While so much of the world’s economy is either entirely shut down or in serious limbo, most experts agree that the American housing market has yet to show an impact from COVID-19 shutdowns. Especially while many people are finding a need to relocate, it is more important than ever that the housing market remains stable for those buying and selling homes.
For new homeowners, there are a number of tasks to accomplish early on, even for homes that are “move-in ready”. Typically, the first thing on that to-do list is painting.
It may seem like painting is a quick and easy task to get done before moving in your furniture, but if you’re in a new construction, there are actually a lot more things you need to consider before you start slapping on paint.
For more residential painting tips for new constructions, here’s everything you need to know.
Preparing Your Surfaces
Especially with walls that have never before been painted, it is crucial that you sufficiently prepare your surfaces before you begin painting.
In some ways, fresh walls can be a bit more convenient. As any homeowner who has tried to cover up stripes or deep red can attest, the previous paint job on a wall can significantly increase the difficulty of painting your home.
Fortunately, an unpainted surface will not present this issue. The difficulty you may have, however, is the need to sufficiently prepare your walls to be painted.
Be sure that your walls are smooth and even for you start painting by lightly sanding, then cleaning, your walls. Following this preparation, be sure to appropriately prime your walls.
Borders and Trim
If you are installing new borders or trim in the rooms you are painting, it is also important to approach this task with caution. All trim should be installed before you begin painting a room.
After installing trim, homeowners can then begin the process of taping off edges and corners to prevent paint from bleeding onto newly installed trim.
If You’re Not the Builder
In many circumstances, builders will complete a brief, cursory painting of a house before you get the keys to your new construction.
If you’re a homeowner rather than a builder, you may be surprised to see the flat, sheenless paint you have all over your walls. Typically, as a cost-saving measure, contractors will use a paint heavy in talc to cover most surfaces.
Though cost-effective, few homeowners will want to keep this paint on their walls. If you’re not the builder, you may want to double-check to see the quality of paint already on your walls.
Choosing the Right Services
If you’ve just bought a house, you’re spending countless hours packing, moving, and unpacking. The last thing you want to do is take on another project as you manage the stress and excitement of buying a new home.
While cost is certainly a factor to consider, the experts at ELCO Painting will work with you to reduce your moving stresses and help you find interior painting services that fit your budget.
When you choose to hire interior painting services, exterior home painting, or commercial services, it is vital that you hire the right company to complete your next project. Without the right technician, you risk expensive damage and costly production delays.
The experienced professionals at ELCO Painting operate directly out of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, so they are uniquely qualified to serve the needs of those directly in their community.
Whether your next renovation project is cabinet refinishing or you need a home painting service cost estimate, ELCO Painting is the perfect choice for painting companies in RI and Southeastern Massachusetts. Let our experienced carpentry professionals meet your home’s unique needs and help bring your design dreams to life.
Give us a call (401-295-2201) or contact us online today to see how the ELCO Painting difference can work for you.