At different times, they each brought to my attention the fact that the single most efficient (i.e. the best bang for the buck) renovation project you can undertake as a homeowner when renovating your home in preparation for sale is a quality paint job. If you think about it, this makes sense. Renovations involving room additions, major building structure upgrades, interior layout changes, etc. can provide payback on their investment, but they can, of course, be expensive initially. Caution renovations and the type of upgrades you undertake. Some remodeling projects can actually have a negative effect on payback, making your home harder to sell.
Comparatively speaking, house painting is relatively cheap, yet can have dramatic and profound effects on the look and feel of the home, as well as how it affects the prospective buyer. Painting is a great do-it-yourself type project that can provide immediate and obvious rewards, even if you’re not considering selling your home. Painting can completely change the entire ‘feel’ of a room. Hiring professional painting contractors may be a better idea when dealing with heights or difficult projects. Several qualified painting contractors, is what you have to choose from. Good painting contractors will show areas of concern discovered during preparation of the work area. Considering painting yourself, same principles apply. Underlying problems may be:
Before painting, address any potential concerns. New paint jobs can be ruined or worse, become much more expensive repair projects, if the problems are left untouched. Painting projects consist of two very important considerations:
- You get what you pay for. Paint and contractor alike. Good painting contractors will spend a lot of time preparing the surfaces they will be painting, which is reflected in their price. Preparation work is tedious, exacting and labor-intensive but should be considered an essential part of a proper paint job.
Hiring someone who slaps a coat of cheap paint over poorly-prepared surfaces will not improve anything in the end. The final results will look bad and your money will have been wasted. Choose only high-quality paint and primers from a recognized manufacturer and avoid hiring the unrealistically cheap painting contractors.
- Preparation is the key to a good paint job. If you are painting yourself, just remember that every hour of effort in repair and preparation work will add to your finished results.
As a final note, there is a wide world of paint finish possibilities available to the homeowner today. Visit local Lowe’s Home Improvement, Home Depot, Lumbermens, or other local paint or building supply store and ask if they host any how-to painting seminars. Many painting supply stores hold free information seminars, showing homeowners how to do basic or advanced painting techniques, including everything from how to get started to more complicated and unique faux finishes.