Painting Your Home to Sell

Once you get started in preparing your house for the market, one aspect that needs serious consideration is whether to do a painting job or not. The decision to paint or not to paint depends upon the overall condition of the real estate property. Once you have decided to proceed with the painting job, you also have to consider the scope of the job; the part of the house that needs repainting, colors to be used, etc.

You should remember that the painting job hopes to restore a ‘new’ and ‘fresh’ look of the house. The job also aims to evoke an image of a well maintained real estate property.

Essential Aspects of a Painting Job

1. Consider Curb Appeal
Consider the view of the house from across the street. If you think that the house looks forlorn and faded, then a serious painting job is in order. Ask a friend, relative or a neighbor for his impartial assessment of the overall appearance of the house exterior. You should always consider the painting job as an investment; as it spruces up and adds value to the property.

2. Choosing a Color
You should choose a color that is neutral. It doesn’t have to be unusual and garish. Stick to the conventional and popular shades that perfectly fit to the dominant color of the neighborhood. In most cases, using different shades of yellow paint seem to be the safest and effective way of eliciting the best response from buyers, whether it is used as trim or basic color of the real estate property.

3. Painting of the Roof
If your roof leaks, do the repair of the affected part or parts before starting with the painting job. When painting this part of the house, it is important that you closely observe for water stains. These stains are sure indication that it needs some serious repair.

4. Type of Paint
It is highly recommended that you use quality 100% acrylic latex paint. This type of paint can last for more than 10 years. This results to lesser maintenance work on the part of the prospective buyer.

5. Scope of Work
You should always include proper preparation of the surface for repainting in order to achieve the best results and improve on the life-expectancy of the work.

6. Painting of the Interior of the House
Oftentimes, the color of the interior and the condition of the wallpaper impacts on the overall impression by prospective buyers. If you decide that the wallpaper has to go, stripping it is not the proper way to do it. This approach is time consuming and can damage the underlying surfaces making the painting difficult. A better way is by priming the wall paper with an oil-based primer before painting it using water based paint.

7. Seek the Help of Professional
Before you embark on a serious painting job, it is a good idea to consult with a professional house inspector or building contractor for their expert recommendations. In this way, you don’t do unnecessary work on areas that don’t require any painting and concentrate your effort, time and investment on the more essential parts of the house.

Learn more about the Anchorage Real Estate market or search Anchorage Homes For Sale on Ryan Tollefsen’s Alaska Real Estate web site.

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