Paint is an excellent tool when you are ready to give your home a facelift. Paint is particularly important if you are getting ready to put your home on the market, as a fresh coat of paint gives a home a clean, fresh look that is sure to attract potential buyers. Furthermore, paint is the least expensive tool you have available for enhancing the look of your home and creating a positive first impression. Here are a few ways to use paint to help brighten up your home without killing your budget.
Repainting Your Entryway Door
Repainting your doors is one of the simplest and least expensive ways you can use paint to improve the overall look of your home.When choosing your color, however, stay away from bright colors. While a brightly colored door can add charm and interest to a home, you risk choosing a color that potential buyers do not prefer. Instead, take a look at the other doors in your neighborhood and choose a color that resembles the colors used with the majority of the homes. In addition, be sure to check with your homeowners association to find out if there are guidelines or certain rules that need to be followed when choosing a color for your door. Finally, be sure to use a paint that is specifically designed for outdoor use. This way, you can be sure your paint will be able to endure the harsh outside elements.
Give Your Trim a Touch Up
Paint is also great for touching up exterior trim that may have become faded or that is peeling. Poorly maintained trim creates a negative first impression that makes its appear as if you do not take care of your house. If the exterior of your house appears improperly maintained, potential buyers begin to wonder what else is wrong with the home. Make sure to wash the trim thoroughly and to patch it where necessary before painting it. This ensures the paint goes on smooth and clean.
Paint Interior Walls
Painting interior walls helps cover up imperfections, marks and faded spots. Before you begin to paint, however, it is important to patch, smooth and tape everything properly. Otherwise, the final result may be more attractive than what you started with. In addition, be sure to lay down drop clothes before you start to paint. This way, you will not accidentally get paint on your floor or other places where it does not belong.
When painting interior walls, it is also important to choose neutral colors. Most buyers are interested in purchasing a home that they see as a “blank canvas” that is ready for them to decorate and design. Choosing colors that you like makes it difficult for the buyer to see someone other than you living in the house. Neutral colors such as white, ivory and pale beige are good options.
When selecting paint for your interior facelift, you should also purchase those paints that do not contain volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. VOCs contribute to ozone and smog formation. In addition, they have been linked to respiratory illnesses. The smell associated with paints containing VOCs is what often gives people a headache when stepping into a freshly painted room. Using eco-friendly paint can be a good selling point when your home is on the market, so be sure to use it and to mention it to your real estate agent so this information can be passed on to potential buyers. Buyers with young children and those who are sensitive to chemicals will appreciate this extra effort.