By Keith Loria
A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to add value to your home prior to a sale. In fact, REALTORS® and home stagers agree that sprucing up your home with a fresh coat of paint will not only make your home look better, it can also affect the emotions of a potential buyer.
If you decide to paint—and unless your home is in pristine condition, you really should—one of the biggest advantages is the fact that you can do the job yourself. However, if you decide to bring in a professional painter, you can still get away with a good paint job without spending a lot of money.
When it comes to choosing paint, it’s important to think about what color will appeal to the widest range of buyers. This means staying away from bright reds and blues that you might think make your house stand out, but may in fact send potential buyers running.
Looking past the exterior of the home, it’s always a good idea to incorporate neutral colors into the entryway so that potential buyers aren’t distracted. Instead, you want them to envision the walls as a blank canvas where they can create their own preferences and style.
If you’re having trouble choosing a color, most real estate experts believe that off-white is a great choice as it will make any room appear bright and spacious. The same holds true for ceilings. White or light colors will make ceilings seem larger and taller than they actually are. This is particularly important in homes where the ceiling is eight feet or lower.
Not everything has to be white either. By featuring colors in particular rooms or even incorporating a featured color accent wall, you can easily add a dramatic look. However, keep in mind that the color you pick may go great with your furniture but may not match the decor of the buyer.
If you really want to enhance the buyer’s experience, stick to subtle color. Just be sure to keep a consistent flow throughout the property.
Warm tones like beige, light browns or sage greens have mass appeal and can make rooms feel larger and more airy. Neutral colors like this are easy to repaint and will match almost any color scheme.
The trim—baseboards, door casings and window frames—get more wear and tear than your walls, so a fresh coat of paint on these areas can do wonders. Just be sure the finish is smooth and even.
If you plan on adding a fresh coat of paint to your to-do list before putting your home on the market, make sure you do it with enough time to spare. The last thing you want is for your home to smell like fresh paint when prospective buyers walk in.
For more information about preparing your home for sale, contact our office today.