Just over a year ago, we sold our home located in the Elk Grove community of Lakeside. I have been a painting contractor for most of my years and I love color so our house had a lot of colors; sage green, fauxed walls that looked like deep red leather, pale yellow, regal purple and a few more. We did paint the kids room and playroom a more neutral gray that matched the ceilings through the house, but that was it. It was a mistake. Most of the potential clients that viewed our home were younger and wanted a more modern color palate so it really reduced the potential buyer pool for our home. We ended up finding a buyer that enjoyed our colors, except for the purple, but it took more time than it should have and probably cost us a few dollars. See the great tips below by Kathy Streib.
What Do You Want Your Buyers To Remember? The Liveability of Your Property or How Much They’ll Have to Spend on Paint?
Are you thinking about selling your home but not sure where to start in getting it prepared to sell? Paint is a good place to start!
Depending upon the room and the amount of use it’s had, you may want to paint on average every 5-7 years. A child’s bedroom, for example, may need painting more often.
But what about your paint color? Even if you just had the exterior and interior painted, if they are too taste specific, you may want to consider investing in new paint.
For example, the other day while out driving, we saw a car that could only be considered a cross between hot dog relish and baby’s poop. That’s all I saw when I noticed the car.
After a second look, I saw that it was a luxury car that was almost $40,000. It didn’t matter to me...all I remembered was the color.
Are you willing to let your bright pink room be all that your buyers remember about your house?
Sure it’s easy enough to paint over a color that you don’t like but that’s not always what buyers are thinking.
In fact, they may not be able to see past the color to realize that the room would be perfect for their family.
The color of your rooms shouldn’t be what a buyer remembers first. You want them to remember all of the possibilities of the space!
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, e-Pro
3412 Babson Drive
Elk Grove, CA 95758