If you have hired professional painters to do an interior painting project in your Northern Virginia home, there’s one aspect of the job that you want to be certain you cover. So often homeowners get wrapped up in the cost to paint a house, they forget to specify exactly what the project covers. It’s not surprising really. Unless you have painted your interior before, you probably would not know where to look for “problem areas” after the job is done.

Of course, if you use Reston’s leading house painters, All American Painting Plus, you won’t have to worry about the details. Every aspect of the project will be provided in their detailed painting estimate. Every feature to be painted, the color, the date work will start, the date work will end, and a firm, no additional cost price is provided to each customer.

That said, it’s still a best practice to do a walk through at the end of the job. Here are some tips to help you with that task.

Inspection Points for an Interior Painting Project Walk-Through

  • Even if you have used All American Painting Plus, don’t be shy about pointing out what you are unhappy with. Mistakes can be made, and your feedback is very important to us. Professional painters live and die on their reputation. Your complete satisfaction is important to that reputation, so don’t hesitate to speak up.
  • Ideally, you want to conduct the walk-through immediately after the painter announces the project is done. Any touch ups that are needed are less likely to be visible if applied while the paint is fresh, rather than after it has thoroughly dried. Plus, the painter, the paint, and the brushes are right there. No need to schedule another appointment.
  • If you have a spouse or a partner, it’s best if you are both present during the walk-through to get different perspectives.
  • Common areas for light spots include directly above baseboards, directly below crown molding, inside of window frames, and above and below chair railing molding. Pay extra attention to these areas.
  • Make sure the painter leaves the leftover paint. You paid for it, and it will come in handy if you scratch a wall or molding and need to do touch ups. Keep the labels clear so you know the brand name and shade. This will be useful if you ever decide to repaint the space in the same colors.

You might want to use these tips to create your own punch list prior to beginning the project. Use it to guide you through the walk-through so you won’t overlook what you think might be trouble spots.

It’s absolutely essential that you have an opportunity to inspect the work done before you make the final payment. Making yourself available to do the walk-through at the immediate end of the project will ensure that you get what you paid for.

If you have any questions regarding final inspections, please don’t hesitate to call our Reston office. We are happy to offer our expertise and opinion regarding any aspect of your painting project.

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