Lake home selling tips – Painting tips

Todays blog is about Oakland County lake home selling tips and more indepth painting tips.  I do not know about you but painting is not my favorite job.  I do not have the steadiest hand for the cut in and straight lines.  It takes me time to do it but in the end I get the job down.  A fresh paint job will help sell it quicker and for more money if your Oakland County lake home is move in ready.  A  fresh coat of paint will do wonders on how your lake home shows.  Clients who have repainted their homes have gotten their homes sold for more money and quicker.  So my recommendation is to paint ALL The WALLS a neutral color.   The best colors are Off whites, light beiges, very light browns, light yellows, or light grays are fine.  Your trim should be either natural (varnished) or painted white.  Painting brings one of the biggest bangs for the buck.  It will make a world of difference selling your home if you have dark or walls that are marked up.

About two years ago I saw a home on Duck Lake in Highland Township that needed a major paint job because of the rough living.  That stopped that $500,000 house from selling for over 9 months.  The priority of many lake home owners is the lake and not keeping the lake home in top condition.  I understand that.  I would rather be pontooning on the lake than painting too.  But when you go to sell a fresh paint job will put more money in your pocket.  So here are some painting tips.

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Neutral colors are best!

Neutral colors are best!

How to chose  the right paint brush  Examine the brush bristles before buying the paint brush. Press the bristles  by pressing them on the palm of your hand. It shouldt spread  out evenly and not separate into clumps.   The bristles must return to its original look easily after you remove it from your hand.   When you are trying to  decide among brushes with same width, choose the one with the longest and  thickest bristles because it can hold more amount of paint.    If you’re using latex paint you’ll need synthetic bristles, but if you’re using oil-based paint or a varnish, spend the extra money to get a good quality natural bristle brush. The better the quality of natural bristles the smoother and glossier the finish you’ll achieve.  The handle doesn’t matter choose one that feels good in your hand.  If you only paint occasionally a medium priced brush is fine.

How to choose the right paint finish.  Basically paint comes in 5 basic finishes:

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* FLAT – Dull, matte look.  NO shine. Flat paint is usually a few dollars cheaper than the others. Good for use: Ceilings & walls in bedrooms, living rooms, etc

* EGGSHELL – a little crackly, covers little blemishes, just like the shell of an egg!  Slight sheen, but not shiny.   Good for use: Walls in bedrooms, living space, offices (I use this for most of my walls)  You cannot use eggshell on ceilings.

* SATIN- smooth velvety look with a bit of gloss to it. Holds up well to some light cleaning, so it’s great in kitchens and bathrooms Good for use in: Walls in Kitchens, Bathrooms and TRIMS on windows, doors

* SEMI-GLOSS – More shine than Satin; a great choice for Trims and kitchens/bathrooms.  Wipes up well. Good for use on: Trims on windows, and doors

* GLOSSY – very high shine/gloss.  Not widely used. Use for: FURNITURE

What is the best time to paint

Most paint manufactures recommend 50 F degrees and rising but low temperature acrylic paints can be used down to 35 F degrees.  For interiors so long at the home is not too hot or cold, any type of paint can be applied. However, in cooler temperatures, excessive condensation on windows and slow dry times can be a problem.

How to  determine how much paint you need

Add the width of all the walls in the room together and multiply the number by the height of one wall (from floor to ceiling). Take the total and subtract the total area of all the doors, windows, archways, etc. This will get you the exact area of wall space you’ll need to paint. A general rule of thumb is that a flat surface usually requires one gallon for every 400 square feet. Take into account how many coats you think you’ll need to do.  More coats more paint.

How to choose the right roller and right nap of the roller

Popcorn ceiling use 1″ to 1½ nap rollers.

Rough (stucco) textured walls use 1″ to ¾” nap rollers.

Heavy textured walls use ¾” nap rollers.

Lightly textured walls use ½” to ¾” nap rollers.

Smooth textured walls use ½ to ¾ nap rollers.

Doors and furniture use ¼”, 3/8″ to ½” nap rollers.


Miscellanous paint tips

1.)  Avoid real cheap paint.  It just isn’t worth the savings.  It takes longer to dry and will often feel  slightly sticky for months (or years) afterward

2.)   Paint From the Top Down.  Always start painting from the highest area to the lowest. Start with the ceiling or top of the walls and work your way down. This way you can catch any drips and it won’t ruin a freshly painted wall.

3.)  If you are planning to use your brush the next day you can wrap your brush in plastic and store it in the refrigerator to keep it from drying out

3.)  Painting a small room in a dark color will make it feel smaller.  Try painting just one accent wall instead.

4.)  Painting a dark room with a light color will make it feel brighter.

5.)  Thin Coats Are Better Than Thick.  One of the biggest mistakes people make is to put too much paint on the brush. It’s far more effective to put a small amount on the brush or roller and use long, even strokes to apply thin coats. It’s tempting to slather on a lot of paint in the hopes of not having to do another coat, but the end result won’t look as good.  Several thin coats will do a better job of covering the walls than one thick coat.

I hope these painting tips and Northville home selling tips help you get top dollar for your home.  That is our goal to get you the most money in your pocket.  Call me today on my cell (313) 310-9855 to set up a consultation on how to stage your home.

Remember when selling your Oakland County lake home a move in rteady home sells best.  Lake buyers want to get out on the lake right away.  So fresh carpeting and a fresh coat of paint will help sell your lake house.  I want you to get top dollar for your home.  That is why I provide my clients a consultation to give them suggestions on what to do to prepare their home for sale.   You do not have to do any of them, but if you to know what you should or could do to get more money for your house.

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