Painting Tips for Home Sellers

Posted by Justin Havre on Monday, December 17th, 2018 at 12:09pm.

Painting Tips to Help Your Home Sell FasterPainting your home before selling it is one of the best ways to get it sold faster and for a better price. But this only applies if the job is done the right way. Otherwise, sellers could hurt their chances of getting their home sold quickly, and they may need to take a price reduction to generate interest. Fortunately, there are some tips sellers can follow in order to make sure their home is painted right.

Match the Neighbourhood Colours

Whether a seller likes the colours in a neighbourhood or not does not really matter. They're going to be moving away. When a house is re-painted, it should follow the basic colour scheme of the neighbourhood so it blends in and does not stand out in a way that is not appealing to buyers. Homes that are painted bright or unique colours often have more trouble selling.

The Best Colors to Use When Painting Rooms in Your House

Choosing the colour to paint a home before listing it to sell can be a challenge. Sellers must choose paint colours aimed specifically at buyers. These colours are often different from the shades that homeowners choose when painting for themselves. 

Often buyers prefer neutrals like cream, brown, gray and white. These colours are favorable because they match a variety of other colors and they look good in real estate photos as well.

Homeowners who are having a hard time picking the right colour for themselves can make their final decision by painting samples on the walls. After painting samples on the walls, homeowners must view those samples in different qualities of light to get a true sense of what the paint looks like on the wall. 

Make Sure to Prep the Right Way

A home has to be prepped before painting, or the new paint may not look right when it is done. For sellers who are re-painting their homes, the prep work can be more important than the final coat itself. It may be necessary to scrape the old paint off, pressure wash the house, make repairs, or otherwise make changes, especially if the seller is changing the colour.

Take Your Time

Taking your time with painting is important. While it is understandable that sellers want to get the home painted and on the market, doing a sloppy job can reduce the home's value and make it less likely to be sold quickly. Cutting corners and being in too much of a hurry can mean the job does not look as nice, and that buyers will be less interested in the home.

Focus On the Details

Details matter, and when a seller does a good job painting trim, around windows, and other small areas where detail is required, the paint job looks much better overall. That can mean the difference between getting it sold quickly or having it sit on the market for a long time.

Keep Things Cleaned Up

Cleaning up the mess as you go along is important. Potential buyers may drive by your house all the time, not realizing that it is about to be up for sale. If they see a seller taking good care of the house and painting it carefully, that can mean a favorable impression that will stick around when the "For Sale" sign goes in the yard.

Ask For Help and Opinions

There is no shame in asking for help, or asking what someone else thinks of the job that is getting done. By doing this, sellers have a better idea if they are on the right track when it comes to painting their house, so they can keep it looking great. A well-presented home can offer sellers a competitive edge in a busy market, be it in Northwest Calgary or elsewhere.

Know When To Hire a Professional

In some cases, it is better to hire someone else. Big houses that are very tall or intricate, or houses that have specific problems or issues that have to be addressed, may be better off with professional painters. That is something for a seller to keep in mind before they start buying supplies.

Check Local Codes

The local codes and regulations matter when painting a house. Be sure you know what those codes are, and if you need any kind of permission to paint your home. That way you will not be violating any rules.

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