In the world of home renovations, the team at Realty Improvement, has seen nearly every aspect of remodeling and home improvement – from some of the largest scale projects, in which individuals have torn their home down and built a new one from scratch, to some of the simplest, where real estate developers have simply bought a somewhat distressed property, replaced some cabinets, fixed a few holes in the walls, and slapped a few coats of paint throughout the house and put it back on the market for profits in the high 5-figures, in some cases even nearing the 6-figure mark. According to the team at Realty Improvement, it isn’t always about how much work you do to the property, its more so about what that specific property needs – and what your goals are with that property. All too often individuals, will set out to create a wholly unrealistic plan, in which they take their current home that might only be worth $100,000, in a neighborhood, where the most expensive home might only be $125,000, and attempt to put in an additional $150,000 into it. Often, attempting to turn it into a luxury mini-mansion, when the neighborhood itself, simply can’t support such a property, nor does it have any buyers willing to pay anywhere near such a price. The fact is that you must be realistic with your goals, and while there are countless things to learn when you enter the field of home remodeling, that must be first and foremost – play it smart, and never overdo it.
A Few Coats of Paint Might Just Do the Trick!
Often, as we mentioned above, one of the simplest way’s developers have learned to make money in the real estate market – especially when we are looking at more depressed markets, in low-income neighborhoods, or even high-income neighborhoods, where there is simply a property that doesn’t need much more than some minor work to be “completed”. Again, as we mentioned – don’t try to do more than your neighborhood can support, you will bite off more than you can chew, and end up sitting on a property for years to come – only to sell it for a large loss. to be truthful, one of the most common services the team at Realty Improvement offers, is simply interior painting services, as we mentioned before, there are more properties out there than not, that simply just need a quality paint job. And sure, don’t get me wrong, there are definitely places that need more than that – but painting is often a good, and smart place to start out. TO better educate individuals on all there is to know about proper interior painting, here are some important things to know about interior painting, that every home remodeling team should know before taking on their first project.
“Sheen” is an Important Piece of the Puzzle
Sheen, also known as the “finish” of your painting project, has one of the most impacts on your walls and your painting as a whole. Gloss, satin, egg shell – with these options comes many considerations. High-traffic areas do well with gloss or satin as they hold up better to touching and can be cleaned more easily. But they can make wall imperfections (wavy drywall, patched areas) much more pronounced. A more matte-like finish, such as flat, will not clean as well or endure touches as well, but you won’t see imperfections as much.
Embrace Colors & Different Color Spectrums
For many individuals in the home improvement space, especially men – all too often there is somewhat of a stigma against the use of too many bright colors and a tendency to stick to monotone, muted, often bland colors. However, one of the best things you can do, especially the way attitudes are changing in the world of home renovations, colors have become a far more common addition to an interior painting project and in many cases, such colors have even led to increased home values and prospective home buyers falling in love with the color of a room. Don’t fear the bold colors! Select colors that add depth and texture to a room. Plus, one good thing to understand is the affect that colors can have on the psychology an individual viewing it. For instance, in many cases, buying a home or renting a property can be quite stressful, but, when a prospective home buyer or renter, takes one look at the right shade of blue, it can put him or her into a calming state, and lead them down a path of relaxation. Sooner or later, they’re discussing the deal with the realtor, haggling for certain amenities, and within 30 minutes, they went from a stressed out client, who couldn’t wait to get back to their small, yet cheaply priced apartment to take a nap, to someone who just spent triple their current rent on a property, just because you happened to paint he master bedroom the perfect shade of blue. Be smart, and try to use it to your advantage. A calming color, such as one in the blue that w mentioned, is great for a bedroom and can easily be the difference between an upset client on his way out, or someone willing to hear more, because he suddenly feels better and that headache of his miraculously just went away!
Check & Try Out Samples
No need to guess how good (or bad) a color will look on your wall – do the smart thing, something that pretty much every Benjamin Moore, and every Home Depot will usually let you take home and get somewhat of a sample of the paint, so that you can see if it really goes with your blinds or curtains or not. In many or most cases, you might have to pay a few dollars, but in many others, you will not for a fraction of the cost of a gallon of paint, you can purchase sample pints, take them home, and test them out. This will help you judge how a color will look on a larger area better than a swatch can provide. It’s better to spend just a few dollars on a sample than big bucks on gallons only to find out the color won’t work.
Do the Math & Measure Your Area and Square Footage (If Possible – As Exact as Possible!)
Just as we mentioned in nearly every other facet of the home renovations, the team at Realty Improvement, always recommends a careful and extensive planning phase that covers everything in detail – from your budget, to your supplies, to your materials, tools, the color of your paint, the size of the specific area you are painting, and every other area you will be painting as well. Of course, you’ll need to know the total area you’re going to paint (add up all the square footage of your walls, including alcoves and dormers, plus a little extra), but you’ll also need to account for multiple coats, primer and the porosity of the walls. It’s best to have some paint left over for repair work later on, so get more than you need.
Prepare, and Prepare Some More – As Much as You Can!
Prep work will be the vast majority of your time spent painting the interior of your home. You’ll need to tape off areas for sharp lines, move furniture and furnishings, repair and patch any imperfections, protect the floors, and remove things like switch plates and doorknobs. At least three-quarters of your time will be spent doing these tasks. Especially important when it comes to painting, from taping corners and edges, to moldings, and move away important furniture you don’t want to get paint on and covering things with sheets and much more – preparation is absolutely vital when it comes to Realty Improvement’s Interior Painting Services.
Primer is VITAL!
Unless you’re buying a primer and paint all-in-one mixture, you’ll need to prime your walls, particularly if you are drastically changing the wall color (tinted primer is key in that situation). Primer not only covers up colors and stains, it also adds a layer to allow the top coat of paint to better adhere, giving you a much better result. In many cases, too many people primer and paint in one – while it is okay in most situations, it isn’t recommended, and many of the best painters prefer to do it the old-fashioned way.
Rollers Save Time – Invest in Some!
Way too many individuals are lost in the old school way of doing things – and when it comes to painting, that can simply cost you hours of time, you simply don’t want to spend, slaving away with a paintbrush, when a roller, is perfectly effective, well-priced, if not cheap, and way to easy and time-saving to pass up. A roller may require more equipment (handles, poles, rollers) than brushes, but you can get more done in less time with them. Remember to paint in an overlapping “W” to get better coverage and smooth out roller lines. I’m sure you’re going to paint more than once in your life, especially when you have entered the field of home renovations – keep the roller equipment, and simply use it on your next project, none of this is that hard.
Use an Extension Pole
As we mentioned, you will very likely need the extension pole, that affixes to the paint roller at some point soon – so don’t forget it, and there’s no need to throw it away, break it, or do anything else – even if you never paint again, it is actually pretty valuable – as you could easily use it as a replacement for your broomstick and in many ither cases.
Combine Multiple Gallons for Uniformity
This process is often known as “boxing” in the painting world, and it will allow you avoid any inconsistencies in the color as well as the texture of paint coverage or combination you might be using. Simply pour multiple gallons into a larger, resealable bucket, and stir thoroughly. Yes, today’s mixing processes are much more uniform than in the past, but this step is a fail-safe measure just in case there was a slight mistake when the paint was mixed at the home center.
The fact is that as we mentioned, far too many home renovations projects require painting, in some form or another – and regardless if you choose to become an expert, a novice, or simply just want to hire someone, like the team at Realty Improvement, to do all your interior painting services for you, be sure to contact Realty Improvement today.