When it comes to setting the mood and design of the inside of your home, some things are more important than others and deserve more attention. While decorations may be important in order to really complete a room, even a room with no decorations at all could still feel complete if other key aspects had been paid attention to. For example, could you imagine a home with bare floors or walls? When you give attention to certain aspects of your home, the rest will typically fall into place.
Importance of Caring for Your Walls
When you walk into a room, often the first things you’ll notice are the floors and walls. If these things are bare or poorly maintained, it won’t matter what can be found in the rest of the room. In fact, the best furniture and most expensive decorations could adorn the room, but the room still won’t look good if it has floors and walls that aren’t taken care of. First impressions are incredibly important, especially when it comes to things like interior design. It’s important that your room speaks for itself the second that someone walks in it and that the decor sets the proper tone for the rest of the room.
Recommended Frequency of Painting
The best way to care for your walls and keep them looking good is by painting them. Of course, painting them just once won’t be enough. After a while, the paint will start to fade and the painted walls will no longer look as good as they did when they were first painted. It will take years after each paint job to get to this point, but being prepared is still important. It is recommended that the average frequency of repainting any room be between five and ten years.
With that said, rooms that are used more often will need their walls repainted sooner, and rooms that aren’t used often at all will be able to last longer before each round of new paint. For example, a busy room like a hallway or a child’s bedroom will need to be more frequently repainted at a recommended frequency of every three to four years. A room that receives little to no traffic, however, such as an adult’s bedroom, can actually last much longer without needing a fresh coat of paint—these less busy rooms can last for eight to ten years before needing to be repainted. If you are unsure of where your room falls on this spectrum, a happy medium of every five to seven years would be a good repainting frequency to stick to.
In addition, walls that have been properly cared for and originally painted will not need to be repainted as soon as other more amateur jobs. Paint jobs done with good primer bases can usually wait up to seven years before needing to be repainted. At the same time, paint jobs that were poorly done will need to be redone more often. You should always put into your walls what you’d like to get out of them; if you want your wall paint to last a long time, you should put more time and effort into handling the paint job properly.
Whether painting the interior of a home, the exterior, or both, it is important to ensure that a good job is done. While many homeowners prefer to do it themselves in order to save a little money, the truth is that hiring professional painters is really the best idea. Apart from their level of skill and experience, they can also solve common painting problems and provide a masterful finish.
Getting an Estimate
Even before calling a local painting company to arrange an estimate, it’s a really good idea to ask neighbors, friends, and family in the local area if they have had any experience with any of the local painting firms and contractors. It is often said that the best form of marketing is by word of mouth so if a friend has had a really good experience with a local painter, the chances are that you will have a good experience too.
It is always a good idea to make some estimate bookings with at least a few painting companies. This way, it is possible to compare prices and see which one suits your budget best. So, what should you expect when you make a booking for an estimate? Consider the following:
- Timing: Professionals understand that a customer’s time is important. As the customer, you should reasonably expect the painters to arrive on time for the appointment. Unless there is a very good reason to be late, the painters should be at the door when you expect them to be. Doing otherwise is being disrespectful of your time as a customer and may signal the overall attitude of the company to its customers.
- Attitude: In line with being on time for the appointment, the painters should also be dressed appropriately, most often in uniform with a name badge or other official insignia. They should also treat you with care and respect at all times in a friendly and professional manner. Those who are dismissive, arrogant, or seemingly uninterested are to be avoided. There are plenty of other painters out there willing to do the job without a bad attitude, after all!
- Communication: A good painting job is done in consultation with the homeowners. Professional, experienced painters will sit down and listen to what vision you have for your home in terms of color choices and overall look. They will use their knowledge to suggest alterations if necessary but without overriding the vision that you have for your home. A good painting job is about the collaboration between painters and the homeowners.
- Transparency: Finally, the painters will provide a price estimate for the complete job. This should include the cost of materials and labor. The painters should be able to quickly and confidently provide an estimate with all of these extras taken into account. If they are hesitant or do not seem totally transparent, it may be best to avoid them.
Hire the Professionals
A lick of paint can seriously transform a home into something spectacular. It can add atmosphere and sales value. When sourcing estimates from painters, always remember that you are in control of the process.