Painting is by the far the cheapest yet most effective home improvement you can do before placing a home on the market.
If you are occupying the house while it is being sold, we realize that painting and working around furniture isn’t fun. For this reason, unless the paint is in terrible shape, we work with what we have. Ironically, it is usually the buyer who does a thorough paint job just before moving in. Bare walls almost always scream for a coat of fresh paint.
This is why painting is mostly like to occur during what we call a trust sale. A trust sale is the sale of a property that is held by a trust, where the original trustee is either unable to handle their own affairs, or the original owner has passed away. The usual scenario is the parents have passed away and the children must empty the house prior to selling. At this point, many trustees make the wise decision to do a complete paint job, from ceilings, to walls, to trim.
This is where many sellers look to their Realtor for advice.
Here are a few tips that I have found to be successful in improving the overall look of the house and therefore helping it sell for top-dollar.
-Use either a gray neutral or beige neutral on the walls. Don’t use flat paint since any smudges will not be removable. Use either satin or eggshell finish.
-For the trim either use white or complimentary color in high-gloss finish. One of the best tools I have found recently is the Dunn-Edward’s InstaColor App. It gives you a trim color and an accent color to match your wall color choice.
-The ceiling should be painted a flat white. A flat paint better hides defects and you don’t have to worry so much about smudges on the ceiling!
-Use the same color through the main living area and hallway. In order to save time, and therefore money, you can use the same neutral color even into the bedrooms.
-Stick to white for the bathroom and use a gloss or enamel finish. Better to use bright towels for your accent color.
-For the exterior take a look around the neighborhood for colors that work well. Try to avoid doing the same color scheme as the immediate neighbors. Again use a neutral color on the walls and always use white for the trim.
Looking for someone to help you get your home market ready? Call me today at 562-243-2171 for everything from vendor referrals to paint color choices.