Preparing for your INTERIOR Painting Project
One of the most important aspects of interior painting is that you are prepared for the painting crew to move through your home. You know what works best for you and your family. Think about what order you would like your rooms painted. When the crew arrives, you will meet the PaintDenver Job Site Supervisor (JSS) and they will ask you where you would like them to start. You can make notes while reading these points of consideration:
1 – At PaintDenver – we start and finish a room as quickly as possible. We do not need access to every room every day but some rooms may remain out of service overnight or longer. Think through the order you would like us moving through your home and note it for future reference.
2 – Areas that are not occupied, such as hallways, stairwells, powder rooms, and guest rooms, make good flex rooms. We can start these when we get ahead of ourselves and we can work on them anytime with minimum disruption to you.
3 – We use only Low and Zero VOC paints on interiors. These are low odor and safer for your family. People with strong sensitivity to paint may want to plan on sleeping in another room the night their room is painted.
4 – Rooms that require extensive repairs may be out of service longer than one or two days depending upon the drying time of the repair products.
5 – Some specialized projects, like wallpapering and faux finishing, may require multiple visits to complete and those rooms may stay out of use longer.
6 – Please make sure lawn sprinklers are turned off after the Power wash Day if they spray any area that will be painted. We recommend that you water thoroughly on Power wash Day and turn them off until we finish painting. Your Job Site Supervisor will inform you when you can turn them back on. If we span a weekend then you can water on Saturday and Sunday.
Remove small and fragile objects from the rooms to be painted. China cabinets especially need to be emptied and the china placed away from any work areas.
We will cover and protect the furniture and floors, but if there is a delicate piece of furniture or an heirloom that is tricky to move, please remove it before we arrive or make sure you notify the Job Site Supervisor before they start the room.
Empty bookcases, if we are to move and paint behind them. It could be as simple as placing the books on a sofa or chair that we will be covered anyway. Please make sure that any furniture that we are expected to move is not too heavy or that you have notified us to allow extra help in moving the furniture.
Remove paintings, pictures, posters, and manageable mirrors from the walls. If they are going back up in the same place, leave the hardware and we will paint around or over it (so if you move it later, the spot is covered). If they are not going back up, please remove the hardware – this will be an indication that we are to repair the hole before painting.
Turn off, and if practical, disconnect electronic items such as computers and entertainment centers. We will be able to move them more easily. It is preferable for the homeowner to move these valuable items.
If we are painting the baby’s room, you should set up a temporary changing area and possible sleeping space for a day while the paint dries thoroughly. You should also get an extra few changes of clothes out of the dresser. The low VOC paints will limit the smell and exposure to chemicals, but you can never be too safe.
If we do not need immediate access to the ceiling over a bed (to paint around a light fixture or fix a crack) many items in the bedroom can be piled on the bed. Just make sure the bed is not too heavy to move if we need to paint behind it. We will then cover it with a clean cover.
Please remove any toiletries or medications you will need for the day. Clear off the counters and towel racks and remove any other personal items. If we are painting inside the medicine cabinet or vanity, please empty them.
If we are painting inside closets, we ask that they are completely empty. If we are not painting the closet, take out an extra day’s clothes in case we seal up the closet and it has to remain that way overnight.
If we are not painting inside the cupboards, please be sure that all tables and countertops are cleared off. If we need to move appliances like refrigerators and stoves, please be sure they are also cleared off. While our goal at PaintDenver is to complete your kitchen in a day, it is best not to plan on having access to the kitchen for 24 hours