Hiring an interior painter to decorate one of the rooms in your home means that you don't have to do any painting yourself. However, this doesn't completely let you off the hook — you still have a little work to do before your painter can start work.
Ideally, you want to get the room prepared for painting. This allows your painter to hit the ground running as soon as they arrive. What should you do?
It's a lot easier for your painter to work if the room is clear of furniture. If you can, get as much furniture out of the room as possible. This gives your decorator space to work.
If you can't get everything out of the room, then you may need to move pieces that need to stay in there. Ideally, you need to clear walls so your painter can get to them.
So, move pieces of furniture away from walls and into the middle of the room. Your painter can work around this furniture if they are also painting your ceiling.
If you have anything hanging on the room's walls, then take this stuff down. This includes mirrors, shelves, paintings and posters.
Don't forget to take down hooks, attachments and screws as well. For example, if you're having a teenager's room painted and they have a lot of posters up, then one of you needs to remove any lumps of mounting tack that may be stuck on the walls once the posters come down.
Undress Your Windows
No matter how careful your painter is, they may end up with some paint drips along the way. To protect your curtains and blinds, it's worth taking these items down and moving them out of the room while the work is being done. This also gives your painter clear access to the areas around the window and the window itself.
Get Rid of Dust
If you've removed or moved furniture, then the room may be a little dusty. Dust and paint don't mix well so it's important to get rid of as much dust as you can before painting starts. Otherwise, your painter may end with dust in newly painted areas that then need to be sanded down and repainted.
So, give the room a thorough vacuum. Pay close attention to the areas around skirting boards which can attract dust.
It's also a good idea to talk to your painter before they arrive. They can give you more tips on how to get the room ready for them to start work quickly.