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Should I paint before I sell?

painted bedroom before and after being painted with a neutral color

Getting ready to put your home on the market?

If you want to maximize profits, simple home improvements like painting your house can lead to an exponential increase in value. While painting does require an initial investment (ask me about finding a pay-at-closing contractor), it is one of the easiest projects you can take on before you decide to sell and makes a big impact!

Interior Paint

A fresh, neutral color on the interior of your home will make it appeal to the most buyers. It will also help potential buyers be able to visualize themselves in the space because a neutral color palate goes with just about anything, including their own stuff! Repainting the home can also make the home appear larger by giving it a more cohesive look. According to a survey conducted by HomeGain, interior home repainting yields an ROI of 107% on average!

Depending on how long it has been since you last painted the interior of your home, it may be time for a refresh. Some signs that it is time to paint may be faded and discolored paint from the sun shining through the windows, peeling and chipping paint, scuff marks, scratches, and grease stains. Another sure sign that it is time to paint is that the colors may not appeal to all buyers. Dark walls or bright, bold colors may match your style but they will probably not appeal to the largest number of buyers.

room painted with green walls

A room can feel small and dark depending on the color of the walls.

same room painted with white walls

With a neutral color on the wall, the room feels brighter and larger.

Exterior Paint

The exterior of the home is one of the first things a buyer will see and curb appeal is important for making a lasting impression. It will help buyers get a sense of what they can expect when they walk through the front door. A freshly painted exterior using on-trend colors will always look good! According to a survey by HomeGain, painting the exterior of the home leads to a 55% ROI.

So how do you know if you need to paint the exterior? Dull or faded paint, flaking and peeling paint, water damage, mold, and mildew are all signs that a new paint job may be necessary. Cracked caulk, gaps between siding, and wood rot may be a sign that a new paint job and possibly even the replacement of materials is needed. However, make sure to do any repairs before painting, including replacing wood rot and water damage and taking care of any mold issues.


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With this Homeowner Helper Tip, you can feel confident tackling one of life’s most hated tasks with ease. Please check my other Homeowner tips here. You will find tips and tricks for other home maintenance issues such as wallpaper removal and cleaning your oven that may come up in your future!

And as always…

Here’s to successful homeownership, please share with your friends and family.

And when they ask if you know of any great places to find a home in Austin and Central Texas, you tell them that…

Kathy Knows!

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