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Painting Your Home – The First Step in Selling It

When you sell your home, you want to get the best value possible. Getting your home sold involves three things: location, condition and price. You can’t control the location, but you do have the ability to control the price by improving your home’s condition.

Painting Your Home - The First Step in Selling ItPaint is the easiest way to make a dramatically great first impression to buyers and make your home look clean and bright.

Painting your home is very time-consuming when done correctly. It can also be rather expensive. You can do the job yourself, but it is wise to get a professional for best results.

Thing to keep in mind when painting your home to sell:

It’s not the time to make a fashion statement. You want to make safe color choices for the exterior of your home. Soft grays, tans and whites are solid choices that are sure to freshen up the house’s overall look and go with the neighboring houses’ color schemes. Neutral colors also look best in online photographs as well.

Don’t forget the details. First impressions count when it comes to real estate. You can add great curb appeal to your home by giving your mailbox and front door a fresh coat of paint. Be sure to touch up shutters, gutters, window frames and down spouts on your home as well.

Paint the interior walls and molding a neutral color. This will make the room seem more expansive and bring it to life, which are surefire ways to entice buyers.

Use paint to highlight. You can flatter your home’s interior and exterior architectural accents with paint by outlining them with an accent color that contrasts with the background.

Don’t wait until the last minute. Be sure to schedule a painting contractor well in advance of putting your house up for sale. Know your timeframe and make sure the contractor understands your deadlines.

Showcase your home with a fresh coat of paint on the exterior and interior if you want to sell your home fast. You can wow potential buyers and give new life to your house for years to come.

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Why Powerwashing Extends Your Paint Job

If you’ve ever researched professional painting companies before, chances are you’ve come across the term “powerwashing”. But what is it, and do you really need it to be a part of your exterior painting process?

Why Powerwashing Extends Your Paint JobPowerwashing, or pressure washing, is defined as using machine, wand and water to spray surfaces with high pressured water and sometimes chemicals to clean a certain area. As a professional painter, I know powerwashing is an imperative first step when preparing any surface that will be painted or stained. Without a proper cleaning, dirt, chalk and loose particles of paint can flake off underneath the new coat of paint, taking it with it. Which means your brand new paint job will be nothing but wasted effort.

Powerwashing cleans and prepares the surface to be painted by removing dirt, mildew, mold, pollutants, pollen and dust. It also removes cobwebs and wasp nests that have built up under eaves and in corners. Depending on the quality of paint currently on the house, powerwashing may also remove paint chips in the process.

While the purpose of powerwashing is to clean the surface, in some cases not all stains will be removed. Some stains are actually discolorations from years of weathering, and will not disappear with a simple powerwash. Powerwashing will clean the surface; two coats of paint will cover up the discoloration and create a fresh new look for the surface.

Powerwashing isn’t as simple as spraying the garden hose over the surface of your home. Instead, it’s a specialized stream of water coming from a proper nozzle size at an appropriate angle. Different locations need different treatment. Spray with too hard of a stream or too much pressure and you’ll end up with wand marks, or etching of the surface. If the spray isn’t powerful enough, it will have little effect on the surface of your home. Meaning it won’t clean the surface as much as needed, putting your new paint at risk of not adhering in a proper way.

A great Denver paint job allows the fresh paint to penetrate into the wood surface, bonding to provide a clean, smooth line. Without powerwashing, other materials may get in the way – paint chips, dirt molecules, debris, even mold and mildew. Even with the fresh coat of paint, these extraneous items will continue to deteriorate underneath the paint. And as time goes by, the problem begins to fester and get worse. Cutting your new paint job’s longevity down considerably.

Want the best paint job possible? Don’t put your entire focus on the paint. There’s just as much importance as to what’s under the paint as to the final color you choose. Work with a reputable painting contractor and your home will look great for a long time to come.

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Painting The Exterior Of Your Home … Do It Yourself Or Hire It Done?

Want to know the fastest, easiest way to add value to your home? Change the look with a new coat of paint.

If itPainting The Exterior Of Your Home … Do It Yourself Or Hire It Done?s been a while, your house may be fading or even looking like it belongs in a time gone by. Fresh new colors can bring it into today’s time, and make it the most impressive house on the block.

Once you decide to paint your house, your first choice will be to decide whether to do it yourself, or hire a professional painting company to do it for you. Let’s look at the pros and cons of each.

Do it yourselfers tend to forget one of the most important aspects of the paint job … the prep work. The first step in any quality exterior painting job is to start with a clean surface. That means powerwashing the area, scraping away old bits of paint, and making repairs to make sure the surface is as good as new. Powerwashing using an extreme water pressure to remove chalk, dust, debris and old paint chips, as well as killing and preventing mildew and mold. If you do decide to do it yourself, you can rent the machine, buy the proper chemicals for the job, and even rent ladders if needed. But don’t forget, it will add into your final cost, and you should plan to do it well before you start applying paint – it needs time to dry.

Once the surface is dry, you can begin preparing the work surface for the paint. All gaps in the wood and joints should be filled in with a high quality siliconized latex caulk. It comes in colors to match your paint, or you can use white if you play to apply two or more coats of paint to your home. Make sure the caulk is paintable.

From there, its time to go over every inch of the surface and make sure all loose paint has been removed and you are down to a clean wood source. You should then begin taping up windows, landscaping, exterior items that can’t be moved, such as decks and grills, and anything else that should remain paint-free during the process. Remember tarps can kill bushes, plants and landscaping. Work quickly and remove the tarps as you finish an area, especially if its extremely hot and you’re working in the sun.

Paint brush or spraying? As a do it yourselfer, the paint brush may seem like the best choice. Its cheaper after all. Professionals can go both ways. A sprayer can provide a perfect finish, which fills in all cracks and holes and provides a nice, even coat of paint. It will also speed up the painting process by as much as four times. A professional also is an expert when it comes to operating a sprayer – yes there is a knack to it. If you don’t know how to operate it correctly, you run the risk of overpainting everything around you, including the roof, decks and patios, the fence, the cars in your immediate location, and more. Yes, your neighbors might not be happy with you if they find paint all over – and it could be a costly mistake for repair purposes.

Do do you really save by doing it yourself? When comparing a few cans of paint from your local hardware store to the quote you receive from the professional, it may seem like a tremendous savings. But studies show the do it yourselfer actually underestimates costs by as much as 6 times the amount. Sure, the paint seems like a bargain. But then you’re back and forth to the store for more tape, more tarps, more paint brushes, a few rental items, and even more clean up items for the things that happen along the way.

Add in the countless hours you’ll spend on your “little” project, and the quoted price may seem like a bargain after all.

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