Paint Before Listing- but NOT Everything!

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with got agent? MD 636504

Most agents will tell you that remodeling your home right before coming on the market is not such a great idea because it’s extremely difficult to get dollar for dollar out of it.  That’s not true all of the time, but a good deal of the time it is.

I advise my Sellers that a minimum of carpet and paint should be addressed before listing their home.  You want the home to show as new as possible and painting walls and laying new carpet go a long way toward sprucing up your home.  Obviously, you should choose neutral colors and introduce splashes of color in to the home with blankets, comforters, furniture, pillows, decorative pieces, etc.

But here’s a word to the wise: Make sure to tell your painters that they are NOT to paint the outlets in the home. I see this over and over again when evaluating Gaithersburg Real Estate and North Potomac Real Estate. Sellers are unaware that a property inspector will fail those outlets if they’ve been painted.  It’s ok to paint the outlet cover but not the outlet itself.  It might slow the painter down a bit when they have to paint around the outlet.  However, your painter won’t be anywhere around when you’re hiring an electrician after a property inspection to replace outlets because the painter wanted to take a shortcut!

And, it's ditto for electrical panel covers- don't paint them!

Posted by

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Topic:
Home Improvement
Location:
Maryland
Tags:
selling
advice
painting

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Rainmaker
755,480
David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Laveen, AZ
Your local Expert

I would also say, lets not paint the windows shut either.........and........wow I could go on

Aug 09, 2016 09:28 AM #1
Rainer
19,578
Jamie Flournoy
got agent? - Gaithersburg, MD

Yes, and how about leaving the electrical panel cover alone? I was at a property inspection the other day when the inspector refused to cut the paint on and around the electrical panel cover to inspect the wiring behind it because he didn't want to be responsible for any damage done to the wall. So, guess who did cut around the cover so that it could be removed? It was either that or the inspector would have to return at a later date and somebody is going to pay for that. It took me a full 30 minutes carefully cutting around it so that it could be unscrewed from the wall! What we don't do for our clients.

Aug 09, 2016 10:35 AM #2
Rainmaker
3,052,041
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Hi Jamie Flournoy!

Thanks for a great post pointing out the dos and donts of painting before going active on the market!

We like your writing style!

We wish you great success with your blog posts and networking with other members of Active Rain!

We clicked the “Follow” button on your profile so that we will be alerted to your future blog posts and can read and comment on them, and we invite you to "follow us" - should you be interested. There is no requirement or obligation for you to do so, but we would be honored if you choose to do so!

Aug 17, 2016 12:49 AM #3
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Rainer
19,578

Jamie Flournoy

Ask me a question
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention