Clean, Smooth Ceilings and Walls are One of the First Things Potential Buyers Notice
Here are some quick, helpful tips for you to make sure that your drywall looks its best before you start showing off your home to potential future buyers.
Repairing “gypsum wallboard” is a relatively easy job. Small jobs don’t have to involve a professional, as long as you are careful. For best results, ask for advice at your building supply store, and read all label instructions before you buy.
Dents and dimples
Drywall “joint filler” compound is now available in small applicator tubes. You can repair most minor blemishes with a small dab of compound and a smooth damp cloth.
Split or lifting joint tape
Replace any loose or shabby tape with fresh drywall joint tape, then apply compound over the area with a broad flat putty knife. Allow the area to dry, then sand to a smooth finish. Repeat with another coat and “feather” the edge to a taper so that is melds with the existing wall finish.
Countersink loose nails and add new drywall screws in an adjacent spot to ensure the wallboard is fixed firmly. Smoothly apply joint compound with a putty knife over the indentations and allow the area to dry before sanding.
Small and medium holes
If a hole is a bit too big to support wet compound, apply the compound in stages around the edge and let it dry between applications. Alternatively, secure mesh inside the hole and adhere the compound to the mesh. When the hole is filled and dried, sand the surface to a smooth finish before priming and painting.
Repairing larger holes may require the assistance of someone experienced at replacing patches and removing full panels. If a professional handy person is not an option, consider a good do-it-yourself book.
I hope that these tips will help you when preparing your home for sale.
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