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Boosting Your Home's Value

If you are getting ready to sell your home or other real estate, or perhaps already have it on the market, you may be wondering what the best ways are to make sure that your home sells.

With the market already flooded with homes for sale, if you need to sell your house and you need to do it fast, then you might consider some small repairs or upgrades to boost the value of your house to be sure that it catches the eye of that prospective buyer, and that you can get the maximum dollar from the home as humanly possible. There are a few, easy and inexpensive ways to increase the value of your home so that you get top dollar when it sells.

Many homes are in need of a good coat of paint. If your home is painted to your tastes, it may be a good idea to paint the home a neutral color that may be more suitable for all palettes. You might love your teal kitchen, but a prospective home buyer prefers to see a blank canvas and therefore, neutral walls.

Grab a few gallons of paint and concentrate on those areas of the home that a prospective buyer might see first, such as the entryway, kitchen or living room. Even if your home is already painted in neutral colors, it's a great idea to freshen the walls up before you open the home up for buyers.

If your home hasn't been inspected in a while, it may be worth it to hire an inspector and let you know some of the things that a buyer might be looking at that could use repair. This could include heating and air, or plumbing problems.

Fix those problems even before a buyer brings their inspector in, and you won't have to knock and money off of the purchase price if the home is already in good repair. Don't make upgrades to the house while certain areas of repair are lacking. Take care of the basic components first and then upgrade the vanity.

In our society, going green is a great way to get more out of your house. This means replacing some of the fixtures in your home for higher efficiency ones to impress the discerning and environmentally friendly buyer. You'll get the most mileage out of upgraded windows, but even upgraded light fixtures can be a great factor in swaying a prospective buyer to purchase your home.

 


A Few Tips On How To Paint Your Wood Paneling

If your house is thirty years old or older then there is very good chance that you have one or two rooms with wood paneling. At the time the house was built, wood paneling was very common in that time period but now you want to update to a more modern look. The best and most inexpensive way to modernize your paneling is to paint it. Painting paneling isn't very difficult but there are a few important steps to take before you begin painting.

If your paneling has a rough finish, you will need to sand it down before you begin priming and painting. An electric palm sander is the best tool for this job because it can quickly and efficiently sand large areas. Make certain that you wear eye protection and a mask to prevent dust and debris from getting into your eyes and nose. Sand the paneling thoroughly until it is completely smooth to the touch

After sanding, you will then need to clean the paneling thoroughly. To do this you will need to purchase a good cleaning product that is designed for this type of project. You can buy this type of cleaner at most paint or hardware stores. There are several cleaners that come in a spray form so that all you need to do is spray the cleaner on and allow it to sit on the surface of the paneling for a few minutes and then clean with a scouring pad. You should clean the paneling very well because this is a very critical step in order to insure that the paint adheres properly to the paneling.

Next, apply an oil based stain blocking primer. Apply the primer using a brush and roller. Using the brush to cut in around the corners and trim and prime into the grooves of the paneling. After you finish cutting out the room with the primer you can then roll out the remaining areas. You can have the primer tinted when you purchase it so that it matches your topcoat. Doing this makes it much easier to cover over the primer when you begin painting. Allow the primer to dry thoroughly before you begin painting. Most primers will dry in a couple of hours or less.

Before you begin to paint, you should caulk any gaps in the paneling after you finish priming. Cracks that you couldn't see before are revealed after the primer is applied. Use wood putty to fill in any nail holes. I don't recommend trying to caulk the grooves in the paneling.

You can now begin to apply your paint. Apply at least two coats of quality latex paint using the same methods that you used when you applied the primer allowing the paint to completely dry in between coats. If you see any runs in your finish coat, you should lightly sand the runs out with fine sandpaper and then repaint over the sanded areas.

Painting your paneling is a great way to update any room. Just follow these steps and it can change the look of the dull, drab paneling, making it much warmer and more modern. Painting paneling isn't very difficult but there are a few important steps to take before you begin painting.

 


How to Pick Out The Best Exterior Paint Colors

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Choosing exterior house colors for your home can often be rather difficult. It takes a great deal of time and effort to determine what colors will look good together. Choosing the wrong color paint can be a very costly mistake that you will likely have to llive with it or spend a lot of money to repaint it. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started

Determine how many paint colors you will be choosing. Newer homes sometimes have metal framed windows that do not need painting but they will have eaves that may need to be painted in a contrasting color to the siding. If you have window trim and shutters that will need to be painted, decide how many colors you want to work with. Generally, homeowners paint their exterior siding with one color and their exterior trim with another color and their shutters and exterior doors with a third color. White is the most often used color for exterior trim. It creates a very nice, contrasting look.

If you have brick on your house, pick a color for your siding that will blend good with your brick. You should also consider the color of your roof. Make certain the exterior paint colors you choose blend well with the color of your roof as well.

Look at the paint colors of your neighbors' homes. This is very important, but frequently overlooked factor in color selection. Most homeowners want their home to be distinctive, but it should also be agreeable with colors utilized in the neighborhood. So, take a look at nearby houses before deciding your paint color.

Before you pick any paint color, check to see if your home owners associations restricts the colors you can use. This is especially important if you live in a newer subdivision, or townhouse community. It is very common to find these types of restrictions in these communities.

When you do decide on a paint color that you want to use, remember that most colors tend not to look exactly the same as those on the paint store fan decks or on a color samplers. Types of paint formula's, paint sheen and lighting can all play a part in what a color will or will not look like.

After you have narrowed down your paint colors, paint a small section of your house. Most paint companies or hardware stores will sell you a small sample size in a whatever color you want or you could just purchase a quart. Make certain you are testing the exact paint you'll be using to paint your house. It's the only way to really see what the paint will look like. Paint may appear different at different times of the day so be certain to take a look at your samples several times. Make sure to test your trim colors next to the siding color also.

Exterior paint can be made in any color that you can think of, and these are just a few tips to help you make the right choice. By considering all of these things mentioned in this article, you should be able to choose colors that will not only look fantastic but will also hide any defects and emphasize your home's best features.

 




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