One of the most common interior painting preparation tasks is drywall repair. I cannot think of one instance in my 20 years experience of interior painting where there wasn’t some drywall repair needed. Most repairs are simply spackling small holes for hangers used to support pictures or shelving. Others are larger repairs requiring drywall patches and replacement. Door handles piercing the drywall, removing mirrors from walls, closing in a door or window, and water damage can all require installing pieces of drywall.
Different colors can add depth, comfort and texture to a room. When you use the right colors, you can dramatically change the look of a room. If you don’t explore different colors you will learn to plain white walls.
Now I’m not all that good at choosing colors. I remember a friend in school that had some of those doodle art pens and was coloring a psychedelic VW Beetle. All his colors he chose were amazing. They all went together so well and they were bright.
Do minor repairs. Many sellers overlook the need to do touch up repairs such as caulking the tub, fixing a leaky faucet, driving loose nails into deck boards, etc. Taking care of these little details eliminates the biggest objection that buyers have when they see something amiss; “What else is wrong with the place?” Remove doubt in the minds of buyer prospects by attending to these minor repairs or hire a handyman.
Outside of the trim, you will want to cover the baseboards as well. This allows the perfect paint job to appear during your painter decorator pinchbeck. This entire process will cost you less than twenty dollars and can save you hours of work, as the area by the trim and baseboard can be the most complicated to paint and have looking good.
Whilst using light coloured paint over a dark coloured surface, you should apply a top quality primer sealer. A high quality primer sealer hides even the darkest of shades like deep reds. While painting glossy surfaces, priming is incredibly crucial. Ordinary paints, do not usually stick to the glossy surfaces like clear finishes, metal, panelling or tiles. By putting on the primer, the paint not only sticks to the surface but also does not crack or blister. When painting porous surfaces like a new drywall, you will need to apply a decent quality primer. Priming a permeable surface assists the paint to spread more consistently.
Remove clutter. You may love all 14 pictures of the grandkids lined up on the mantle, to a buyer it looks overwhelming and detracts from the “open feel” they are seeking. As gut wrenching as it is, this is a case where less is more. Leave enough pictures on the walls so the place doesn’t look bare and an occasional knick-knack on the coffee table or mantle is ok. Pack away the dried flower arrangements, sports trophies and everything else of a personal nature so as not to distract buyers from “seeing” your property. Take a good look at all the furniture in your place and remove anything that is non-essential to make your place appear larger.
In no time your interior painting job will be done, but don’t remove your tape too fast. Allow the paint to dry at least overnight to prevent anything settling to dribble onto the trim. In the morning as you remove the tape you will be very impressed with the job you did with your interior house painting.