Looking to sell your home? Experienced real estate agents will tell you that first impressions are everything when it comes to home sales. You never have a second chance to make a positive first impression. In fact, real estate studies show that most home buyers make up their mind about a house within seconds of pulling up to the curb. While it is important to have a home in good repair, located within a good community and priced right, it is also critical for a home buyer to like the look and feel of the home.
The color palette of a home is key to attracting the largest amount of potential buyers. Wall colors set the stage for homebuyers to envision their own furnishings and belongings in the space. This means that while it may be fun to have a bold color choice on exterior and interior of your home, it may not appeal to homebuyers who may not want the hassle of repainting or redecorating. Real estate agents therefore, tend to suggest repainting a home in neutral colors.
Neutral colors does not mean being trapped in a world of white and beige. There are a wide range of subtle and muted tones that can appeal to a wide range of buyers. A fresh coat of paint can be just what the doctor ordered for an exterior that looks dirty or dated. A professional painter, who has experience painting for resale can show you how to play up the architecture, light and small spaces in your home. Here are just a few tips to consider when painting for resale.
- Exterior – Painting the exterior of a home can greatly improve curb appeal as the color will look fresh and new. The outside tells homebuyers what to expect inside. You want a home that is both warm and inviting to drive up to every day. Homebuyers generally want muted tones for the exterior, like: off-white, taupe, putty, wheat, Cyprus green, and mild tones of yellow. Be sure, when choosing, that you keep in mind the colors of the closest neighbors as well as the surrounding natural environment.
- Kitchens – If your kitchen is connected to a dining room or great room, be sure to choose colors that coordinate with the color schemes in those rooms as well. The color you choose should blend with or complement the cabinets, floor and counters, or you may want to paint the walls the same color as one of the accent colors from, say, a tile backsplash.
- Living Rooms – The living room is where many people spend a majority of their time. Look for a hue that looks classic and could go with multiple styles of furnishings. Stay away from dramatic colors like deep purples, terra cotta and colors that may turn off some homebuyers.
- Small Spaces – If you have a small room, paint it in a light color that will make it seem airy and more open. Dark colors may make a room seem smaller than it really is.