Painting Prior to Selling

I am often asked what painting a home owners should do prior to selling. While each situation is unique, there are some general guidelines to follow and a number of things to consider.

As a basic rule, neutral colors show better than bold colors. A prospective buyer may not like burgundy or gold, or the colors may clash with their furniture. However, sometimes bold colors can help differentiate your home, and in a competitive market this can be beneficial.

A fresh coat of paint can certainly make the home show better. But there is a tradeoff between the cost and the benefits.

Often, painting only the walls is sufficient to improve the appearance. High traffic areas, such as hallways and stairways can exhibit a lot of wear and tear—you should pay particular attention to these areas.

One important consideration is whether the home will be occupied or empty. In an empty home, nail holes and scuff marks will be more noticeable. In such situations, painting the walls becomes more crucial.

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