How to Save Money Painting your Home
Is it possible to spend less money and still receive good quality work in return? In this blog we will put forward some suggestions on how to save money on your next decorating project.
Paint Less of the House
- Do not paint the ceilings, at least not all of them. There are less and less people smoking and the days of deep frying in the kitchen are just about over. Smoking and cooking used to be major environmental factors that stained a white ceiling. Additionally, today’s water based paints resist yellowing. Definitely avoid painting your popcorn ceilings. They are very difficult to do, messy, and as a result more expensive.
- Some doors and door frames may still be in good condition. The enamels used on doors and woodwork are more durable and are meant to last longer. In fact, all semigloss or satin paints are washable. What most homeowners don’t realize is how easy it is to wash common hand grease stains around door knobs.
- Does anybody see your closets? Why paint them? New colour in a closet is low priority for just about anybody and a good place to save money.
- Rooms that don’t get used often do not need painting. Spend your money elsewhere.
Paint More of the House?
- One of your rooms looks dated and you are sure you want to redecorate it. The painter comes to see it, estimate it and afterwards mobilize to paint it. Going through all this trouble for just one room is not as worthwhile and generally expensive. If you have more areas that they can work on while they are in your home, ask if they can add them for a reasonable cost.
- Rainy weather deal. Exterior painters need good dry days to keep working steady and uninterrupted. Unfortunately, Toronto weather is unpredictable. Most painters would be happy to have some interior work to do in case it rains. Let the estimator know that you have some interior work to do. if they can give you a “rainy weather” price.
Paint your Home Before Moving In
Help with the Furniture and Window Coverings
- Is your china cabinet full of dishes and very heavy? Painters hate moving them. Offer to empty them.
- Are there a lot of items on top of your dressers and night tables? Put them away somewhere in another room.
- Move small furniture like chairs, night tables and bookshelves, they are difficult to work around. By moving them beforehand, your painters can concentrate on what they do best… painting.
- If you are comfortable with your ability to remove drapes and window coverings, offer to do this. It will save a lot of time.
Choose a Simple Colour Scheme
- Use one gray neutral or gray-beige as the main colour throughout the common rooms of your home.
- If neutral grays are not your favourite colours, try a soft white. Whites work perfect with modern interiors, and are simple to create a colour scheme around.
- Use your accessories, window coverings and art for colour.
- If you are daring enough, paint a highlight wall in a strategic location using a strong, vibrant colour.
- If you want even more colour, painting a room or two in a different tone will not break the bank.
Keep it simple with three or four colours. That’s all you need to create eye-catching colour schemes and still keep the cost down.
Save with Paint Brands and Paint Lines
How would your painter save you money on paint?
- They buy the right amount and not a gallon more. Paints tinted with colourants are not returnable to the store.
- Every major manufacturer has value contractor lines. This year’s second and third line paints are better than the top-of-the-line five years ago.
- The contractor uses the correct product for each surface. Flat is fine for ceilings, but you want durable sheens in a bathroom, the kitchen or the children’s rooms.
- The retailer will sell you primer for everything or try convince you to buy their so called “primer and paint in one” product. If you trust your painter, let them make these decisions, they know best.
- Retail pricing is expensive. Contractors negotiate a discounted price because of the volume of products they buy. You can also benefit from the purchasing power of your painter.
Be Flexible with the Schedule
- Painting is a seasonal business. During the summer you can’t even get anyone to see your place while during the winter painters have availability. Why not make this work to your benefit. Sure, you need good weather to paint your exterior, but the inside of your home can be painted when it’s cold outside. Today’s paints are virtually odourless and you don’t need to have all your windows open. Ask the contractor if they can give you a discount for booking during their slower times.
- Sometimes there is last minute availability in their calendar and contractors like to keep their best people working. If your schedule allows it, be open to a last minute booking. Make this known to the estimator, she or he will appreciate it.
- Do the painters like working early in the morning in order to avoid the rush hour traffic? Are you an early riser yourself? Why not make this work to everyone’s benefit. 7 am starts are not out of the question.
All of the above suggestions are reasonable and your contractor should be open to discussing them. Most of the time what keeps the customer happy is not the painting price alone but the entire experience of decorating. Good service contractors know this and like to keep the customer experience positive.
Do you want to paint your home and save some money doing it?
Call us at 416 733-7767 to book an appointment and start this conversation with our estimator. We are happy to serve you.