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Simple decorating tips that could help sell your house :: Posted by: Admin on February 4th, 2015

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Simple decorating tips that could help sell your house

If you are trying to sell you house you want people to see it at it’s best. You may need to do a little work to accomplish this. There are the obvious and cliché things such as coffee brewing, fresh flowers, freshly made bread but there is more that can be done. How is your decorating, a little work could be the difference between selling and not selling your house.

People may go for another house if the price is similar but less work is required.

What is in a colour

Colour plays a part in selling your house, maybe not always directly but even subconsciously people see colours. If you have bright colours for your woodwork or walls you may consider changing these to a more subdued colour scheme, to neutralise things if you like as this is more appealing to a buyer. If they think redecoration is needed they may want to reduce the asking price to compensate.

Make a good first impression

Exterior as well as interior need to be presentable, the exterior is the first thing any potential buyer sees. Peeling, flaking paintwork isn’t normally a good sign of what may follow. If your woodwork is rotten of render blown you may need to be prepared to drop the asking price if you want a quick sale. Don’t forget gates, fences and garage doors, they all should be looked at and sorted if required.

The kitchen is the hub of any home

The hub of any home is it’s kitchen. If yours is looking a bit tired or outdated? You obviously don’t want to start fitting a new kitchen units but you could always consider changing the kitchen doors and drawer fronts.

Replacing doors and drawer fronts is a good way to give the kitchen a updated look and a more desirable kitchen to buyers. This can be done a lot cheaper than replacing a kitchen and will give your kitchen a new lease of life.

A cared for home is a loved home

Show buyers you home is a cared for and loved home, potential buyers will feel that they are buying a good property and any problems that may of occurred you have fixed them well and they are not buying a whole lot of trouble.

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How to prepare interior woodwork for painting :: Posted by: Admin on May 3rd, 2013

How to prepare interior woodwork for painting

Before you begin to paint any wood be it interior or exterior you need to prepare the wood first. Safety first, if your house was build before the mid-1960’s you may well have layers of paint containing lead in it, if this is the case take care, always use a mask. If you suspect you paintwork may contain lead, ask your local paint supplier for a leaflet or go online and download a guide from a paint manufacturer. Most likely it has been painted over now so is less of a problem. If you are stripping the wood back to bare wood, take safety measures. Modern paint does not contain lead.

Safety first

You should always think safety first, apart from the possible lead in paint as mentioned above, you should always wear a mask, you may also wear eye protection and gloves. You should also have good ventilation.

Interior Woodwork Painting

Preparing previously painted wood

It is a good idea to wash dirt and grime off of the woodwork using either warm soapy water or sugar soap. Once you have washed the woodwork down, allow to dry fully. You should then fill any holes and cracks with filler and rub or sand down so it is level and smooth. All woodwork should be rubbed down (abraded) to give the paint a ‘key’ to stick too. Rub down all the woodwork surfaces lightly. If the paint flakes off as you rub down, more than likely the paintwork was not prepared well the time before, you may need to remove this layer.

Once all the washing, filling and rubbing down has been done, remove all dust, this can be done with an old paint brush or ideally removed via a vacuum cleaner to keep the dust circulating to a minimum.

If the wood is to be painted and not stained, you should use a wood primer on any bare wood and filler to seal it, then apply a good coat of undercoat, once this has dried you can give it a light sand to remove any fluff, dirt or grit before top coating.

Finally, now you have prepared the wood you can finish it off with either a satinwood or gloss paint. If you are staining the wood, you wouldn’t use a primer or undercoat, just simply stain the wood until you get the finish you require, at least two coats is normal.

Preparing previously unpainted wood

If you are painting new, previously un-painted wood such a new door, which are widely available in large DIY stores or online from stores, you do not need to wash the wood down.

So for un-painted wood, fill and holes and gaps first and rub the filler down so it is level and smooth. Use a knotting solution to seal any knots in the wood. Allow the knotting solution to dry and then use a wood primer to seal the wood. Once the primer has dried, give it a light rub down to remove any debris. Next, undercoat the wood, you could give it two coats of undercoat to give a better coverage but leave to dry and rub down in between. Once you have rubbed the undercoat down you can finish off with a topcoat.

If you are staining the wood, fill holes with a wood coloured filler and rub it down flat and smooth, then stain the wood until you get the finish you require.

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