It can’t be said enough – when you’re selling a house, first impressions count.
One of the quickest, easiest, and dramatic ways to stage your home for buyers is with paint. Color plays a big part in selling a house and nothing is better than a fresh coat of paint to make your home look clean, bright, and inviting. In fact, 94% of real estate agents recommend a fresh coat of paint for their clients’ homes. What colors should you choose to appeal to buyers? Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Paint Colors for the Exterior
Painting the exterior of a home can instantly boost curb appeal and you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck by painting the exterior or your house. However, be careful when choosing colors.
The wrong color can actually backfire and turn off a potential buyer. The color you choose needs to blend in with the neighborhood and the architecture of your house.
Fresh, neutral colors are the safest choice since they appeal to the widest pool of potential buyers.
According to a recent survey, the most popular color choice of homes across the country is white, off-white, beige, tan, or brown. These neutral colors were followed by gray, blue, green, and yellow. Not surprisingly, red and pink came in dead last.
Paint Colors for the Interior
Experts say that staged homes sell faster and for higher prices. Painting the interior of your home is an important, as well as a low-cost and effective, way of showcasing your home. If you still have “pinky” beige or peach walls from the 80’s or on a whim decided to paint a room fluorescent green, it’s definitely time for an update. If you plan to stay in your home, paint colors are a personal choice.
When it’s time to sell a home, however, you need to stop thinking about what you want or like and choose paint colors that will appeal to the widest range of buyers. Once again, a neutral color palette is the best bet for the interior of your home.
However, that doesn’t mean you should to stick to white. Choose rich neutral colors that inspire a sense of calm and warmth such as muted beige or sophisticated light gray tones which can attract buyers.
A few more cautions to keep in mind:
- Since light colors make a room appear larger, do not use dark colors in small rooms such as bathrooms or laundry rooms.
- Stay away from bright colors in bedrooms where buyers typically want a peaceful, calm atmosphere. You might consider a soothing blue gray that reflects well in photos.
- Accent colors should be used sparingly. A better and safer way to use bright accent colors is with accessories such as window treatments, pillows, or artwork.
- Since one of the goals of painting is to add value to your home and increase its resale value, consider hiring an experienced professional to ensure quality results.
Follow these tips and you can choose paint colors that will help potential buyers fall in love at first sight and convince them your home is move-in ready.
We at Moorhouse Coating can help you make the best color and finish selections! If you are looking to sell your home or simply add a clean, bright, sparkle to the exterior and interior of your living space… call us TODAY!