If you have not painted your home in a decade, it is time to make a change or at least a touch-up. Whether calling a painting contractor or doing the work without one, it can be a big undertaking depending on the size of the room and intricacies of the walls.
Sometimes, issues can pop up (or have been around for years) that will make it much more difficult or time-consuming to paint than simply buying a gallon of paint and getting started. Below are some examples of obstacles and how to fix them.
Whether the wallpaper looked trendy at one point or was left over from past homeowners, it needs to go. But getting rid of wallpaper is much more difficult than it seems. Hiring a painting contractor who can also take care of the prep work is a good idea.
To save money, it can be done without outside help, although it can take time. The best way to start is by checking a part of the wall to see how easy it is to strip off. Sometimes, it will come off with just a knife and some pulling, but other times, it can take steam, chemical solutions, and more. And if the previous owner put wallpaper on top of other wallpaper, not uncommon in older homes, then the work just doubled.
For those with young children, it is almost impossible to have walls that feature no imperfections. And usually, these imperfections cannot be simply painted over. Trying to ignore them will just lead to uneven painting and it will not be the best job.
Thankfully, there are plenty of supplies and tools out there that can be used to cover up scratches and smaller dents. And after taking care of any blemishes, giving the walls a good wash (or, if they are really dirty, a deeper clean), will also help ensure that the coat of paint is as even as possible. Whether choosing to get a painting contractor or not, these steps are simple ways to make it easier on the painters.
Usually, when water damage is noticed, it is impossible to ignore. But there are occasions when people do not notice water damage for weeks or months after it has begun. Walls and ceilings are generally the first signs showing that there is an internal leak.
Discoloration can be the actual water, or even dangerous mold that can cause respiratory issues for family members. When water damage has gotten to this point, a plumber must be called before a renovation or painting contractor can come in for the cosmetic work.
Finding a painting contractor in the area is easy, yet finding one that is trustworthy can take some work. This should not be a reason to avoid getting one, however. A good contractor can help ensure that all of the important prep work is done correctly. This, in turn, will keep the paint job lasting longer and looking better.