No matter how badly your interior could use a fresh coat of paint, figuring out the optimal time to get it done can be challenging. Hiring a residential painting company will speed up the process, but you’ll still have to deal with the fumes, crowded spaces, and general lack of comfort that comes with an interior painting project. Wouldn’t it be nice to just snap your fingers and transform your home without the hassle?
Until we discover a way to achieve such a magical notion, the next best thing is to get away from your home while it’s being painted. Indeed, scheduling your vacation and home painting project for the same period might be the solution you’re looking for.
But is it really a good idea to leave your home unattended during an interior paint job? Here are some things to keep in mind.
Interior painting projects can be challenging for both painters and residents, as both parties can obstruct one another. In most cases, this is a minimal issue, leading to occasional awkwardness and frustration, but no major mishaps.
Still, paint jobs tend to get done faster when painters have more room to work and don’t have to worry about people and pets coming in and out. If you’re on vacation, you and your painters won’t have to worry about intruding on each other’s space one bit.
It’s no secret that fresh paint is smelly. Fortunately, most high-quality and low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints don’t produce too strong of an odor and are relatively safe to be around. But even milder paint scents can be distracting and potentially harmful to certain people and animals.
One major benefit of being away while house painters work is that you won’t have to deal with the smell when it’s at its strongest. Sure, you’re bound to notice a slight scent when you return, but it won’t be overbearing.
Coming back from vacation is always bittersweet, but you can sweeten the deal by entering a freshly painted interior. When you’re present for a paint job, you see it come together gradually. This is satisfying in its own right, but not nearly as special as seeing it all at once contrasted with your previous vision of your home. You can even snap your fingers and pretend it all happened instantaneously!
The main reason homeowners might feel anxious about going on a trip during a paint job is, naturally, security. After all, hiring interior painters means that several strangers will be inside your home for multiple days. And if you’re gone, you can’t keep tabs on what goes on in your house.
You may have read news pieces about a painter stealing someone’s jewelry or breaking an object without mentioning it. These events are far from the norm, but for your own peace of mind, hire an insured and licensed interior painting contractor with a stellar reputation. Also, take the time to get to know your painters and learn their names for additional accountability. The more you know and trust your team, the better.
If you’re still concerned about your valuables, you can take measures to ensure that your stuff will be safe and sound. Make sure your insurance policy covers the things that matter to you. You can even install cameras in your home if you’re really distrustful. And, if you can afford it, you might team up with a lawyer to draw up a contract for you and your painters that ensures nothing happens to any of your things if such a clause isn’t already in the painting contract.
So, should you get your home interior painted while on vacation? The choice is all yours, but it’s certainly a great idea if you trust your painting service and want to come home to a fresh, beautiful home.
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