Client Preparation (Interior)
How Clients Prepare Prior To Interior Painters Arrival
(This page addresses how to plan and prepare before our arrival. It will answer the most frequently asked questions clients have regarding what to consider before starting the project).
Please have a plan as to which order you would like areas painted. Take into consideration that some places will take longer than others.
Often, common areas such as halls contain the least amount of disruption. We may work in these areas as we prepare for the next room.
We recommend low odor paints for most interior painting applications. Therefore, the smell goes away quickly. However, those most sensitive to paint vapors should temporarily plan to be in other areas or consider a zero (VOC) paint.
If we are conducting extensive repairs, or if the area requires unique painting or prep, it will most likely take a few trips to that area. Prepare for at least two days or more before the use of that area.
Things to Consider
Remove any fragile items from the area, especially china and expensive decorative items. Please completely remove all items from the cabinet before moving.
Everything in the area gets covered. If there is delicate furniture, electronics, glass, or heirloom that is tricky to move, please bring it to our attention before we arrive, or notify the team leader before starting.
Bookcases can be heavy at times and moving furniture while weighted can damage the flooring or furniture. Ensure that we are aware of heavy items so that we have the necessary assistance if needed.
Pianos and refrigerators will damage hardwoods if moved incorrectly. Let us know if any heavy items such as these will need moving.
Paintings, pictures, posters, etc. that require relocating should have the hardware taken off the wall to mud over the holes. Or let us know which ones will stay up and which items will need relocating.
If practical, we would like electronics unplugged from the walls to provide easier access to the area. We try to stay away from disconnecting or reconnecting complex electronic wiring.
Closets: Please remove all clothing if we are painting closets. Be mindful that we often need to enclose the area with plastic. If we are not painting the closets, please retrieve all clothing required before paint production.
Kitchens: Please clear all counters and tables so that we can cover them. If we are painting the inside of the cupboard, placing items in common areas and hallways is ideal.
Bedrooms: In most cases, items in the bedroom can be put on the bed, if we do not need overhead access to the area. Consider the weight of the bed so that we are still able to move it. Please remove all personal items.
Kids Rooms: Be sure to prepare for kids to sleep elsewhere for the night. Remove a change of clothes and other necessary items needed.
Bathrooms: These areas usually take little time, unless there are significant repairs involved. Just in case, make sure that you have all you need out of the shower and other areas. Please clear all personal items, countertops, and towel racks.