In ‘n’ Out: 4 Inspection Points for Home Painting

home paintingA great painter has put a lot of time into their craft. Having put enough time into the process, I can immediately see the small and seemingly insignificant things that affect my approach with a home painting project. Whether it’s inside or outside, there are certain aspects that my professional painting crew should understand before starting. I can shed some light here by looking at five inspection points a great painter should know about.

Indoor Checklist for Home Painting

Identifying those small factors that will help set up the best indoor home painting project can be difficult. There are many that I look for, but these are three that tend to stand out. They deal with both the mechanical and aesthetic difficulties of a job.

  • Easy access? How long a job will take can be determined in a large part by how easy it is to get at the surfaces. Covering furniture is the easiest option for a homeowner to avoid paint spills on their possessions, but working around that furniture can prolong the work. It’s not always easy to remove items from a room, but it sure makes the job go faster. We understand this isn’t always practical or convenient, but we’re sure willing to talk it over and aim to give you the best experience we can.
  • How much trimming, cutting and patching? Large, uninterrupted surface areas are the quickest to paint, obviously. The more trimming, cutting, edging and patching there is to do, the longer a job can last. Cracks or any other kind of unsoundness in walls can be a factor.
  • How many coats? Covering an old paint job can sometimes be accomplished with just a standard two coats, especially if we are covering a lighter colour with a similar shade or a darker one. Covering a dark or very distinctive colour (like red) with a lighter or neutral shade sometimes needs extra coats to prevent the old paint showing through. There have been times when five coats have been needed to finally hide a bold old colour.

Outdoor Checklist for Home Painting

Outdoor home painting can provide its own set of challenges, such as:

  • Condition of the old paint: How long has it been since the building was painted? The more badly the old paint is failing, the longer time it takes to prep the surfaces for the new paint.
  • Building size concerns: Does your home have steep roofing? This can affect pricing. It can slow down the work as well as be a safety issue. Is it a multi-level structure? My workers need to be safe during job, so knowing all of this information beforehand determines what safety equipment is necessary. We may even need to consider harnesses or scaffolding depending on the building’s size and shape.


Vancouver painter and contractor Peter Byrne“PETER BYRNE is the owner and hands-on manager of Kassel Painting Limited. In the last two decades he has run over 1500 painting projects totaling millions of dollars. There is little that can go right (or wrong) on a job-site he has not seen, solved, and lived to talk about.”

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