For the landlords who like doing things themselves, painting your rental property’s interior is something you’ll do many times. But even a simple painting job would take a while if you want to get professional results. It’ll take time, planning, and the right information. This may be your first paint job or you may have done this before, either way, painting your Mystic rental property’s interior will be made easier and faster if you know some important do’s and don’ts.
DO take the time you need to prepare all of the surfaces to be painted. At Five Star Painting, their experts advise that the first thing to do is to remove the switch and cover plates, then holes or cracks should be patched, sanded, and wiped down with a lint-free cloth. Allow plenty of time for this process, and give it even more time if you have large patched areas that need to dry.
DON’T get cheap paint and tools and think that doing so can save you money. Quality paint, brushes, and rollers will make the job easier, give you better coverage per coat, and can be reused for future jobs. Granted, it will cost more upfront, but if you are planning to own your rental long-term, you’ll be painting it many times.
DO start with the ceilings and by cutting in the walls and trim. This is very important to get the best possible result. When we say cutting in, we mean the process of painting neat lines around doors, windows, ceilings, and trim. The Five Star Painting pros tell us that this part of the project can be time-consuming, but if you want your paint job to look good, it will really pay off.
DON’T hold off until the end before you clean spills or drips. Put down your tools and go clean it up with a clean, wet rag immediately. When the paint is still wet, it’s not that big of a deal, it wipes off easy, but dry paint may not come out of carpet or other materials.
DO make it a point to tape off all windows, trim, floors, and anywhere else you don’t want to be painted. Utilizing high-quality painter’s tape is the way to get nice crisp paint lines and protect your surfaces from drips and mistakes. Also, be sure to cover any floors or furniture with clean drop cloths.
DON’T be too hasty to replace the switch and cover plates, shelving, or anything else wall-mounted too soon. Paint needs time to dry sufficiently, so if there is a need to replace anything wall-mounted, don’t rush. Give it time to dry to prevent damaging the wall.
DO hire Real Property Management Hartford Metro/Greater New London. Updating your rental property’s look by painting its interior takes time. And time is money in the real estate industry. So the decision with better value would be to partner with a great property management company who will handle all the hard work and time-consuming tasks for you. We know vendors that offer quality painting services at a fair price down in Mystic, and we will be the one to manage the entire process for you from start to finish. If you are interested in learning more or have additional questions, please contact us online or by phone at 860-316-4388 today.
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