Painting your home or a section of it is the number one way to get the biggest bang for your buck when it comes time for any home improvement; keeping in mind, that it pays in many ways to give your home a fresh new look! Considering doing the work yourself? It can be a fun and cost saving adventure; while teaching you how hard a painter must work to produce those superlative high quality finishes; especially, high up there on the outside of your home, or in those hard to reach tight corners.

The first rule for painting any area of your home has to do with planning and preparation. What needs to be painted? What needs to be prepped for painting? What tools and tarps will I need? Like, ladders, step ladders, scaffolding, etc?  You need to also know the exact area, dimensions of what you will be painting; so that you can get an idea of the total square footage to be painted. For example, in a room, you have four walls and one ceiling; in total, five areas to measure, that is, if you are going to be painting the entire room.

For windows, baseboards, and trims, take a linear measurement of the length and width of these pieces, and average out the width to the largest denominator. Some pieces may be 2 inches, some 4 inches, and some others 6 inches. This would give you a 4-5 inch average width to be calculated with the length. Doors are the same as walls; but having both sides.

Now, without getting too technical or into too many colors, designs and types of paint; please focus on these preparation tips and must-knows, that can dramatically save you time and money on your next paint job.

First, determine exactly how many layers of existing paint you have to work with and paint over. You can use a small scrapper or knife. Know the existing color of the area to paint-is it dark or light, flat, high-gloss or semi-gloss, egg shell, satin finish, etc? These are the basics words and visuals you need to embrace to exactly know what you want and what you will get, in terms of a finished paint product. Go to your local paint store or get samples from your Reno store and take them home and match them to the walls and woodwork as needed.

Inspect for deficiencies in the drywall or areas to be painted, circle them with a light paintable marker pen. Are there dents, gauges, holes, cracks, etc? This will tell you exactly what material you will need to repair first. You may need drywall compound, patch compound, tape, perforated tape, sand paper sander, plastic sheets, and then the tools, scrapers and trowels to finish the repair to a high quality finish. And, this is ALL just to get started. Keep also in mind, to save even more time, remove all the wall plugs, paintings and such, from the walls first. Put them all away in a safe space where you will find them when you need them.

Now honestly, wouldn't it be easier just to hire a professional painter that knows what they are doing, and save you all this running around and extra work?

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