate task and requires consistent attention to detail. The last thing a painter wants to deal with are safety hazards in and around your home. Luckily, many of these common hazards can be removed before the painter arrives.
Beyond common concern for the wellbeing of others, homeowners have a duty of care to remove hazards that could result in slips, trips and falls. Problem areas that you can look out for include wet surfaces, loose objects, sharps objects, electrical wiring and anything that disrupts the footing of ladders.
Cover or Store Away Your Electronics
Storing away or keeping your electronics out of sight is beneficial on two key levels. First, you want to maintain a clear distance between the paint and electronic devices. Liquid substances, let alone thick paint, could result in irreparable damage and lead to costly replacement. Many interior house painters will provide temporary cloths to cover valuable electronics and devices.
The second major factor is avoiding any technical issues or faults around the home. This could not only disrupt the process, but also impact the safety of the painting contractors.
Give Yourself Enough Time
Each of these preparation steps should be carried out with care. As long as you give yourself enough time, the house painting process will be smooth and issue free. On the other hand, cutting corners or neglecting key aspects creates the potential for safety hazards, cost blowouts and a sub-par result.
For further details and advice, you can always reach out to your local house painting professionals.