Hiring professional painters to complete residential painting services for you here in Edmonton has many benefits and takes a lot off of your plate. Rather than worrying about the time, money, and effort that go into acquiring all of the necessary materials, cleaning and prepping the space, painting each coat, and cleaning up while the paint dries, you just get to sit back, relax, and watch the pros do their magic.
But, is it actually that simple? What do you need to provide the professionals with? What do you need to know before you hire professional painters? What do you need to prepare before the painters come? How long do you need to wait after the painting project is finished? Can you and your family and pets be around while the painting project is happening?
So. Many. Questions. We get it. Even though the professional painters will take care of the actual painting part and will be there with you along the way, it’s tough to know exactly what you as the customer need to do.
Today, we’ll take you through what you need to do before, during, and after the residential painting services so that you can be completely prepared and confident!
There are a few main things that you need to get sorted prior to your residential painting service.
1. Figure out what you want painted in your home
Are you looking to paint just one room? All of your walls? Some baseboards and doors too? Maybe a ceiling here and there? This is obviously an essential first step in the process of getting residential painting services. By preparing an idea of what exactly you want painted, you’ll be one step ahead once it’s time to do the painting itself.
2. Determine whether you want to go from a light colour to a dark colour or vice versa or if you’re just looking for a colour match
Figuring out what kind of colour changes will be necessary for your residential painting services is also highly important. There are actually very different processes and requirements for a dark to light colour change than there are for a light to dark colour change, for example. Additionally, if you’re looking for a colour match, your residential painting project may take a bit longer depending on how long it takes to find that perfect colour.
Having this colour change information ready to provide the professional painters that you hire will make your life and their life a lot easier. It will also help them determine a more accurate timeline for your project.
3. Decide on some colour options that complement your space
For the interior design enthusiasts, this may have been your first choice. You may have been brushing your teeth one morning and thought, ‘I need a light pink bathroom.’ However, if that’s not the case, now is a good time to do this.
Depending on what part of your home you’re getting painted and what kind of environment you want it to be, you should look into different colour schemes. When doing so, the professional painters here at Colour Envy Painting suggest looking into colour psychology and the different emotions that colours evoke in people.
For example, if you’re going to paint your bedroom, it’s probably best to go with a quiet, more muted colour to facilitate an environment of calm and relaxation. However, if you’re painting a family room where you know you’ll be hosting exciting family events, a more exciting, bright colour is probably the way to go.
Don’t feel overwhelmed by choosing out complementary colours; the professional painters that you hire will be able to recommend colours according to their expertise and skill set. Although it’s great to have some colour options and ideas picked out, don’t feel like you’re alone in finalizing the colour for your residential painting project. Want some inspo? Watch this short video!
4. Research and choose a professional painting company in Edmonton and set up a walkthrough with them
This is the part where you get to find a high quality painting company in Edmonton and set up the specific details of the project with them. If you’re not quite sure where to start with finding this trustworthy company that will provide you with the painting service that you deserve, don’t stress! We’ve got you covered. Check out this blog post for 10 Tips For Hiring A Quality Painting Company in Edmonton.
P.S. We recommend a painting company called Colour Envy Painting… they’re pretty great!
Once you’ve reviewed these tips, picked out a professional painting company, and got in touch with them, you can set up a walkthrough of your home. In this walkthrough, you’ll be able to discuss your scope of work, what you want done, and what the best colour options are for your residential painting project.
Following this walkthrough, the painting professionals will be able to provide you with an estimate and a timeline for your project. They should also book you in for day one of your painting project! How exciting!
At the end of the day, this walkthrough is all about making sure that you get the high quality painting service that you deserve. Here at Colour Envy Painting, we are very dedicated to customer satisfaction and use this walkthrough as a way to ensure that we can provide you with what you want and need for your home.
5. Prepare your space for the residential painting service
Once your painting day (or first painting day) is booked in, it’s time to prepare your space. First and foremost, make sure to clean and wipe down the wall itself to remove any dust, dirt, debris, etc.
You’ll also want to move your furniture away from the wall(s) that you’ll be getting painted. We recommend moving all of your furniture and belongings 3-4 feet away from the wall. This will give the professional painters enough room to set up their supplies and will ensure that they won’t get paint where you don’t want it.
If you need a hand moving your furniture and belongings away from the painting project area, the professional painters at Colour Envy Painting will be more than happy to help you with that with your permission. However, we do prefer to stay away from breakable items just to ensure the highest level of safety for your belongings.
If you are planning on having your ceiling painted, it’s important to cover your belongings and furniture with plastic wrap or sheets to avoid dust from sanding or splatters from painting falling on them.
While your residential painting service is taking place, there isn’t too much to worry about on your end. However, there are a few things that we’ll remind you of to protect your safety and ensure that the painting quality is maintained.
1. Stay away from the area that’s being painted
Although this one is kind of a given, we figured a reminder couldn’t hurt. This can be tough with a household of children and pets, however, it’s extremely important. It can also be tempting to check in and watch the professional painters, but it’s best to just let them do their thing.
Not only will steering clear of the painting project give the painters the space they need and allow your paint service to go over smoothly, it will also reduce any safety concerns. Paint project areas can be full of safety hazards, especially for unassuming small children and pets. Although the professional painters are entirely safe on ladders and using painting tools, you and your family may not be, which is why it’s best to stay away from the area that’s being painted.
2. Make sure there is airflow in your home
Your first thought when you read that might be the fumes. However, contrary to popular belief, most paints that professional painting companies such as Colour Envy Painting use don’t actually emit strong odours or cause fumes.
Water-based paints won’t typically bother people or cause fume headaches unless there is hypersensitivity at play. Colour Envy Painting uses water-based paints for the vast majority of their painting projects which won’t be a bother.
However, for some painting projects, especially those where previous water- or smoke-damage has occurred, professional painting companies will need to use oil-based paints. Oil-based paints do emit more fumes and can cause headaches. If your professional painters use oil-based paints for the residential painting service, definitely make sure that you’ve got airflow in your home to avoid these issues.
At the end of the day, no matter the kind of paint that is used for your residential painting project, gentle airflow will help with the drying process.
3. Keep the temperature in your home mild
Not too hot and not too cold. That’s the secret recipe. As we discuss in more detail in our blog post, Best Timing For Residential Painting Projects In Edmonton, extreme temperatures of any kind can cause issues with the drying process of paint. This is why we recommend a mild temperature for your home during (and after) your residential painting project.
When you are investing the time and money to get a premium residential painting service here in Edmonton, doing something as small as regulating the temperature of your home will be very worth it, trust us!
4. Let the professional painters work their magic!
At this point, you simply get to sit back, relax, and let the professional painters transform and beautify your home! Try not to hang around and watch their every move. Just trust the process and prepare to be amazed upon your first look.
This is the fun part!
1. Let the paint dry
Thank you, Captain Obvious! But on a real note, the drying process is really important. No matter how high quality the residential painting services are, if you don’t give it sufficient time to dry, it can all be ruined in a moment.
We don’t say that to scare you, just so that you know how important it is. Rather than just assuming that the paint is dry and ending up smudging or ruining it, make sure that you follow the instructions that your professional painters offer you.
Generally speaking, the professional painters here at Colour Envy Painting suggest you don’t touch the painted wall or lean anything against it for at least 28 days so that it has the sufficient time to dry properly. If you do need to clean the wall, we suggest using a microfibre cloth and a very gentle touch to do so.
2. Last, but not least, enjoy your newly beautified space!
A fresh coat of paint can truly transform your space and give you a new outlook on it. Once this entire process has been completed, you’ll simply get to enjoy the renewed look!
If you’re ready to get started on your residential painting service in Edmonton, give us a call today at 780-651-1525 to get started!