Painting the inside of your home is an interesting undertaking. There are two sorts of people out there. The first, they think the house is near empty, we live pretty minimalistic and it should be quick and easy. The Second, we think our house is a disaster zone, a minefield of legos and half-eaten chicken nuggets(maybe?) and the thought of painting seems an insurmountable task. For either scenario, we have outlined a few of the major details to help prepare you for a project. These tips will ensure things are done right, with little risk, and massive reward.            Finally, you can move those pictures. This will help you as much as the painter. Those pictures are going to have to move right? Now is the time to redecorate the walls. New pictures can go up after painting and the holes from the old hangings will be gone. Think about what will go back up on the wall and what will be relocated or removed. Our standard that we practice with our current customers is very simple. “If it’s going back up leave the nails because open holes get filled.”            Less is more. This isn’t cleaning necessarily, this is sort of like excavation for group two. The painter values your belonging and space as much as you do. The fewer items left in an area the better. The more you can move out of a space the less the painter has to cover. The painter gets more room to work and you have fewer valuables at risk during the project. This is what we call a win-win.            Make a plan for your furry friends. Have you ever seen a blue painted heeler? How about alabaster feline paw prints across the wood floor? We haven’t figured out what it is that attracts pets or small children to wet paint but we have seen how far they can spread that paint. In most cases, the furry companion gets shut in a room not included in the project or put in a backyard but depending on your project you may need a more robust solution            Choose your color. Have you ever had that color anxiety? You picked out a color on a tiny little panel and this is supposed to give you a vision of what your entire home will look like. If you are like most people you are in a sort of paralysis until the color starts to go on the wall. That’s when panic hits! Is that the right color? Should it look like that? Am i thinking clearly? If you struggle with color selection, ask your painter for a color consultation. Some painters do this themselves for a fee or will refer you to a designer that can help you narrow the field and find a range that suits your taste. I hope you found this an interesting project and please contact me with questions or comments. Shawn Derby, owner Sir Paints A Lot