Sue Kllima

West USA

Paint a Perfect Sale

Selling your home: You might want to start with a paint brush. Getting your home ready to sell for the best price often starts with painting the perfect sale.

Many times, people are selling a home that they've lived in for a lot of years and they are in love with the wallpaper but it is very dated. Things like wallpaper and color can significantly influence buyers. So it is worth carefully looking over your home before you put it on the market to see what areas need touching up - or perhaps an entire re-do. If you find the wallpaper has to go, then knowing how to make the change is equally important so that you don't end up with an even bigger mess.

To strip wallpaper can be very time-consuming, expensive, and damaging to the underlying surface - making it difficult to paint. You can paint over wallpaper if you prime it first with an oil-based primer such as Kilz. If you do that, it seals the surface well and then you can go over it with water-based paint. But if you go directly over wallpaper with water-based paint, without priming it with an oil-based undercoat, it will peel up at the edges. So the critical first step is to prime it with an oil-based undercoat.

To paint the perfect sale, carefully look around your home for the holes that frequently don't get filled after you've taken down family photos and artwork. Here is the way to fix that. Take spackle and put it in the hole and then take a wet sponge and lightly wipe the surface. It removes all excess spackle from around the hole and it just fills it. Many times you can get by without even having to touch it up.

Many sellers wonder how to get rid of a stain in the ceiling. You don't always have to re-paint the entire ceiling. Sometimes you can get by without painting by putting a solution of half-bleach and half-water in a squirt bottle and lightly spritzing the surface until it's wet. A second spray of the area will often diminish or completely remove the stain and you might not even need to paint.

If you do need to paint the interior or exterior of your home, you can avoid doing the whole house by touching up critical areas such as the front door, trim and fascia board.

Cleaning the exterior of your home to give it a new and brighter look is also recommended to improve curb appeal.

A little tender loving care for your home before you list it is a warm, welcoming sign for potential buyers.