Wednesday, February 13, 2019 / by Sara Koenig
Painting before selling your home....can this make a difference??
You bet it can!
This can be one of the easiest ways to freshen up your home before it hits the market! As a seller preparing to list your home, here are some tips for you!
Colors that are best to use when painting for selling would include neutrals like white, cream, pale grays, or light blue shades. It’s best to select neutral tones because sometimes it can be difficult for buyer’s to look past a color that is too bold for their taste. Even though the argument “It can be changed….” can be made, the fact remains that buyer’s will say… “ I don’t like the colors….” Also, dark colors can also make a home feel smaller or not as bright when someone is viewing your home for the possibility of purchasing it as their own.
Be sure when you go to paint, that you use the right finishes in each room and feature to make the best impact in your home. Using the wrong finishes can backfire for home owners if the wrong ones are used in the wrong spaces. Below, you'll find the most common finishes and recommendations on where they are best applied to.
What's in a Paint finish????
Flat Enamel – This is a low-sheen paint with a non-reflective finish that touches up well and hides minor surface imperfections. It's ideal for low traffic areas, interior walls and ceilings.
Matte – This finish has a low luster reflective finish that is durable, easy to clean, touches up well, and also hides minor surface imperfections. It is great for low to moderate traffic areas, such as bedrooms, and interior walls.
Eggshell Enamel – This paint finish has a soft, velvety appearance and is a good choice for moderate traffic areas such as living rooms, dining rooms, dens, or hallway areas too.
Satin Enamel – This is great if you desire a pearl-like appearance. This finish can be a good selection if you are painting moderate to high traffic areas or areas that have some exposure to moisture, such as kitchens. This can also be a good finish for ceilings, and in bedrooms as well.
Semi-Gloss Enamel – A Perfect selection if you desire a sleek, radiant sheen that is great from cabinets and trim, high-traffic areas and high-moisture areas. This finish is great for Washrooms, or Mud rooms too! Areas where there tends to be more moisture as it will dry off better and can be wiped down easily too.
Hi-Gloss Enamel - This will be a finish that creates a brilliant, shiny appearance with a glass-like finish. This is great for high-use surfaces like baseboard trim, door trim, and doors as well. It’s easy to wipe clean and won’t wear too quickly.
Local paint supply shops are very helpful when it comes to recommending paint finishes as well as colors for your particular project. Don’t hesitate to ask them what might be best! Some hardware supply stores will also create a file for you and save what colors you chose so that when it comes time for touch-up jobs you will be sure to buy the exact color. When selling a nice gesture would be to keep this information for any potential buyer. Believe me, they appreciate this A LOT!
You can also reach out to your listing agent for recommendations if you need. They work with buyer’s and seller’s so they can let you know what most buyer’s look for in a home as far as colors and taste go!
Happy Painting, and cheers to a successful sale of your home!
Sara Koenig | Real Estate Broker