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I have done a lot of online research over the years about some of the details and instructions for interior house painting. I'm putting it out there that a lot of the information that one would find on the Internet is just plain wrong.

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Should I Paint My Home Before Selling It

Some people would think that it would be a waste to paint their home right before they are moving out of it. The main reason I've heard is the fact that they really wouldn't be able to enjoy the benefits of a new paint job and plus it could be expensive.

An important consideration should be made if that investing in this type of improvement would actually increase the value of the home. In most cases, that would be the benefit of re-painting your home prior to selling.

Some market studies in the Northern Virginia area have shown that repainting your home produces a 135% return on investment. This means that spending $3,000 on a paint job is likely to increase the selling price of your house by $4,050, which would be a profit of $1,500. Moreover, a small investment in painting not only could increase the sale price, but it could also increase the likelihood of selling your home quickly.

In housing market of Northern Virginia, selling a home may not be that difficult because there are buyers. Nevertheless, ensuring that your home is clean and freshly painted will increase its curb appeal for realtors and buyers.

My advice is to Invest the money to get the job done well. Since most people would stand to profit from this investment, it makes sense pay what it takes to hire a quality contractor who will do the job right.  Doing a paint job correctly does not translate into doing a paint job as quickly as possible. Ask your contractor if they will be using tape and plastic protection for the carpets and counter tops. Will they remove electrical outlet plates?

Use neutral white colors. In the Northern Virginia area, many homeowners prefer various shades of white, including shell white, oyster white, or cool platinum. In most cases it isn't even necessary to paint ceilings and trim. Only painting walls will definitely save a lot of money, no matter how big your home is. My recommendation is to stick with a single off-white color for the walls, which would most likely contrast with the white color of the ceilings.  Allow the prospective buyer to choose their own accent colors because the goal is to have clean-looking walls, not colorful walls.

As a professional painting company based in Arlington Virginia, the painters of Davinci's Painting have tons of experience when it comes to preparing a home for sale. Moreover, we have tons of experience for the buyers of those homes, who want to provide their own custom colors for specific living areas.

We have established an outstanding reputation for reliability, responsiveness and flawless results.

Here are some photographs of a recent interior project that we completed for an Architect in Arlington Virginia. The house was vacant and the Owner re-finished all of the hardwood floors.  He also contracted to have a new entire HVAC System installed to replace the 60 year old boiler system that was in place. As a result, there was a substantial amount of drywall repair work where previous heating pipes were removed and new HVAC ventilation pipes were installed.  There was also some drywall removal in one of the closets, which isn't always a fun job. The main living areas walls were painted in a shade of grey, and each of the bedrooms had it's own green accent color. The bathrooms were painted in a light blue. This was a wonderful project and everything turned-out great!

Home Carpentry Issues- Carpenter Ants

Most Homeowners don’t think about carpenter ants until they discover wood deterioration on their home.  Several times a year we receive inquiries from Customers in Northern Virginia, who want to resolve peeling paint issues on their exterior trim.  Many times the peeling paint is just what is visible on the surface.  Once this peeling paint is blasted off, we often find wood deterioration that is commonly caused by carpenter ants.

Carpenter ants usually establish their nests within the wood itself that is located in a moist and humid environment.  They also seem to favor wood that is hollowed out, so that they can establish their nests.  Our most recent project for the month of December was built 20 years ago in Vienna, Virginia.  This Client had extensive carpentry requirements, and we surprised to learn that almost all of the lower window sills needed to be replaced.

This home had the original wooden windows that are not made anymore.  All of the window sills, frames, and other parts were basically hollow.  Also, the rear façade of the home faced several acres of woods, as well as, a running creek that was less than 100 yards away.  That being said, the back of the house was constantly wet and muddy.  This was the perfect breeding ground for carpenter ants, and we discovered an entire window sill that had been completely devoured by carpenter ants.

Carpenter ants are different than termites because they don’t actually eat the wood.  They excavate the wood by carving out intricate hollowed-out canals which can extend several feet.  One way to know the difference is to examine the destruction that is left behind.  We found about four inches of what appeared to be sawdust underneath the deteriorated window sill.  This sawdust pile was actually made from the shredded fragments of wood that were ejected during the ant’s excavation process.

In more serious situations, these carpenter ants can hollow-out the house framing or even structural beams, which would eventually weaken them and cause a structural failure.   Even though these pests can cause considerable damage to a house, they are actually considered to be beneficial insects.  In the forest these insects are essential for their excavation work because they help accelerate the decomposition of dead trees.

One thing that you should do if carpenter ants are eating your house is to locate the nest.  In most cases the carpenter ant nest will be located outside of the house structure, in a place where there is abundant moisture.   They almost always prefer to set-up their nests in rotted wood that is easy to excavate, but eventually they will expand out into wood that is not decayed.  Usually a pest control service operator will be able to develop a strategy that would eradicate these pests in an effective and safe manner.

Another important step to ensure that carpenter ants stay away is to eliminate the conditions that allowed them to invade your wood trim in the first place!  Our Carpenter at Davinci’s Painting stays very busy throughout the year replacing deteriorated wood trim.  In fact, one sure-fire way to eliminate wood deterioration in the future would be to replace that worn-out trim with PVC Composite trim.  You should also check your downspouts and gutters for water leaks that could cause wood damage.

In addition to painting, we also specialize in wood trim replacement, structural repairs, insect damage repair, and home restorations.  Please call or click Davinci’s Painting for more information and a free carpentry consultation.