Professional Interior Painting
by Kim Kinrade
There is nothing that changes the appearance of the inside of a home as effectively, and as cheaply, as painting the walls. For a few days of moving furniture you can transform your home from a dull, neutral-tone atmosphere to a bold, new ambiance. And the other good part is that painting can be refreshed every few years or so without breaking the bank.
When we think of renovating we should ask, "What are we trying to achieve here?" If the answer revolves around a basic change in the appearance then tearing up decent flooring or buying new curtains is definitely overkill when all that might have to be done is to change the color. Think of the walls in each room as backdrops in a art gallery. In portraying the type of art they are selling the gallery has to achieve that special look to bring out the best in the artwork. There is a similar correlation with the walls in your home because a change in color and texture can bring out tones in the curtains and decorative items that you never saw before.
In addition, new colors affect peoples' moods. In the terminology of natural medicine this called chromatherapy," and psychologists have proven that colors affect an array of human moods. These can include security, stress-relieving and, in many cases, feelings of contentment.
The Professional Painter
Once you've decided to proceed with a color change in the home there is a good chance that you are going to want to do this job yourself. After, what can be so difficult about rolling on paint and then edging? People do it all the time.
True, painting is one of those jobs that people tend to want to do themselves but there are many considerations at hand:
1. Time: A pro can have a crew in to move furniture, do preparation work, paint and clean up in a few days. This includes two coats of paint in an entire home whereas it may take the homeowner and friends two weeks or more.
2. Mess: Painting is messy, even with the proper tools. A professional crew comesto the job prepared with the proper drop sheets, painting supplies and cleaning materials to make sure that not a drop of paint gets to where it is not needed. Afterward, everything is packed away and you are left with s finished job and nothing to clean up.
3. The Finished Product: Skilled, professional painters have fixed all sorts of problems with walls and ceilings and are prepared to fix imperfections. They know all the tricks of drywall repair and putting on clean, crisp dividing lines so that your wall is perfect from any angle.
4. Picking Your Colors: Your painting contractor will also be able to help you choose the colors or put you in touch with a professional at the paint store to help with your interior decorating scheme. In the latter case they may ask for pictures of your furniture, flooring and curtains to help you choose the best possible combinations. Digital photography is great because you can email dozens of shots including angles and light sources. Videos can even be sent to give a 360 degree focus on every room. In many cases hiring a professional to paint your home will included interior decorating advice.
Hiring the Painting Contractor
Make A List
The key to know before hiring a painter is that, "Everyone knows how to paint." In other words don't take anyone's word on this as the interior of your home could look like a spotted dog or worse. Here are a few places to get a painter or painting company:
1. Word of Mouth: This one of the best ways to get a painter because you can go to your friend's place and see the work.
2. Paint Store: A reputable painting or home supply store usually has the names of contractors who deal with them. They are rarely going to recommend anyone who does not pay the supply bill regularly or does poor work.
3. Newspaper Classified Ads and Yellow Pages: There is usually a section with painting
4. Internet: More and more trades people are using web pages to get their word out. Some even have references you can check out.
Make a Short List
1. Clarity: When you invite the painter or estimator over be clear about what you want painted so that they can give you a good quote. You should get 3 or 4 for a good idea on what the job's worth but make one person in charge of communicating because otherwise the process could get confusing.
2. Job and Materials: Have a written list of what you want done in each room so that there are no mistakes. For example, if you want the closets painted, state it. With their estimate they should be specific about fixing wall damage, if any and the type of paint they will use right down to the brand and quality. You can then check the paint store and find out the price of materials.
3. References: Get names and numbers and phone these people. If they are on the list they will have agreed to helping out. If they are surprised or not willing to talk strike this painter off your list.
4. Better Business Bureau: This is just a guide but a useful one. It will tell you if there are any outstanding grievances against the painter. Sometimes there will be problems but the key here is if the painter has resolved the issue or there was nothing done.
Quotes are based on all the information that you have given so make sure each bidding party has equal access to it. And unless you state otherwise the quote should be a fixed price for a certain period of time:
1. Exact details of the job (paint brand and color numbers, preparation, number and type of coats)
2. Painter's contract stipulations
3. Length of job
4. Protection and clean-up details
5. Total cost including taxes
6. Payment terms
Remember, get everything in writing and do not pay upfront. Good contractors have lines of credit with suppliers. However, it is human nature to quickly forget to finish a job when paid for it.
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