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Homeowner's Guide

- INTERIOR PAINTING -

How to Prepare Your Home for Professional Interior Painting

By now you’ve accepted your quote and scheduled your interior painting project with us. What a great decision! As your upcoming project date gets closer, you may be wondering if there’s anything you could do ahead of time to prepare.

To help ensure your paint job runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible, here are a few important steps you can take to prepare your home for our arrival.

1. Clear the Walls

To avoid accidental damage, the items below (especially anything valuable or breakable) should be removed from the work area and safely stored away. 

  • Wall hangings and ornaments (i.e., picture frames, paintings, curtain rods, clocks, shelving units, etc.)
  • Soft furnishings such as mats, rugs, indoor plants, window treatments and blinds.
  • If possible, small furniture (e.g., coffee table or night stand).
  • All electronics, small knick-knacks, mementos, or decorative items.

To avoid accidental damage, the items below (especially anything valuable or breakable) should be removed from the work area and safely stored away. 

All large or heavy furniture (i.e., sofas, suites, beds, dining tables, etc.) that cannot be removed will be moved to the center of the room and covered for protection. 

PRO-TIP

We recommend waiting at least 2-4 weeks after painting before hanging items on the walls. This is an essential step that allows the wall paint to fully cure.

2. Make the Room More Accessible

One of the best ways to help your interior painters work quickly and efficiently is to take a moment to consider access and potential obstructions in the room. Think about where they must walk or stand in order to get the walls painted and reposition any items that you can to help clear the way for them. Painters will need space to move around, lay out drop cloths, set up ladders, and access supplies. Our professional painters have experience with hard to reach areas, but it can be extremely helpful and will speed up their process if they are able to work in a room that is cleared of obstructions.  

3. Prepare Cabinets & Closets

If your bathroom or kitchen cabinets are being painted, your best bet is to remove all plates, pots, pans and other items inside the cabinets. Find a place to store them, perhaps a room or area that is not being painted. It may also be helpful to plan to have meals somewhere other than your kitchen while the project is underway. 

If only the outside (i.e., doors, drawer faces, and cabinet boxes) are to be painted, most items can be left in the cabinets and drawers. We will mask the inside off with plastic. Please bear in mind, however, that depending on the size of the project, access to these items may be limited. 

Lastly,  if closets are included in your scope of work, please empty and store all closet contents prior to the crew’s arrival.

Cabinets masked for painting.

4. Clean Surfaces

You may be thinking that since your ceiling, walls or trim are about to get a fresh coat of paint there is no need to clean them. However, even the smallest amount of lingering dust and debris can compromise quality. As all good painters know, a clean surface is crucial for proper adhesion.

Regardless of the prep done before arrival, cleaning is the first thing your crew will do after setting up the work area, and then again several times throughout the course of the project. Giving those surfaces a good cleaning before we arrive will help improve the final outcome and provide a longer-lasting paint job.

You can use a long handle broom or a small vacuum to dust and remove cobwebs from the walls and ceiling. Use water, detergent, and a sponge to wipe away dust, dirt, and stains that have built up on surfaces over time. It is better to do this a few days in advance to allow the walls to properly dry before your painting crew arrives.

5. Plan to Vacate the Area

As professional painters, we will do our absolute best to disturb your daily home routine as little as possible. In most cases, you can expect your painting crew from about 8:00 am to 4:00 pm throughout the duration of the project. We are pros at working in occupied homes and make it our priority to be respectful of your living space. At the end of each day, the work area will be fully cleaned and all tools & materials will be stored in a designated space out of harm’s way. 

If you have several rooms being painted, we can also discuss a split schedule whereby certain rooms or an area of the home is painted first. This limits disrupting all living spaces at the same time. For example, you may choose to have your second story bedrooms, or only certain rooms painted first, followed by the rest of the rooms. If possible, it may also be a good idea to spend the time away at a relative’s home or even going on a mini-vacation during your scheduled project. 

Request Your FREE Color Consultation

With each interior painting project, Zoe’s ProEdge Painting offers a complimentary in-home color consultation with one of our color experts!

6. Other Important Considerations

Here are several other considerations that can help you get the most out of your professional painting experience:

  • Please let us know prior to your scheduled start date if you require assistance with any of the tasks listed above. At your request, we can schedule a team to assist with moving and storing personal belongings. This can be scheduled at no extra cost on a case-by-case basis (i.e., elderly or disabled). We would love to help! 
  • Please designate a specific restroom for crew use.
  • Painters will also need access to a sink with running water to carefully rinse brushes and roller handles.
  • Please make arrangements for keeping pets and children out of the work area to avoid wet paint and potential accidents. However, there is no need to board your pet (or kids) during your project. We love to have them on the jobsite!
  • If, since your initial estimate appointment, you’ve noticed any significant trim or wall damage, or you suspect moisture damage, be sure to let us know so we can recommend and plan for additional surface repair and preparation. 
  • Lastly, we highly suggest finalizing your paint colors and finishes prior to the crew’s arrival. Keep in mind that very few colors look the same in real life as they do on a screen, so test paint chips on the walls and consider them in a variety of lighting situations.

Our Interior House Painting Process

1) Color Consultation (optional)

Choosing the right color is critical when painting. Not all colors and sheens work well together or with particular textures. Our Project Consultants will help you select the best colors and finishes for your needs. 

What to Expect

  • A consultative approach to color selection.
  • Detailed product, sheen and color descriptions – we offer all the trending Colormix® colors!
  • Specialty paints for your family’s needs, including Microbial Paint Sheild®, zero VOC paints, mildew resistant and washable paints. 
  • Color matching is available for no additional charge. 

2) Furniture Covering and Masking

A fresh look shouldn’t cost you your favorite loveseat. That’s why we ensure all furniture is covered before painting, and all walls, windows and floor areas surrounding your paint project are thoroughly masked.

What to Expect

  • Furniture and flooring is covered and protected from paint or dust. 
  • All light fixtures, outlet and switch cover plates, wall thermostats, smoke detectors, doorknobs, etc. are carefully removed or masked for protection.

3) Surface Prep

Scrapes and holes in the wall compromise the finished look of your paint. Minor repairs are performed to ensure your new interior looks its best.

What to Expect

  • All surfaces are vacuumed and cleaned.
  • Loose or peeling paint, scrapes, scratches, nail pops or holes are all removed. 
  • All cracks, joints and gaps are caulked to create beautiful seamless transitions between surfaces.
  • Walls are lightly sanded to create a smooth surface.
  • Primer is expertly applied, as needed, to remove any stains or discoloration, and to ensure proper adhesion for your paint product.

4) Expert Paint Application

Painting is more than just color. Professional technique and application will ensure you get a smooth finish on the final coat so you can obtain your desired look. We’ll help you achieve the room of your dreams!

What to Expect

  • Premium quality paint properly selected for each surface.
  • Two-coats applied (minimum) to meet color and durability expectations.
  • A clean sharp cut line between walls, trim and ceilings. 
  • Smooth finishes with no lines.
  • Paint applied only to desired surfaces. 

5) Project Inspection

Your satisfaction with your project is our top priority, so before each project is completed we walk through the entire service area with you to ensure you’re happy and make any final adjustments if needed.

What to Expect

  • Pre-completion walk through to inspect service areas.
  • We make sure you are satisfied with the project before you pay. 
  • You review our services and fill out a Quality Assurance form. 

And voilà! It’s now time to relax and enjoy your new dream space!

We appreciate your time and attention to the tasks listed above. If there are any items you’re unsure about or if any questions arise, we’re only a phone call away! We want to ensure the experience is smooth, streamlined, and hassle-free! 

Don’t forget! – You can rest easy knowing our interior paint jobs are designed to last several years on a properly maintained surface, which is why we offer a 2-year warranty on all our painting projects.