You’re ready to sell your home, and you want it to look like a delight for every potential buyer’s eyes. You have done all of the staging, cleaned out the clutter, and paid attention to your curb appeal. But have you thought about your walls? The walls of a house are the canvas on which people envision their future life.
Painting does wonders for enhancing your home’s appeal, especially in a competitive market. It makes your home look fresh, covers up the scuff marks, and can help add color and elegance. It is a way to help new owners imagine a fresh and clean start in a new home.
Paint is one of the most inexpensive ways to prepare a home for the market. But before you start painting everywhere, use these five key ways to spruce up the inside.
Paint the Doors
Doors, especially the entry doors, should have a bright, cheerful color. These invite guests into your home and add personality. But, according to real estate professionals, bright colors are a turnoff for buyers. So if you have a bright entry door, it’s time to paint it back to something neutral — like white, brown, or black.
Your real estate agent can work on the new buyers on the endless possibilities of colors to personalize their new home.
Don’t Forget the Trim
If you paint the walls, don’t ignore the trim. Dirty, scratched, and scuffed trim is a real turn off. Also, if you repaint the trim outside, you can boost your curb appeal too.
Never Be Sloppy
There is nothing worse than spending all of the time and money to paint and doing a poor job of it. Always tape off everything and use drop cloths. It will not only make clean up more comfortable but will make your paint job look professional. When you use sloppy painting techniques, it tells the buyer that you were careless with your home maintenance. They need to feel trust and that they’re buying something that was well-taken care of.
Stick to the Neutral
Yes, there are dozens of color palettes to choose from, but you could be alienating your shoppers if you use too many bright colors. Stick to neutral colors that make it easy for buyers to picture their belongings inside your home. Your home should be like a blank canvas, ready for the buyer to take it somewhere on their own. Stick to ivory, white, beige, or even something from the gray family if you can.
Are you confused about which white to use? Consider hiring a professional color expert. In just one appointment, they can help you pick the right colors for your location and style.
Remember the Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of any home. It is where people spend the most amount of time creating delicious feasts or gathering with friends, which is why it is also the space that gets worn out the fastest.
Remember to paint the roof of the kitchen and all walls to make it look clean and pristine. A clean and fresh looking kitchen will help buyers feel more comfortable and confident about the property.
Use Eco-Friendly Paints
Paints are highly toxic, but there are types of paints like VOC indoor paints you can use. These don’t have harmful odors and won’t give buyers headaches as they walk through your newly painted interior. If you use eco-friendly paints, you can even list it on your description to show buyers that you are interested in protecting the environment. You would be surprised how many buyers look for eco-friendly homes.
A fresh start is an opportunity to reinvent ourselves and our lives. Purchasing a home and moving into a new place is the epitome of change, which is why it’s essential to fall in love with the house we’re buying.
You can help get that “sold” sign quickly by following these easy tips to paint your house’s walls in the perfect way and shade and make buyers fall in love with it.
Thanks to Dirce from Porch for your top tips!