In Part One of our discussion, we focused on several aspects of home renovation that are important for success in your investment. Last time, we focused on more of the smaller details – the garden, repairing and touching-up minor damages, fences, etc. Now, we should focus on some of the more noticeable areas of property renovations.
It’s very important to check for any electrical or plumbing problems before you start doing any painting on the interior of the home. This way, you won’t run into any problems down the road with re-painting if any damage occurs.
Painting your interior is important stuff – you’d be surprised at the degree that paint affects the selling price. The key is to do your math first; if you feel like painting yourself would save enough money and could be in done in an adequate amount of time, you should use the do-it-yourself approach. However, if you are inexperienced and are unable to devote enough time and effort into the project, letting a professional do the job is probably the safest route.
When approaching the paint job, keep in mind the K.I.S.S. principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid! Don’t let your personal preferences affect the way you go about your property renovations. The following are some basic painting rules you should follow:
1. Always prepare surfaces prior to painting. Be sure to wash down walls, and repair any cracks or holes, and sand, where needed. Bathrooms and kitchens are the most susceptible to grime and mold, so pay close attention.
2. Use one color. It saves you time and money. Gloss paint usually appears darker, providing slight contrast. The condition of the trims should determine the use of gloss or semi-gloss. Remember, as well, that gloss tends to highlight imperfections.
3. Make a trip to the paint store and browse the newest colors. Feature walls are an effective way to add some pizzazz to your paint job. Dark, small rooms and dark paint do not mix; this only enhances the problem.
4. If there are darker colors or wall stains, you should use a special sealer. If you don’t, and you apply extra coats of paint, the walls will remain stained.
5. Wallpaper trims often add a nice touch, so apply when needed.
The kitchen, for many homeowners, is the center of attention. Kitchen remodeling, however, can get pricey, so you may want to stick to changing minor features on the property. Renovations such as new bench tops, repainted cabinet doors, and new wall tiles are all simple fixes. New door handles, faucets, and wallpaper trims are all low-cost solutions, as well.
Sometimes a quick facelift isn’t enough. On some occasions, a kitchen may need to be fully replaced. If this happens, remember the K.I.S.S. approach, and don’t go overboard. Many suppliers offer kitchen kits which are ready to assemble; these can help save loads of time if you come across them.
Keep the kitchen light and bright, with cheerful curtains. Make sure all appliances are in working order, and only replace if it is unavoidable. Install a durable floor, and test all faucets, to ensure that water pressure is adequate. If you run across second-hand items in good condition, make use of them.
Everything you just read is very important to property renovations, but we are finished here, yet. In the third installment, we’ll discuss even more tips that can help you achieve success.
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