Preparing your home for sale in Summer!

Summertime is often a popular time to sell your home – and it’s no secret as to why. Properties often look their best as the days are longer, the temperature is up and the garden is in full bloom! People also start thinking more about moving during this time, as it gives them a chance to start fresh for the year. The only problem with selling in Summer, is that the market becomes crowded as more and more homes come up for sale. The team of residential painters at Summit Coatings can get busy by preparing your home for sale – we’ve got a few tips which will help you stand out from the rest.

Preparing your home for sale in Summer:

First impressions count

It’s said that potential buyers make their decision on a house within the first 30 seconds of seeing the home. What this means for sellers is you need to prioritise curb appeal, and the exterior of your home. Take the time to tidy the yard; mow the lawn, trim the hedges and make sure the edges are tidy. Even take time to plant some bright flowers and fix any dead patches of lawn with a grass patcher. Getting the water blaster out to clean the driveway is also a great way of giving your home’s exterior an instant facelift. Of course, the most effective way to improve the exterior appearance of your home is a fresh new paint colour (or even just refreshing the existing one).

Our residential painting service are experts at applying that all important lick of paint to keep pushing up that Summer time sale price. Consider neutral tones which work with the surrounding features of the neighbourhood. Also don’t forget to keep in mind a home’s architectural style or heritage, as this can considerably impact exterior colour choices.

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Style the property for the potential buyer

There is a vast difference between how you would style a property to live in or for a sale. When you’re styling for you personally to live in, definitely stick to your individual taste! Include family photos in the decor, add the cushion your 13 year old made in textiles to the couch, and keep the family planner visible in the kitchen. However, when it comes to sale time there’s a whole new set of rules to follow.

It’s important to consider who you’re marketing your home to. If it’s a young family, include plenty of bright accent colours and soft furnishings to keep the mood playful (but safe). If it’s for a professional couple, high-end finishes and polished pieces will be more attractive to them. Preparing your home for sale doesn’t mean clearing out all of your family items, though it could be a good idea to remove photos from the home. You want to make buyers feel like it’s already their home, and by leaving personal photos and identifiers serves only as a reminder that it’s someone else’s place.

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Leverage natural light

The natural light during summer is especially refreshing, after the darker months, so it’s important to make the most of this. Pull back window treatments to let as much light in as possible. As residential painters we always hear our clients talk about the importance of natural light in a home, and we couldn’t agree more. If you can, also opening any windows to let the smells of the summertime garden float through your home. Consider also positioning a vase of fresh flowers on the dining table or sideboard to bring the outside in.


Freshen up the walls

Just like giving your exterior a new paint, a fresh coat of paint on the inside of the home will only increase the saleability further. Again, stick to neutral colours which won’t sway a buyer one way or the other. Something light will also complement the brightness of the summertime, and make your spaces appear larger.

Our residential painting services include preparation of a property for sale time. This is a service which can be more economical than painting a home to last another 10 years as the objective is to “freshen up” rather than endure. It’s especially important to touch up high scuff areas such as skirting boards and door jams.

If you’re looking to spruce up your home for a summertime sale, contact Summit Coatings today to learn about how we can help get your home looking its best for sale time!

Peeling paint – causes and how to fix

Peeling paint is a common problem we come across as a Master Painter Sydney. Veiny lines down the walls, cracks, holes and even strips of paint falling off the surface on walls and trim is something no homeowner wants to see. Whilst it’s easy enough to identify peeling paint, finding the cause of the problem is a bit harder. These are the top three reasons why paint can peel.

Water-based paint over previous oil-based paint

Did you know there are different types of paint? While it’s widely understood that there are different brands and products of paint, most paint brands offer products in both water and oil based. Each type of paint has its pro’s and con’s for different uses. Where it gets difficult is if an oil based paint has been used. If you weren’t involved in the previous paint job (perhaps you just purchased the home), you need a Master Painter Sydney to help identify what paint type was used before applying a new coat. If you apply a water-based paint over a previous oil-based coat, your paint will likely peel. This is one of the leading causes of peeling paint.

Moisture & dampness

Water is the enemy of a lasting paint job. Moisture can cause all sorts of problems, including peeling and bubbling, and make paint impossible to dry. After rain or high humidity levels can cause the adhesive properties in paint to weaken and your paint won’t dry evenly.

Inadequate preparation

If walls haven’t been properly cleaned and primed, it can cause peeling paint. Over time, our walls accumulate dirt and dust. This dirt and dust often goes unnoticed until you take time to properly wash your walls. As a Master Painter Sydney, we thoroughly wash all surfaces prior to painting. What’s more, if it’s a brand new surface you will need to seal and prime to ensure walls are protected and that your new coat of paint sticks.

How to fix peeling paint

Fixing peeling paint can be a challenge, as you need the skills to know what caused the peeling in the first place. A Master Painter Sydney will quickly and easily be able to identify and rectify the problem for you. Depending on the problem, a professional painter will usually strip or sand back the peeling paint surface. Then, any necessary repairs will need to be patched and fixed. After any holes or cracks are sealed, it’s time to sand back to achieve a smooth surface. Then, depending on the original cause of the peeling paint, specialty primer might be used, or the correct based paint will be applied.

If you have peeling paint problems, Summit Coatings can help identify the cause and fix your issue. We are multi-award winning Master Painters Sydney and have been trusted for over 30 years to deliver high quality painting works. Contact us today to arrange an obligation-free consultation.

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Protect your Walls: tips from a Master Painter Sydney

As a Master Painter Sydney , part of our job often includes fixing damage to existing walls, prior to repainting. Our homes often suffer some heavy duty wear and tear. Between sticky kids’ hands, muddy dog paws and the vacuum cleaner which never manoeuvres quite how it should. However, it’s after the holiday season that we see the most damage being made to our interior walls. Of course, wear and tear is a normal part of living, however there are a few solutions you can use this Christmas which will reduce the damage caused to your walls (and paint job!)

Tips to protect your walls this holiday season

The first step is to work out what you’ll be using the room for. This will make choosing the best room design a walk in the park. Good questions to ask yourself are: “what will I do in this room?” and “who will use this room most?”. While everyone wants to create a magazine worthy home, the most important part of a cohesive design aesthetic is ensure it’s a practical fit for its purpose.

Use a reliable fixing technique
There are a number of adhesive and fixing devices available today, all which claim to leave your walls free from damage. Whilst most good quality sticky hooks do live up to their claim, it’s often user error which sees paint being torn off walls. To protect your walls, whenever you use fixtures, ensure they’re strong enough to hold whatever it is your fixing. Not only does a falling decoration do damage to your walls, the thing your hanging may break, and even risk hurting unfortunate passersby’s. 3M offer a quality range of adhesive hooks, and always detail to what weight they are suitable for – and these aren’t simple suggestions! As a Master Painter Sydney, we actually recommend you go one step stronger for extra piece of mind.

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Check the quality of those wall decals
With extra space becoming more of a luxury, many are opting for wall decal Christmas trees. They give a modern twist, are kid (and cat) friendly and you can avoid the trail of pine needles a real tree will always leave in its wake. Wall decals are self adhesive stickers which are designed to be applied directly to your walls, and peel off again without any damage. And whilst they might be designed to leave your walls damage free, again it depends on the quality of decal as to how your own experience unravels. To protect your walls, always purchase your decals from a reputable store that specialises in wall decals, such as The Wall Sticker Company. Just like you would visit a specialist butcher for the highest quality cuts, visit a specialist sticker company for quality decals which can be removed without a trace.

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Drill holes in inconspicuous places
Sometimes there’s just nothing like a good old hammer and nail to string those lights or hang that wreath. Whilst we generally recommend shying away from making permanent holes, there are ways to ensure that once the decorations head back in to their boxes for the year, you’re not left with a gaping hole in your walls. Firstly, to protect your walls use super skinny nails. Often people are just hanging fishing wire to display christmas cards, or mounting a decoration on the front door. With the range of nails available, there’s no excuse why you can’t use a narrow nail to do the job. Secondly, nail in a discreet spot. Don’t just get out the hammer and knock a hole eye level. Think about making the hole higher up the wall, or on the side of a door frame where you won’t notice it straight away. And for any permanent damage that you just can’t live with, there’s always Selley’s filler and a bit of touch up paint (done by a professional of course).

In the end, most damage caused by holiday cheer isn’t permanent and can always be fixed, but it helps to know how to avoid it in the first place. A good professional paint job using quality materials will always help to keep your walls looking fresher for longer. Contact Summit Coatings to discuss any of your painting needs.