7 Ways Increasing Home Values

Improving Home Prices, Painting After 2008

Increasing, improving home prices, painting after 2008 can drastically help your bottom line, retaining much more than you ordinarily would not have to begin with. In today's volatile housing market, house prices dropping like a hot potato since the housing bubble and sub-prime fiasco, home owners risk loosing even more. What home values once thought, having equity as a safe-guard, now is only a memory of years past. Painting far outweighs deeper home improvement costs, keeping your home value at the fair market value, especially in today's economy. Several key suggestions will keep what home values have left on the table, in your pocket, and not going to someone else.

Having seen countless homes, even before the housing bubble in 2008, having painted 1000's each year, whether it be interior or exterior, each home, professionally painted either increases it's value, or retains it's current market value, depending upon the condition and location. One profound thing is that those homeowners improving their homes are protecting and extending the life of their building materials for lasting enjoyment. Investing in paint improvements is not only a wise choice, but enjoying new paint colors, schemes, and decoration either interior or exterior, because lets face it, you have to live somewhere, so keeping your home value

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up to it's highest curb appeal, is indeed, the smartest move you can make.

Increasing, Improving Home Values

Ahead of the Game

Never know if you will be putting your home on the market, due to transfer, or retiring next few years, settling in as your last home.  Being prepared from any outside reasoning, or internal affairs, those who paint before a need or crisis is much more in control, all ahead of the game. Proactive homeowners have the ability to choose exactly which painting contractor, schedule, paint color schemes, instead of picking second choices. If you live in an H.O.A, many times painting the same color does not require a long drawn out process of approvals, unlike updating newer colors, therefore proactive homeowners have a distinct advantage, when in comes to painting the exterior, which increases home values having updated current colors. Painting also provides a medium, adding protection from the weather's elements, rain, snow, extreme cold, and intense sun. Walking you through your home, different areas requires paint from time to time, which we will be touching on, increasing home values.

Interior Painting

Painting interior goes without saying retains home values, especially having an appealing color combination, and clean crisp lines, flowing with the de′cor.  The cost of painting interiors depends largely on one the area, and two the quality of paints used. Knowing the cost of paint itself varies from $25 a gallon to $65 a gallon, normally most interiors will not require a tremendous amount of paint, so this adds to the thought, increasing value to your living space or place of business is a real cost

Interior Painting

effective way of increasing home values. Going a step further using Green Earth Friendly Paint is an added bonus, having many advantages to a wide range of inhabitants, young and old.

Different areas of the interior may be painted, and best to consider any and all before you get started painting, knowing it is a good idea to paint each area in it's proper schedule of completion. Consider painting walls and ceilings for a moment. If thinking of painting both, best to paint ceilings first if you brush and roll. Spray method, you would paint walls first, masking them to spray ceiling surfaces. Not getting too confusing on paint schedules, we just want to focus on the different areas painting interior homes, increasing it's values after 2008.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets White

Cabinets may come pre-finished in a stain and a clear polyurethane coating, however today's hottest painting trend is painting kitchen cabinets White. Making them look brand new, which also brightens up the kitchen area is an added bonus. Seeing painting ideas come about, being in the business painting, we always like providing our potential customers what is hot, and the newest wave out in the painting world, and painting kitchen

Painting Kitchen Cabinets White

cabinets White offers a much more economical means of updating to current home decorating trends.

Brand new kitchen cabinets can cost in excess of $15,000.00 including installation. Front-facing kitchen cabinets can cost half that much, replacing doors, drawer fronts, and front wood these rest upon. Professionally painting kitchen cabinets to insure this paint does not scratch off after the first year, permanently bonding, is normally half of front-facing. Special polymers, fillers, and primers are used, along with premium interior enamels, for a hard durable finish. Painting kitchen cabinets White offers a superior paint coating, drastically cutting new cabinet costs, which is first on the list of increasing home values, for an exquisite paint finish. All cabinet surfaces are sprayed, leaving a gloss car finish for your cabinets and cupboards.

Painting Walls

Painting interior walls is the back drop of your entire homes' possessions. Coordinating colors to coincide with other decorations in the home offers a warm, inviting, and comfortable surroundings. Many interior paint schemes has walls of either light tone neutral based, or deep based colors,

Painting Walls

with ceilings being that of standard ceiling White. A more current up to date color decoration is painting walls and ceilings the same or contrasting colors, as long as ceiling textures allows this. Wall painting can be very creative, with many different ideas and techniques.

One thing to remember is "Consistency". Having a uniform and consistent theme throughout is best, accenting areas you wish to bring attention such as geometric walls, cornices, fireplace indention, wainscoting, or a particular room such as a dinning, or kids room. Painting walls lends an endless avenue of possibilities, which protects the plaster, texture, and Sheetrock drywall underneath. This protection and fresh new wall paint coating will indeed increase home values depending on wall conditions, and retaining it's value even if walls are in good shape.

Painting Ceilings

Painting ceilings is one of the most viewed areas of the home, where our eyes tend to follow. Ceilings can be the most valuable or invaluable areas depending on textures, uniformity, cleanliness, crisp lines and colors, as they are the largest canvas areas of the home. All these factors  having much importance for your painted ceilings, where all eyes eventually gaze at some point. Conventional interior paint schemes,

Painting Ceilings

ceilings painted White has been the norm for years. More current updated paint color trends is painting ceilings either contrasting colors from walls, or walls and ceilings the same color, for a new bold look. If not sure, you might stay with keeping ceilings painted White, either way, having clean, uniform ceilings will indeed add to the value of your homes appeal for you and others.

Painting Interior Trim

Painting trim includes baseboards, ceiling crown, moldings, doors, door casings, chair rail, shelving, stair stringers, handrails, window ledges, and any quarter round floor trim. First important trim painting tip is having the same sheen throughout the home. Normally trim is painted

Painting Interior Trim

either semi-gloss or high gloss sheen, which reflects the light more, higher the gloss. Higher the gloss or sheen, the easier to clean, as the paint base particles and molecules are closer together, giving a more durable paint finish. Having a consistent gloss and color will be pleasing to the eyes, and certainly add values to the home, with clean straight, caulked and painted trim throughout.

Exterior Painting

Painting the exterior not only adds to the value, increasing the appearance what everyone else sees, but adds protection at the same time. Exterior surfaces requires some form of protection, because if you did not know it, building materials man-made, or natural, are not indestructible. Most exterior substrates do become weather resistant, the more care given, and protective

Exterior Painting

exterior paint coatings is your number 1 choice ensuring that important protection.

It is important to note, all paint companies do not warrant paint fade, which is the very first clue your exterior paint is aging and deteriorating.  Typically, paint fades up to 7% per year, depending on the direction and coordinates your home faces. Does not matter what quality of exterior paint is used, being 15, 25, or Life-time paint, all paints will fade to some degree, once applied. Major paint companies warrant flaking, peeling, cracking, chipping, bubbling, and blistering, but never paint fade, painting the exterior.

Painting the exterior not only re-freshens the color, but provides elasticity to the paint coating, thereby giving the utmost protection, which adds value to every homes' exterior. I have seen on some instances, where the home has increased 15%, with only spending 10% of the 15%, making every dollar stretch, increasing a homes' market value, saving money usually spent replacing siding.
Example:
$150,000 home X 15% = $172,500.00
$22,500 X 10% = $2250.00 Don't know about you, but do not know many investments showing these kinds of returns and benefits, especially in housing and in today's economy, other than exterior painting. Even if numbers were closer together, you stand many greater benefits painting the homes' exterior, from a curb appeal and saleability standpoint as an outset, while your neighbors normally appreciate the neighborhood appearance.

Painting Siding

Painting siding is very important to a homes' value, as mentioned above when painting exteriors, knowing a homes' siding is one area that receives the brunt of all weather conditions and elements in your region. Fresh, up-to-date siding paint is normally the biggest area of painting, sometimes called field or body. Exterior siding either natural wood, or man-made such as Masonite™, James Hardie Plank™, T-111, or other

Painting Siding

siding materials such as vinyl, Cedar, Wonder board, Clapboard all require some form of paint or stain coating protection. Extending the siding paint too long can contribute to the decay and deterioration of this outside sheathing of a home, thereby costing much more in the long run, not painting. So painting a homes' siding not only adds to the value, retaining what you already have going, but increases typical home values for similar homes, while adding important protection at the same time.

You may easily inspect the painting on your siding by;

  • Siding paint has started showing signs of fade
  • Siding paint is chipping, cracking, peeling, or blistering
  • Feeling the siding with open hand, if it feels like a dry chalk board
  • Visually inspecting siding, seeing any oils coming through the old paint

You may want to consider calling a qualified painting contractor in your area for a professional exterior painting job for your siding if any of these noticeable observations are present, especially after 2008.

Painting Brick

Painting brick with today's current high performance paint formulations can bring a fresh clean new look to an older inter-city brick home with minimal preparations. Always power washing exteriors brick or siding before painting, you'll want to make sure no debris is left, such as vegetation growth as in vines, climbers, shrubs, scraping and sanding brick beforehand. This proper preparation will insure a quality paint coating

Painting Brick

for your brick with lasting beauty. Another advantage painting brick is this exterior paint coating will seal the mortar, which allows any chinking repairs beforehand, for a uniform finish. If a home has mortar issues, painting brick is one of the most simplest and economical means of increasing the value of a home after 2008.

Painting Stucco

Painting stucco, Drivet, or EFIS is normally not thought of when purchasing a home having this type of exterior surface. Appearing to be a a troweled-on concrete substrate, these exteriors require painting just as important as others. A good way to tell if your stucco needs painting

Painting Stucco

is if you visibly see any hair-lined cracks. If cracks are present, you will want to make sure the paint contractor you choose, uses Elastomeric paint, designed especially for stucco. Elastomeric paint expands and contracts 7 times it's size, filling small cracks up to 10 Mils thick. Any wider cracks, a stucco repair kit is recommended, and Not normal paint-able caulk. Caulk stays shinny, and Elastomeric paint is generally flat sheen, causing streaks as soon as it's painted. Not painting stucco can lead to mold and mildew in foam board underneath. Painting stucco is one of the most time saving painting procedures increasing a home's value dramatically.

Painting Exterior Trim

Painting the trim on the exterior, there are several key points I would like to make, and you should know before undertaking a major portion of the exterior. First the trim is usually made of dimensional wood, many times Pine, Fur, Spruce. This type of wood must be primed before painting, which is why most starts to flake, peel, or crack from fairly newer homes, as building contractors do not require painting crews to prime trim first. Getting the new home painted as economically as possible, these surfaces rarely gets primed.

Painting Exterior Trim

Within a few years, what trim was painted, looking very distasteful, needing a new paint job. A homeowner may get the wrong impression, and think does this paint only last a couple few years? No, not in the least, as long as it was primed first. Primers bond to bare wood much stronger than high quality exterior paints do, noting high quality paints bond to primers much better than bare wood.

Does not matter whether the trim is sprayed, brushed, or rolled, however most of the time, this sector normally gets painted by hand, for a fine and uniform paint finish. The finer the trim painted, the finer the complete exterior paint job it appears, thus having a quality exterior paint job, as the trim is in the details. The more trim a home has, the longer the painting job normally takes completing. Having an unusual amount of trim is normally best left for highly skilled painters and tradesmen, as they do this type of work on a daily basis, being experts in the field.

When Caulking and Painting Exterior Trim is Not an Added Value

One best way making the finest trim painting is caulking all trim at 90 degree angles first, where trim meets it's surfaces attached, wiping to a smooth finish. This allows a higher quality painting afterward, therefore much attention should be given to painting trim, which is well worth the effort, retaining the homes' current value, not leaving money on the table, if selling.

If considering only painting the trim, 9 times out of 10, trim is caulked to the body, field, or siding. Therefore painting trim only, does not include caulking, as caulk would be wiped onto the body color. Especially if the home has not been painted in several years, trying to touch up body color would rarely match, due to paint fade and sheen described above. So really there is no easy or cheap fix when it comes to asking a painter just to paint trim only, trying to keep paint costs down to a minimum, and it look professional. Consequently, this is Not an area of increasing homes' value, painting trim only. Painting the front face of trim is doable, from a distance, but never from close-up, quality and professional perspective.

A good rule of thumb is if you need new caulk, and your trim is seeing better days, you would be best served having a complete exterior painting job from a professional painting contractor in your area. You may have noticed a lot of terms mentioned Trying, as that is exactly what you will be doing, if only wanting to paint half the exterior, wanting a professional and quality job, nearly being impossible painting trim, so beware caulking and painting trim only on the cheap.

Increasing, Improving Home Values Conclusion

Making the smartest home improvement moves in this day and age, whether you plan on keeping your home for any length or fixing it up to put on the market, your pocketbook would be better served, reinvesting in one of your biggest investments, painting. Painting is the homes' most economical ways of updating a home for a fresh new look, retaining the value, or in many cases increasing the value before anyone makes you an offer, either a real estate agent, mortgage lender, appraiser, banker, or buyer. Hope you have enjoyed reading and this article has given you some insight increasing a homes' value after 2008.  Please comment, would like to hear from you.

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