A few simple decisions and choices of order, can save you a lot of money when it comes to your next interior paint job. . Here are the 5 main tips to keep costs down.
1. Paint the same colour as before. Its not as exciting but you are happy with your existing colour and just want a freshen up you can save money. Why? If your painter uses the same colour you already have, he can often (but not always) paint walls with only one coat. Ceilings usually need 2 coats though.
2. Paint walls and ceiling and just sugar soap your trim. If your trim (doors, windows, skirting picture rails) are not chipped, a good sugar soap wash can make them look almost like new. And a wash is much quicker than a full paint job.
3. Paint walls and trim in the same colour. Semi gloss trim and low sheen walls look great even in the same colour. The difference in gloss levels separates the two visually. But from a painters point of view, no masking is needed, and the joins are much easier (faster) to achieve.
4. Empty rooms. Although most painters (not all) are happy to move small items out and larger furniture to the middle of the room, a completely empty room, means we can get started imediately and that saves you time and money.
5. Paint just before replacing carpets or re-sanding floor boards. Carefully masking carpet is part of the painters job, but if the carpet is going to be ripped out soon after painting, masking can be much simpler-faster-cheaper!
As you can see, most cost savings are are really time savings. Talk to your painter before the job starts and you might be pleasantly surprised!
I've been drawing and painting since I was a kid. I've studied art and design and have worked in visual areas my whole life. Now I'm a house painter!