Selling your house in today’s tough market means that sellers need to take advantage of every marketing edge that they can. Nothing can replace the impact that the first impression of a house has on prospective buyers, whether they visit the house in person or see a picture of it on a multiple listing site. A bright, well-cared for house attracts buyers; while a shabby, neglected home is bypassed.
Tight finances, however, make it difficult to fund complete makeovers with landscaping and whole house painting. Driving around neighborhoods where many houses have been on the market for months if not years, I have identified seven ways that a painter could make a significant improvement in the curb appeal of their houses without much expense. Here you can find out more about affordable and easy-to-install decorative columns and elegant decorative mouldings.
When you have lived in a house for a long time, you hardly notice that the trim has faded over the years. The paint may still be doing a good job of protecting the wood underneath, but the color has lost its sparkle. You will be amazed how a fresh coat of paint on wood trim can bring a dull, faded house back to life.
Hire a painting contractor, or if you have a steady hand, are good on a ladder, you can do it yourself. Prepare the wood by scraping and/or wire brushing away loose flakes and cleaning the surface. You may prefer to rent a power-washer to strip away loose paint. Be careful to keep its stream well away from windows.
The next step is to fill any cracks and holes with an exterior wood putty that is can be sanded and painted. I happen to like Synkoloid’s Exterior Spackling Paste. Use caulking along cracks such as by windows. Mask around windows and then use a good primer on any places where bare wood is exposed.
Matching the original color is the easiest approach since you may be able to use just a single coat.
Changing colors might require multiple coats to hide the original color. On the other hand, a bright new color might be just what is needed to make your house stand out. Consult with your painting contractor for color ideas that will match your house’s base color.