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House Painting To Impress Future Buyers

House Painting To Impress Future Buyers

Ready to put your house on the market?

Before you tap the sign into your front yard, make sure it is ready for potential buyers. This means looking at it through the eyes of a potential buyer – from the top of your home to the bottom – and making any changes you deem necessary. This may include repairs, staging, cleaning and even painting.

While the inside is what creates a home, it’s the outside they’ll remember most. The last thing you want people to remember your home buy is:

“The house with the terrible color” or “The house that needed paint”

Giving your home a brand new look with a fresh coat of paint is a great way to impress future buyers. When buyers drive up to your home, you want them to like what they see – your home. A beautiful, new paint job is an easy way to accomplish this. Here are a few tips to help you dress – or in this case, paint – your home for success.

Choose the right type of paint. Pay attention to the paint and make sure you use paint that is designed for home exteriors. Try not to cut corners – you want your home’s paint job to stand up under all types of weather conditions, so it always looks its best.

Choose a neutral color for your home. You will put buyers off if you use a custom color because they may not have similar tastes. Instead of buying a home they will have to repaint, they will simply move on to another home.

Prepare the surface for painting. This includes sanding and cleaning the surface before ever picking up a brush. Prepping your home to be painted will ensure that the paint job looks professional and beautiful.

Make sure you finish painting your home as soon as possible. This includes taking care of all touch-ups and finishing touches. You want buyers to see a home that is complete and ready to move in – not one that has an incomplete paint job.

And in today’s market, if you desire to move fast to take advantage of this crazy buyers market, the ideal choice may be to hire a professional to paint the exterior of your home for you. You’ll get a professional job in a fraction of the time … and have the ability to move on to your new home – and new lifestyle – even faster.

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Does Your Spring Cleaning Chores Show A Need For Exterior Painting?

Ahhh, warm days, green trees, afternoon showers, and barbecues with family and friends. All point to springtime in the Rockies. And while its been late in coming this year, springtime is upon us, which means its time to do the necessary chores to get your outside ready for the season.

Turn on the lawn sprinklers. Check.

Pull out the patio furniture. Check.

See how much maintenance the outside of your home will need this year. Um, what?

When was the last time your home had an exterior paint job? There are a lot of things that factor in to how long your paint job will last. Did you use a professional paint? Was the wood primed and ready for painting?
Does Your Spring Cleaning Chores Show A Need For Exterior Painting
And while there are many questions that may influence the current state of your home, there are a few ways you can tell if your home is in need of painting.

Start by looking for peeling paint. You may see small amounts of chipping or peeling paint that exposes the wood underneath. This will show up in many places, especially around areas with high water traffic – wear your sprinkler system hits it every week – and where its exposed to un all day long. This is a sign that your top coat of paint is no longer doing its job.

You can also run your hand along the painted surfaces. Do your fingers come back with a chalky residue? Quality paint will never leave a film on your hand. If you do find a residue on your hand, it is a sign that the paint is breaking down – oxidizing – and is in need of a fresh coat of paint.

Every day your home is subject to harsh elements. Wind. Rain. Sleet. Snow. Sunshine. With changing weather conditions, some areas of your home may show signs of mildew. Mildew will look like dark spots on the paint, or little grey spores accumulating together in nooks and crannies. If you see mildew, a new paint job isn’t enough. To start, your home needs an effective power wash to remove mildew and its problem areas, followed with a fresh coat of quality paint with a mildewcide as part of the formula to prevent future growth.

Think a professional paint job is only about the paint? Think again. Caulking and finishing touches are equally important. Caulking can prevent loss of energy from inside and outside your home, can prevent elements like wind and rain from entering unnecessarily, and can provide an easy entrance to insects and critters. Caulking is also what makes a professional job standout – if done properly, it will secure the gaps and joints that exist all around your home, making the color flow seamlessly from place to place.

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How Often Should I Paint The Exterior Of My Home?

How Often Should I Paint The Exterior Of My Home

Here in Colorado, your house paint isn’t just something that makes your home look good; it also acts as protection against the weather. Harsh winter snows and over 300 days of sunshine every year can take its toll on your home if it isn’t painted right.

When was the last time you had it painted?

While there are different types of paint products on the market, paint quality is ultimately what will determine how often you need to repaint. While a good quality paint with primer may adhere well to the wood, and provide you protection for 5 to 10 years, a lesser quality may reduce the time substantially. Watch your home for signs of peeling or cracking, and paint as needed.

Was it painted by a professional, or did you touch it up yourself?

A quality professional painting service will use high quality paints and materials, and will ultimately give your paint longer life. Many of the big box stores or discount supply stores sell lower quality paints at bargain prices. The adage “you get what you pay for” applies here.

Has the wood been exposed to the elements?

As paint begins to age and wear, it will crack and peel away from the wood itself. If you don’t correct it along the way, the wood itself will continually be exposed to the elements. Wind, snow, rain, and intense sunlight can take its toll on the wood, warping it or allowing it to chip away from your home. Fixing small problems early and as soon as you find them can mean less cost and trouble down the road.

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How To Choose The Perfect Color For Your Exterior Painting Project

How To Choose The Perfect Color For Your Exterior Painting Project

A fresh coat of exterior paint can completely revitalize the look of your home as well as increase the curb appeal and value of the home. Whether you are planning on tackling the task on your own or hiring a team of professionals to get the job done, the success of an exterior paint project largely relies on choosing the right color for your needs and aesthetic. With a dizzying array of colors to choose from, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the process, but a few simple tips will keep you on the right track.

Take a drive through your favorite neighborhoods. Make notes of what draws you to the houses. Note the color of the siding as well as the trim around windows, doors, porches or shutters. For an even more complete trip, carry a digital camera and take photos of your favorite homes. When you get home, review the pictures and look for trends. Maybe you lean towards brightly colored homes with white trim or elegant dark homes with natural woodwork.

Consider your home’s surroundings. Your neighborhood, lawn and landscaping can have a huge impact on the color palette of your home. If you live in a southwestern home with hard packed clay and limited foliage, consider earth tones that complement the yellows and browns of your surroundings. If you live in a wooded area, consider classic combinations like green and cream for exterior siding and fixtures.

Work with the fixtures that are permanent. It’s possible but costly to paint or renovate exterior features like gutters, run offs and roofs.  Your best bet is to work with the colors of such features and pair them to your new exterior colors. For example, a brown roof will pair well with white, red and brown but may clash with deep blues, which work best with gray roofs.

Think outside the box. You aren’t necessarily limited to single colors, traditional colors or matching trim. Beautiful homes can be created from unexpected color combinations like a pale yellow house with bright blue trim. Consult a color wheel and look for complementary colors that pair well together in unexpected ways.

Be true to your aesthetic. What’s right for someone else’s home may drive you crazy a few years down the road. If you are in love with country style homes with whitewashed features and contrasting shutters, don’t shy away from the design just because your neighbors don’t use it. Choose a color that you know you will love five years down the road.

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