Should I paint my house before listing it? An excellent first impression on buyers is paramount when selling your home, and the first impression that potential buyers have of your home is its exterior. It’s essential to make sure the front of your home is as well-presented as possible. Poorly maintained homes or those with faded or out-dated paint colors will turn off buyers and may cause them to offer a lower bid or look elsewhere. By painting the outer walls of your property, you can increase ‘curb appeal’ and make your home stand out from the neighbors’ houses.
What Paint Colors Increase the Price of My Home
Neutral paint colors appeal to the broadest group of buyers. A 2017 Zillow Paint Color Analysis, found that homes with gray/beige exteriors sold for $3,496 more than similar homes painted in a medium brown or with tan stucco.
Ultimately, the best exterior paint color depends on your home’s style, the exposure to sunlight, and the exterior materials. Just avoid yellow. In a 2018 Paint Color Analysis, Zillow found that homes with yellow exteriors sold for $3,408 less than similar homes.
When selling your home, we recommend neutral colors as they appeal to a broader range of people giving you more interested buyers. You can play around with colors by painting the trim a bolder shade, to make your property stand out. We recommend getting a professional paint consultation making sure you indicate you intend to sell the home. Remember, it’s not about what you like; it’s about what will appeal to the majority of buyers.
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What Are the Benefits of Painting Your Home?
These are essential questions to ask yourself before marketing your home, but the main question should be: Will your home look fantastic in photos online and in-person to obtain the highest sale price?
Many people will look through numerous homes, both online and in-person, before making an offer. You want your home to stand out and look its best, so you receive the highest offer possible.
Painting the Interior of Your Home
On the exterior of your home, chipping and faded paint might signal to potential buyers that your home was not maintained properly and will start looking closer to everything to uncover any other possible issues. Getting a professional contractor to check your home before you decide to sell, might find other problems that are easily fixed, so you don’t have any surprises later during the home inspection phase.
- Whether your house requires a new coat of paint or you want to freshen up the look before listing, repainting your home’s exterior is a fairly common task. According to Zillow, 21 percent of sellers repaint their homes just before listing.
- When painting the exterior of your home, we recommend using no more than three colors. Use the 60/30/10 rule: paint 60% (the siding) of the house, 30% (the trim) and 10% (front door and shutters) in a pleasing combination of colors that work with your roof color and will accent any exterior features your home may have such as brick, stone or natural wood shingles.
Contact us today and receive a paint consolation and see how we can help you get the most out of your sale today!