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Should you paint before you sell your house?

Tuesday, November 5, 2019   /   by Heather Schelling

Should you paint before you sell your house?

Front door looking a little faded? Peeling paint on those fascia boards? Tired of that accent wall?

You’re getting ready to sell your home and wondering if you should paint. Yes…only if you’re either the next Home and Garden prodigy or you’re prepared to hire a professional. If done properly, new paint is not only appealing to buyers, it makes the home look fresh and clean. If it’s a sloppy job, buyers will be turned off.

New paint can add value to your home. It’s one of the few home upgrades that typically yields as much or more than you pay. Meaning, you should recover the expense of painting when you sell your home. The upgrade will encourage buyers to choose your home over the competition, especially if they like the color palette. Buyers will pay top dollar if the home is ready to go. If they start adding up improvements, they’ll want to deduct that from their offer. Avoid giving them a reason to offer less than listed.

If you decide to make painting your next weekend project, be sure to research painting techniques and the best type of paint and equipment to buy. Wash and sand the walls, fill any holes, texture, prime, and finally paint! Watch those edges and don’t leave any roller marks. Overpainting or crooked lines will stand out to prospective buyers. Attention to detail is a must!

You’ll want to research trends and look for neutral colors in the lighter shades. Buyers need to be able to imagine their favorite picture above the mantel. If the color is too bold or distracting, they’ll move along. There are many different tastes and design choices. Keeping the color neutral will allow most folks to envision their belongings in your home. If the color is too bright or dark, buyers tend to focus on that color instead of the other features of the home.

In closing, you should definitely paint if you’re able to hire a professional or perform the work yourself in a commercially acceptable manner. If not, best to scrub the walls and leave the painting to the new owner.

Until next time!

Heather Schelling, Realtor®
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