If you’re thinking about putting your house up for sale but it’s looking a little bit too ‘well-loved’, there are several ways to spruce it up. Tired, old homes can be given a makeover with a simple fresh coat of paint. This can not only make your property look more modern and appealing, but it can also potentially increase its property value. Both interior and exterior paint jobs can lead to great Returns On Investment (ROIs).

A newly painted home will be worth more and it may also attract a higher number of buyers. So, should you paint your house before selling? Here are some painting tips to get you started.

Painting the Property’s Exterior

The importance of a good first impression on buyers cannot be emphasized enough. And the first impression that potential buyers have of your home is its exterior. It’s vital to make sure that the front of your home is as well-presented as possible. Badly maintained homes or those with a distasteful paint colours will be off-putting to buyers and may well cause them to offer a lower bid or simply look elsewhere. By painting the outer walls of your property, you can increase ‘curb appeal’ and make your home stand out from the neighbours’ houses. Neutral colours are generally recommended because they will appeal to a wider range of potential buyers. Although bold colours can be exciting, they may fall out of fashion or make your home stand out for all the wrong reasons. You can play around with colour by painting the trim a bolder shade, to make your property really pop.

Benefits of Painting the Interior

Making a good first impression with a tidy exterior is important, but the interior of your home should be given just as much attention. Peeling paint inside your home will signify to buyers that you haven’t taken good care of the property and that there may be other problems lurking below the surface. Wallpaper usually turns potential buyers off as well, because it often features busy patterns and makes the house seem outdated. We recommend choosing light, neutral colours for both the interior and the exterior of the home. This is because light colours can open up even a small space, making it appear brighter and larger. Neutral colours can also allow the buyer to visualise themselves living in your home. This helps to de-personalise the property and create a clean slate. We advise against painting entire rooms in bold colours, for the same reasons as above: they go out of fashion or tend to stand out for the wrong reasons.

Painting Tips

If you do decide that your property could benefit from a fresh coat of paint, be sure to take care of it before you take photos to advertise the property. For the cleanest, most efficient painting job, you may wish to hire a professional. They will have the equipment and experience to get the job done right. You could also decide to take on the painting yourself if you have the time and the inclination to do so – or even split the job half and half. For example, you could do the interior walls yourself to save money and then hire a professional to take care of the trickier areas such as the exterior and ceilings.

Before painting, you’ll want to smooth over any blemishes or cracks in the surface. Using putty or plaster will give you a good, clean finish. A quality primer can also provide you with a smooth area to work on. Although this may seem like a time-consuming step, primer can make a big difference in how professional and clean your finished walls appear. Primer allows you to apply a more even coat of paint, saving you time and money on additional coats.<

Be sure to use drop-sheets, and masking tape on all the areas where you don’t want the paint to get to. It’s a messy process and the last thing you want is to have to spend time cleaning up dried paint after you’ve finished.

If you decide that you don’t need to paint the whole house, the property might at least benefit from a few touch-ups in weathered areas. Outer regions such as the front door and window sills can take a beating from constant sun and moisture. Extensive sun exposure can cause the paint to blister or buckle in these areas.

Whether you prefer to paint the exterior, the interior, or both areas of your home, you’ll find that creating a fresh new look can be a worthwhile investment. The clean look of fresh, neutral paint can increase your property value and make your house more appealing to a wide range of buyers. A good paint job helps show buyers that you care about your property and that it will serve them well in the years to come. This can lead to a great ROI when you achieve a sale.

If you need help with your house painting don't hesitate to contact Viccon Painting - Trusted Painters


Timber decking is still very popular in Melbourne Victoria, despite composite products steadily rising in popularity. With the love for natural timber continuing to endure, we its important to know how to keep timber looking good over the years.  Viccon Painting is one of Melbourne's leading decking maintenance expert, so we know how to maintain timber. Here’s our ‘7 Truths About Timber Deck Maintenance’.

Identify what you are expecting from your deck and the look you are going for

One of the most important things to consider before you oil your deck is the look you are after. If you are looking to keep the new timber look a water based oil is best as it seals the timber and maintains its natural colour for longer.  Lately, we have seen a big trend toward the greyed, aged, weathered timber look, and this requires careful handling. Unfortunately, there is the perception out there that you do not have to oil the deck to achieve this look however this is not a great idea for longevity of your timber. It is always important to keep your deck oiled and we use a clear, oil based product which will penetrate into the timber to help preserve it, whilst allowing it to silver off. This will give you a much longer lifespan from your deck.

How often should you oil your deck?

Water based oils often recommend application every year, however in direct sunlight you will be lucky to achieve 9-10 months before needing to re-coat. If you let the timber go for 2-3 years, you may face sanding again before applying the re-coat. If you oil regularly (before the oil starts to break down) you will achieve a consistent finish without sanding.

How long should you leave your new deck before oiling?

There seems to be a belief that timbers should be left for 1-2 months prior to oiling to allow the tannins to bleed from the timber. The truth is that tannis do need to bleed before oiling, however there are products and processes that we use to release the tannins immediately, allowing oiling straight away. This avoids the risk of the deck staining prior to oiling or the wood grain raising or becoming rough – which would then require sanding.

Is sanding required for decking?

New Decks For new decks, sanding is not required if proper cleaning techniques are followed that allow you to oil immediately following installation. A new deck should never need a floor sander to cut it back, however, polyvac machines are a great way of buffing the deck to achieve a higher level of finish.Old Decks It really depends on the condition of the deck, and how long it’s been since it was last oiled. If it is rough, uneven or cupping, then it would require sanding back to achieve a polished look.

Things to Be Mindful of When Sanding Back Your Deck

You will need to know whether the deck is screwed down or nailed down. If it is nailed down, ensure all nailheads are driven a few mm below the surface of the boards, so the nail heads will not be sanded off. With boards that are screwed down, they are generally screwed beneath the surface level of the wood, however it is is still important to check or you will damage your floor sander.

Washing and Preparing

When selecting an oil to use, there are generally manufacturer recommendations for compatible cleaning products. It is important to follow the manufacturer guidelines to ensure compatibility. For new decks, the deck cleaner used should have oxalic acid-based cleaner to release the tannins prior to oiling. It is important to do this in small stages so that it can be hosed off prior to drying. +++

Your Options for Fuss Free Maintenance of Your Deck

Viccon Painting offers maintenance packages for clients to maintain the look and condition of their deck. Every deck is different. Some have more exposure to sun or water than others, some are close to pools, and others have heavy foot traffic. So we customise the maintenance program to suit your needs and your lifestyle.

Contact our team to discuss the best timber deck maintenance program for your deck, or request a callback today. We will discuss the best options for creating the ideal outdoor deck to suit your lifestyle and budget.


Updated: May 17, 2019

When completing a new landscape you need to consider the impact of your boundary fences. Your garden will look its best if the fences are painted. But getting the right colour is essential.

These few tips will make selecting a fence colour easier:

A key feature of painting a fence is to make the foliage of your plants stand out more.  Avoid anything that is too similar to your plant colours This is not like painting inside a house, so forget those rules! Dark colours are often best; they won’t make an area feel small because they make green foliage stand out more You don’t want your fence to become the feature of your garden, avoid bold bright colours Charcoal may sound good, but it is created on the blue base and on a paling fence in large amounts it doesn’t work (ever wondered why there are so many blueish houses and fences around, yep, it is the charcoal trap! Test sample colours on your fence, but make sure you put them behind some foliage to get a feel for what they will look like

A couple of our favourite colours to get you started:

* Dulux Kelp/Black (mix in a ratio of 5 Kelp and 1 Black) – we love this colour.  It looks dark when you paint it on, almost black but not so flat.  Then when the light hits it on an angle you see hints of green.  Against the foliage of a garden it looks brilliant.

* Dulux Woodlands Grey or Dulux Monument – for something not as dark but still dark enough to make the garden stand out.

If Your Need Help Choosing Colour For Your Fence Or Even Painting Services For Your Fence, Then Contact Us Any Time On 0416118050

All The Best!!!

Viccon Painting- Fence Painting Deam




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