Are you considering sprucing up your home or rental property by embarking on an interior painting initiative? This can be an exciting and rewarding project for homeowners in Santa Rosa Beach, FL and nearby communities along the Emerald Coast.

The team at Coastal Home Professionals would be eager to provide a consultation as you begin considering your project. However, regardless of who you select to paint your home’s interior, we wanted to outline some suggested tips to successfully kick off an interior project. Painting a home’s interior is a lot more than just painting walls, ceilings, baseboards, etc. There are a number of preparation steps involved in painting a home. This blog post outlines initially getting your interior ready for painting – and determining who is responsible for these various tasks.

Unless you are painting an empty home, the first step of an interior painting project is to understand whether items currently in the room (furniture, artwork, picture frames, decorative items, rugs, electronics) should be slightly moved or relocated to another room while the painting is being done. If a professional painter is being employed for your project, we recommend establishing beforehand who is responsible for these initial preparation steps. This will ensure a smooth kickoff to your project.

Preparing Your Home For An Interior Painting Project


Smaller items, such as coffee tables or light stands, may need to be temporarily relocated to another room to provide ample space for the painter to work and to prevent accidental damage. However, it may not be practical or feasible to completely relocate larger pieces of furniture, such as sofas, beds, tables and chairs. In these cases, those items would likely need to be moved to the center of the room and draped to provide the paint crew with sufficient room to maneuver. Be sure to discuss this matter with your paint contractor prior to agreeing to a project – so there is a clear understanding of what furniture they need to move/relocate versus what items you would prefer to address yourself.

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Electronics and Appliances

It is also important to consider electronics and appliances that are in a room before any interior painting project begins. Does their presence prevent the painters from easily moving around the room? Could any of these items easily be damaged if they are accidentally bumped or if paint drips on them? Are they blocking walls that need to be painted?

Therefore, it may be easiest for you to move any small electronic items to another room during the project. As for those larger items, we do recommend prior to agreeing to an interior paint project that you and your paint contractor are in alignment regarding who is responsible for detaching/relocating items such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc so needed areas can be painted.

Wall Ornaments and Paintings

When preparing for an interior painting project, it is essential to consider the decorative items that are hanging on the walls. These items, such as picture frames, paintings, clocks, mirrors, and other forms of wall art almost certainly need to be removed so the room can be fully painted.

Therefore, it must be established who is responsible for moving those items. We typically recommend that valuable and easily breakable artwork be removed by the customer prior to the beginning of a project. Regardless, clear communication beforehand with your paint contractor is essential to make sure everyone is on the same page as to how the items on the wall will be addressed.


Are there mats, rugs, curtains, drapes, or blinds in the room? If any of these obstruct the area to be painted, they also should be removed or covered. Be sure to establish who will be addressing these tasks too.

Individuals and Pets

When a room or the whole house is being painted, it may be necessary to plan on limiting the time you and your family spend in those areas or even vacate the space completely.

Plan ahead and make sure that needed items for your day-to-day life would not be inaccessible during the project. To prevent accidents, it’s also a good idea to keep children and pets away from the work area.

Finding Professional Interior House Painters Near Me

The most important first step is to be sure to work with a reputable interior house painting company that discusses the above items with you before the project begins. As emphasized throughout this blog post, clear communication is the best way to kick off a project.

If you are looking for a professional interior house painting service in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, a quick Google search using phrases such as “interior house painters near me” will provide you with a list of painting companies. But it’s essential to remember that not all interior house painting companies are equal and you should ensure you have carefully selected your vendor.

So go ahead and ask questions about the company and what necessary prep work they can handle and what you as the homeowner would be asked to do as well. A trusted painting company like Coastal Home Professionals proactively addresses these matters to ensure clear communication throughout the process.

Our team of experienced interior painters will help you complete your interior painting project efficiently and with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship – while also ensuring an outstanding customer experience. Give us a call today at (850) 909-9844 and our team will be happy to discuss your project and provide you with a consultation.