Interior painting is an exciting process, with the freshness of new paint, the allure of new colors, and the erasure of the effects of time. On the other hand, homeowners will also experience some level of stress or inconvenience during the house painting process, unless they go into it with good preparation and correct expectations. That is why we would like to offer a few tips on how to live in a home while the interior is being painted.
Communication for Smooth Interior Painting
If we could choose one word that makes a huge difference in the homeowner’s experience of interior painting, it would be communication. With good communication, you know just what to expect, so there are no surprises. You can also be ready for each step before it happens, so that inconveniences are minimized.
A good interior house painter will communicate proactively, anticipating your needs and questions with helpful information. However, each person’s situation and questions are different, so a quality local painter will also give you lots of opportunities to ask questions of your own. At Southington Painting, we prize good communication, and we strive to keep you as informed as possible.
Some people love the smell of fresh paint, but for many of us, we prefer the smell of fresh, natural air. If you are in the latter category, request the use of zero-VOC paints for your interior painting project. These paints are just as good as regular paints, but without the chemicals that evaporate into your home air.
In some cases where stains or other specialized coatings are applied, some odors are unavoidable. Your painting company can help you with a plan for ventilating the area, based on the weather and the circumstances of your home.
Keeping Things Tidy
Most interior painting projects are a multi-day experience. If everything can be kept tidy, it helps the painters do their work effectively, and it helps the family maintain sanity in the home. Here are a few tips for tidiness during house painting:
- Create a space where the painters can stage their tools and materials. A cramped workspace is not an effective one, and it is hard to keep things tidy as they are used.
- If any large items can be removed from the area, that is ideal. If your painters are trying to work around a maze of couches and armoires, the process is less efficient and much less tidy.
- Remove any fragile items or items of sentimental value from the areas to be worked in.
- While we all love pets; pets and paint are a messy combination. Please keep any pets confined away from the areas being worked in.
Discuss the Workflow
When you have multiple rooms, or even your whole house interior being painted, the order of operations is important. Make sure you talk to your painting company and you understand the workflow. That way, you are not caught off guard when certain parts of the house are temporarily unavailable.
You may want to plan to eat out once or twice while the kitchen is in-progress, for example, or have the kids camp out in the living room while their bedrooms are being painted. When these adjustments are planned in advance, the whole experience is much more pleasant for everyone!
Southington Painting provides interior and exterior painting services in central Connecticut. We specialize in exceptional painting results and a customer-friendly approach. We also offer cabinet painting, ceiling texture removal, deck refinishing, wood staining, epoxy floor coatings, drywall repair, and wallpaper removal.
Contact us if you have any questions, or if you would like a free estimate for a house painting project. We look forward to hearing from you!