If you are getting a home ready to sell, then you better understand that a fresh coat of paint can make a huge difference…
You only get one chance to make a first impression and when it comes to selling a house, curb appeal is so very important. Painting is one of the best things you can do to get your home ready for the market.
But I can understand if you don’t want to shell out the money to hire a professional painter. Not sure that this is for everyone since it will take the right tools and a some hard work. So if you are looking to find out how to paint your home so it is more attractive to potential home buyers, check out the tips below:
Rub a Dub Dub Time to Scrub
One of the first things you are going to do is wash the outside of your home. You see, mildew will grow under paint, so you must make sure that you remove any mildew by using a solution of water and phosphate-free cleaner.
Prepare by Scraping And Sanding
Another important step that you must take is removing any peeling paint. Sounds simple but it means using a little elbow grease and a scraper to remove any peeling paint. After you have scraped any peeling paint, then it is time to sand any rough spots so that you have a smooth surface for the paint to stick to.
As soon as you are done with the scrubbing, scraping and sanding it is Prime Time! You need to use primer immediately after you’ve have finished the first 2 steps. Do no be tempted to cut corners or try to save money here because using primer is an important part of the process.
Do It Right And Use Caulk
If you are going to do something, then you might as well do it right. And when it comes to painting a home that means using caulk! You will want to caulk all the joints to stop any water penetration or air leaks. Also caulk will help to fill in messed up areas in your siding.
Picky Picky Picky
I know that for many people getting a home ready to sell, it might be tempting to pick the cheapest paint. Well can’t say that I blame you but I do suggest that you remember that you will get what you pay for when buying paint. Cheaper is not always better.
I also suggest that you use a water-based latex paint. Why? Well, it is easier to use than oil-based paints. But if your home was previously paint with oil-based paint, you’ll have to stick with it. Once you’ve selected your favorite paint color, just grab a brush or rent a sprayer to start painting your home.
I know that this sounds like a bunch of work. And it is because you are probably looking at at least 2 weekends to paint a home. It might take longer for a larger home or less for a smaller home. But by doing it yourself, you will save a bunch of money. Plus your home is going to be more attractive to all the home buyers!