10 Step Painting Preparation Guide

Whether you are painting indoors, outdoors, or both, a checklist can be handy to help guide you through the process of painting your home in Perth.

Here’s our top ten tips:

Your Painting Goal

Painting to put your own look and feel on a property or inside a particular room can be different if you are looking to sell, or update a rental property.

This will help guide your budget, and colour choice.   Things like the type of paint and wear and are also an important part of painting goals.  A room experiencing a high amount of toddler traffic may require a wash and wear paint vs. outdoors where timber cladding is exposed to the weather.

What Look And Feel Do You Want To Achieve?

Consider how the look and feel will match the entire property and its location, thinking about inside and outside. Some properties in Perth can have a heritage overlay in place with, and a professional painter will be able to help you understand what impact this can have.

How Much Time Do You Have To Complete The Project

Sometimes, we can want to complete painting our home in Perth in a weekend, but the reality is that it may not be possible.   Painting can disrupt a household, so be sure to get a good estimate on how long it will take, including preparing surfaces, fixing any damage, getting all the required equipment, and think about how you will handle fixing any mistakes if you are not a professional painter.

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Will You DIY Or Choose A Painting Contractor

Choosing a painting contractor can seem like an expensive option, however, when you consider that they can get a professional finish, and they already have the experience and equipment to complete the job, they may actually save you both time and money in the long run.   A professional painting company will often have a team to help complete the project, which can beat trying to do it yourself.

Choose Your Paint Colours

Colour choice is the next port of call.  They should complement the look and feel of your home both inside and outside, and be in line with your painting goal.   Bright and bold may not be the best choice if you are looking to sell your house, but a feature wall might just do the trick.   Choose a painting contractor to help you if you need.

Make All Areas Accessible That Are To Be Painted

Be sure to remove all furniture, and if it is the exterior of the house, consider how easy it is to access the surfaces to be painted,   Will any trees or plants need to be tied back or removed to complete the project.

Prepare Any Surfaces To Be Painted

If you are DIY’ing, you will need to clean your surfaces and fix any blemishes (such as chips or cracks) before you start painting.   Be sure to tape any windows or ceilings with painters tape so you don’t go painting where you don’t want to.

If you are using a painting contractor, they may simply ask you to remove any pictures and picture hooks from the room.

Cover Any Surfaces  Or Objects Still In The Room With Drop Sheets

Drop sheets help protect anything left in the room.  When you speak to your Perth Painter, ask them if they supply these and set this up for you, so you know how much prep and clean up work will happen.

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Have A Plan For Pets And People To Be Out Of The House

Aside from paint needing time to dry, it can also smell a little, so it makes sense to only have essential people required for painting in the space.  You want your painting to have the best finish possible, so it is important that you don’t have an overexcited Labrador bounding through to and leaving dog hair on the walls.

Have The Right Equipment And Get Ready To Paint

Now that your space is ready, make sure that all the right equipment is in the space.  This may include fans and heaters to manage paint fumes or assist with drying if you are painting in cooler months.  If you are painting your self, be sure to have protective gear on, including safety glasses to avoid paint spatters.

Once again, a professional will have all the right equipment (and insurances) to make sure that your painting project is completed safely, professionally, and efficiently.