Moving? Here’s Why You Should Paint Before You Sell Your Home

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If you’re getting ready to sell your home, you’re probably in the midst of decluttering, organizing, and figuring out what home improvement projects make the most sense before you bring in potential buyers. Some projects (like putting in a brand-new kitchen) will look great, but they’re costly and don’t provide a great return on your investment.

If you’re looking for a home improvement project that will beautify your home without requiring you to spend a lot of cash, plan to paint before you sell. Why? Here are a few reasons that painting makes sense.

First Impressions Matter

Trying to sell your home often means facing some pretty stiff competition from other properties in your area. Painting your house is an affordable way to make your house stand out from the rest, especially if other houses are similar in style, age, and price. You’ll never get a second chance to make that first impression again — whether it’s the photo a potential buyer sees when they browse through online sales listings or the way your home makes them feel when they first see it in person.

From updating the exterior of your house (complete with a shiny new coat on your front door) to freshening up the interior, painting before you sell is one of the best ways to catch the attention of buyers.

Avoid Worries About Maintenance

When someone pulls up in front of your home, a 25-year-old paint job that’s faded or chipping may give them a reason for pause. If the paint isn’t in good condition, has the rest of the home been properly maintained?

They’ll ask the same questions as they move through the interior of the house. If the paint is scuffed, dinged, or damaged, it could raise questions. “This is what we can see, and it doesn’t look well-kept. Have they spent the time and money to properly take care of the things we can’t see? Are we wasting time even looking at this home?” Spending a little time and money on painting can help eliminate questions about the rest of your home.

Make Your Home More Affordable

Another reason to paint before you sell is that it puts buyers in the best position to be able to afford your home. If they know they’re going to have to spend cash to take care of deferred maintenance items such as repairs or a paint job soon after they close, they may look for a better-maintained option. When it comes to a paint job or items that need attention (leaky plumbing or a damaged roof, for example), it’s best to take care of these things before you put your home on the market so it isn’t an outstanding issue for a buyer.

How to Paint Before You Sell

Painting is one of the most affordable ways to totally transform your home before putting it on the market. While a remodeled bathroom is definitely exciting, you can also make it feel fresh and updated by giving it a beautiful new paint job.

Especially if you’re getting ready to sell, it’s normal to worry about making a mistake when choosing paint colors. So what colors should you choose? No matter what, make sure you go neutral. Soft colors are a must, and some interior decorating experts suggest that light brown tones are a real people-pleaser to make sure you don’t turn off any potential buyers.

While painting the ceilings the same color as the walls will make the job much easier, if you can take the time to paint the ceilings a lighter tone, do it. It’ll make them pop and will make the ceilings seem higher. While you can go with white on the ceilings if you choose, avoid white on the walls; it’s too sterile.

To test out colors before committing to purchasing gallons upon gallons of a certain tone, try them out on a SureSwatch first. It’s a great way to confirm your color choice, whether you’re trying to find the right hue for the kitchen or hoping to find complementary colors for the exterior of your home and the window frames.

Although it does take a bit more of a time and financial investment to paint before you sell, when your home sells more quickly at top dollar, it’ll be well worth it.


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