There are a lot of factors that go into deciding whether or not to paint your home before listing it. We’re here to help break them down so you can make the best choice for you and your home.
- Is your home outdated? If your home still has wall paper from 2001, it probably needs an update. Your home doesn’t have to be perfectly trendy to sell, but you should avoid very bright colors and opt to go for a calm, neutral tone in primary rooms so buyers can picture themselves in the space. Older homes built before 1978 may also have lead paint, which needs to be replaced.
- Is your paint in good condition? While the style of the home may be current, if the paint is chipping or faded that may indicate to buyers that the home hasn’t been well taken care of. On the exterior of the home you should also look for spots with water damage, mold, mildew, or wood rot that need to be repaired and repainted. Adding a fresh coat of paint can tidy things up.
- Does your house fit the neighborhood? If your home is drastically different from the rest of those around it, you may need to change the paint to be more cohesive. Having a home that stands out too much can ward buyers off.
Homes don’t always need to be freshly painted to do well on the market, but if there are issues with the paint or your home just needs some sprucing up, paint is a great way to make things look clean and new!