House painting is a tedious job that most homeowners prefer to leave to professional painters like Allure Painting Services. Painters usually charge between $18 and $20 per square metre, but this can vary depending on the level of surface preparation, special treatments needed and ceiling heights. Some painters also charge hourly rates, ranging from $18 to $40 per hour for paint jobs. To avoid getting charged extra and to get the most value from painters, you can undertake some smart preparation steps on your own before the professionals arrive.
Move Furniture from the Room
Move all pieces of removable furniture from the to-be-painted room into another room to make the job of your painter easier. You certainly don't want them stumbling over furniture items or spilling paint on expensive furniture fabric. Move as many items out of the way as possible. For heavy furniture pieces that cannot be moved between doorways, be sure to cover them with plastic tarp thoroughly and move them away from the walls, so that the painters have ample space to manoeuver through the room.
Cover your Flooring
You certainly don't want wet paint to damage your beautiful hardwood or carpeted flooring, do you? Protection is the key to avoiding damage before the painters arrive. Use professional drop cloths or plastic sheets on your carpets and tiles and ensure that no part of your flooring is exposed. Heavy canvas cloths and plastic sheets are especially worthwhile for protecting floors from getting damaged, so make sure you generously place them on every inch of your flooring. Ask the painters to take additional precautions for avoiding paint spills on your floors.
Remove Switch Plates, Protective Coverings and Lighting Fixtures
You'll want professional painters to cover your wall as neatly as possible, so be sure to remove switch plates and covers to prevent smudged paint and visible brush strokes on them. You'll want to inspect the sockets and switches to ensure that they aren't painted on. Similarly, remove ceiling medallions and other lighting fixtures from the ceiling in preparation for the painter's arrival. If you've removed protective coverings before the painters arrive, be sure to exercise caution and prevent your children from entering these rooms temporarily for their own safety.
Inspect for Damaged Areas
While professional painters will do their own assessment of your walls to identify damaged areas that need extra attention, be sure to do your own level of inspection to ensure that no area is missed. For example, an area prone to dampness may require added primer and cleaning, so be sure to let the painters know in advance. Look for prolonged blemishes and areas susceptible to damage and let the painters know so that they can focus on a solution during their own inspections.
Follow these smart preparation steps before the painters arrive to get the best value from your paint job.