know I talked about painting in a recent column, but
that was just about my plans for the exterior of the
house this year.
the meantime, the Paint Quality Institute in Spring
House has come up with suggestions for sprucing up a
house to get it ready for sale.
top 10 touch-ups:
sure the front door is well-painted. It will make a
great first impression.
the entry hall, touch up areas where the paint shows
marks or nicks, and clean every surface. Better yet: Put
on a fresh coat of neutral-colored paint throughout.
up bathrooms and kitchens as needed, and put plenty of
effort into the powder room, which many will visit
during their tour.
you want to make your kitchen look bigger, paint it
white or off-white. At the very least, remove food
stains from the walls and conceal water spots by
applying primer followed by some touch-up paint.
prime and paint windowsills, as needed.
woodwork. You can quickly touch up chipped or marred
paint on chair rails and floor molding.
areas that come in frequent contact with soiled hands:
window frames, door frames, edges of doors, and walls
around light switches. If they are dirty, you may be
able to clean them, assuming you used a glossier paint;
if that doesn’t work, then do touch-up painting.
approach with cabinet doors: Scrub clean of
fingerprints, if possible, or touch up painted areas.
Pay special attention to the kitchen, which should be
stains on the ceiling from old roof leaks are a huge red
flag for prospective buyers. After making certain that
your roof is sound, be sure to prime and repaint.
the finishing touches on the house by scrutinizing every
remaining wall and painted surface, looking for stray
flecks of paint, as well as marks and stains from
whatever source. Conceal them with some touch-up paint.
good to go now, so go to it.