Keeping your fix and flip project on time and on budget is key, but sometimes little upgrades make all the difference.

Should you take the time and effort to sand and refinish woodwork or just give it a quick coat of paint?

Let’s break your options down for more perspective:

Woodwork Refinishing

Refinishing woodwork is much more involved than painting. Though the results can be a little unpredictable, there is a good chance that the end result will be worth the time and effort when you go to sell your renovated property. If you are rehabbing an older home with small details in each room, refinishing woodwork can bring true beauty to the surface and add much-desired character.

On the flip side, refinishing woodwork — trim, doors, window casings and cabinets — by removing the stain, sanding or re-staining with another color, and varnishing is a great way to preserve the natural beauty of classic woodwork.

Painting Woodwork

Painting previously stained woodwork requires some additional attention. However, woodwork painting produces excellent results when done correctly. Often in less time, and for less money, than refinishing.

The process for painting previously stained woodwork is as follows:

1. Clean with detergent.

2. Prime with a stain locking primer.

3. Sand and caulk all cracks; fill all nail holes.

4. Apply two finish coats of paint.

Many homeowners prefer spraying the paint on instead of using a brush or roller, as it saves time and money. You will also get a smoother, nicer finish. While paint spraying is slightly more expensive, the beautiful results are typically worth every penny when you go to sell your remodeled property.

For more on selecting the best resale materials, check out our blog on how to choose flooring types for your fix and flip.