Quick tip: If your house faces north... make it shine brighter for resale!

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Pretty simple notion:
If the entry of a house faces north, it will not see the light of day.  This means it will be in shadow or backlit, as the one above just down my street!

This house was built with brown bricks.  I wish I had taken a picture of it while it was being completely painted over.

A darkened elevation/facade is a liability for a few reasons.  If you have a humid environment, then mold will inevitably start growing.  In my same neighborhood a stucco house has perennial mold issues, facing north, and it looks terrible.  So you have an upkeep situation. 

In the case of brick houses, where mold may be easily power sprayed off (by the way, the best mold deterrant for stucco is to use an ancient remedy - a lime mix!), and is not a problem, the issue of dark brick or stone or wood on a northern face means the house can appear gloomy.

This may not be apparent initially, but with large canopy trees shading the yard as well, the house is in perpetual shade and loses its attraction.  Try facing north everytime you talk to your friends and see what happens!

So the quick fix, and not too expensive, is to paint the brick a much lighter color.  Perhaps dark stonework can also be painted lighter as well.  The old stained Tudor styles or contemporaries from the 60s and 70s may exhibit the same problem.  

You gotta wash that gloom right out of your hair!

Lighter colors on northern facing homes make the house more attractive and up the chances of a quicker resale!  It is literally a difference between day and night...

Comments (6)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi John- great tip since curb appeal goes a long way in setting up the first impression. It helps to trim overgrown trees and bushes and add some life with colorful plants. 

Apr 02, 2021 05:39 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning John.

Never really thought about it, our home faces south,so I guess we are good to go

Apr 03, 2021 12:36 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi John - how well I know this story.  I am always power washing the north side of my house.

Apr 03, 2021 03:30 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is great advice from you.  I am happy to read your posts once again.  Wishing you a Happy Easter. A

Apr 03, 2021 10:46 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

John, great post, sorry I almost missed it.   A home facing north in Denver does really make a difference in the winter!  

Apr 28, 2021 07:01 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

John Henry, Florida Architect - You send an important message and a remedy too! There have been homes I listed that were very challenging to photograph for the reasons you explained. No matter what time of the day I got there, I ended up with gloomy looking photographs. Your easy fix for Stucco and dark bricks can make a thousand dollars or more difference! Thank you, John!

Jul 12, 2021 06:49 PM