Whether you are putting a property up for sale or preparing to let it out,
giving the whole place a once-over with a fresh coat of paint will make your property look its best.
To attract the highest number and the best quality of buyers and tenants
it is best to use neutral colours so that people can easily picture their
furniture in the space. You might love a
bright red feature wall, but your buyers or tenants may not.
The key to painting well is preparation.
Remove dust, dirt, and grease spots (which can ruin a smooth finish) with
water, a little mild washing -up liquid, and a sponge. Rinse walls with clean
water to remove the soap residue.
Tape the trim, window, and doorframes
Use painter's tape, which can be applied up to a week ahead. Remove tape
immediately after painting, before the wall dries, so you don't peel off any
paint with it.
Use an undercoat.
Depending on what type of paint you use you may need to use an undercoat,
particularly if you are painting over a dark colour. Check the manufacturer’s advice. Often, however, an undercoat will ensure
better results. Look out for specially formulated base coat which includes
fine, flexible fillers that will cover not just strong colour but filled areas
and hairline cracks.
Paint the ceiling.
Paint the ceiling first, since
you are bound to get some on the walls. Then paint the walls, and finally the
Brush where you can't roll.
Brush on paint around baseboards and in the corners of walls, where your roller
can't reach, with a two-inch angled brush. Extend out two to three inches from
windows, doors, and baseboards.
Use the band technique.
Start painting by the window or
light source, and paint in bands away from and in parallel to it. Paint one
wall at a time and only stop when you reach the corner of a room, not in the
middle of a wall.
Paint the trim.
When the walls are completely dry, tape where the baseboard meets the wall.
Paint the baseboards and the door and window frames with a two-inch angled
Can you paint safely?
If you are not able to reach parts of your walls or ceiling
safely, can’t keep pets or children away from the wet paint or just don’t have
the time, energy or inclination to paint your property yourself, then you may
want to consider hiring a professional.
Don’t know any reliable professional painter/decorators?
Our property management team know reliable professionals
that they are happy to recommend.
If you are one of our landlords who has chosen our Fully
Managed service, our property management team will manage the whole
project for you, but otherwise they are happy to pass on the names and numbers of our
favoured suppliers who can help you to get your property in top notch
condition. Call our Property Management
team on 020
8799 4366 or contact them via email at [email protected]