Just about every homeowner at some point will have a hole in the wall that needs repair. Repairing a hole in the wall can be inexpensive and easy.
The whole process should only take about 30 to 45 minutes but will need to be done over the course of a couple days.
Follow these instructions and you will be well on your way to your wall looking like new.
You will need:
• Putty knife
• Drywall patching compound (spackle or plaster)
• Wall hole patch
• Wet sponge or spray bottle
• Wall texture spray
1. Clear and remove loose drywall around the hole. Look inside and around the edges of the hole for pieces that are still attached.
2. Smooth the edges around the hole to create a surface the drywall patching compound can adhere to.
3. Remove the backing paper from the sticky side of the wall patch. Apply the sticky side of the patch around the edges of the hole, leaving at least a ½” on each side of the hole. Smooth the edges of the patch around the hole.
4. Apply the patching compound with a putty knife liberally around the edges of the wall patch. Work your way in from the edges before getting to the middle of the wall patch.
5. Don’t finishing covering the rest of the hole until the compound is dry (about 15-20 minutes). This allows the compound to partially dry so that the wall patch does not move when applying patching compound to the center of the patch.
6. Apply compound until the entire wall patch is covered. Smooth out as much as possible. The patch will still be sanded so it doesn’t need to be perfect. Allow to dry overnight.
7. Sand until smooth making sure the edges are even with the rest of the wall.
8. Wipe the area down with a wet cloth and allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes.
9. Paint as needed.
Your wall won’t look exactly like it did before but it will be close.
When selling your home, you want it to appeal to a wide variety of people, not showcase your personality or preferences. While you might love deep red walls in your dining room, it might be too bold for a potential buyer. Your goal is to sell your home and having the right buyer appeal is key. There are a few things to think of when staging your home.
Paint color is a must unless you already use neutral colors in your home. When looking for paint colors think of beige, olives, yellows, tans and greys. Outdated wallpaper patterns are a big no-no. Not only will an outdated look not be appealing to a buyer but the thought of having to take it down after buying the home can be a negative to a buyer. Taking down the wallpaper, fixing any imperfections in the walls with spackle and sanding, and applying a new coat of paint will go a long way. Choosing a paint with a low sheen will help hide any imperfections that may still remain.
De-cluttering your home will give it a clean, organized look that will appeal to a buyer. Minimal items should remain in your home and going through your space to take out anything you don’t need and sending it to storage is ideal. Think about your furniture as well, since often too much furniture can cause spaces to look small. In addition, by pulling furniture away from the walls and placing them in conversational groups, you add space to a room.
Having the right decorative items can help to create an inviting space. Rather than having items lined up, trying grouping different items together, like on the coffee table. Hang pictures and art work in groups as well, avoiding a traditional straight line on the wall. Make sure that you have things such as decorative towels and soaps in the bathroom to help set the scene. And adding the right lighting can help set a welcoming mood. Make sure you have a variety of lighting in each space, from table lamps, to accent lighting, and whole room lighting.
Basically, when staging your home, you want to make it a place that someone would want to live. Little touches here and there can really make a difference. With a little investment you might just find you are getting the offers you were hoping for.