Potential buyers are very critical of everything in your house. Before you put your house up for sale you need to do a walk through and look at the paint on the walls as critically as a buyer would. Walk around the exterior as well. If there is chipped or faded paint, buyers may not be as interested in your “home for sale” as a freshly painted one down the block.
Paint Rooms with Neutral Colors to Improve Chances of a Sale
Just because dark red walls in the dining room fit your style doesn’t mean the potential house buyer will like it. Everyone has a different style taste and buyers may take an immediate dislike to dark colors or to bold bright colors.
Select a soft neutral color to paint the walls in your home before you put it up for sale. Soft neutral paint will also make the room appear brighter and larger. This is a big plus for home buyers.
Also paint any “gender specific” bedrooms with a neutral color such as beige or off white. Your little girl may love the bright pink walls, but if someone that looks at your house has a boy, they will see an immediate need to paint the room before they can move in.
Look over all of the trim around windows and doors. A fresh coat of white paint will draw attention to the door and windows, making them much more inviting and welcoming. Painting the ceiling a soft white will also appear to make it seem higher, giving the effect of a much more spacious room.
Kitchen cabinets are a big concern to homebuyers. If your house has older, outdated cabinets the buyer will see dollar signs and an expensive remodel. You can freshen the kitchen cabinets with a coat of paint. It will make them stylish and bright. Wooden cabinets can easily be painted by removing the hardware on the doors and drawers.
Paint the Outside to Make Your Home Appear Warm and Inviting
Curb appeal is a big deal when you are trying to sell your home. If a buyer drives up and doesn’t immediately like what they see, they may not even come in the home. Stand in front of your home and check it with a critical eye. Make sure your front entrance is clean, bright and clutter free.
If you have a porch with railings, give them a fresh coat of paint. Wrought iron railings can be quickly spray painted, to brighten up their look. Be sure to lay a drop cloth or newspaper under them to absorb any overspray as you paint the railings.
Shutters fade after months or years in the sun. You can match the paint as close as possible, or you can change it to give your house a new look. Shutters can easily be painted while attached, using a small paint brush or roller. You can also take them down, spray them clean with a hose and then paint them with a spray paint. People will appreciate the fact that the house has been freshly painted. That may make a big difference in your house being sold or not.
Here’s an article to help you choose the right paint rollers when you paint your house: