How to Properly Paint Rooms in Your Livermore Valley Home

paint cansWhether you just bought a house, you’re a happy homeowner or you’re gearing up to sell your Livermore Valley home, painting is a great way to spruce up your space! It’s the number one do-it-yourself project, and it’s one of the most affordable ways to add home value.

Though many people do it, there is an art to painting. If you’re staging your home to sell, it’s especially important that your paint looks as professional as possible. Luckily, the Paint Quality Institute shared some tips with Realtor Magazine in a recent article. As your Livermore Valley real estate agent, I’ve summed them up here for you:

  • Repair surface imperfections. If you’ve got cracks or holes in the wall, paint isn’t enough to hide them. Use a spackling compound to fill in these gaps, so the surface is as smooth as possible. If you have areas with stains or discoloration, use a stain-blocking primer.
  • Clean the walls. Wash the walls and woodwork with a detergent-water solution, and then rinse the surface clean of it. Let the walls and woodwork dry completely before beginning to paint.
  • Choose your paint. The Paint Quality Institute most recommends 100 percent acrylic latex paints that are top quality and resist stains, hide the color underneath and conceal brush marks. Also, when choosing a gloss level, high-gloss paint is easier to clean, so this is good in high-traffic areas. Flat paints make walls look very smooth and hide imperfections, which is good for ceilings and low-traffic areas.
  • Choose your brushes and rollers. The best brushes have tightly packed bristles, which hold more paint. When using latex, water-based paints, the Institute recommends synthetic bristles, which will keep their shape no matter how much water gets on them.
  • Get straight edges. Use painters tape to tape around woodwork, ceilings and windows, to ensure that you get a straight line and that no paint gets onto these areas. Take your time applying the tape, to ensure that it is straight and secure, so no paint can seep underneath it. Remove tape as soon as paint is dry.

For more tips, check out the Realtor Magazine article in its entirety.

When selling your Livermore Valley home, you want to stick with neutral colors that all potential homebuyers can imagine living with. If you’re not selling, have fun with it. Paint one wall a bright, bold color, or paint the ceiling to be really unique. If you’re artsy, create a design on the wall! Have fun with it.

When you are ready to sell, or buy, in the Livermore Valley real estate market, contact me! I’m your Livermore Valley real estate agent, here and ready to help as soon as you are ready!

John Kurtzer
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