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Should I paint my house before selling it?

Friday, November 22, 2019   /   by Dixie Simon

Should I paint my house before selling it?

My husband and I have been married almost 30 years and the secret to our success is this; we never paint together. It's a long story, but bottom line, he is a messy painter. (See how nicely I said that??) Painting is simple yet, stressful, and physically hard at the same time. 

Painting your house so you can sell can go from a pretty simple, easy, almost romantic idea to a nightmare in 0 to 60 without a plan. Remember, you are moving. You want to keep it simple, plain and remember to breathe. Keep your WHY in mind because this will help you finish the job. 

Stay positive, and keep your eye on the prize. (Your new Home) 

Today I only want to visit with you about the interior paint. The exterior is another conversation. 


Interior Paint is always needed if you have any of the following: 

Scuffs on the walls, water spots on the ceilings, scuffs or discoloration on the baseboards, COLORS other than soft beige and neutral colors
For instance: What buyers say when they see it - "Oh my GAWD, who paints their house this color?!?!" "Geez, they must love sports!" "It's going to take six coats of paint to cover up that green/yellow/blue/red/purple in those rooms" "IF we write an offer, we should offer about $10,000 less for all the repairs (they mean paint) we are going to have to do".

Just do the right thing. Come to terms with the fact that YOU and only YOU love those paint colors. That's ok. Your buyers will end up painting things later on that you would have NEVER painted that color. Who cares? The goal is to sell your house, and they will never put in an offer on your house if they can't see the house past the colors.
Paint it with the most boring colors you've ever seen. Touch up all the baseboards & trim. Make your house ready for them to move in.
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If the condition of your house is not that bad, there are just a few scuffs but overall it's in great condition.
What buyers say when they see it - they won't say much, but they will often "down-sell" your house against homes that are new construction and perfect.
What to do about it - Touch up, repaint the trim. Making the trim POP with a glossy white may be all you need to make the rooms really stand out to those buyers.
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If the condition of your house is just freshly painted with neutral colors, clean lines, and it looks FRESH!
What buyers say when they see it - "Honey, where would you put the TV? Would you put the couch over here on this side of the living room?" (once they start placing furniture, you're golden)
What to do about it - Nothing. Great Job!


There is a little elbow grease involved but again, your WHY will help you whistle while you work and get the job done...And, For the record...I will either do all the painting or my Hubby will do all the painting because we do NOT, to this day, paint together. Somethings you don't mess with. Know your lane people. Hire it done if you have to. 


I hope this article helped you get a glimpse into the conversations I have with buyers daily, and that maybe it has helped give you a plan for getting your house sold. Painting your house has one of the best returns you can possibly make, simply because out-of-date or distracting paint jobs can keep you from getting an offer at all.  


Feel free to contact me directly at 509-385-4441

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