Quiet down that paint!

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

HOLY LOUD PAINT JOB BATMAN!!!

 

Think the owner is a Florida Gators fan?

So I recently sold a house that had the most hideous paint job(not the one above). Not only did the exterior look like a creamsickle, but the interior was a mix of lime green, bright pink and orange. I felt like I was walking through a bag of skittles! Honestly Mr. Seller... do you really think buyers are going to be attracted to your horrible taste in paint?

I have been trying for the longest time to understand peoples decision making process when it comes to paint color. I think I am going to give up because I have no idea who in their right state of mind would paint their house a ridiculous color. It's almost like they want their homes value to decrease in addition to having every neighbor out for their head! How would you like to see the above house every morning when you walk out your front door? I would literally lose my mind!

So here is the question to my fellow realtors out there: How much does a loud paint job really deter a buyer?

I have found that if the price is right, the buyer could care less what the paint looks like because it is so easy to repaint. I have also heard that some buyers will not even step foot in a house when the paint is too painful to look at.

What are your experiences?

Comments (26)

Peter Mann
Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue, WA
Peter Mann Seattle-Bellevue Real Estate Agent

Thank you for your response Erik. Obviously as agents we understand that concept all to well, but some people out there just blow my mind!

 

Aug 15, 2008 06:50 AM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor

Peter,

While paint is something that can be fixed, it often is not easy, quick, or inexpensive to do. On something major like this, it would seem to be a major factor.

Steve

Aug 15, 2008 06:54 AM
Peter Mann
Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue, WA
Peter Mann Seattle-Bellevue Real Estate Agent

Thank you for your comments Steve :-)

 

Aug 15, 2008 07:01 AM
Nathan Diones
Regioncy Real Estate - Redlands, CA

WoW! Go Gators! You have a good chance of selling to a Gators fan!

Aug 15, 2008 07:05 AM
AMY SHRADER
Hurst Real Estate & Auction - Morristown, TN

i think it depends on the buyer who is looking at the home.  someone buying it for investment---paint not an issue, they will take care of it.  someone looking to buy it for primary, especially if its their 1st home--this paint job will be a huge turn off

Aug 15, 2008 07:39 AM
Peter Mann
Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue, WA
Peter Mann Seattle-Bellevue Real Estate Agent

Thank you for your comments Nathan and Amy :-)

 

Aug 15, 2008 08:13 AM
Pam Pugmire
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate

Peter~ I think you're right.....If the price is right they don't care about paint...but only if they are someone who doesn't mind a fixer upper.  (Some people don't want to mess with a fixer upper even if they could hire the work done.)  Also  if it's going to cost $3000 to paint it......they will want at least $6000 off the price if not more! 

If someone really wants to sell their home for a reasonable price, they need to have it painted a reasonable color! 

PS  I think that belongs to a BSU fan!  Go Broncos!!!

Aug 15, 2008 08:52 AM
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

If it was priced right, taking into account the cost of repainting, then it would be fine. I think that this is where a combination of a good, straightforward Realtor and stager could really be effective. BTW, there was a horrible house almost directly across the street from the house I grew up in in Memphis that had replace the entire front yard with a desert scene, complete with rocks and cacti; Memphis is not near the desert! It was the bane of the neighborhood, but I bet for the right price, it would easily sell!

Aug 15, 2008 08:53 AM
Peter Mann
Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue, WA
Peter Mann Seattle-Bellevue Real Estate Agent

Thank you for your comments Pam and Rich.

 PAM: I totally spaced on the broncos colors :-) One of my best friends is from Boise and is always talking about Broncos this and Broncos that. I should have known...

Aug 15, 2008 09:54 AM
Anthon Pang
iPro Realty Ltd., Brokerage - Mississauga, ON
Broker

You could spend a lifetime and still not understand the rationale behind some color schemes.  I've stopped wondering why one neighbor painted the panels on his garage doors in an orange and black checker pattern, or another, black with red trim.

If color is a part of a discussion with a seller, focus on the psychology of color and how it may affect buyers.

Aug 15, 2008 01:11 PM
Peter Mann
Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue, WA
Peter Mann Seattle-Bellevue Real Estate Agent

Thank you for your comments Anthon. I appreciate it!

Aug 15, 2008 03:33 PM
Pam Pugmire
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate

How could you forget the Broncos?  ; )

They are awesome, and I will have to post their schedule here soon!

Aug 15, 2008 05:00 PM
Sherry Scales
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Leander, TX
Realtor, for Austin, TX and surrounding areas

We are such a visual species. First impressions are everything! If the client is looking for a little fixer-upper...paint is no problem. But if they are looking for a move in ready home..they are scared!  You have to remind them paint is cheap! And would be a great negotiating item.  A home across the street from us, was all off white except for one 1/2 wall that was painted red. 3 months later, theyprimed and painted the wall off white. Sold in 4 days. -  But we know if you show an all "builder white" home... the clients always say.."This home needs some color!" 

I had a client one time that refused to consider buying a home because the current owner had a square dining room table.  He had a round table.  I had to remind him, they are taking the square table with them!

Aug 15, 2008 05:17 PM
Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island

PETER - I would think that in a buyer's market, it is a huge deterrent.  There is enough inventory out there for buyers to be choosy.  The only way that buyers would view the home is if the price were below market.

Aug 15, 2008 10:11 PM
Peter Mann
Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue, WA
Peter Mann Seattle-Bellevue Real Estate Agent

Thank you Sherry and Adam for your comments :-) I appreciate it!

Aug 17, 2008 03:25 PM
Tyrone Brown
Sumter, SC

Great Picture, I had to laugh. Thanks

Aug 17, 2008 03:36 PM
Peter Mann
Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue, WA
Peter Mann Seattle-Bellevue Real Estate Agent

Glad to be of humor to you Tyrone :-)

Aug 18, 2008 02:10 AM
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