Is it time for painting your home? Maybe you had some renovations done, like me. I completely renovated my home from the 1970s. Goodbye shag carpets, linoleum floors, and wood-paneled walls! I was ready to bring my home up-to-date and I thought I could do some of it on my own. Sure, I left the heavy work for the contractors, but what about painting? Anyone can paint, right?
It turns out I was wrong. A few futile attempts at doing it myself landed me in blood, sweat, and tears that I just didn’t have time for. That’s when I decided that it was time to hire true professionals. Why waste so much time, make such a mess, and possibly not even love the outcome? Nope, it was time to hire professionals and here’s how I did it.
Decide What you Want
First, you need to know what you want. I think I was too wishy-washy when I first started. I would call around to different painters, but I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted. Yes, I needed my walls painted, but that was all I knew.
Take the time to figure out what you want. What type of paint do you want? Do you have loud colors that need to be painted over? Is there any surface preparation that is necessary? Painters need to know these things in order to give you a proper quote. Think about the final look that you desire and start there. Do you need the trim and ceilings painted or just the walls? Do you want any special techniques used?
Choosing the Right Color
Now you know what you wanted painted, next is choosing the color. It sounds easy, but it’s a lot harder than you think. I had no idea there were so many different shades of beige before! As I looked at sample after sample, they all began to look the same to me. A professional painter can help you through this tedious process.
As you choose your paint colors, think about one thing. How long will you be in the home? Remember that paint colors can be very personal. You may love a neon blue bathroom, but it probably won’t appeal to many other people. If you will be in the home for the next 15 – 20 years, go for it! You should love your home after all.
But, if you know you’ll move say in the next five years or less, you should choose neutral colors that please just about everyone. While people aren’t going to buy your home because they love the paint color, it will certainly help with the aesthetic appeal. Chances are that a realtor will suggest that you repaint the home if you choose wild and crazy colors now, so if you will move within the next five years, stick to the more muted colors.
What to Look for in a Good Painter
Okay, you know what you want; now how do you find the right painter? I went through several contractors before I found the perfect one. I ended up finding an incredibly meticulous and reliable painter in Elgin and here was my criteria:
- Honesty – I wanted painters that would give me an honest timeframe for the job. I also wanted them to tell me exactly what they would and wouldn’t do. Since I updated a home from the 1970s, you can imagine the surface help that my walls needed. I needed painters that would honestly fix the walls before painting over them and that’s exactly what I found.
- Advice – I wanted painters that would help me choose paint colors. Updating my home from the 70s to today was drastic to say the least. I made a lot of changes and really wanted a professional’s opinion on what colors would look best. Since I was painting multiple rooms, I needed colors that would blend well together, but that weren’t all matching. Painters with many years of experience should have good advice for you.
- Cleanliness – I was tired of a mess in my house after all of the renovations. The last thing I needed was painters that wouldn’t clean up after themselves. This was always a question at the top of my list. I asked whether they wore shoe covers, if they covered furniture, and if they cleaned up after themselves at the end of the day.
- Free estimates – It took me a while to find the right painter. I called many companies and asked for free estimates. If a company wasn’t willing to give me that free estimate, I didn’t move forward with them. I wanted to know upfront what I should expect as transparency is everything.
- References – I asked all contractors for references from past work. In my eyes, if a painter does quality work, his past clients would gladly talk about him and refer him. If a painter hesitated to give me any referral details, I quickly moved on.
If you are thinking about painting your home, truly consider hiring professionals. If you hire the right painter, the work will be efficient, clean, and look amazing. You’ll love the time and effort that you save by contracting this work out to the professionals that do it for a living.