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5 Tips for Prepping a Home for Painting

Though most people assume painting the interior of a home is a simple, easy process that everyone can do, that is not the case. Painting is more than just throwing paint on a wall. There is skill involved. Here are 5 tips to prepping a home for painting:

  1. Purchase the right materials. To have a successful paint job, you need to have the right tools. This includes: drop cloths, masking tape, caulk, paint stirrer, rollers, paint tray, tray covers, and an angled paint brush.
  2. Cover and tape off everything. Your furniture and belongings should either be taken out of the room or placed in the center of the room and covered. Then, anything that is left needs to be covered and taped off. The windows and doors will most likely simply need to be taped, while light fixtures and built in fans should be covered then taped.
  3. Clean. You will want to dust the walls in order to make sure there is no dirt left on them when you paint.
  4. Fill the holes. Take the appropriate caulk and fill any holes on the walls. Once the holes are filled, they need to dry. Some may need to be primed. Then, sand it down until the filled holes are even with the wall.
  5. Ventilate the room. Make sure to open the windows and doors to have clean, fresh air come through when you begin to paint. This will help rid the rooms of fumes after you are done as well.

Now, you should be all set to begin painting! A great paint job is not going to look perfect if the preparation is not done correctly. Make sure to take the time to go through these steps first!

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