WHAT SHOULD I PAINT BEFORE I SALE MY HOME?
So you want to sell your home? Luckily, in the market we’re in, selling your home shouldn’t be too difficult, especially if it’s in Columbia, Lexington, Chapin, or Irmo. Finding people who might be interested isn’t going to be difficult, but selling your home for a worthwhile price may be a bit more difficult. One of the best things that you could do to make sure that your home is bought at a good is to make sure it looks worth the cost. Unfortunately, a total remodel is going to be expensive, and what’s the point if you’re going to move out anyway?
The good news is that you don’t need a total remodel, and sprucing up bits and pieces could take a home from zero to 100 really fast. One way: painting. Here are the areas and places you should focus on first.
THE FRONT EXTERIOR
The front of your home is the first thing that people see, so you’re going to want to tend to that first. Start with pressure washing to get rid of all of the dirt and grime and then start painting. A professional exterior painter is going to be your best bet if you want to really impress potential buyers. Make sure to schedule exterior painting before you schedule showings and take professional photographs. Clean, smooth paint indicates that the home is well tended to and will make for an excellent first impression—get it right the first time!
Make sure every entry is crisp, clean, and inviting. After a good wash, you may want to just paint the front door and shutters, repair the rails that you have been putting off for 2 years, and how about pressure washing the driveway and sidewalks. The front should “POP” and get them excited about the home.
THE KITCHEN AND THE CABINETS
The kitchen is the hub of the house! Here, people will cook dinner for their family, bake cookies, and brew their morning coffee. Repainting the kitchen with a bright but neutral color, like a light gray or white, will give the room a clean look. Cleanliness is especially important in the kitchen, and a quick professional interior painting job can lead to a stunning transformation.
Painting your old kitchen cabinets before selling your home is a great way to give it a refreshed look that buyers will be sure to appreciate. It is a cost-effective project that can add significant value to the home and can help increase its appeal. It can be a wise investment that pays off when the time comes for inspection and negotiations with potential buyers.
THE MAIN LIVING AREA
When readying your home for showings, you should take into consideration why people are looking for a new home. Usually, it’s either because they have a family or want to start a family. In the main room, families will entertain themselves, watch movies together, play board games, and take holiday photos. Appeal to their emotional side by repainting the room in a color that’s inviting and friendly. Warmer colors, like creams, are perfect for main rooms. Make sure to schedule a professional painter, though, because messy work will have the opposite effect.
A fresh bathroom is essential. After years of use, the paint or wallpaper has probably faded or sustained some damage from water and shower steam. Because the paint is so surrounding, even the smallest bit of wear is going to make a bad impression. A fresh coat of paint could make a huge difference. Speaking of wallpaper…Can you paint over it? See that answer on our blog post, “Can I Paint My Wallpaper?”
You have lived here for some time so you know the baseboards just won’t come clean anymore. Especially in the areas that have hard flooring like tile, vinyl, LVP, and hardwood. Let’s get is painted. Painting the baseboard can be so rewarding visually and almost can make a room look totally painted. A bright, straight, sharp paint line on the top of that baseboard is probably the improvement compared to what you will spend.