Paint Colors That Sell
A Neutral Color Doesn’t Have to Mean Boring
When you put your house on the market you have to create a neutral canvas upon which a potential buyer can visualize their ‘stuff’. It’s a hard place to get especially if you’re still living in the house. So be prepared to refresh the walls with some neutral paint colors that greet homebuyers with the vibe that says, “I could live here!”
Try to remember back to your first home buying experience. I bet you immediately began to place your furniture in every room of the house. If that house was painted in neutral colors and depersonalized of the owner’s items it was infinitely easier to see yourself living there. Fresh paint leaves the impression the house is clean, well cared for and best of all, you don’t have to paint the minute you move in. In today’s economy and housing market these are big pluses.
A fresh coat of paint not only provides a neutral setting, it provides the opportunity to have unsightly cracks or holes in the walls repaired. Take this time to also have your painter refresh your trim. This is very important. Freshly painted walls are pointless if the trim work is dinged and dirty.
Don’t think dictionary definition of the word neutral and think you’ll be living in a dull, bland world. Neutral means something entirely different as far as paint colors are concerned. It encompasses yellows, grays, greens, browns and even blues, so you do have some beautiful color choices. Take a look at these “neutral” palettes from both Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams. Not too shabby!
What these lovely paint colors will accomplish is to create light, the illusion of height in rooms with lower ceilings, and help a small space appear larger – so the payoff is huge.
Don’t just stop with the inside walls, the exterior of your home is just as important. In fact, it may be more important merely because it’s the first thing a buyer sees. What realtors and designers alike call curb appeal begins with the appearance of your home’s siding, roof, gutters, etc. If you see mold a potential buyer sees mold. If the roof is old and gutters are rusty a potential buyer sees additional hassles down the road.
Neutral is again the key word when considering exterior paint colors. Here are some great examples you can discuss with your paint expert as possibilities for your home.
The outlook for existing home sales in the Grand Rapids area is looking up so don’t skip this vitally important step toward selling your home. Take the time to freshen up your home inside and out with a neutral paint color and broaden your chances for a rewarding home selling experience.