With residential sales at a steady rate of growth across the UK, many homeowners are placing their homes on the property market. For most people, selling their homes means that they will need to make some minor adjustments, repairs and upgrades to ensure their home is attractive and appealing to potential buyers.
Today’s focus is on exteriors! Although an interior paint job can be just as important, most designers and estate agents would agree that refreshing your exterior paint is a relatively affordable way to increase the value of your home from roughly 2-5%!
In addition to elevating your properties selling price, painting the exterior of your home can also provide the following pros:
- It is more financially viable to paint your exterior than installing new vinyl siding.
- Buyers do not want to consider what they feel would be ‘expensive’ repairs or alterations. A property painted 20 years ago screams of deferred maintenance and the necessity to paint the home sooner!
- In correctly deploying the use of colour, you can actually make your home appear larger with lighter colour palettes.
Since the majority of homebuyers will place a high value on the exterior of a property, you can expect to receive enquiries regarding the date your home was last painted as well as the quality of the paint used too.
Tips for painting the exterior of your home:
Ensuring the correct colour for the exterior of your home can not only make it appear larger, it can also give it a clean, modernised feel too. Whilst bright colours can make your home stand out, the majority of buyers would prefer a more neutral palette for the exterior of a property, so choose wisely about your chosen colour. Think of it as a blank canvas for potential buyers to fill, rather than imposing your personality on buyers and ‘filling’ it for them.
If you are insistent upon brighter shades, use these on window exteriors, railings etc as these are easier to change if a potential buyer doesn’t like your colour choice but can still be appealing too.
Make sure all areas of your property are suitably ‘prepped’ for painting. Remove flaking paint, rotten wood and ensure all areas are ready and primed for a re-vamp.
Make sure you are physically prepared and able to carry out this work as it will require more stamina than an internal redec, particularly outside in the elements.
Make sure you have all the necessary tools and materials. Time and time again we receive SOS’s from clients who have attempted redecorating themselves and the paint they require is discontinued or they can’t get the exact colour match again. It’s better to have excess materials you can return rather than being placed in the above predicament.
Prep the property:
Over time your property will pick up excess dirt and debris, particularly if you live near a main road. By hosing down your property and ensuring it is cleaned, you give yourself the best possible canvas for painting and working on. You may even find you don’t have to complete as much work because you’ve simply washed off a lot of discolouration. As well as this, your painting will be a lot more ‘Flawless’ leaving you with a better ‘Finish’.
Best time to paint:
The best weather conditions to paint in is not too cold and not too warm and without the sun. This is because when you paint a wall on a sunny day, the sun will shine on the wall and the glare or reflection will affect your eyes, and people who do this every day end up with eye strain. Not only this, you’d be surprised at how quickly paint in a tin can dry up when exposed to the sun. Paint when it is cloudy and try and finish mid-afternoon if possible.
If using gloss paint or emulsion, wait until you are confident there is no chance of rain because the painted wall could end up suffering from a term not widely known in DIY circles and that is Surfactant leaching. This is when ingredients contained in the paint becoming affected by moisture which then brings components of the paint to the surface, drying in a waxy film.
‘Started from the bottom now we’re here’:
Huh? The final tip we will give you today is to start your painting at the top of the house, not the bottom. This at first seems obvious but if inexperienced painter is lacking in confidence they often start at the bottom and work up.
We know this, as quite often, the keen DIY painter will start the job, realise he or she can’t finish it and then they call us to finish the work for them!
You must always start at the top and work downwards.
There is always a method and way to do almost everything in life, and, provided you pay attention to this collection of simple tips, and use the method correctly to paint your house, you shouldn’t have any problems.
However, if you feel that some expert assistance may be required, we are always available over the phone with our handy ‘tips and tricks’ as well as being able to complete the job on your behalf.
Contact the team today and start creating your ‘Flawless’ property.