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What Are the Best Practices for Painting a Rental Property?

Painting a Rental PropertyPainting a newly vacant apartment requires time and skill. Here are some best practices for painting a rental property.

Painting a rental property can be daunting, but with the proper preparation and knowledge, it can be a breeze. It’s important to consult professionals to get the job done quickly and efficiently. In addition, it’s essential to have the right equipment and supplies to avoid delays or problems. With a little bit of planning, painting a rental property can be a smooth and effortless process.


Before you start painting, you need to do some cleaning first. A deep clean is especially important if there are smoke and pet stains and odours, fire or grease damage, or mould. You must get rid of all these things before you start painting. Otherwise, the paint job will not turn out well.


Patching is an essential step in preparing a rental property for painting. Walls can become water damaged or cracked. Damaged areas should be patched and sanded before painting to ensure a smooth and professional finish.

Various methods to fix cracks and holes depend on the damage’s location and severity. Consult with a professional to address patching options on a case-by-case basis.


Prepping is the key to a great paint job – no matter how skilled the painter is. Drop cloths, tape, and other prep materials are essential for protecting surfaces and achieving a flawless finish.


Painting surfaces to a perfect finish requires quality paint, the correct tools, and a steady hand! The paint finish you use will depend on your painting surface. Eggshell or satin finishes are best for low-traffic areas, semi-gloss finishes are great for the kitchen and bathrooms, and high-gloss finishes are best for trim, doors, or kitchen cabinets.


Clean-up is an integral part of the painting process for rental properties. Removing all materials, tools, and tape and ensuring that you clean any paint spatter or marks can help avoid potential problems for landlords or property managers. A good, professional paint technician doesn’t leave a mess behind for landlords or property managers!

Hiring a professional

To attract quality tenants, you can’t advertise or show a poorly painted unit. When a unit becomes vacant, it will be tempting to cut corners by using your own maintenance team to do a quick prep and paint application. But hiring a professional team with experience and expertise is vital to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Painting can be time-consuming and labor-intensive. There are rare instances where only a few touch-ups might be needed after the tenant moves out, but 85-90% of the time, it will require a complete repaint of the apartment. That means that every wall, every corner, and every edge needs to be cleaned, prepped and repainted in order to appeal to your prospective tenants.

Touch With Care offers industry-leading apartment turnover painting services for residential and commercial clients in Toronto and the surrounding area. Whether an individual apartment, a multi-family apartment, or even balconies or exterior surfaces, our highly trained, licensed, and insured painters will exceed your requirements and expectations.