Everything you need to know about painting your home over the holidays
Tue December 12, 2017
The Christmas holidays are a fantastic time for repairs and renovations around the house, particularly if you're thinking about selling your property in the New Year and want it to be looking its very best. Unfortunately, renos can sometimes present a challenge to those of us without any DIY skills. At the same time, employing tradies to complete basic jobs is often an expensive proposition, which can often lead to much-needed tasks being left uncompleted for months or even years.
Well, this holiday season it's time to make a change. Even the least-confident DIY'er can still make a huge difference to how their house looks, and the easiest way to do this is with a few coats of fresh paint.
Fresh paint can go a long way towards making your property stand out from the rest of the market.
Painting: The perfect DIY project
The great thing about repainting your home is that it's a very simple and easy process, but can still have an enormous impact on potential buyers. Whether you're touching up areas where the existing paint has faded, or want to get a bit more creative with new colours altogether, the warm, bright effect that fresh paint creates can go a long way towards making your property stand out from the rest of the Sydney market.
Best of all, the only things that you need to paint your home are the right colour - which you may even have from the last time your home was touched up - and a few brushes. The only question left is where to start!
Top areas for painting
The thought of repainting your whole house can be quite daunting, but you don't have to go quite so far to reap the rewards of a fresh coat. Instead, focus on a few key areas of your property where repainting will make the biggest difference, and dedicate your time to those. One of the very best places to start is the front door, which often takes a bit of a beating from heavy use, as well as the elements, and can deteriorate far more than the interior of your home.
Considering that the front door is one of the first things that potential home buyers will see when they visit your property, it makes sense to have it looking as good as possible. Best of all, this job can be completed in just a couple of hours, leaving you with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the rest of your holidays.
Scorching hot days aren't always the best conditions for painting outside.
Painting in hot weather
A big part of what makes the summer holidays such a great time for painting is the hot weather. In general, the hotter the day, the faster and more consistently your paint will dry on interior walls. However, the weather can also present a few challenges that are worth considering.
First of all, there's the humidity. If you know that there will be a lot of moisture in the air on the days that you're painting inside, be sure to invest in a decent dehumidifier to speed up the process.
Meanwhile, scorching hot days aren't always the best conditions for painting outside, unless you're experienced at the job. This is because exterior paint is much harder than what you'd use inside your home, and requires more time to properly set - roughly 48 hours. If it's too hot, the paint will dry out before it has enough time to adhere to the exterior surface. So, if you're looking to paint outside or redo that front door, make sure to check the weather forecast and wait for a few days where it will be consistently fine, but not too hot.
Once you've got your home looking brand new, it's a good idea to get in touch with the Laing+Simmons team to discuss putting it on the market. It's never too early to start thinking about selling, and taking the extra effort to have your property in top condition will help ensure you get the very best price.