What to Consider When Buying a Fixer-Upper as Your First Home

A fixer-upper is a house that needs significant work in order to become an enjoyable place to live. This can involve extensive renovations or simple updates that make a home more modern. What most fixer-uppers have in common is that they’re more affordable upfront, which makes them a good option for first-time homeowners and property investors. If you’re thinking about buying a fixer-upper as your first property, learn what you should know about the process below.

Finding a Fixer-Upper

When you start your search for a home, you’ll come across fixer-uppers on the same websites that you would use to find any home for sale. Evaluating pictures and the description in each listing is one of the best ways to determine if a home is considered a fixer-upper. You’ll likely see homes that need cosmetic changes, such as fresh paint or new flooring. Your search results may also reveal homes that have serious problems, such as water damage or a bad roof.

Keep in mind that some repairs may look daunting but are actually easy to fix if you want to invest the effort. But at the same time, repairs that seem straightforward may actually involve more work than you want to take on.

Because most homebuyers aren’t experts at assessing the true condition of a home, you’ll want to hire an inspector. A home inspection report will help you determine just how extensive the repairs would actually be on a home.

Financing Your Purchase

Most experts say it’s a good idea to get preapproved for a mortgage before you get too serious with your search. Having preapproval shows sellers that you are able to follow through if you agree to purchase a home. It also ensures that you can make a realistic offer based on your financial situation.

When applying for preapproval, it helps to know there are many federally-backed loan options geared toward first-time homeowners. However, you can also choose conventional financing, which is offered by private lenders. Conventional loans are often more flexible than other types of financing backed by the government, and you can get a fixed-rate or an adjustable-rate. In any case, you’ll still want to compare interest rates and terms to choose the best type of financing for your situation.

Making an Offer

Most sellers know when their home needs improvement, and they will price it accordingly. With that in mind, the first thing about a fixer-upper that catches your eye might be the asking price. However, according to House Logic, it’s a good idea to price out the cost of renovations before making an offer. Doing the math will help you craft a competitive offer that still allows you to cover the cost of repairs.

As with any home purchase, you will also need to consider whether it’s a buyer’s or seller’s market when making your offer. Knowing how many days the house has been on the market can help your offer stand out as well.

Starting Your Renovations

A lot of DIY jobs are completely doable if you’re handy. For example, if you have the right power tools, you can do minor jobs such as changing out fixtures or patching holes in drywall.

However, other projects are better left to the pros. For example, it’s deceptively difficult to repair flooring, fix dry rot, or work on carpentry in your home. Painting a room might also seem easy, but it’s hard to do a perfect job yourself. Hiring professional painters can make your home look it’s absolute best.

Once the work is complete, you’ll also need to decide whether to stay in the home yourself or treat it as an investment property. You can earn income by flipping a house and immediately reselling it, but you can also choose to rent out a property for passive income.

Buying a fixer-upper has a lot of benefits, but you’ll also want to weigh all of the costs involved before diving in. Fixing up an outdated or rundown house can be a rewarding experience whether you turn the place into your home or choose to use the property as an investment.

Curtis Fisher

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APC Top Job Award

APC Magazine – 2020 Top Job Award

We are pleased to have won the American Painting contractor magazine “Top Job” award for the first year!

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9 Ways to Attract Millennial Homebuyers

Millennials are currently the largest group of homebuyers in the U.S. and will continue to revolutionize the housing market for years to come. As more millennials pursue homeownership, it is important to revitalize your home in order to attract multiple offers from this surging demographic. Luckily, there are plenty of affordable upgrades and simple ways to spruce up your home to appeal to millennial homebuyers and sell your home quickly.

1. Updating Your Kitchen and Bathroom

The majority of younger buyers looking to see if they can afford to purchase their first home. They most likely won’t have the money or time to redo a kitchen and bathroom. Millennial homebuyers will be looking for an updated kitchen. A kitchen that includes new countertops, fresh cabinets, and hardwood floors. Updating your cabinets and countertops is a great way to spruce up your kitchen, or even give it a whole new look. Additionally, hardwood floors are becoming increasing popular among homebuyers and can improve the look of your kitchen dramatically. Younger buyers are also looking for a bathroom with new tiling and modern fixtures. By hiring a team of professionals, and putting some money toward a kitchen and bathroom remodel, you can attract more millennial homebuyers to your property. Not only that, but you’ll probably recoup a lot of your costs in the selling price of your home.

New Kitchen

2. Creating an Open Floor Plan

Millennials are attracted to large, open spaces. Larger spaces that can be used to entertain guests or as multi-functional rooms are favorable with millennials. Essentially, they don’t want to feel like their family or friends have to be sectioned off in different parts of the home. If you are already planning on remodeling your kitchen, you may consider tearing down a wall or two to create a more open look.

3. Choosing Low-Maintenance Materials

Millennial homebuyers are interested in low-maintenance homes. They are not looking for a fixer-upper the way Gen Zers and other past generations were. Millennial homebuyers don’t want to spend their time on significant repairs, home-maintenance or even cleaning their homes. They prefer things that will last and are easy to maintain. Consider choosing low maintenance materials. These materials include quartz countertops, full-sheet materials like back painted glass, and quartz backsplashes to eliminate grout lines for easy cleaning. As well as installing vinyl, sealed concrete or hardwood floors in your kitchen and bathroom to provide the new homeowners with durable, easy to clean surfaces.

4. Adding Smart Home Technology

Adding technology to the home will excite millennial buyers into purchasing your home. Many millennial homebuyers are interested in looking at homes that can manage all their home devices from one place. A smart home ecosystem has many benefits. Including, remote control functions, increased home security, and increased energy efficiency. These functions will allow homeowners to conveniently control their home from anywhere as well as reduce their energy bills.

IOT Devices

5. Installing Energy Efficient Appliances

Millennials care about the environment and will even pay extra to protect it. Younger homebuyers want appliances designed to help reduce power consumption, reduce environmental impact, and contribute to a healthier planet. 75 percent of millennial homebuyers want energy Star-rated appliances in their homes. They also want these appliances to save them money and have the latest features and technology to make everyday tasks easier.

6. Adding a Home Office

Creating a space that can double as a home office is intriguing to many millennial homebuyers. Many do commute to work, especially if you work in a big city like New York. But there is also an increasing number of millennials working from home at least a couple days a week. Creating this space allows these millennial homebuyers to have a designated area where they will be able to work from home easily and comfortably.

7. Painting your Home

If you need to freshen up your paint, and want to appeal to millennial homebuyers, opt for neutral colors on walls, trim, and baseboards. Colors such as light grey, cream, and other soft neutrals are preferred. If you have children and their rooms are all shades of bright green, blue, and pink consider painting those to match the rest of your home. Having this neutral base will make your home easy to stage and design. It also will bring a more simple, sophisticated look that millennial homebuyers find alluring.

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8. Purchasing a Home Warranty

You may also want to consider purchasing a home warranty for your buyer. Many home warranty companies offer “listing coverage” that you can easily turn into a year-long plan for a homebuyer to repair or replace worn down systems and appliances. Many millennial homebuyers find it enticing to have a company do the groundwork of calling a contractor and scheduling repairs for them.

9. Highlighting Proximity and Walkability to Market Your Home

A “walkable community” means a home is near public transportation, grocery stores, restaurants, local businesses, and public services. Homes receive a Walk Score based on how many errands can be accomplished on foot. Millennial homebuyers are very interested in homes that have a great location. 56 percent of millennials and 46 percent of baby boomers prefer walkable communities with a range of housing amidst local businesses and public services. If your home is considered walkable, you’ll want to market it that way. By doing so you will attract more buyer interest, and you’ll potentially be able to price your home higher.

As time moves forward, millennials are beginning to make up a bigger population of homebuyers than ever before. As the playing field of buyers changes, it isn’t a bad idea to update your home to cater to the larger homebuying demographic. Following these tips can help provide you with more bids from potential buyers, and possibly sell your home quickly and for more money.

Lexi Klinkenberg

Lexi is part of the Redfin content marketing team and enjoys writing about real estate and design trends. Her dream home would be a contemporary home with an open floor plan, lots of windows, and a waterfront view.

Original Article: https://www.redfin.com/blog/ways-to-attract-millennial-homebuyers

Patricks Painting Best of Houzz Service

Patrick’s Painting – Best Of Houzz 2020

The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2019. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.

A “Best Of Houzz 2020” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“This year’s Best Of Houzz awards go to an incredibly talented and service-oriented group of home remodeling and design professionals, and we’re proud to highlight the winners on the Houzz website and app,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “This award is particularly meaningful as it reflects the sentiment of the millions of homeowners in the Houzz community who are hiring home professionals for their projects across the U.S. and around the world.”

About Houzz:
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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Why Home Buyers Run From An Old Paint Job

When you prepare your home for sale, you focus on curb appeal for a very good reason. Failing to make your home look great because of an old paint job could make buyers turn away from the property without out ever stepping foot inside. Here are four ways that your old paint job could damage your home selling goals.

1. Makes Home Appear Older

Unless you live in an area that was completely built up in the 1950s and has stayed more or less the same way, you have to compete with new construction. There is a reason that the government and professional organizations separate home sales by new and existing homes. Older homes have a harder time preserving value against a new home with entirely new systems and landscaping. One of the ways you can fight for your home’s priority of place is to keep it as updated as possible. An old, faded exterior paint job ages your home prematurely, and a fresh paint job may make it seem newer to the untrained eye.

2. Provides Inadequate Protection for Exterior

You put paint on your home for more than just a change of color or to make it look better. Some kinds of siding for your home need paint to keep them in good condition. Paint, as thin as it is, can protect your home from the worst of the weather. Heavy winds, rain, snow, ice and even the heat of the summer sun can weather your home’s siding or cause it to rot right off your home. Replacing your siding is a much more expensive endeavor than repainting, so a new paint job might actually save you a fair bit of money in the long run.

3. Turns Home Into Obvious Eyesore

You know the home on a nearby street that never gets maintained? It’s the one that often has a notice from the homeowners association on the front door, with a dead or dying lawn and overgrown trees. Now that you know what lousy curb appeal looks like, you understand why buyers do not want to get involved with such a property. Unless your home is truly selling as-is, you hope that buyers will see that you have put some work into it. Some buyers want a fixer-upper, but they pay a lot less for homes in that category. Your home deserves to keep up with the neighborhood, and this one task may make the difference between selling and not selling at all.

4. Makes Buyers Wonder What Else Is Wrong

Curb appeal and staging for the home are not supposed to hide problems under the surface, because there can be legal effects of concealing information from buyers. However, curb appeal is definitely supposed to show the home at its very best. If the view from the curb looks outdated and inadequately maintained, buyers may think that this is a sign that the home is really in bad condition inside. Some may be so concerned about the outside representation of the home that they abandon their plans to go inside and find out more. Fixing this relatively minor issue of home exterior paint makes it far more likely that buyers will take an interest.

If you want to sell your home at an ideal price, you have to ensure that your curb appeal is in order. By getting a new paint job, you can help avoid these four problems.

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Paint Sheen/Finish

Paint Sheen/Finish? We’ll just call it sheen throughout this blog so we don’t confuse anyone.

Many people have no idea what a paint sheen is or how to choose the right one for their project.

Paint sheen simply means the level of glossiness in paint. The glossier it is, the more of a shine it has. Today, most paints come in one of the following sheens: Flat, Matte, Eggshell/Satin, Semi-Gloss, and Gloss. It can be a bit overwhelming on choosing the right sheen so I’m here to help. The way I have listed the sheens above goes from least glossy to most glossy.

Flat – Flat paint absorbs light and therefore hides many surface imperfections but does not handle dirt well or stand up well to scrubbing.

Matte – Matte paint is the most popular sheen we use for walls. It is just a little more shiny than flat. It handles scrubbing well and I have used it in every area of a house.

Satin/Eggshell – When you think of Satin/Eggshell think of a silky finish. It looks good on walls and is smooth enough to stand up to dirt and cleaning. It can be used in any area of the home. We use Sherwin Williams paint products and they don’t carry an Eggshell sheen, so the equivalent to this would be Satin.

Semi-Gloss – A Semi-Gloss sheen reflects between 40-50% of the light that hits it and is very easy to clean. Most houses we go into have semi-gloss on the trim, doors, cabinetry, and shelving. This is also used in bathrooms because it reflects moisture and isn’t too shiny.

Gloss – A gloss sheen reflects the most amount of light and has the best cleaning ability; it is best for playrooms with rowdy children, laundry rooms with muddy dogs, or trim/doors that take a lot of abuse from rowdy children and muddy dogs.

Each paint sheen will vary from brand to brand. Some sheens will be shinier/less shiny than others. The downfall about a shiny sheen is that minor imperfections can be more of an eyesore compared to a Flat or Matte paint.

A general rule for sheens is that the shinier the paint is, the easier it is to clean. When choosing a sheen, take these factors into consideration.

  • How much light does this room get?
  • Am I going to like shiny walls?
  • Is this a high-traffic area?
  • Could my rowdy child possibly draw on the walls or my stinky, muddy dog dirty them up?

These are all questions you should ask yourself before making your final decision. If you need more help with your sheen, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

Paint Sheen and Finish

Interior of Your Home

When is The Best Time to Paint Your Home?

What is the best reason to paint the interior of your home?

People are painting the inside of their homes all year around, three hundred sixty something days a year.

Some people paint their home because they are stuck in the 80’s and want to come back to modern times.

Some people paint their home because they feel that a color will evoke a certain feeling.

People paint their home when they first move in because they want to make it their own.
Lots of people paint their home when selling because the Realtor requires them to – not everyone is going to like your 80s-color scheme; make it neutral, modern (Gray), and get it freshened up. No one wants to buy a house that has marks and indentations on the walls.

Here’s what I think the best reason to paint your house is – because you want to and when selling.

We’d love to help with your color scheme and offer a free 90-minute color consultation from Sherwin Williams on homes where painting 3 or more areas.

Best Painting Tools

The Best Tools to Keep on Yourself While Painting.

So you’re planning on painting your bedroom yourself, Great! What are the Best Painting Tools to keep on yourself while doing the work? You’ve got paint, rollers, brushes and the room is prepped with drop clothes on your flooring and plastic on your furniture.

Some essential tools you should keep on yourself while painting is a 5-1 (funny looking scraper tool that has a big curve in it), utility knife, rag, duster, and sandpaper.

5-1 Multi-ToolA 5-1 is the ultimate painter’s tool, it’s like Mohammed Ali and his boxing gloves. You can scrape areas, open paint cans, hammer nail pops (nails coming through the wall) back in, pull out the paint left in your roller, and cut out old caulking with the sharp tip.

Utility KnifeYour utility knife should always have a fresh blade and can help you with the removal of old caulking, being precise with cutting out damaged wall areas, and scraping old paint off windows (when you take the blade off the base of the knife).

Paint RagYour rag should be damp and used for drips or splatters. It doesn’t matter if you’re the Michael Jordan of painting you’re going to have a drip or splatter every once in a while.

Duster BrushA duster is usually an old paint brush this will help you remove dust/debris from base trim, windows, drywall patches, etc. We like to cut our handle down so it doesn’t bulge out.

SandpaperLast but not least is the sandpaper. This allows you to sand smooth any rough areas that might have been missed or overlooked. My team and I always keep these items on ourselves. Why? If you have the proper tools on you when you run into a trouble area, you are more than likely to repair it right there instead of neglecting it.

I know this may seem like a lot to carry but if you wear painter’s pants or cargo shorts it will be easily manageable. Best of Luck!

Preparing a Paint Roller

How To Prepare A Paint Roller

Using A Paint Roller? Prevent Your Walls from Looking Like Fuzzy Sheep.

You’re ready to start rolling your walls, your paint is set up and your roller is attached to a rolling pole. You dip your brand-new roller into a pan of paint, apply it to the walls only to find that you now have a bunch of tiny roller fibers stuck to your wall… Dang!!

This has now made your beautiful, smooth walls look like a fuzzy sheep just rolled around on them.

Here is a trick to removing the fibers from the roller before you start painting.

Grab a roll of painter’s tape – we prefer the 3M blue 1.41 tape. Pull out an arm’s length of tape – don’t tear it! Put the bulk of the tape between your knees and with one hand, hold the end of the tape.
Now with the other hand, roll your roller over the piece of tape going back and forth, like wax on wax off. Your roller should be attached to a handle while doing this. Use two to three pieces of tape to make sure you have removed all the fibers.

Each roller brand is different. You can go the cheap route and buy something that is going to shed like crazy or you can spend a dollar or two more and get something that isn’t going to shed and leave you with a beautiful, smooth, texture. We prefer the 9-inch long, 3/8-inch nap White Dove rollers by Purdy. These rollers shed very little and leave the walls with an extremely smooth appearance.

Purdy White Rollar

Purdy White Rollar

Tapping The Rollar

Tapping The Rollar

Patricks Painting Drywall Repair

Drywall Repair

Got holes in the wall? Well, let me teach you how to fix them with Patrick’s Painting expert drywall repair system.

A lot of people have had drywall holes in their ceilings or walls made by kids, dogs, themselves, other contractors, and angry men after Cowboys’ playoff games.

It’s a big eyesore but quite easy to fix. I’ll explain how to do this yourself through the Patrick’s Painting drywall repair process.

Before getting started, you need to make sure you have all the right tools to make this drywall repair as easy as possible for yourself (listed below are the tools you will need).

  1. Cover all the furniture in the area where working with plastic and lay down drop clothes, it’s going to get a little messy.
  2. Using a measuring tape and drywall knife, make the hole into a square. Each side opposite of itself should measure the exact same length.
  3. Measure your hole and cut a piece of drywall to that exact measurement; watch your fingers. You will need to make sure you have the correct thickness of drywall before installing, the most common are 3/8 and ½ inch drywall.
  4. Before installing the drywall, install two pieces of wood on the opposite sides of each other behind the drywall. Using 1-inch drywall screws, secure the wood to the existing drywall. We like to use standard 2×4’s for our wood but almost any scrap wood will work.
  5. Once you have installed the wood, install the piece of drywall to the wood using drywall screws.
  6. Apply mesh tape where the new piece of drywall meets the existing drywall on all four sides.
  7. Apply drywall compound to this area; this is where it gets messy for rookies. You will need to apply two to three coats of the compound before you have completely blended the new drywall with the old drywall. Let the compound dry before you add another coat
  8. When finishing the drywall compound, leave it as smooth as possible as this will eliminate additional time sanding/scraping in between drywall coats. After this area is dry, sand smooth, and use your hand to feel for any imperfections.
  9. Wipe any drywall dust off with a rag and prime the area with an oil or latex primer. After the primer is dry, put the finish coat on and start the best part- clean up.

If you need more help with your project, please don’t hesitate to contact me – we’d love to help.

Tips

  • After installing the mesh tape, spray oil primer over the mesh tape for better adhesion of tape.
  • To cut down on dust, try wet sanding, you can do this by wetting a rag, sanding sponge, or grandpa’s old sock.
  • Use fans and a heat gun/hair dryer to speed up the drying process.
  • Use a spray can primer once the drywall has been sanded smooth. This will eliminate setting up/cleaning a brush, roller, and bucket. Just don’t use the spray can and heat gun together or you’ll have bigger problems.
  • You can use any drywall compound or spackle to finish this area but we prefer to use EZ sand 20 because it dries within 20 minutes, sometimes… (LOL!)
  • Make sure you measure twice and cut once, you want the new piece of drywall as tight in there as possible to make smoothing out the compound easier for you.

Tools needed – Mud knifes, Mud pan, EZ 20, Heat gun, Mesh tape, Tape measure, T-square, Square, Straight edge, Utility Knife with a fresh blade, Drywall, Drywall saw, Wood, Sandpaper, Drop cloth, Plastic, Tape, Screw gun, Drywall screws, Pencil, Ladder, Oil primer, Trash bags, Sanding pole, Fans, Vacuum, Rags.

Patricks Painting Drywall Repair-Before

Before

After painting, paint is still wet

After – painting, paint is still wet

After 3rd coat of compound

After – 3rd coat of compound