Tips for Easier House Painting

by Vince Saragosa 06/20/2022

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Don’t underestimate the importance of a fresh coat of paint when it comes to preparing to sell your home. Apart from changing the look of your space, it also adds to the value of your house.  Painting can make your home feel brand new and attract the attention of serious buyers. While painting can be an overwhelming and messy task, don't allow this to deter you. With the following tips, you can complete the task in less time and cleanup will be a snap. 

Use heavy foil

Line your paint tray with heavy-duty aluminum foil. When changing colors or you’re done for the day, pour the excess back into the can, and toss the foil.

Cut edging tape

If you’re using painters or masking tape to protect your trim, run a utility knife down the edge of the tape before attempting to remove it. This will make it easier to remove and create a cleaner edge.

Fabric softener 

Try cleaning up your brushes with warm water and fabric softener if you are using water-based paint. The fabric softener dissolves paint easily because it is a surfactant and leaves the bristles soft and pliable. Rinse the brush thoroughly and allow it to air dry.

Drop cloths 

If you’re using drop cloths, consider using cloths that are long and narrow. This configuration is easier to move around your room and generally won’t involve a lot of folding or gathering. You’ll be less likely to trip or get your ladder caught in extra material.

Use cardboard

An excellent alternative to drop fabric or plastic is cardboard. Flattened cartons prevent paint from dripping on your floors and protect them from damage by ladders and scaffolding. Another advantage of using dismantled boxes is that their smooth edges stick closer to baseboards protecting floors from drips, spatter, and overspray. 

Painting your home will add value and freshness to your home. Consult with your real estate agent about current color trends.

Use a flashlight

Before, during, and after painting, hold a flashlight on it's edge to look for imperfections (as dust) that may have made its way onto your wall and and has been imbedded in the paint.  This will magnify the imperfections and allow you to focus on sanding those areas.  This technique is also effective on runs & drips.  After the paint has dried, gently run your hand over the area and use the flashlight to assist to ensure smoothness. Repeat as needed.

 

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Vince Saragosa

As Managing Broker/Owner of World Showcase Realty and with over 27 years in real estate, I have experienced virtually every scenario out there. I have the skills and ability to help you achieve your real estate goals now and in the future.