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8 things to consider when planning your interior redecoration

Posted by Wall Treats on June 11, 2020

An interior redecorating project can be a significant undertaking, but some careful planning before you start can make all the difference. As award winning Auckland Master Painters we have worked on interior projects in some of Auckland’s most beautiful million-dollar homes. We pride ourselves not only on our workmanship but also our project management – we know how to plan projects for minimal stress and disruption.

Understanding the best order for each stage, and how long you can expect everything to take makes planning easy. Here are eight key things you need to think about when making your plan.

 

1      Choosing a colour palette

The first thing to do is to choose your home’s new colour palette – depending on how you feel about it, this could be a treat or a chore! 

A great first step is to go through home and décor magazines for ideas, and collect images of rooms and colours you like. Your home needs to reflect who you are, not the current trend. 

If this is a job you are dreading, or you just don’t know where to start, consider engaging an interior designer or colour consultant. Clients that have made this investment have all found it worthwhile. We work with a network of interior designers and colour consultants, and are always happy to give recommendations. We spoke with some of these professionals about how to choose the right interior designer.

 

2      Choose your tradespeople and services providers 

Getting personal recommendations is a great way to start. Ask family, friends, colleagues, your interior designer and your colour consultant who they would recommend. Find out why they recommend the people they do, and then call these professionals to ask for quotes. 

Good tradespeople can be booked up well in advance, so don’t delay on making contact. By appointing the right people, you can save yourself a lot of stress and heartache. Quotes can be confusing, especially if there is a big difference between providers, so have a look at our How To on deciphering painting quotes.

 

3      Book storage and accommodation

If you are planning to move out while the work is in progress, your furniture and belongings will need to go into storage. Your tradespeople and service providers will appreciate an empty room to work in, and you can reduce the risk of any damage to your possessions.

Even if you intend to stay, it will pay to have any items you seldom use stored away. This can also be a good opportunity to do some spring cleaning and organising. You won’t want any clutter in your beautifully redecorated home!

       

4      Removing wallpaper

If your project means removing wallpaper and applying paint, this needs to be taken into account during the planning process.

If there are layers of wallpaper or it has been painted over, removal will mean some of the underlying wallboards may be damaged. The degree of damage will determine how much plastering needs to be done to ensure the walls are smooth prior to painting. Painting will not hide existing imperfections on the walls.

This means you may wish to replace the wallboards and take this opportunity to enhance the insulation in your house. Your builder and painter should be able to advise on the best course of action.

 

5      Repairs and alterations

A redecorating project is a great opportunity to undertake small repairs and alterations. And of course, this will need to be done before the actual decorating takes place.

If you are thinking of replacing any door and window fixtures, this may be a good time to ask the builder to do this.  Ask the builder how long the work may take, so you can work this into your project planning.

If there is any electrical or plumbing work this should also be done before the plasterer arrives, as they can patch up any holes.

The plasterer should begin after the builder, electrician or plumber have completed their work. But this can be done room by room without them getting in each others’ way. The same methodology can apply between the plasterer and the painter. 

Tradespeople and service providers are more productive when they do not need to share spaces. They can be in the house at the same time but it needs to be planned so they are not in each other’s way.

 

6      Consistent communication

Clear and consistent communication between you, the tradespeople and other service providers is critical to the success of your project, and key to reducing stress for all involved.

Delays caused by one party can impact the timelines others are working to. You need to be advised of any changes so that you can re-schedule or re-coordinate if required.

 

7      Installing carpet

If you are replacing your carpet, the new carpet should be laid after all the other work is complete.  This will minimise the risk of any damage to your new carpet. 

If the carpet is being replaced, but won’t be removed prior to work starting, the carpet layer will need to cut a strip around the skirting boards to so these surfaces can be thoroughly painted. 

If you are not concerned with an empty strip for a length of time, the carpet layer can cut the edge off once the redecoration work starts.  However, if you prefer to wait, ask the carpet layer how much notice he requires and coordinate with your painter.

We suggest a waiting period of at least 48 hours after the painting is complete before the new carpet is laid.

 

8          Painting windows and architraves

If you are painting windows and architraves, curtains and blinds will need to be removed. If you are replacing your curtain rods, make sure they are removed before any repairs are made and before the plasterer begins - there may be holes that you need the plasterer to patch up. Your painter will only be able to fill small holes.

Some privacy issues may arise once the curtains and blinds are removed. Makes sure you discuss with your painter the sequence of rooms you would like painted so that the family can move between rooms as the painting work progresses. 

Check with your curtains and blinds supplier the waiting period then coordinate the painting work accordingly. We suggest that freshly painted surfaces be allowed 48 hours to cure before any furniture, light fittings, curtains and blinds are installed or returned.

 

A word on project management

A significant amount of planning and coordination goes into a successful redecoration project.

While you may be happy to take this on yourself, it can be overwhelming. When you contact tradespeople and service providers, such as your builder, painter or interior designer, ask what they offer or how they can assist you with the project management.

 

To take advantage of Wall Treats FREE colour consultant offer, and benefit from our excellent workmanship and superior customer service, get in touch for a quote.

 

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