Your home is an important investment and putting a bit of extra love into it before selling can be well worth your time. Presentation is key and a fresh lick of paint is the quickest and easiest way to refresh your home's interior.
To help you get the best results and a little bit of extra cash in your pocket, here's a step-by-step guide to repainting your home.
Choosing your paint
- There are many surprising ways to create more space in your home and repainting with neutral colours will achieve a light, fresh and spacious feeling in your interior.
- Measure the surfaces you are planning to paint so that you only buy the amount necessary.
- Choosing high-quality, low VOC (volatile organic compound) paints will be beneficial to the look and feel of your surface. It is also best to ask a paint specialist what type of paint is suitable for what surfaces.
- Once you’ve chosen a colour, it’s a good idea to ask for a sample pot and paint a small portion onto the wall to make sure the colour is right.
- Remove any marks on the walls using sugar soap.
- If you have any gaps or holes it's best to use filler and a blade to patch them up.
- The surface will need to be smoothed using sandpaper and/or a sanding block.
- Before painting, cover the floor and any immovable furniture with drop sheets.
- Remove door handles and light switch covers so that you don’t accidentally paint them.
- If the paint you’re using requires an undercoat, apply this and leave to dry.
- Mix the paint well with a paint stirrer. Stir from the bottom upwards until the paint is smooth and consistent.
- Always start with the ceiling. Paint the cornices first using a brush then cover the remaining surface area using a roller.
- Before painting the walls, use a cutting-in brush to paint the corners and wall edges, and around windows and door frames, then paint the main surface area with a roller.
- When painting, do not apply too much pressure. A light and smooth application with make sure you are left with an even finish.
- Finish by painting the frames of windows and doors with a brush. Apply masking tape to the inside edges so that you don't get any paint on the glass.
A fresh coat of paint makes staging your home for sale simple and you’ll be amazed at the look and feel of your home.
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