If you’re a do-it-yourself landlord, then painting your rental property’s interior is something you’ll do many times. But even the tiniest painting job takes time, planning, and the right information to get professional results. You may have painted your Brainerd rental property’s interior before, or this may be your first time. In both cases, there are important do’s and don’ts to know that will make the job easier and faster.
DO take the time you need to prepare all of the surfaces to be painted. The specialists over at Five Star Painting say that first, switch and cover plates should be removed, and afterward, any holes or cracks should be patched, sanded, and wiped down with a lint-free cloth. Allow plenty of time for this process, all the more if you have large patched areas that need to dry.
DON’T be too frugal 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. It will cost more upfront, for sure, 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, what you’re doing is painting neat lines around doors, windows, ceilings, and trim. The specialists at Five Star Painting make it clear that this part of the project can be very time-consuming, but if you want your paint job to look good, it will really pay off.
DON’T delay cleaning any spills or drips. Let the mess interrupt what you’re doing and clean it up with a clean, wet rag immediately. Wet paint is very easy to clean, it just wipes right off, but dry paint may not come out of carpet or other materials.
DO see to it that you tape off all windows, trim, floors, and anywhere else you don’t want to be painted. Placing high-quality painter’s tape in the right areas is how to get nice crisp paint lines and protect your surfaces from drips and other errors. Also, don’t forget to cover any floors or furniture with clean drop cloths.
DON’T hurry to replace the switch and cover plates, shelving, or anything else wall-mounted too soon. Paint needs time to dry sufficiently, so if you need to change anything wall-mounted, give it some time. Many times, when dealing with paint, being hasty just leads to damage.
DO hire Real Property Management Deluxe. Painting your rental property’s interior to give it a new look takes time, and in the real estate industry, time is money. So do partner with a great property management company who will handle all the hard work and time-consuming tasks for you. We know some amazing vendors in Brainerd who offer quality painting services at fair prices, and we will manage the entire process– from start to finish– for you. Don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a ring at 218-454-7962 to know more about what we can do for you.
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