If you’re a do-it-yourself landlord, then painting your rental property’s interior is something you’ll do many times. But even the tiniest painting job takes time, planning, and the right information to get professional results. It doesn’t matter if this is the first time or not. When you paint your Catonsville rental property interior, you need to know some important do’s and don’ts that will make the job easier and faster.
DO take your time to ensure that you’ve properly prepared all of the surfaces to be painted. The experts at Five Star Painting recommend that, first, switch and cover plates should be removed, and after that, any holes or cracks should be patched, sanded, and wiped down with a lint-free cloth. Allow plenty of time for this process, and even longer if you have large patched areas that need to dry.
DON’T be too frugal and buy cheap paint and tools. 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 cost more upfront, for sure, 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 we say cutting in, we mean the process of painting neat lines around doors, windows, ceilings, and trim. The Five Star Painting professionals give us their expert opinion. They say that this part of the procedure can be time-consuming, but if you want your paint job to look good, it will really pay off.
DON’T hold off until the end before you clean spills or drips. Put down your tools and go 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 certain to tape off all windows, trim, floors, and anywhere else you don’t want to be painted. High-quality painter’s tape is the answer to get those nice crisp paint lines and protecting your surfaces from drips and errors. Likewise, don’t forget to cover any floors or furniture with clean drop cloths.
DON’T be too quick to replace the switch and cover plates, shelving, or anything else wall-mounted too soon. Paint needs time to dry sufficiently, so if you need to replace anything wall-mounted, wait a bit. Again, rushing things would just end up damaging the wall.
DO hire Real Property Management Metro. Painting the interior of your rental property takes time, and in the real estate industry, time is money. So it would turn out to be a lot more cost-effective when you 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 Catonsville 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 410-290-3285 to know more about what we can do for you.
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