Paint Your Home Before You Sell It

So, you have made the decision to sell your home.

Whether you are downsizes of upsizing, one of your main goals as a seller will be to get the greatest return on your property. There are a variety of improvements that you can do to boost the value of your property from removing clutter to adding flowers to your yard, but have you ever thought about paint? Painting is definitely one of the cheapest and quickest ways to improve your chances of selling your home and also increasing its value.

First Impressions Matter

The very first impression a prospective home buyer will experience is the exterior of your home. You have probably heard this term…Curb Appeal. The grass should be cut and plants and shrubs should be trimmed, but if the exterior paint of your home is faded or chipped it may do very little to distract from these flaws. Potential buyers may see the home as too old or may even be worried about wood rot or pests. Many buyers will judge the entire home by the exterior, so it may be a good investment to freshen up the exterior paint. Pick colors that not only match the neighborhood, but will emphasize the architecture and beauty of your unique home.

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A fresh coat of paint makes a home feel refreshed

That New Paint Smell

A fresh coat of paint makes a home feel refreshed, clean and well-maintained. It can mask old smells and reinvigorate the property. Faded, peeling and scuffed walls may give the impression that the entire home is not in good shape. Purchasers notice these flaws and will compare your home to other homes on the market. A great place to start is to touch up all of the baseboards and trim. Once you have completed those areas, take a look at the walls in every room for scuffs and color choice.

Color Choice

Some people like the idea of bold wall colors in their home, but most prefer a more simple palette consisting of whites, grays or creams. Only 10% of people can visualize a design and color beyond what they see as they walk through a property. Multiple colors in the same space can chop it up, causing it to appear smaller and even unattractive. It may seem boring, but it is safer to stick to the simple colors if your goal is to sell your house for the greatest profit. Did you know that a vast majority of home searches begin online? A typical buyer will quickly swipe through a hand full of the photos and if it does not appeal to their taste, they will dismiss the listing. Painting your home with new paint in colors that appeal to the majority of home buyers will help to make your listing stand out for all of the right reasons to potential buyers.

colors that appeal to the majority of home buyers