Selling a house can be a stressful process, but there are a few things you can do to prepare for the sale of your home that will help make the process more pleasant. Probably the most important, noticeable, and impacting thing you can do is paint. Paint is a fairly inexpensive, easy way to completely change the look and feel of your house. It gives new life to walls and can make or break the ambiance of the entire home.
A potential buyer’s first impression of your home is when they drive up. That impression could determine whether or not they will take the time to walk through the front door. Once inside, the colors they see is a huge consideration when comparing houses and choosing the one they want to buy. Knowing that information and preparing your house for sale, both exterior and interior, will provide you with better negotiating power.
Prepare your walls for paint
Clean dirt and dust. Patch any holes, flaking paint, or other flaws with putty and sand or texture to match the wall. Using painter’s tape, tape doors, windows, baseboard, railings, outlets/switches (remove the covers), and the crease where the ceiling meets the wall (if the ceiling will not be painted). Protect the flooring from drips or splatters by laying down newspapers, plastic, material, or dropcloth. Prime walls, if needed.
Exterior curb appeal
Take a look around your neighborhood. You want your house to blend in, this is not the time to stand out as that could turn off potential buyers. If the houses in your neighborhood are neutral, like browns, tans, and white, it is best to stick with those colors. If they include some greens, blues, and even reds, you have a little more freedom when choosing a color scheme, but should still use more neutral tones. For those neighborhoods where each house is a different, vibrant color, you have all the freedom in the world to choose the color scheme for your house. The same advice goes for exterior accent colors, such as shutters, doors, garage doors, trim, and crown molding, you want to blend in and stay neutral.
Keep in mind that potential buyers may not have the same taste as you and may not appeal to bright, pastel, or other unique colors. Even though painting is an easy fix for buyers, just seeing colors they don’t care for will turn them off and put your house at the bottom of their list. While you may love your lemon yellow kitchen or pink and blue kids’ rooms, potential buyers may be totally turned off by those colors. To ensure your house appeals to as many potential buyers as possible, you want to keep your interior walls neutral as well. Bringing the exterior colors inside, even in lighter or darker shades, will give class your house and make it flow throughout. White walls look clean, fresh, and new, but it’s hard to keep them that way. Sticking to tans or light browns are the best options that appeal to almost anyone. Also, satin or semi-gloss finishes provide the best finish. Matte is too dull and glossy creates glare. Glossy can be used on baseboards, crown molding, railings, and windowsills.
You want potential buyers to be able to see themselves and their belongings in your house. Neutral colors, inside and out, provide a blank canvas on which they can paint their own picture of perfect.