Why it is important to paint before selling your home


As painting experts, we do recommend painting your house if you’re putting it on the market. It may seem like you’re paying out quite a large sum for something you won’t get to enjoy for yourself, but how your house looks can make the difference between you getting your asking price and fair market value, and a prospective buyer beating you down on price as they think you’ve not kept the home in a good state of repair.


Painting the exterior before selling
First impressions last, and it’s your home’s exterior that potential buyers will be examining in detail as they approach your house – they’ll be looking at the window frames, the walls, guttering, and of course your front door. So these are the parts of your exterior you want to ensure are well presented. This is what we call, “curb appeal” in the trade and if the exterior of your house seems badly maintained, buyers will be immediately put off. So if it’s been awhile since you’ve given the old homestead a new lick of paint, it’s time to get the brushes out, or drop a line to the experts here at Sharper and we can transform your facade for you. A newly painted house will stand out from the neighbor’s homes and make a positive impression. But it’s important to choose a neutral color, as this is will more likely to appeal to a wide range of tastes – increasing your chances of making a sale. You may love the idea of a bright pink house and dayglo orange garage door – but this isn’t likely to appeal to the mainstream. Bold colors can fall out of fashion so if you must use them, maybe limit them to areas like the trim or window frames

Make an impression with your interiors

It is probably the interior of your house that most reflects your personality – here you can display the colors you love, and the paintings and ornaments you cherish. The problem here is that people’s tastes vary greatly. You are not trying to sell your outlook on life, you want to sell your home. So it’s well worth taking out the paint brushes and giving potential buyers a bit of a blank canvas. If your walls are of a neutral shade, people looking round will be able to picture how they would live there. They can visualize how their furniture would look in place and imagine what they would do to decorate the place. White, or bright creamy colors like ivory or beige also can open up the smaller rooms of your house, making them look larger and brighter. A lick of paint also eliminates dirty marks, scratches and peeling paint that can lead to buyers thinking that your home hasn’t been taken care of, or that larger issues may be found below the surface. You might also think about getting rid of wallpaper. Wallpaper choice can be highly personal and can turn buyers off. It also tends to make a house feel outdated rather quickly. We all remember those bright and zany 70s wallpapers that were once seen everywhere but now seem irredeemably kitch. What’s more, people hate removing wallpaper and if they suspect they may have to spend their first few months in a new home, stripping paper off the walls, they may think twice about buying.

If you are planning to sell your house in the next few months, why not leave it up to the professionals at All American Painting & Construction Inc. We can give your home that “must-buy” look, while you get more time to dedicate to the big move.