Should I paint my house before selling?
Updated: Feb 20, 2019
The short answer to this question is YES. There are a few things that almost always help sell homes faster, paint is definitely one of the most cost effective and quickest ways to improve the viewing experience for all the prospective buyers. You have only one shot to make a good impression and a home freshly painted and with the right colors will captivate buyers leaving an impression of a well maintained home.
There are many advantages from painting a home before selling. To name a few, your home will look clean and well maintained giving the feeling of move-in ready to home buyers. Freshly painted homes give your senses the smell of new, almost like the smell from of a new car. Your listing pictures will stand out. It’ll make your online pictures look better, which will ultimately attract more buyers.
Selecting the right colors to paint the home before selling is also important, if your budget is tight using a neutral color for the entire home will be the best option. Cool grays, whites & soft creams are colors to consider. Make sure the color your choose goes with your carpet, flooring and cabinets. If your floors or cabinets are dark colors you might want to select lighter colors for your walls to create contrasts and enlarge spaces.
Some neutral colors on the Sherwin Williams color scheme that will work well on every space.
On the Rocks SW7671 & Light French Gray SW0055
This medium gray is perfect for all living spaces.
It provides a modern look and balance.
This light gray will help with contrast if you have dark color cabinets or flooring, while still providing a modern look to your home.
Natural Linen SW9109 & Downy SW7002
For a more traditional look this medium beige will work wonderfully especially if you have light cabinets or flooring.
This light beige will provide a neutral look to your home if you are going for a conservative look this will be a color to look into.
Pure White SW7005 & Snowbound SW7004
White tones are the hardest to pick from. When selecting a white tone put the color deck next to a dark color, that way you can see the contrast.
Pure White and Snowbound will create a sense of an bright a clean spa.
Depending on the conditions of your home you should also consider painting the exterior. If the paint is chipping or pealing or if you see any signs of wood cracking, bubbling or flaking, it is time to paint.
This will be a selling point when offering the house to prospective home buyers, Exterior painting not only beautifies your home but it also protects it from weather damages. An exterior painting can protect the exterior of your home for up to 5 to 7 years depending on the material.