Summer’s here, meaning that construction of all kinds is booming. Road Construction, Home Construction, and Commercial Building: all those contractors are a busy bunch right now.
If you’re one of the many people considering some home renovation projects this warm season, there are some questions you should ask the people doing the work, whether that’s you and your family or a professional crew. Below are some considerations related to painting both interior and exterior surfaces.
What’s the Best Type of Paint for the Job?
A lot goes into choosing the right paint for your home. You not only have to decide the right colors, but the right paint finish. If you choose a basic finish for a high-use area, your paint will likely peel, fade, or otherwise fall into disrepair. To ensure your paint will be beautiful for a long time, making your project worth the time and effort, research the types of paint finishes and talk to a professional to make sure you get the right paint for your needs. This can also help you save money if you’re painting an area that does not get a lot of use or exposure, as you’ll likely be able to use a cheaper type of paint.
When you’re deciding on colors, you want to consider the color that your family enjoys and fits your space best. But you also want to consider colors that will help your home sell well in the future. Even if you don’t plan on moving any time soon, it can be useful to research popular colors and information on what helps homes sell when you do other renovation projects. This will help you make changes that positively impact the value of your home in a natural way.
What Prep Work is Necessary?
Before you get out those rollers and brushes, make sure your scene is set. If you’re hiring a professional crew, find out whether you need to move furniture before they get there, or if they will help with furniture removal (find out whether this costs extra, too). Make sure that any protective coverings complete cover your floor and remaining furniture. Tape off the edges between the walls and ceiling, windows, and other edges where you want to see clean, smooth lines rather than a splotchy transition.
This is also a great time to think about whether you want to paint any large pieces of furniture. Painting a large shelf or wine rack the same color as your walls gives it the appearance of being a built-in unit. This can really bring a room together and make your whole space more cohesive.
Do Safety Precautions Need to be Taken?
Are people going to be on ladders? Does this project require working near electrical outlets or large appliances? Make sure you have an active game plan for those hard-to-reach spots. If you’re removing popcorn ceiling, make sure there’s protective eyewear. Require everyone involved to wear closed-toed shoes. Make sure any contractors are properly insured. Taking these simple precautions will help prevent accidents and make sure you are not held liable should accidents occur.
What are other questions you would ask a painting crew- professional or amateur? Share in the comments below!
Author Bio: Jeriann blogs at dairyairhead.com about her adventures in wedding planning, crafting, and home renovation. This summer’s big project is replacing her decrepit garage door. Wish her luck!