Over the years I’ve had many, many homeowners ask me if they should paint their house when putting it up for sale. As a homeowner myself, my first impression is no way! And as a painter, I know that for the most part, people repaint as soon as they buy anyway. But… real estate agents will tell you that a good first impression is critically important when selling a home. Most prospective buyers drive by homes before they go inside. If a house looks poorly maintained, or even uninteresting, they just keep driving! So when it comes to painting this is what you should do:
For the exterior there are a few quick fixes that can add curb appeal. Peeling paint can be scraped and touched up; there is no need to re-paint the whole house. Sometimes just power washing can make the exterior look new and updated. Painting the front door, garage door and shutters can update the front of the house and be eye catching. Power washing and re-staining the deck can offer a huge impact.
For the interior repair all cracks, holes, water damage and drywall or plaster imperfections. Buyers don’t want to see signs of a leaking roof or pipe even if they’ve been fixed. Paint all ceilings, closets, previously painted doors, casings, windows and trim, with a white or light color. Closets can be
painted after you move. If the walls are in really bad shape you can prime them for the perspective buyers or use a light neutral color throughout. Beige Grays are really hot right now and they go with everything.
Remove all wallpaper. Buyers hate wallpaper! Every buyer who has ever called us to remove paper has said, “What were they thinking!” I’ve also had calls from people “thinking” about buying a house but want to know how much it would be to remove all the wallpaper, before they make their decision to buy.
A good looking paint job will show a well-maintained appearance to your home which will give you a great first impression and a definite advantage when selling.