Redecorating can give your home or office a new lease of life, and with a little preparation, you can be enjoying your newly decorated space in no time.
Hiring painting and decorating contractors can help you to achieve a professional finish with minimal disruption to your home or business. In order to get the most from your experience, there are a few things that you can do before the professionals arrive in order to help the process run smoothly. And don’t forget to have tea and biscuits on standby, as decorating can be thirsty work!
The first step is to prepare the area that will be decorated. The more empty this room is, the easier it will be for the contractors to work. If you can clear the room of all furniture, this is perfect. But we understand that you rarely have an empty space on standby for a whole room of items. Instead, we recommend removing what you can and then moving everything to the center of the room, leaving your painter easier access to walls, skirting boards, and window frames.
A good contractor will respect your property and valuables, but there is always the possibility of accidents happening. We recommend prioritizing the removal of any particularly valuable or fragile items from the area that is being decorated. Decorating produces a lot of dust, so soft furnishings should be removed wherever possible. Your contractors should be able to supply you with heavy-duty dust sheets for anything that will be remaining in situ.
Try to remove anything that you’ll need access to while work is underway, to prevent any unexpected delays.
Making sure that your walls are clear before work begins is incredibly helpful. Remove all artwork, clocks and mirrors, and store them securely. If you’re not sure that everything will be going back up in the same place once the work is complete, you may wish to remove the fittings from the wall. We recommend speaking to your decorator before you start filling holes though, as they may wish to do this as part of their preparation of the walls. Any larger fixtures and fittings, such as TV brackets or lights, should also be discussed with your decorator before the work begins.
Dirt, dust, and oils can be the enemy of a clean finish, so once your belongings are secured it’s time to begin the cleaning. Concentrate on vacuuming, dusting and wiping down surfaces, not forgetting the skirting boards and picture rails. Areas around doors and light switches tend to be particularly grubby, so pay them special attention. It’s likely that the painters will also do their own cleaning to prepare the walls, but you’ll have given them an excellent foundation.
With all of this done, your painting and decorating contractors should be able to get to work as soon as they arrive!