You’ve decided it’s time to move. However, before you put your home on the market, you want to prepare it. Obviously having tons of curb appeal can be the difference between having it sit for weeks or having it be sold in a matter of days.
As part of your process, we recommend you ask the important question: “Should I paint my house before selling?” It’s a common question, and it’s one that should be given serious consideration.
Reasons to Paint Your House Before Putting out the “For Sale” Sign
It makes your home look newer! A fresh coat of paint can do miracles for not only the exterior of your home but any room in your house. From the kitchen to the powder room to the living area. Even if your house is 80 years old, paint can completely transform it.
Your home will have a nice cohesive appearance. If you’ve been living in your house for many years, you might have undertaken several paint jobs. While each paint job served its purpose, the end result could be a house without a consistent interior design theme. However, by repainting all the main areas in your home so they are cohesive, you are ensuring everyone who walks through the door will feel like the whole look has been pulled together.
Homebuyers can envision their furnishings in your house. When a potential home buyer walks into your home, you want them to be able to visualize how their favorite decor will look in the spaces. A fresh coat of neutral paint can be a canvas for that type of envisioning process.
Staging will be easier. One thing to think about, will your realtor be staging your home rather than using your own items to decorate the rooms? Staging is much simpler when a streamlined color palette has been chosen and applied to the walls and ceilings.
Painting Tips for Selling a House
Before you start any painting, remember these tips:
Neutral colors are a good idea. You might love bright colors and textures, but homebuyers may not share your taste. Since you’re not planning on living in your house much longer, save the stronger hues for your new property and choose warm neutral colors for the walls of the house you’re selling.
Hire a professional to get the job done. Not only will the finished product look much better than if you had painted yourself, but it will probably have a better chance of getting done on your preferred time line. In addition, you’ll be able to spend your time on other aspects of prepping your home for sale.