You’ve decided it is time to sell your house and you find yourself overwhelmed with deciding what to upgrade to get a better price. Our real estate agents believe the simplest place to start is with paint.
Giving the inside of your home a fresh coat of paint showcases your home as crisp, clean, and up-to-date, especially if you have lived there a while and your house shows the rough and tumble effects of family living. Painting gives you a chance to patch the odd holes in the living room, paint over your children’s unintended “artwork” in the hallway, and finally undo that bad choice of bright red in the guest bathroom.
- Choose Your Colors
This is not the time to indulge in your unique style of home décor. A black accent wall and checkered tile might make you swoon, but not your potential buyers. People looking to buy a new home need to be able to see their own style in the rooms they walk through. This means sticking with basics like neutrals on the walls.
- When White is Not White
You might be tempted to just slap on some basic white and be done, but we recommend pausing a moment to see if some subtle color choices might help your final price. White can be bright white, like a picket fence, or warm white, like vanilla ice cream. One white can make a room look sterile, while a different one can add warmth to the space.
- New Neutrals
Other options beyond the white color wheel still give you the neutral flavor you’re seeking. For instance, sage is a soothing neutral that brings in soft accents of the outside world while pairing with plenty of different accents. Blues are also making forays into the neutral palette. One color called Blueprint straddles that space between denim and navy, giving you a softer blue. Some experts say including these kinds of subtle blues in bedrooms or kitchens give your home a boost. Another color to consider has the funky name of greige because it combines the components of both beiges and grays, giving numerous accent options.
Finally, if painting the outside of your house isn’t an option, you could just paint the door a bright, eye-catching color. This is a small investment that gives a big pop of curb appeal. Additionally, unless you’re an intermediate-level painter, hiring a professional is a good investment. No matter how fresh the paint job, if done poorly, it will make the house look shabby.