As a homeowner getting ready to sell, it can be overwhelming to know where to start, how much money to spend, and what to fix first. Many of our customers are in the same dilemma, but the truth is, adding a fresh coat of paint both indoors and out, can dramatically improve your house's value and desirability. We aren't just being biased when we say paint can do wonders:
"A fresh coat of paint is one of the most effective ways to prepare a home for a quick sale and at a higher selling price. Weathered paint will send buyers down the road, holding them back from showing interest in an otherwise attractive home. Often just painting the trim, doors and eves will give a house a fresh look. Selecting contemporary colors will also make a home appear more modern and facilitate buyer satisfaction." - Lang McLaughry Real Estate
More on that here: Which Investments Add Value to Your Home and Which Ones Don't
So now that you've decided it's time to invest in a paint job, you're probably staring at your bank account, thinking "how big of a dent are we talking here?" We don't blame you. If you've ever been to a paint store, you know how many options there are, not including the stains and finishes and equipment. Feeling overwhelmed yet? That's why it may be worth hiring the pros to take care of the purchasing and application, making your job five times easier!
Here are some helpful links from homeadvisor.com that can help you view what the average cost is on the market right now for various projects:
- Home interior paint job average cost
- Home exterior paint job average cost
- Small home painting projects average cost
When you gauge how much your project will cost, it's crucial to factor in the cost of the paint itself and other supplies. Paint professionals are probably the best resource for getting a quote on average paint supply costs since they work with these items daily and will know market costs. The other option is to take a trip to your local hardware store and browse the prices on the shelves. Don't forget: "You want to get the highest quality paint your budget will allow to ensure its lasting beauty. You'll also need painting supplies like primer, brushes, rollers and painter's tape. A professional will have these items on-hand. According to statistics, paint and other supplies account for about 15 percent of a professional painter's total cost; labor will factor into 85 percent of their charges."
Other items you may want to purchase on your own to save money include:
- Face masks
- Rubber gloves
- Tarps and throw cloth
- Spray guns
- Carpentry supplies in case siding needs repair
If you decide that it sounds easier and less stressful to leave it to the painters to purchase the supplies, then we recommend asking the following important questions before selecting the right contractor to work on your home:
Do you have any before and after photos of your work?
Getting some visuals of past projects is a great idea. This holds the contractor accountable to the quality of their work and allows you to see it firsthand.
Do you have references?
If so, call them! If they point you to Angie's List or Yelp, it's worth it to take the time to read the reviews and get a better picture of who you're hiring.
How long have you been in this line of business?
The more experience they have, the better! Give them the chance to tell you a bit more about their expertise.
Are you licensed?
This may be an obvious one, but it's still very important to ask! Only accept a contractor who says 'Yes!'
Are you insured?
Again, a commonly overlooked question that is absolutely essential in order to avoid possible legal issues in case anything happens at the job site or in your home.
How many coats of paint do you apply?
Standard practice is a primer followed by two coats of paint. For surfaces that have never been painted three coats of paint are recommended.