Now, thanks to self help books we already mentioned and tips posted on the Internet, there are all kinds of things that people used to have to hire a professional to do that they can do on their own. But, if you're going to save some money by redoing something in your home before you put it on the market with other homes, you want to make sure that you're doing it right. Hiring someone to come in and fix mistakes can be more expensive then bringing someone in to do the job in the first place. There are also people that you can hire or look to for advice for say, party planning or hosting the perfect corporate BBQ.
If you decide on going it alone, know that painting can be a pretty messy business and you will want to make sure that you have everything ready where you need it before you begin. This means being a little bit more organized than just picking up the paint and some brushes and rollers. If you're not able to move all of the furniture out of the room then you're going to need to cover it up with something and will want a drop cloth for the floor. You should also have painter's tape or a small brush to do the edges. Some people like to be extra prepared before painting and will have plastic bags and everything necessary for clean up as well before they begin. This is definitely not a bad idea.
Make sure you do all of the necessary prep work to the room and the walls as well before you begin. You will want to take all of the covers off of the outlets and might want to patch up some holes in the walls from nails or other damage. When professionals are painting homes they will usually do it all over a couple of days. The first day will just be for prep and getting everything that they can out of the space. You might want to consider doing this if you have time.
Some people think that they can do the whole job of painting a room with just a couple of brushes and a roller but there are all kinds of different tools out there that can make the job a whole lot easier. When you're picking up the paint at the hardware store, ask the attendant to tell you about things like pad painters and different types of rollers. You might find that spending a little more on natural brushes also will give you a nicer finish that will showcase the room better. You should also explore whether water-based or latex paint is right for you and your space.
Painting tool checklist:
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