Dear TZ - Should I paint before I list my house?

Real Estate Agent with Remax First Realty II 0790808

Dear TZ,

My kitchen is a little dingy and we were thinking about painting it. But now my husband's job is moving and we're going to have to sell. Should we paint now, or is it better to let the buyer pick out a paint color themselves?

Carole Colour


Dear Carole,

Paining is usually a good thing to do before putting your house on the market.  Paint and brush

Here's what you should consider doing.   Paint any walls or rooms that have bright or dark colors with a neutral colored paint.  Eggshell, ivory or a light beige are nice colors that will match most anything.   If you have any paint  that's peeling or looks really old, consider scraping, sanding and repainting, again with a neutral color.

If you're a smoker, you should definitely paint.  Consider a paint that masks the smoke smell.  You can even add some vanilla extract to the paint before applying.  But DON'T smoke in the house as that could really turn off a potential buyer.

If there's any holes or joints showing you should spackle and tape before painting.  

The bottom line is that you don't need to spend a lot of money to improve the look of the home and a small investment of time and money might even bring you more money when you sell.

Good Luck!!

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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Painting the hosue before listing it is one item that helps sell quickly and you can recoup the cost in  most cases. But keep it neutral.

Mar 11, 2013 08:38 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Excellent points here, Wayne & Jean.  On the topic of smokers/masking the smell, Kilz (which is a paint primer) should help.  We have used that several times on the floors to mask urine odors.

Mar 11, 2013 08:39 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Thanks for stopping by, Gita and Debbie!

Mar 15, 2013 11:29 PM