So, you’ve decided to move? Now what? Before you put your house on the market in Kansas City, you will probably need to consider making some improvement. When selling your house, one of the big questions you may start to ask is: “Should I paint my house before selling?” It may seem like a big investment to paint before you sell, but in actuality: painting before selling is relatively inexpensive when you consider the higher price it could sell for.
Reasons to Paint the Exterior of Your House Before Putting out the “For Sale” Sign
When you look at your house from across the street, does it look tired and faded? If so, a paint job may be in order. Fresh exterior paint can be a major upgrade to the appearance of a house which adds dollars to offers from potential home-buyers.
- Your home will look newer. By adding new paint to your facade, you are making the home exterior more appealing to everyone around you. Even the simplest paint job can do wonders to your facade.
- First impressions matter: The entrance of your home creates the first impression to home buyers. You want to hit them hard, right at first, with the “curb appeal”. Remember you don’t get a second chance at first impression. A nicely colored doorway draws your eye right to the door leading people into the house.
- Removes marks and stains: It is impossible to keep your home exterior as clean as it was when you bought the house. But, a nice paint job can go a long way toward giving you that desirable fresh and clean look.
Before the Open House: Reasons to Paint Inside
- Your home will look newer. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for any room in your house, from the kitchen to the master bath to the living area. Even if your house is 100 years old, paint can completely transform it.
- Your home will have a cohesive appearance. If you’ve been living in your house for a long time, you might have undertaken several paint jobs. While each paint job served its purpose, the end result might have left your home looking a bit in-cohesive. By repainting all the main areas in your house, you ensure anyone who walks through the door will feel like the whole look and feel has been pulled together.
- Homebuyers can envision their furnishings in your house. When a potential homebuyer walks into your house, you want them to be able to visualize how their favorite items and decor will look in the spaces. A fresh coat of neutral paint can be just the canvas for that type of envisioning process.
- Staging will be easier. Will your realtor be staging your home rather than using your own items to decorate the rooms? Staging is much simpler when a streamlined color palette has been chosen and applied to the walls and ceilings.
Painting Tips for Selling a House
Before any paint touches your home’s walls, keep these hints in mind:
- Neutrals really are a good idea. You might love bright colors and textures, but homebuyers won’t necessarily appreciate or share your taste. Since you’re not planning on living in your house much longer, save the stronger hues for your new property and choose warm neutrals for the walls of the house you’re selling.
- Hire a professional to get the job done. Not only will the finished product look better than if you had painted yourself, but it will probably have a better chance of getting done on your preferred time schedule. Plus, you’ll be able to spend your time on other aspects of prepping your home for sale.
- Air out your home before your first open house. No one wants to smell new paint when they walk into a house. Make sure you clear the air thoroughly so no fumes remain. Usually, it only takes a few days for paint odors to wear off. Your painting expert can help you determine how to best reduce the smells associated with new paint jobs.
When you’re ready to make get your house ready for this hot Kansas City market, call Distinctive Quality Painting. We’ll work with you on an appropriate schedule to get your home ready to sell.