Home Prep

8 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Painting

With the autumn season approaching, now is the perfect time to do a few projects around the house and get your space looking great before the rush of the holidays. One of the best ways to take a room from dinghy or dated to fresh and bright is through paint!

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When sellers ask how to boost their home’s value, painting is one of the first suggestions offered. That’s because the way a room looks and feels is entirely dependent on the color of the walls and ceiling. Now that you know why painting is such a great fall home project, you’ll want these 8 painting tips to make the painting process as easy as possible.

 

  • Safeguard belongings: Take all of the easily moveable things out of the space with a focus on anything breakable or fabric. While no one wants an accident to happen, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
  • Fill holes: Look over your walls and find any holes from hangings that need to be filled. For small holes, spackle or drywall compound will do the trick.
  • Repair cracks: Check out your walls and ceiling for any cracks and patch them up. If you find any large cracks, it’s a good idea to get an inspector to check them out.
  • Add caulk: Next, take a look at anywhere caulk is applied (baseboards, windows, door frames) and caulk anywhere there’s a gap.
  • Clean and prime: Don’t skip this step! Cleaning and priming your walls will make the actual painting part go so much faster and you’ll use less of your paint–saving money in the long run.
  • Tape it all up: Once your walls are dry and ready to go, tape it up and drape tarps/drop cloths over any large pieces of furniture.
  • Gather your supplies: You’re nearly ready to paint. Make sure to gather all your supplies into the room to make everything easily accessible.
  • Paint!

 

These tips will help you make your space look like it was painted by a professional without the expense. With just a gallon of paint or two and a little time, you can refresh your home and make it the space to be as the weather gets colder

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