For the landlords who like to do projects themselves, painting your rental property’s interior is something you’ll do many times. But even a painting job that seems simple and easy still takes time, planning, and the right information to get professional results. Regardless if you’ve done this before or not, when you paint your Chester rental property interior, you’ll need to know a few important do’s and don’ts that will make the job easier and faster.
DO be thorough and take the time to prepare all of the surfaces you want to be painted. The experts at Five Star Painting recommend that, first, switch and cover plates should be removed, and after that, any holes or cracks should be patched, sanded, and wiped down with a lint-free cloth. Allow plenty of time for this process, and prolong it longer when you have large patched areas that need to dry.
DON’T be overly stingy and buy cheap paint and tools. Quality paint, brushes, and rollers will make the job easier, give you better coverage per coat, and can be reused for future jobs. Yes, 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 you’re cutting in, you’re doing the process of painting neat lines around doors, windows, ceilings, and trim. Again, the professionals at Five Star Painting tell us that this part of the procedure can really be time-consuming, but if you want your paint job to look good, it will pay off.
DON’T postpone cleaning up any drips or spills until the end. Pause whatever it is you’re doing and clean it up with a clean, wet rag immediately. When the paint hasn’t dried yet, you could clean it easily– it just wipes off– but dry paint may not come out of carpet or other materials.
DO make certain to tape off all windows, trim, floors, and anywhere else you don’t want to be painted. High-quality painter’s tape is the answer to get that nice crisp paint lines and protecting your surfaces from drips and errors. Additionally, be sure to cover any floors or furniture with clean drop cloths.
DON’T be too quick to replace the switch and cover plates, shelving, or anything else wall-mounted too soon. Paint needs time to dry sufficiently, so if you make those changes while the paint isn’t fully dry, you may end up ruining the paint job instead. Give it some time to dry before attempting any of these changes.
DO hire Real Property Management NJ Elite. Painting the interior of your rental property takes time, and in the real estate industry, time is money. Save time when you partner with a great property management company like who will handle all the hard work and time-consuming tasks for you. We are connected with really great vendors in Chester who offer high-quality painting services at an affordable price, and we can be the one to manage the entire process for you from start to finish. Please contact us online or call us at 908-955-7487 to learn more about how we can serve you.
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