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Great Ideas on How to Add Value to Your Home by Updating the Exterior

Whether you’re looking to sell or simply update your home, it’s important to tackle all your renovation projects with adding value in mind.

 

Painting is one of the most cost-effective ways to give the exterior of your home a makeover and a superb paint job with top-of-the-line materials can hold up for as long as 10 years. Depending on the size of the job and the condition of your home, a professional house painter will charge $2000+ for a recoat. If you’re confident in your abilities, have some time and want to save some $$ you can give this a go yourself but before you do there are some important things to bear in mind:

 

Prepare Your Surface

You may be tempted to get straight into painting, but meticulous prep work is critical to achieving a professional-looking finish. Inspect the exterior walls and trim for chipping, peeling, mould and other imperfections. Kill off mould by applying a chlorine bleach solution with a garden sprayer. Then pressure-clean the entire exterior to remove dirt and old paint that has come loose. If you’re going to be painting over a tricky surface like stucco and you haven’t done it before, check out one of the million or so helpful online guides like this one from The Stucco Guy http://thestuccoguy.com/how-to-paint-exterior-plaster-some-helpful-tips/

 

Caulk, Patch & Prime

It’s essential to seal any cracks, as well as the joints where one type of exterior material meets another. This includes: outdoor blinds, window frames, door frames, moulding and fascia boards. To get the most out of your paint job, prime with a quality sealer which works with the type of wall you’re painting, if you are repainting walls that have become chalky or dusty, choose a chalky wall sealer. Paint will not stick to a dusty surface. If you’re unsure ask for some guidance when purchasing and check the label on your primer or sealer to determine how long to wait before you begin painting.

 

Choose Quality Exterior Paint & Pick Colours with Curb Appeal

A good exterior paint is 100 percent acrylic latex. The formula consists of three main components:

 

– Pigments, which provide colour

– Binders, which hold the pigment to the wall

– Solvents, which make the paint spreadable (most exterior paints are water-based)

 

Keep in mind that vibrant colours will fade sooner than more muted ones and be sure to consider the stylistic elements of your home — choose a colour that complements your roofing material and any brick or stone accents. If you’re having trouble deciding between two shades, paint sample swatches on a section of your home’s exterior. Look at the result during different times of day to see which one you like best.

 

Spray and Roll

The ideal way to paint exterior walls is called spraying and back-rolling. This method requires two people. One to wield a sprayer to spread paint across the wall evenly and quickly. The other person follows behind, running a roller over the paint that has just been sprayed on. This delivers an even finish. If time and budget allow, apply a second coat after the recommended dry time. Muted colours cover better than bright ones. For really vibrant shades, you may need a second coat to get the full colour effect.

 

Finishing Touches

The last step is to paint the doors, fascia, moulding, awnings and other decorative details. There are no shortcuts to a professional finish — you must put in the time to get the best results.

 

Once your home has a fresh coat of paint you can spruce up the outside with myriad features from exterior blinds to gazebos. If you’re renovating to add value why no choose something which looks awesome and also adds sustainability? 25% of a home’s heat and cool is lost through windows. Outdoor blinds add an extra layer to the skin of your home, protecting against harsh sun, cold winds and even rain, keeping your home at a more regular temperature. Outdoor blinds can also you’re your home more comfortable – they can be drawn to make a north facing room or patio more liveable during the hot summer months and raised again to make way for the evening breeze, or light in winter.

 

The average urban Australian home is shrinking in size, limiting the amount of outdoor space we have available. Outdoor blinds allow you to merge your indoor and outdoor space by opening up indoor living space to fresh air, breezes and nature, while protecting you from harsh sunlight and bugs.

 

Planting is another relatively low-cost route to lifting the appeal of your front and backyard. For maximum effect stick with theme of simplicity. Not only do clean lines make a space appear larger, it also conveys a sense of calm – guaranteed to appeal to any buyer at a viewing. Your local nursery will provide a plethora of options. To add value on a budget head to your local nursery and get and look for indigenous waterwise, low maintenance species like kangaroo paw or succulents. You can also install a modular vertical garden to make use of a bare wall. This project is budget friendly, and could be done with a few hundred bucks.

 

Gazebo: If you’re looking to add the “wow” factor, a small scale timber gazebo can easily be knocked up over a weekend by a professional handyman or carpenter. This project doesn’t need to be too expensive, and is definitely doable for less than $1000, especially if you get inventive with sourcing the materials. Whether you want to DIY or find a professional there are heaps of free gazebo plans online to choose from such as https://www.thebalance.com/free-gazebo-plans-1357124

 

Best of luck!

 

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