If you’re planning to put your home on the market, there are a few key things you should do to spruce up your interior and make it look fresh. One of the most effective things you can do to upgrade your home is paint it! Painting is a simple and cost effective way to not only get your home ready to put up for sale, but increase your home’s value. And the best part? You can do it yourself and get the look of a professional paint job- without the cost of hiring a professional. If you’re ready to take on a paint job to increase your home’s value, here are 5 painting hacks you need to know!
1. Prep Your Walls Before Painting
Before starting your paint job, it’s important to make sure your walls are clean. This way, the paint will go on smoothly and won’t leave any uneven, displeasing spots. Use a Swiffer or damp cloth to clean your walls and remove any debris before you start painting. Your wall will dry in a few minutes and you’ll be ready to start!
2. Apply Painter’s Tape with a Knife
Painter’s tape (or masking tape) is one of the best ways to prevent paint from getting onto areas you don’t want to paint. It’s often used on baseboards and window sashes to keep your paint job clean. Apply it with a putty knife to seal it in, preventing paint from dripping behind the tape. Lay your tape onto the area you wish to use it, and press it down tightly with the knife.
3. Keep Q-tips On Hand
Q-tips are good for more than cleaning your ears after you shower. When it comes to painting your home, you can use Q-tips to quickly get rid of any mistakes. This is especially important for times when you’re using a coloured paint around a white window or door frame. You can also use Q-tips to touch up imperfections on newly painted walls, instead of getting a clean paint brush dirty.
4. Use Vaseline on Screws and Hinges
Sometimes you’ll need to paint around small spots like screws and hinges. Instead of trying to trim around them, apply Vaseline to these spots with a Q-tip. This will ensure a crisp, clean finish and peace of mind while you’re painting your space. You can also put Vaseline on the seals of your doors and windows to keep them from sticking while being painted.
5. Remove Masking Tape with a Hairdryer
If you’ve ever used masking tape to help you paint, you know that it doesn’t always go as smoothly as planned. It’s supposed to make painting easier, helping you avoid painting areas you don’t need painted, but sometimes it’s hard to get off, damaging the surface beneath it and even bringing paint up with the adhesive. To prevent these issues, turn your hair dryer on low heat, holding it about three inches from the wall. This will soften the adhesive and ensure easy removal, plus you’ll have the crisp straight line you were hoping for!
Painting your walls is one of the most effective ways to increase the value of your home and make it look beautiful. Use our hacks to get the look of a professional paint job yourself!