Pros of Painting

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes BK3034057

ID-10070149Whether you’re selling your house to move up or scale down, your home will need some sprucing up before you begin to let strangers through the front door. Many experts suggest painting to help sell your house, especially if the paint currently on your walls is dark or personalized to go with your own tastes. You might think that this is a lot of work to do just so you can sell your house, but there is more than just the esthetic reasons for painting, there is also the psychological impact that colors have on people.

Fresh paint gives new life to a room, change the color and you can give new possibilities to the space. Painting and  rearrange the furniture can make all the difference to the appearance of the room and the how the space can be used. When you begin to see how making these simple adjustments affects you, you’ll understand how this presentation can make a stranger do a double take.

Colors have a profound effect on people. Certain colors can evoke emotions in us even if we’re unaware of it. Pastels can have a calming effect, making people feel relaxed and more at home in a space that is unfamiliar. Think of how some colors are described, hospital green, clinic pink, these are colors you want to stay away from because if they make you feel uncomfortable, they probably will someone else as well.

It takes a real designer to make a statement with furniture and paint color. Unless you’ve had your home professionally decorated, you will have to paint over that personal color you chose that goes with your throw pillows and complements the color in your couch fabric. The best way to test whether your personalized color is too much is to ask your real estate agent what they think would help you to sell the house. If your agent thinks you should repaint, then prepare to get out your rollers.

When you’re selecting a new color, think neutral. You want the people coming to see your house to envision themselves living in the home. Before painting you should take down personal photos, pack them away and putty over the nail holes. Select a paint color that has a light brown or grey tint if you’re not going to paint your walls a beige color.

People will expect to do some amount of painting in a previously owned home, but they won’t want to do it right away. If your color palette is too bright, dark or all over the place, the people who come through your house are going to think about all the work it’s going to take to paint over it and pass on your gorgeous home. Instead highlight your home’s potential by giving it some neutral fresh paint. If your not sure which colors to choose, go to a professional painting store and speak with someone who can give you a color palette that will work with your furniture and help you neutralize the space.

The most important part of showing your home is that the people who come to see it see the possibilities in it, and can picture themselves living there. If there’s too much of you around, the visitors won’t be able to do that and it will turn them away. No one said you had to paint every room, obviously bedrooms are going to be more personal, they’re bedrooms, but living spaces are important to neutralize so the potential buyers see the beauty in the home and not the work they have to do.

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Vanessa Franz Barnes - Broker Associate/Realtor ®

Keller Williams Realty

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Comments (2)

David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Buyers like to walk into a well taken care home, a coat of fresh paint says a lot.

Oct 03, 2014 12:18 AM
Karen Mathers - REALTOR®
Keller Williams Vero Beach - Vero Beach, FL
When it Matters, Choose Mathers! 772-532-3221

Right on point with this one, colors can scare people.  Their first thought is too much work or the colors could make the room seem darker or smaller.  As David mentioned above, the fresh paint also gives the impression that you keep up with the home. 

Oct 03, 2014 12:45 AM