For every do-it-yourself landlord, painting your rental property’s interior is something you’ll do many times. Even the most minor of painting jobs takes time, planning, and the right information to get professional results. Even if this may or may not be your first attempt at painting your Dallas rental property’s interior, there are important do’s and don’ts to know that will make the job easier and faster.
DO find the time to prepare all of the surfaces to be painted. The advisers at Five Star Painting recommend that first, switch and cover plates should be removed, and later all and any holes or cracks should be patched, sanded, and wiped down with a lint-free cloth. Allow plenty of time for this process, primarily when you have large patched areas that need to dry.
DON’T be frugal and purchase 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. Sure, these may 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 actually very important to get the best possible result. Cutting in is the process of painting neat lines around doors, windows, ceilings, and trim. The experts at Five Star Painting express that this segment of the process is time-consuming, but if you want your paint job to look good, it will really pay off to spend that extra effort.
DON’T wait until the end to wipe up any spillage or spots. Stop what you’re doing at that moment and clean it up with a clean, wet rag immediately. Paint that is still wet frequently washes out, nevertheless, 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. Using a high-quality painter’s tape is critical to keeping nice crisp paint lines and protecting your surfaces from drips and lapses. Also, be certain to cover any floors or furniture with clean drop cloths.
DON’T replace the switch and cover plates, shelving, or anything else wall-mounted too soon. Paint needs time to dry sufficiently, and setting up this stuff will damage the wall should you have to change them at any given time before the next paint job.
DO enlist Real Property Management LoneStar. Painting your rental property’s interior takes time, and in the real estate industry, time is money. Why not partner with a great property management company who will handle all the hard work and time-consuming tasks for you? We have outstanding vendors and professionals in Dallas who can extend quality painting services at a great price, and we will take charge to manage the entire process for you from start to finish. Please contact us online or call our Austin office at 512-520-9060 or our Dallas office at 972-949-2000 for more information.
We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. See Equal Housing Opportunity Statement for more information.