If you’re planning on selling your home this year, you’ve likely seen countless checklists of things to do prior to listing. It’s true that upgrading a kitchen or bathroom can greatly increase your home’s value, but such projects also involve a high upfront cost. One of the least expensive upgrades you can make before you list is painting the interior and exterior of your home. In this article, we’ll review some of the benefits of home painting, what colors to choose, and why you should consider hiring a professional painter.
Make the right first impression
As the common adage goes, you never get a second chance at a first impression. This is especially true when selling your home. Thanks to the internet, today’s homebuyers are viewing dozens—if not hundreds—of comparable homes in your area every single day, maybe only spending a few seconds looking at photos of each one. Forget “curb appeal”—to attract buyers, your home needs to stand out in the first few seconds on the prospective buyer’s mobile device.
If your home’s exterior paint appears dingy or faded, that’s often the first thing that buyer is going to see. They may not even get to the photos of the inside of your house before moving onto the next listing, and—if they do—dirty or worn interior paint isn’t going to change the subliminal message your home is sending them. Keep in mind that home shopping is more than just data analysis. While people do weigh things such as price, crime rates, or the grades given to local schools, they also make emotional, in-the-moment decisions—especially when deciding what homes they want to investigate further.
Making a great first impression is important, and exterior and interior paint is one of the easiest ways you can upgrade the appearance of your home ahead of listing.
Use color theory to your advantage
There is established science supporting the idea that various colors can impact people’s perception of a space. For example, cooler, calming colors—such as a light purple or blue—can be used to instill a sense of calm in a bedroom. In contrast, a splash of a warmer color, such as yellow or orange, can add energy and alertness to a kitchen. By using colors in your home’s interior paint, you can subliminally influence what buyers might think about the space, including how they envision using it every single day.
For exterior painting, hire a professional
Unless pressed for time ahead of listing, most homeowners can tackle their own interior painting. Exterior painting, however, is often a different story. Done incorrectly, exterior paint can quickly show imperfections or fade, leading to the opposite impact you were hoping for when you started the project in the first place. This is one of the reasons why hiring a professional to handle exterior painting—especially for certain exterior surfaces such as stucco—makes sense.
A professional exterior painter will be able to help you with the following:
- Color selection: Your exterior painter can help you match other colors in the neighborhood or conform to the color pallette outlined by your Homeowners Association.
- Matching features: An exterior painter can provide you with guidance for painting sheds, fences, doors, and other decorative features to either match or complement your exterior paint.
- Quality, timely work: By working with a professional, you get peace of mind knowing that your painting project will be done on-time with no further problems.
Get your home ready for sale
you’re ready to list your home, now’s the time to complete projects and get it ready to sell. For a complete guide to painting the interior and exterior of your home prior to putting it on the market, be sure to check out this infographic: