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How to Prepare Your Home for the Paint Contractor

Are you getting ready to have your home painted? If so, there are a few things you can do to prepare the space and make the process go more smoothly.


Here are some tips for interior preparation:

  • Clean the walls. This will remove dirt, dust, and other debris that could interfere with the paint's adhesion. Don't use chemicals that leave a residue! Watered down warm vinegar is a good option.

  • Cover any furniture, flooring, and other items that you don't want to get paint on. Move them to the center of the room, away from the walls. This is something a paint contractor can do but remember, they're painters. Not professional movers!

  • Put away valuable items that you can't live without.

  • Don't leave accessible cash in your home. I personally have never had one of my employees steal cash but a customer did displace several thousand dollars once and I about had a heart attack over it. The customer found the money later! Let's both save us the stress of such a situation. Put it in a safe place!

Here are some tips for exterior preparation:

  • Trim any plants or shrubs that are close to the house. This will prevent them from getting paint on them and making sure the paint covers your home. Remember, we'll trim or wrap them but we're not gardeners!

  • Move furniture.

  • Take down your ornamental items you don't want broken.

Here are some additional tips:


By following these tips, you can prepare your home for the paint contractor and get the best possible results with minimum mishaps.


Here are some additional tips for a customer preparing their house for the paint contractor:

  • Vacuum and dust the floors around the baseboards. Our tape will stick better and we won't have to wipe the floors or cabinets first.

  • Tidy up the space and remove any clutter.

  • Communicate! Most problems can be avoided through communication before or during the process rather than after. We'll do our best to communicate too!

  • Be available to answer questions and provide guidance to the paint contractor. This can almost always be resolved through answering a phone call or text.

By following these tips, you can make the painting process go more smoothly and ensure that you are happy with the results.


Things we can start on right way if you do those other things:

  • Repair any damage. This includes cracks, holes, and peeling paint.

  • Sand any rough or uneven surfaces. This will help the paint to apply evenly.

  • Prime the walls. This will help the paint to adhere better and last longer.

  • Move furniture out of the way or cover it with drop cloths.

  • Clean the siding. This will remove dirt, dust, and other debris that could interfere with the paint's adhesion.

  • Caulk around windows and doors. This will help to seal out moisture and prevent leaks.

  • Prime the siding. This will help the paint to adhere better and last longer.

  • Cover any plants or shrubs that are close to the house.

  • Top coat sooner!

It's SO much easier to go the extra mile for people that have put in a little effort in preparation so we can focus on what we do best. Mask, Prep and Paint!



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