Things to Consider Before Taking on a Painting Project
Every project requires good planning. And as the saying goes, not planning is planning to fail. So, if you are taking on a painting project, plan to succeed by following these key considerations.
1. Assess your Account Status
Any painting project has financial implications. The long list of things you will need to successfully complete the project will include paint, rollers, brushes, a paint tray, and a ladder among other equipment.
Quality paint and painting tools are not cheap. Besides, if you opt for the services of a pro, you also decide to part with a good amount of your cash. Your account status should help you determine if the time for your plan is ripe or you should wait to save a little more before embarking on it.
2. Assess the Status of Your Walls
Painting the walls of a new house may be a walk in the park even for Do-it-yourselfers. But if you are painting the walls of an old house, you have to struggle with peeling layers of old paint or repairing run-down plaster before you can start the painting.
Assessing the status of your walls will mean deciding whether to hire professional service for your old walls or go for the DIY option when you are painting new or quasi-new walls.
3. Ensure You are Healthy enough for a Painting Project
Before deciding for DIY, consider that paint contain compounds that may cause allergic reactions such as a running nose, watery eyes, and skin reactions. If you are allergic to the VOCs in paint, you will not only have to find a pro for the job, but you may also be forced to take a pro-health trip while your house is being painted and while the paint dries. You may want to try some natural ways of getting rid of paint odor and vapor before repossessing your house.
Health issues with paints may be triggered by the fatigue from hours or even days of work. If you have back pain issues, for example, hours of stroking with a paint brush will undoubtedly aggravate your discomfort. You are better off engaging a professional painter.
4. Gauge Your Availability
If you are only painting a room, a weekend of your time suffices. But if you are doing an entire house, it may be weeks before you can complete the job. In case of the latter situation, you may want to consider contracting a professional.
Taking a weekend out of your usual schedule may be ok. However, taking several weekends will rob you of important relaxation and family time. Gauge your availability for the painting project by deciding what you value most; the satisfaction of a successful painting project or the company of family and the recommended rest from your daily work.
5. Shop for Ideas
Whether it’s about the cost of a contractor and the painting equipment, the best paint brand and colors for your type of wall, or the most appropriate time for painting your house, being well informed is part of planning.
Shop for ideas on all these areas and use the knowledge to make the most important decision: whether you should start your painting project immediately or wait for a more appropriate time.
In the end
The success of your painting project depends on how well you plan the preliminary details before you can embark on the actual painting job.