3 Ways a Master Painter adds value to your Investment Property

No self-respecting homeowner or property investor wants to see the market value of their investment in free fall. Property ownership, especially in Sydney’s North Shore, always has a lot riding on it. Maintaining the integrity and appearance of your property is essential.

The finessing and finishing touches that play a huge role in the renovation industry, are generally applied by the hands of experienced painters. In Sydney, it’s wise to look for those who are registered Master Painters.

Summit Coatings is registered with the Master Painters Association of Australia. We are accredited with Trade Monitors and ensure that we always comply with the NSW Work Health and Safety Act. These professional qualifications and commitments reflect our pursuit of excellence and explain our position at the forefront of the painting industry.

Our technical capacities and product knowledge allow us to tackle the most challenging of residential painting jobs. As a premier Sydney strata painting company with more than 40 years residential painting experience, we have whittled things down to 3 great ways a Master Painter will add value to your investment property.

1. Paint Creates Kerb Appeal

First appearances cannot be overstated, especially if you’re planning to put your property on the market. When prospective buyers drive to your street address, they arrive eyes wide open.

Your house needs to be professionally painted. Painting it yourself is a big job and there’s so much that can go wrong. Summit Coatings has the painting experience, tools and expertise to deliver a guaranteed quality paint job. We know about working at heights, in confined spaces, and safeguarding against accidents. We have our insurance in place.

Our master painters will give you the best advice about paints, in this case, those that are durable enough to get the longest product life possible in Australian conditions.

If you’re not ready to sell just yet, new paint will still improve the value of your home. And you’ll be doing a favour for any neighbour who’s selling their house because property valuation takes into account the perceived quality of homes in the vicinity. If your neighbour then gets a good price for their house, that will in turn boost the value of your home.

2. Long Lasting Exterior Paint For Your Property

Make no mistake, the exposed structural components of your home (glass excluded) will last longer and look better with a coat of the right paint. Some paint products are designed specifically for that purpose — to protect and serve the surface under them.

Summit Coatings is a master painter, among Sydney’s very best. Our painters’ experience and affordability is beyond doubt, but it’s their comprehensive product knowledge that is relevant to this point about long lasting exterior paints.

Australian conditions are extremely demanding for verandahs, decks, outdoor furniture, fencing and roofs. For reliable advice about the best paint products for your needs, we are only a phone call away.

3. Colour of Money… and Paint

It should come as no surprise that colour choice is pivotal. Aside from the obvious aesthetic aspects, colour has subliminal psychological effects. It can also enhance or detract from a building’s immediate appeal. In addition, it is also a statement of fashion (urban colour choices in particular), of period (e.g.heritage, contemporary) or of purpose (such as beach shack or garden cottage). Looking around your neighbourhood for a palette that enhances the design of the home and supports the architectural features is a great way to plan the colour scheme for your investment.

The experienced painting team at Summit Coatings has all the knowledge you’ll need for detailed advice on selecting colours for painting inside and outside your property. It’s definitely worth talking to our friendly Sydney painters and decorators to get the right advice about colours that will be the most sensible for your home, either to improve its visual appeal under your ownership or to attract buyers when you’re ready to sell.

Call Summit Coatings on 02 9973 3131 for a professional upfront quote including all elements of your paint job. Upgrade and maintain the value of your investment property using a professional residential painter today.

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Painting company versus Painting company

Recently, a prospective client of ours in the Northern Beaches of Sydney started the process of receiving quotes for the interior and exterior painting of the new addition to her home. She also wanted a separate quote for some existing areas of her home. Summit Coatings was included as a painting company she asked to quote her job.

I arranged to meet her for her obligation-free quote and inspected the areas which she wanted painted. All went well and we provided her a detailed quote and works specification the next day, as promised.

A week later, I received a call from this client querying why our quote had come in so much higher than the other interior painting company she called on. I believe I developed a good rapport with this prospective client as I made sure to go through everything she wanted painted, in detail.

This included informing her of all preparation work and any remedial building which might be required prior to actually putting paint on the wall. In this home, as with many, there was quite a bit of pre-work which needed to be done, to ensure the same standard of work was achieved in the old part of the house, as the new part. What’s more, there was a difficult access area on one side which would require scaffolding. Renovations are still on the increase according to Westpac bank, so it’s not likely just this customer with a difficult area to paint and finish. A good painting company will outline the need for scaffolding for good OH&S policy.

I suggested that the prospective client go back to the other house painting company with our specifications (which included minor remedial building work and preparation of surfaces throughout) to ensure he was offering the same service – comparing apples with apples.

The next day, I received a call back from the prospective client and sure enough, the competing quote which came in almost 1/3 cheaper, had now doubled in price, citing that all “remedial, preparation work and additional access equipment were not included in the original quote”. Painting and decorating companies don’t all follow the same rules.

This means, if this prospective client had accepted the quote which seemed cheaper in the first instance, she would in fact be paying more than the competitive quote provided by our team at Summit Coatings in the first place.

The prospective client then became a very happy client and learnt a lesson in accurate quote comparison. When sifting through quotes, it’s easiest to use a reference guide to help you ensure you are asking the right questions and know you are receiving the best possible transparency from whichever house painting company you go with.

At Summit Coatings, we work to ensure all aspects of the job are included in our original, competitive quotes, so you aren’t left with any nasty surprises at the end. As Master Painters we guarantee our workmanship for up to 5 years, so you can be confident you are receiving a quality job which lasts.

Remember, always use a licensed painting company and make sure you’re getting the whole picture upfront – including adhering to OH&S requirements within your property.

To have the team at Summit Coatings provide you with an comprehensive, competitive and obligation-free quotation for your home, call 02 9973 3131 today. Alternatively, you can email us here.

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How long does it take to paint a house?

I’m often asked this question prior to even inspecting the space and the answer could almost always be ‘how long is a piece of string?’.

Even with over thirty years experience in the North Shore painting industry, it is tough to put an exact timeline down for a job. During the initial quoting period a good quality home painter will always give you an estimated job length. This should take in to account any building issues which require rectification (rising damp issues, rotting timber etc), and of course how many local painters will be completing the job.

As we are both quality home painters and affordable residential painters we know that we are dependant on the following criteria for us to get an appropriate quote to you that you can trust includes all factored costs.

There are a few factors which will impact how long a job will take to complete.

1. Age of dwelling

The walls of a new home or home addition will usually take less time than an existing dwelling. The reason is that in older homes, there are generally damages which will need to be rectified. This might include chipped door frames, scuffed stairwells, or to a major extent, rising damp or poorly applied original paint. Good preparation is something we pride ourselves on as it means a better finish for you – the home owner.

2. Colour and finish selection

If a client chooses a simple colour scheme, the job timings will be considerably shortened compared to a client who wants a suede finish, with numerous feature walls and specially finished ceiling mouldings. A darker colour can require extra preparation for a residential painter to achieve appropriate coverage. There’s an interesting trending colour palette for 2015, full of natives, pastels and bolds! If you are having trouble picking your colour scheme, Taubmans Inspirations schemes presented in rooms are excellent for ideas!

3. Quality of work and attention to preparation

As the saying goes; easy come, easy go. A lasting paint job will take more time to complete than a job that’s just been slapped on to get the job finished. The most important factor to ensuring a lasting finish is paying attention to preparation. Most of a job’s time should be allocated to preparation of surfaces. Often you do get what you pay for – so be wary of any local painter who’s quote comes in considerably cheaper than their competitors. An affordable residential painter doesn’t have to mean using cheap products or cutting corners.

4. Size of dwelling

It goes without saying that a four bedroom home will take much longer to complete than a studio apartment. Whilst there might be some exceptions to the rule, size does matter. Quoting can’t be a ‘one size fits all’ job in that a Master Bedroom might be much bigger in one house than another. There might be lots of windows, fixed panelling or ornate cornice and skirting which will add make a difference to your overall time and cost! Before you go thinking you have a big house and you can DIY the paintwork to save pennies on your renovation, consider that it is more expensive to repair a botched paint job than to have paid for a professional home painter to begin with. No matter the scale of the job, an affordable residential painter is available to make your dreams a reality.

To get you on your way, here is a handy 4 step guide to choosing the right residential painter.

For more information about your next paint job, or for a obligation-free quotation, call Summit Coatings on 02 9973 3131 or email us to reach quality residential painters Sydney.

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