Tips for Painting Your Home Before You Sell

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Tips for Painting the Exterior and Interior of Your Home

One of the best ways to attract buyers to your Tampa home is with a new coat of paint! Professional painting companies can be costly, so here are some great tips for painting the outside and inside of your home before you sell.

Tips for Painting Your Home's Exterior

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 I 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:

Step 1: 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.

Step 2: Power 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.

Step 3: Make Repairs

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

Step 4: 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.

Tips for Painting Your Home's Interior

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

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

Step 1: 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.

Step 2: Apply Painters 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.

Step 3: 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.

Step 4: 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.

Step 5: 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.

Step 6: 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.

Step 7: Remove Painters Tape

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

Ready to Sell Your Tampa Home?

Are you ready to SELL your home? Call the Tampa Bay real estate professionals, Linda & Craig Nowicke at Inside Tampa Homes with RE/MAX ACR ELITE and let them assist you in getting your home staged, photographed and sold for the highest possible price! Give them a call today at 813-728-3880 or 813-675-5030.