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Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal by Painting your Trim

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This recent job completed by Franklin Painting added a bold color for shutters complimented with white trim.

If you’re hoping to sell your house, boosting the curb appeal of your home is the best way to help get the job done.  It’s a buyers’ market, and the appearance of your home is essential to gaining the attention of potential buyers.  There are many possible approaches you can take to spruce up the look of your house, and painting trim and other exterior surfaces could very well be the most effective.

“Curb appeal” refers to how attractive your home’s exterior looks from a street view.  There have been studies which suggest that the visual appeal of your home or lack of it determines whether buyers will bother to check out the interior.  And perhaps the term should be changed to “curb and computer appeal,” since many people determine which homes to tour as they sit at their computers, not from driving by.  In other words, the way your home looks in photographs which are posted online could also be the key to selling it.

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Larger homes may require special equipment like this lift that makes the job of painting trim easier to accomplish safely.

You want to achieve a dramatic statement which causes your home to look well cared for and in good condition, as opposed to shabby and neglected.  When you’re evaluating your home’s curb appeal, spend some time studying it from the street.  Take some pictures.  Look at it with a critical eye.  What about it needs work, to attract potential buyers?  You may decide that better landscaping is a must, the driveway needs repair, the rooftop needs cleaning, and the trim needs painting.  Actually, painting trim and giving just the trim a new look could give the entire home an upgraded appearance.  Whatever else needs to be done, painting trim that is faded and has paint peeling off of it might be the biggest game-changer in trying to sell your home.

There’s no doubt about it:  When exterior trim is peeling, rotted, or cracked, it gives a negative first impression.  People are very likely to assume that if the exterior looks unkempt, the interior will probably be in even worse shape.  Inspect your trim.  Don’t just look at the front of your home; walk around the entire house.  Look at the condition of the trim around doors, windows, corners, and at the roofline.  Look for things such as soft or spongy spots, warped boards, blistering paint, or green algae.  You may even find termite damage, with careful inspection.

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This historic home in Wethersfield, CT underwent a major change in color after being white for over 100 years! The white trim set off the grey so beautifully that everyone in the neighborhood loved the new look.

It’s possible that you need to go a little further than simply paint your trim; you may need to replace sections which are too damaged to repair.  If you don’t have the proper tools and experience to get the job done, hire one of our professionals or a local contractor.

If you find it necessary to replace all of your trim, keep in mind that there are other materials you can use besides wood.  Fiber cement trim and PVC are excellent materials for trim, though you may need to hire a professional installer.

Consider painting your trim a different color than what you have now.  With the help of our professionals, you may be able to create a much more dramatic and appealing curbside and photographic effect with a new shade of trim.

Whether you are selling your home or not, an attractive exterior adds tremendous value to your home. Contact us today and let us help you improve the curb appeal of your home.

Franklin Painting LLC – Call us Toll Free at 877-646-7774
or at our main office number 860-678-7701
2 Eastview Drive, Farmington, CT 06032

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