Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Common Paint Mistakes for Boston Home Sellers

With Boston home sellers feeling the itch to move to a new space this summer and Boston homebuyers ready to make an offer, the rush to fit in home projects that will help the process can be daunting. 

One of the most common tasks to take on as a Boston home seller is painting— a little interior paint can go a long way, but so can the common painting mistakes. Avoid these painting blunders as you tackle your to-do list and prepare the property for sale:

Using poor equipment
Just like with any project, you'll want to use the best equipment to get the best results. Pick up quality paintbrushes and rollers, don't hold back in this department. You may be spending $40 to $50 on a gallon of top-notch paint, so invest in great gear up front. 

Don't neglect prep work
There is more to be done before you paint your Boston home than simply putting on old clothing. You'll want to make sure your walls don't need repairs before you start, otherwise you'll notice bumps and cracks later. Start with a clean, smooth surface for the best results.

Keep a smooth paint line
Home improvement expert Bob Vila advises to never overextend your paint roller or brush. Many homeowners will continue with a drop of paint until the brush becomes dry, but don't wait too long! Once the paint starts to break up, it's time to re-dip your brush.

Wasting your leftover paint
If you're one of the Boston homeowners that likes to keep leftover paint on hand for touch-ups, it's important that you take care of the product. Be careful not to let it dry up or the money spent on quality paint will be somewhat wasted. One tip for water-based paints is to place plastic wrap on the surface of the paint and reseal the container. For oil-based, add a few splashes of water on the surface before resealing.

Painting your home in the Boston Metro Area can really freshen the property and give it that something that homebuyers are looking for in today's real estate market. Whether you're painting in the garage, basement or improving the look of every interior space, your home sale could be better off just from this one simple project. 

If you're feeling motivated to sell this year, or have questions about the process, contact me today

Ken Snyder
Keller Williams Realty Boston-Metro
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