Buying a house is a big choice and a big expense. Being able to tell people that they house has been freshly painted inside and out, is a huge plus. And if your house is on the market longer than you hoped for, which seems to be a trend right now, at least you know that your paint job will hold up until the house is sold. As with any household construction project, painting may be a hassle but it could really pay off in the long run. Just call Oliver of Oliver's Interiors to get a fair professional results to get the best price for your home!
The same rule applies to painting the exterior of the house - stick with softer, more neutral colours. Before you pick out or purchase anything, make sure that consult your HOA for your community's colour policies. From there, I recommend visiting your local paint store and asking them for an exterior colour guide. These are generally full of great colour ideas that are specifically chosen for the exterior of a home.
If you read the directions on any reputable paint brand, it will tell you to do this. The reason for this is that the colour pigment that is put into the paint is measured fairly accurately, but it is not a perfect system. Even a tiny bit too much or too little, can change the colour of the entire container. If you need help figuring out how much paint to buy, consult your local paint store.
To prep your house's exterior, you will want to scrape any loose or peeling paint, replace any rotten trim or siding, fill holes and cracks, then power wash the exterior surfaces the day or two before you are ready to paint. Be sure to use a good primer on any new materials or any other areas in need before applying paint.
If it has been too many years since your last paint job, you may need to apply primer to everything. If this is the case, again, please consider calling a professional and save yourself the headache.
LIVING ROOM Purchase a few choice plants and accessorize with care.
MASTER BEDROOM Purchase new linens, tidy closets well, put away personal photographs and add lighting for atmosphere.
KITCHEN Clear unwanted clutter and remove all garbage and recycling. Clean everything (floors, cabinets, counters, appliances). Keep accessories light, such as a simple centrepiece on the table, and create an inviting atmosphere - baked cookies work well!
EXTERIOR & LANDSCAPING Trim bushes, hedges and trees, clean freshen flower gardens to enhance curb appeal and to ensure the property looks neat.