For the landlords who like doing things themselves, painting your rental property’s interior is something you’ll do many times. But even a simple painting job would take a while if you want to get professional results. It’ll take time, planning, and the right information. Regardless if you’ve done this before or not, when you paint your Owings Mills rental property interior, you’ll need to know a few important do’s and don’ts that will make the job easier and faster.
DO be thorough and take the time to prepare all of the surfaces you want to be painted. The specialists over at Five Star Painting said 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, and give it even more time if you have large patched areas that need to dry.
DON’T buy cheap paint and tools assuming you’re saving money by being stingy. 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 certainly cost more upfront, 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. Again, the professionals at Five Star Painting tell us that this part of the procedure can really be time-consuming, but if you want your paint job to look good, it will pay off.
DON’T wait until you’re done before you clean spills or drips. Pause whatever it is you’re doing and clean it up with a clean, wet rag immediately. When the paint hasn’t dried yet, you could clean it easily– it just wipes off– but dry paint may not come out of carpet or other materials.
DO make it a point to tape off all windows, trim, floors, and anywhere else you don’t want to be painted. The use of high-quality painter’s tape is the trick to getting nice crisp paint lines and protecting your surfaces from drips and other mistakes. Likewise, 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. You need to wait for it to dry before attempting to replace anything wall-mounted. You run the risk of wrecking the paint job if you act too hastily.
DO hire Real Property Management Capital. Painting your rental property’s interior takes time, and time is money, especially in the real estate industry. So do partner with a great property management company who will handle all the hard work and time-consuming tasks for you. We know great vendors in Owings Mills who can give you quality painting services at a reasonable price, and we will manage the entire process for you from start to finish. Don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a ring at 301-869-5001 to know more about what we can do for you.
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