Homeowners looking to sell their homes are usually given roomfuls of information concerning the best ways to prepare their houses for sale. While there is certainly a lot that can be done to prepare your home – and trust us, some homes need more TLC than others! – we like to keep it simple. One of the most effective ways to up the appeal of your home is paint. While it means a weekend of rollers and drop cloths for you, or a chunk of change to bring i
n professionals, painting is the best way to create a mostly blank canvas on which potential buyers can envision their lives.
“But the Walls Look Alright!”
The walls might look good enough for you, but try to view them through the eyes of a buyer. Soapy steam from the bathrooms, odors from pets, and smoke from years of accidentally overcooking your Thanksgiving bird, and more, all settle on the walls and ceilings. Moreover, there could be faded patches or pictures on the walls, or chipped and peeled areas where furniture has rubbed up against the walls. You’ll also want to consider removing any wallpaper in your house (let’s be honest – it’s pretty 20th century). Repainting will even out the color and freshen the place up. And think of it this way – it’s the cheapest “remodel” available to you as a seller!
What Does It Accomplish?
A fresh coat of paint communicates a lot to the buyers – most importantly, that you’re serious enough about selling your home to invest some time and money in the process. It’s also a good way to emotionally detach from your house – certain colors can bring to mind powerful memories, and painting can help you start thinking of the home as someone else’s. Here are a few other advantages:
Paint prevents moisture from damaging the walls, and prevents dust, dirt, and other allergens from clinging to the walls
Using low volatile organic compounds (VOC) paints or VOC-free paints provide potential buyers with asthma and allergies a home with good air quality
Paint prevents moisture from damaging the walls in addition to preventing dust, dirt and other allergens from clinging to the walls
Color Me Confused
If you’re confused or overwhelmed by the sheer number of colors available, remember that neutral colors sell a house! Your local home improvement store has a paint expert who can help you, and you can always consult your Realtor. Beige can give small rooms and dark hallways a bright, spacious feel. Light gray looks great in bathrooms, and a bright white energizes kitchens. Avoid loud colors, as they’re often off-putting to buyers. Still feel overwhelmed? Consult your Realtor and local home improvement store paint expert.
It’s satisfying to look around a newly painted room – it has that “new house” smell. If you have questions about where to start with your home’s paint job, or need recommendations for painters her in Anchorage, give us a call or email us!