Painting Before You Sell Your Home

Exterior Painting

When you are placing your home on the market to sell, you want it to make a great first impression on potential buyers so that it will sell quickly and for the best possible price. Per most Realtors, the fastest and most effective way to make a house look fabulous so that it will sell fast is to give it a new coat of paint.  A well-painted house can give you a great return on your investment!  So, if you don’t want to hire a professional and plan to paint your house yourself, here are the steps to follow:

  • Choose neutral colors.

Don’t go crazy with the colors.  Remember, you want buyers to be impressed, so it’s crucial to choose a color that is appealing.  Do some research to see what colors are currently popular.  Choose a color that will blend in with surrounding homes, and a paint that will be durable. 16 Best Paint Colors for Your Home’s Exterior in 2020

  • Wash the exterior.

Pressure wash the house’s exterior using warm water and a biodegradable soap. It is important for the house to have a clean surface for the primer.

  • Make repairs.

Once the exterior of your home is clean, check for any damaged spots. Replace any rotted wood, damaged trim, or rusty fixtures. 

  • Paint the house.

Start by priming the house with a quality sealer. This will create a nice surface for the paint.  Now it’s time to start painting. 10 Things You Must Know When Painting a House Exterior

Interior Painting

If you want to get a good price for your home, painting the interior will help you with that. This is especially true if you have dingy walls, or walls with lots of holes from nails where you had things hanging.  It’s also true if you have painted different colors in various rooms in your house or you have an accent wall or mural in your house.  Remember that you are trying to appeal to potential buyers who want to envision the home as their own.  Just like with the exterior, neutral colors are the way to go inside as well.  The Colors You’re Going to See Everywhere in 2020

Again, if you don’t want to hire a professional paint company, here are steps for painting the interior of your home yourself:

  • Prep your walls.

Inspect your walls for cracks, holes, dents or imperfections. Use caulk or lightweight spackling compound to make repairs. Be sure to let it dry completely.  Use sandpaper to even out walls; wipe them clean with a damp towel and give them time to dry. Repair Walls to Give Rooms a Fresh Face

  • Apply painter’s tape.

Use painter’s tape to keep paint from getting on your moldings, windows, doors and ceilings.  Apply the tape in short, overlapping strips and press down firmly on the edges.

  • Use drop cloths.

Cover your floors with drop clothes to protect them from paint splatters and spills. If you can’t move furniture out of the room completely, cover it with drop cloths.  Canvas drop cloths are best because they are durable, absorbent, and can be reused. Plastic is less expensive, but not absorbent. 

  • Prime your walls.

Priming is an important step that should not be skipped. Primer seals the walls and prevents mold form growing.  It is especially essential if you are going from a darker color to a lighter one. 

  • Sand the primer.

Once the primer is dry, gently sand away any bumps and ridges using fine grip sandpaper. After sanding, wipe the wall clean with a damp towel or sponge and leave it to dry. Paint Primer: Guide to Basic Uses

  • Paint your walls.

Paint walls one at a time and wait 2-4 hours for the first coat to dry before applying a second coat. 

  • Remove painter’s tape.

Once paint is completely dry, remove the painter’s tape.  Don’t wait too long because if left on too long, pieced o tape can tear and get left behind when tape is being removed. 

New paint can make your entire home look fresh and clean, which will impress potential buyers and bring top dollar!

If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!

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