Painting Is One Of The Best Return On Investments For Resale
Painting your home still remains one of the most cost-effective ways to increase your homes resale value. It is the largest impact of change you can make to your home. A fresh coat of paint will give your house a clean look and feel. It’s all about curb appeal, if the exterior of your house is shabby looking, potential buyers might just drive by having no further interest to see inside.
Be Careful That Do It Yourself Work Doesn’t Have A Negative Effect
When you are considering doing the painting yourself, be confident you are able to do a good job. If the work looks substandard it will actually have the opposite effect and decrease the value of your home. Improper paint preparation will stand out and give the impression that you are careless and possibly trying to hide something under a hasty paint job. If you do receive an offer it’s likely the buyer will have made it taking into consideration the cost of re-painting.
Paint To Prevent Buyers From Thinking Problems Exist
Buyers look for evidence of leaks in the ceilings and cracking in the walls. Painting will hide blemishes that could make buyers suspect possible problems. This could cause a buyer to offer a lower price, or scared them off entirely. Drywall cracks should be repaired. Once the source of a water stain is resolved it should be sealed and painted over. Your fixing of a problem won’t accomplish anything if you leave behind the visual evidence. If it’s clear that you didn’t take the time or effort to maintain the paint on the interior or exterior of your house it might make the buyer question what else you have not kept on top of.
Remember You Are Painting To Sell
Remember you are painting for resale and not for your own personal taste. It is recommended to stay away from bold or dramatic colours. By keeping colours in neutral tones you will appeal to the largest market of buyers. This doesn’t mean everything has to be painted white or beige. You can still create an interesting look by using subtle neutral tones. You want to give the feel of a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Create a liveable space that anyone will be able to move into and insert their own furnishings without feeling the need to make a bunch of immediate changes. This is also true when painting the exterior of the house. Buyers do not want to have such a negative feeling about the colour that it becomes one of the first changes they feel they need to make.
What areas are most necessary to paint if I am going to sell my house?
- A freshly painted front door and/or the foyer or entry area will create a pleasing welcome and good first impression.
- The main living areas of the home where the most time is spent such as living rooms, family rooms and kitchens.
- Buyers can easily get turned off by bathrooms. If the ones in your home are not looking their best considering freshing them up with paint.
- Any areas that appear dingy, weathered or stained or are in visual need of painting because of chipping or peeling paint.
- Areas with bold or dramatic colours, paint them over with more subtle colours to appeal to the majority of home buyers.
- Children’s rooms that have had personal decorating or applications put on the walls.
- Spaces with trendy or dramatic faux finishing.
- Rooms with extremely outdated colours trends from the past. Remember hunter green and burgandy walls from the 90’s.
- Ceilings that have discolourations or water stains, this is something that stands out to buyers and may trigger red flags. (make sure the source of any water stains have been resolved prior to painting
If you have an older home it can be given a renewed look with the proper repair of imperfections in the walls, doors, baseboard and trims. Don’t forget to take your ceilings into consideration, many people do not realize how discoloured their ceilings have become. Having them freshly painted can add a lot of brightness to your rooms. The exterior of an older home can be brought up to date with the right colour selections. Old siding can be made to look new again by sanding, filling nail holes and caulking cracks before it is painted.
Exterior Before and After Painting For A Home Being Prepped To Sell
Consideration was being taken to put new siding on this older home. It was deemed to be too costly. We did a lot of preparation work to the existing siding. Rough areas were sanded and any cracks between the ranch boards were filled with caulking. All imperfections in the siding were filled. A more up to date colour was chosen. Other details of the house and landscaping were changed as well to give a more updated look. Overall the painting made the largest impact. The costs of the updating were still much cheaper than re-siding the house. The renewed look was much more stylish and modern.
The wood siding on this house was old and tired looking, but it was still in good condition. Trim was added around the windows to modernized the house. A new front door and deck were added and landscaping was done to add curb appeal. We were asked to do a complete paint job on the siding and all the trim work. What a difference! A weathered house was turned into a classy looking property. To see more photos of this house makeover see our album: Exterior Transformation For Resale