Getting your San Diego home painted by a professional can be exciting! A fresh coat of paint can dramatically change the look of a home—making a tired home feel fresh and new, or giving a “cookie cutter” house some much needed character.
Like any home improvement project, house painting should not be one that you rush into. Here are three things you should do before you call a San Diego painting company for a consultation.
Know Your Budget
Before you make that first phone call to a San Diego house painter, you should have a general idea of how much you want to (or can afford to) spend on house painting. If you have a limited budget, decide in advance which areas of your home are the highest priority when it comes to getting painted. That way, if the quote you receive comes in over your budget, you know which areas to eliminate from the quote in order to get it into the range of your budget.
Know What “Feel” You Are Going For
If you haven’t already picked out the exact colors you want to paint the interior or exterior of your home, it’s important to at least know what look and feel you’re going for. Sometimes the style of the house itself will help determine the colors you use, but most of the time, the paint colors you choose will help give the home its personality. This is especially true of newer tract homes that don’t have the architectural details of older homes.
Jon Ray of PaintGreen, a San Diego house painting company says,
Many times, homeowners come to us not knowing exactly what color or colors they want to paint the inside or outside of their home. That’s OK. Our color consultants can help them choose the perfect colors. What they should have in mind before they come to us, however, is how they want their home to feel. Do you want your house to feel bright and airy, sleek and modern, warm and inviting, or something else? New paint can help you achieve any of those options in your home.”
You should also know if you prefer neutral colors, more bold colors, or a combination of both.
Find Out if There Are any Color Restrictions in Your Neighborhood
Some homeowners are lucky enough to live in a neighborhood where they can choose any paint colors under the sun for the exterior of their home. Others have certain rules they need to abide by. This may be true for people who own a home in either an historic neighborhood or one that is part of an HOA. Make sure you check which paint colors are allowed in your neighborhood before you get started, as some neighborhoods have very specific guidelines, or you may find yourself paying a San Diego paint professional twice.
If you want to paint your color something other than one of your neighborhood’s pre-approved colors, you may have to go through an approval process first, so be sure to budget that into your timeline.