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PAINTING IN RENTAL UNITS

If you are considering painting your rental unit then the first thing you need to do is talk to your landlord or property manager about it. Even if painting is allowed you will need to run it by them to ensure that they are happy with the color you have selected and that they are okay with you doing this job on your own. In some instances your property manager may have a specific color and a specific contractor that he will make you use and choose if you do want to paint in a rental unit. In other instances, however, you will get the go ahead to go nuts and get creative! This may, of course, involve changing the lease agreement.

Painting can be a DIY job if you have the time and the patience to do it. However, when you are painting in a rental unit you need to be extra careful not to make a mess. Any serious damage, splatters or paint splotches will be taken out of your damage deposit. Furthermore, if you are living in a furnished unit you also need to ensure that you do not get paint on any of the pieces of furniture.

Painting Equipment and Prepping

What this means is that you need to invest in the right equipment to paint the walls properly. The first thing you should look into doing is getting throw rags for all the floors and heavy items of furniture that you cannot move out of the room you are painting. You will also need to invest in masking tape to block off the corners and make it easier to paint without making a mistake, paint rollers and a few different sized brushes.

Once you have your equipment you need to do your paint prepping. Before you even look at the paint can you need to take out as much furniture as possible. Things means taking out all items that can be moved, taking down all picture on the wall and removing all light switches and other items from the walls. It also means giving the walls a good clean with a wet cloth to get rid of any dirt, debris and dust that live on the walls.

Once the walls are cleaned you will need to masking tape the edges. This makes it much easier to paint a straight line and reduces the time it will take you to edge the corners. Furthermore, masking tape also protects the baseboards and the ceiling from any sloppy paint splatters or uncontrolled rolls.

Time to Paint!

When the walls are dry, the furniture removed and the room taped up, you can start painting. Try to go in the same direction, up and down, or on a diagonal line, as much as possible. Paint just a thin layer getting rid of any runs with the roller. Cover as much of the area as possible with the roller before moving to the paint brush as the roller creates a much smoother job and is much quicker to use.

Once you have painted your room you should wait a day before adding another coat and moving everything back in. When you are painting make sure you always have a clean wet cloth on hand just in case you do accidentally get paint somewhere it shouldn't be, such as on the baseboards, on the windows or on the floor. Getting the paint while it is still wet is the easiest way to remove it. Take your time when painting in rental units and do one room at a time to ensure the best result and the cleanest job.

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