Instant Curb Appeal in 4.3.2….

Instant Curb Appeal in 4.3.2….


If you’re planning to sell a home in spring, prepare now for the crucial job of luring home shoppers. Homes that look loved and well-maintained get more attention — and first impressions matter:  Most buyers will make their buying decision as they are coming up the front walk.

We put a little guide together to for a quick fix to getting the front of the home ready to sell.


4. Pressure-wash the walls

Mold, mildew, cobwebs, wasp nests, dead bugs, and gutter run-off are all the beginning of a long list of things buyers aren’t excited to see when viewing a home.
You want to make sure your careful when you do this because too much pressure and you could damage the paint finish or the siding but, if not enough then the walls won’t look clean.
Paying a professional to wash the home pictured would cost around $350


3. Clean the windows

If you’ve got kids in the home, as I do, then you probably know where this is going. As cute as those little buggers are the fingerprints on the window have got to go. If the outsides didn’t get clean during a pressure wash. There are affordable solutions that can be bought at a hardware store for quick and easy cleaning.

A professional can clean the windows on this home above for about $10/per window


2. Repaint the front door

There aren’t many places in the home that get as much attention as the front door. Painting really does rise or fall on the prep work. Be sure to sand the door to a dull finish before applying a paint product. Usually, the safest bet is to go with a neutral color and semi-gloss sheen. The semi-gloss is important when it comes to clean up. Satin or flat paint doesn’t clean as well and with many potential buyers coming through that door you want to keep it clean.

Typically a Professional painter has a minimum charge of $400 per day + materials. They have the right tools to get a smooth sprayed finish on the door that’ll definitely score points with prospective buyers. To make sure you get your value with them add a bedroom, bathroom, or ceiling to maximize the 8 hours you paid for.


1.Clean or replace exterior lighting

New porch lights will go a long way. Nearly every paint job we do ends up with repainted, cleaned, or new light fixtures. Many of the motion sensing lights have plastic covers over the “eye” that get brittle and crack over time leaving you with a very worn and tired appearance.

  • New lights could run $30 or more.        
  • Repainting the lights starts at $20 based on complexity        
  • Cleaning the lights could be free depending on the condition of the metals or plastics on the light

Overall this is definitely a valuable change to increase the curb appeal.

I hope you found this helpful in planning to put your home up for sale. If you are in the area and would like help getting this done we can refer skilled professionals for each step of the process and even a listing agent if need be.

Sir Paints A Lot

Shawn Derby

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4 hacks to make your interior paint job flow like water.

4 hacks to make your interior paint job flow like water.

Painting the inside of your home is an interesting undertaking. There are two sorts of people out there. The first, they think the house is near empty, we live pretty minimalistic and it should be quick and easy. The Second, we think our house is a disaster zone, a minefield of legos and half-eaten chicken nuggets(maybe?) and the thought of painting seems an insurmountable task. For either scenario, we have outlined a few of the major details to help prepare you for a project. These tips will ensure things are done right, with little risk, and massive reward.            Finally, you can move those pictures. This will help you as much as the painter. Those pictures are going to have to move right? Now is the time to redecorate the walls. New pictures can go up after painting and the holes from the old hangings will be gone. Think about what will go back up on the wall and what will be relocated or removed. Our standard that we practice with our current customers is very simple. “If it’s going back up leave the nails because open holes get filled.”            Less is more. This isn’t cleaning necessarily, this is sort of like excavation for group two. The painter values your belonging and space as much as you do. The fewer items left in an area the better. The more you can move out of a space the less the painter has to cover. The painter gets more room to work and you have fewer valuables at risk during the project. This is what we call a win-win.            Make a plan for your furry friends. Have you ever seen a blue painted heeler? How about alabaster feline paw prints across the wood floor? We haven’t figured out what it is that attracts pets or small children to wet paint but we have seen how far they can spread that paint. In most cases, the furry companion gets shut in a room not included in the project or put in a backyard but depending on your project you may need a more robust solution            Choose your color. Have you ever had that color anxiety? You picked out a color on a tiny little panel and this is supposed to give you a vision of what your entire home will look like. If you are like most people you are in a sort of paralysis until the color starts to go on the wall. That’s when panic hits! Is that the right color? Should it look like that? Am i thinking clearly? If you struggle with color selection, ask your painter for a color consultation. Some painters do this themselves for a fee or will refer you to a designer that can help you narrow the field and find a range that suits your taste. I hope you found this an interesting project and please contact me with questions or comments. Shawn Derby, owner Sir Paints A Lot