When you have decided that your house could use a makeover, either because you want to update your style or you are getting ready to put your house on the market, one of your action items can be deciding on a painting service.

A Qualified Painter will save you time, money, and give you that professional finish, so you can focus on other areas of your home makeover, like choosing new soft furnishings.

Once you have your Painter booked in, you will want to do some preparation to make sure that the painter can come in, complete the works, and let you get back to finishing your space.  Here are five tips to help you prepare your home for your professional painter.

  1. 24 – 48 hours before your Painter arrives – move out furniture

Moving your furniture out of the space is step number one in preparing for the professional painting service to come in and complete their works.   This enables the painter to access all areas of the room with ease, it prevents your furniture from being damaged or accidentally getting a stray drop of paint.

  1. Move any photos or art on the walls to another room

If you are thinking of using the same hooks for your paintings, it’s a great idea to pop a post-it note underneath the picture hook so that the painter knows it is to stay, or it is to go.

If the picture hook is to go, it is something that is to be allowed for in the preparation of the walls, or give you instructions on what to do if doing any small repair work was not part of the scope.

  1. Check if the painter needs you to provide drop sheets or tape up electrical outlets

Most professional painting services will have drop sheets with them, however it is always worth checking in with your painter a few days before to see if this is included.

Your local hardware store can provide them, or you can contact us for reassurance on what is included in your quote.

When it comes to taping up electrical outlets, it will depend on the project.

If a powerpoint is being removed and repositioned, this will need to be completed before the painter comes in.

  1. Think about contents inside any doors that are being painted

Sometimes when you give a room a makeover, doors can be included in the scope of the painting service.  This can include doors to food pantries, doors to walk-in robes, or even doors to bathroom vanities.

If this is the case, and the internal and external doors are being painted, it’s a great idea to grab some baskets or boxes and label the room and the content so they can be moved out the way.

  1. Have somewhere for you and any other residents to go while the painting happens

A crew can sometimes be one person, sometimes three, depending on who you choose, and the size of the project.  It’s a good idea to think about what you can go and do, and in particular, if you have small children or an inside pet, where will they be so that they stay clear of the work zone.

If you have any questions on what will happen during the process,  feel free to reach out to our friendly team at Elite Painting.