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Preparing to Paint Before You Sell? These Interior Painting Secrets Can Help

One of the top tips any estate agent will offer you is to do some painting before you decide to sell your home. A simple coat of paint often gives a room that fresh, clean look nothing else can, and it may help to depersonalise that space as well. If you haven't done any painting in the past, though, you may be tempted to just stick the brush in the paint can and get started. If you want a really professional looking job, though, your best bet is to take a look at a few secrets to a great paint job before you get started. 

Start with Sandpaper. For perfectly painted walls, you have to start with a smooth surface, and typically that means some sandpaper. A bit of time sanding the walls means levelling out any joint compound left behind or flattening any ridges around the nails in the sheetrock. You don't want to use a lot of pressure or sand too far, though, or you'll create additional problems to repair before you paint.

Tape the Trim: It's not going to look like an amazing paint job if you manage to get that gorgeous new colour all over the trim. Instead, put painter's tape over any trim or outlet covers, then run a putty knife on the top to ensure it has properly sealed. Paint won't bleed through, and your walls (and trim) will look absolutely amazing. 

Use the Right Dropcloth: Often people choose to use thin plastic sheeting or old bed sheets as drop cloths. That's the wrong way to move forward. Often those won't be able to stop the splatter or any spills, and that could mean you have a massive mess on your floor. Canvas drop cloths are the best choice when you choose to paint. They'll absorb any drips and protect your floor from problems.

A new coat of paint can mean great things for your home before you put it on the market, but make sure you do your research so that coat of paint means a faster sale instead of a huge mess to clean up!