Wonderful post by Liz and Bill on tasteful use of color...or not. It truly is the seller's choice, but if you hire a professional to help you sell your home, our advice is to....go as mainstream as you can to appeal to as many buyers as you can.
Tucson is known for it's similar neighborhoods with matching color schemes and themes. How do you think THIS seller will do when the time comes to relocate...
But It's Just Color!
Desert Fawn Fuzz
Chilly Willy Arctic Blizzard Blast
Nantucket Sea Foam Spray
Twilight Eclipse Red Sparkle
It's just color creatively named. Brown, blue, green, red and an nearly infinite palette of shades are available to us to decorate our homes.
Color doesn't make a room physically bigger or smaller, but it can make it FEEL that way. There's a multitude of studies that say this shade is soothing, this hue makes you cranky, this tint makes everything alright....
So the challenge for a Warren County home seller is how much color is okay? What colors are okay? Naturally a seller doesn't want to paint if they don't have to, right? But often the way we live and the way we sell a home are two different styles.
Home buyers come in two basic types:
Group A: Floorplan and amenities are important and anything cosmetic is just cosmetic.
Group B: What do you mean the home isn't move in ready to my exact tastes?? NEXT!!!
As a listing agent (and buyer's agent) you pray for a high number of Group A buyers. They understand that they'll probably change paint colors several times over the time they own the home, so existing colors are no big deal. They may even be planning to use that 10% off Lowe's coupon we can give them to make a major paint run and change the inside of the home immediately after closing and BEFORE they have their furniture moved in. Perfect timing!
Group B? They're tough to please. Remove all your color from the home and it's too stark, not inviting. No "Pottery Barn" and "Martha Stewart" homey touches, so that doesn't fly. But a little too much color and they'll quit on the home, even when the floorplan and price are just right for them.
So what's the solution for the home seller? There's no cut and dry, one size fits all answer. We do recommend taking out the "extreme" colors. Pepto Bismol pink usually needs to go. The screaming neons need neutralized to something more mainstream.
And the less mainstream the paint scheme, the more the seller should expect to hear Group B feedback "didn't like the colors of the home". That's just the way the game is played.
Ultimately the call is up to the seller to do, or not do. We provide the input and the recommendations and then the buyers tell them if they made the correct decision.
All this is just one more reason to get an early jump on preparing your home for sale. Even if you don't plan to sell until next year, calling us out now for a consultation is a great start. We may save you some work, or give you some work. We personalize to YOUR particular circumstances.
So give The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite a call!
Serving Warren County's residential real estate needs,
Liz and Bill aka BLiz
The Liz Spear Team
Elizabeth & William Spear
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Bill direct: 513-520-5305 Fax: 866-302-8418
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