“Tips for Painting Your Home” By Lee Michael Katz

A message from Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Liberty Mutual is proud to partner with the AAFP Insurance Program to provide you with relevant auto and home safety tips for the way you live today.

When you paint your home, picking the right color is a primary decision, but smart and safe painting also involves other considerations. Here’s how to handle several home-painting questions, whether they’re related to climate, colors, or contractors:

  • Investigate the paint quality. A new paint job should protect your home for many years, so it makes sense to find a quality brand. Some paints are formulated for climates where the weather is tough on your home, like the shore or in extremely hot or cold regions. Ask your contractor or paint supplier for information on which paints are best for the planet, as well as your home.
  • Avoid humid conditions. When you plan to paint, consider what’s going on outside. If you live in a high-humidity area, avoid painting during the afternoon, as slow-drying walls can wreck the rest of your day.
  • Stay safe. The do-it-yourself route is cheaper and potentially more satisfying, but it can also be more dangerous, especially if you’re painting in areas that require ladders and physical skill. When painting indoors, keep the room well ventilated to prevent fumes from building up and protect your eyes by wearing goggles. If you have any hesitation, hire an insured professional to do the job.
  • Hire the best contractor. If you decide to hire a professional painting company, be sure to interview them beforehand and then ask for references and estimates. You should also ask if they have proof of insurance and if they offer a written guarantee.

For more safety tips from our partner, Liberty Mutual, click here.


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