As a property owner considering to sell you may have been discouraged in recent times by the seeming downturn in property values which may prevent you from upgrading to a new or better home. Property markets cycle and there is not much is that can really be done other than wait for the next cycle where property prices may once again increase. Until the next boom comes around improving your home is a terrific way to help increase the value of your property in the market, when you do find prices make it viable to sell. Repaint in your home will incur additional costs, but if done properly these additional costs should be recouped in any future sale.
One of the first things to address when planning to repaint your home is choosing the colours. Many people will proceed and repaint their home in the same or very similar colours to existing which is fine if you find these colours pleasant. If you do plan to change the colour of your home internally or externally and you are in any way unsure it may be well worth obtaining sample pots of the colours to carry out a test area at your home to ensure you will be happy with the colour change.
The majority of repainting your home will be preparation work and if carried out correctly proper prep will greatly enhance the final result.
The first step is a full clean down removing any dust, dirt oil or grease and other foreign contaminants which may prevent new coats of paint from properly adhering. Any mould or mildew or moss should be treated with a solution recommended by your paint manufacturer. Any stains should be sealed with an appropriate sealer to ensure they do not bleed through your new coats of paint.
Remove any loose or flaky paint by scraping and sanding and then carefully remove all remaining dust from the surface following a complete sand using sandpaper mounted on a proper sanding block.
Carefully inspect all areas that will be repainted for any gouges or holes and fill with an appropriate filler then sanded back to a smooth level surface again. If required by the paint manufacturer spot prime any filled areas.
Any cracks at corners and joints can be filled with flexible filler if required.
Mask off all areas such as windows floor coverings, et cetera using masking tape, drop cloths, plastic film, paper or even newspaper to catch any drips of paint or over spray from your paint spray gun. You will find it is always easier to spend the time protecting areas you don’t want painted prior to spray painting as opposed to trying to remove paint from these areas after spray painting.