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Deciding to Paint Before Staging a Home

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You have lived in your home for several years, but for one reason or another, it no longer fits your needs. You have decided to sell it. Whatever your reason for selling, you may wonder if you should paint your home before you put it on the market.

If you are preparing your home to sell it, you know there are many things to consider before placing a home on the market to sell. You’ll want to decide which realtor to use. Work on the exterior of the home so it is visually appealing to people passing by or coming to view the house. You also want to ensure there aren’t any issues with the electricity and plumbing. The list goes on and on.

One thing you may want to consider is painting your house, at least the interiors, before you list your home. There are a variety of reasons why painting your interior is important when selling a house. 

Less work to do – If you paint the walls before you sell your home, potential buyers will see this as one less thing they have to do when they move in. If they have to paint after they move in, they may decide not to buy your house.

Fresh paint is noticed – You may have repainted last year or the year before but living in a home means the walls will likely get handprints or scuffmarks on them, particularly if your family has small children. Potential buyers notice when a home is freshly painted. And, even if they may change the color after the buy it, they like seeing newly painted walls and ceilings.

Make it less personal – Even though you’ve chosen the color scheme for your home with a great deal of thought and planning, potential buyers may not have the same taste in colors as you have. The pale green that perfectly matches your couch and chairs may clash with their furniture. The purple accent wall may accentuate the artwork hung on the wall, but will it work with their artwork? These are things you need to consider when staging and selling your home.

Keep the rooms bright and light – Darker walls tend to make a room feel smaller than it may be. Since people buying homes often want to move into somewhere that is larger than their current home, it is advisable to paint walls white, off white, or light gray matte finish. These colors will make the rooms appear as large as possible. 

Stay natural – If you stay with neutral colors like white, pale gray, or off white, your home will have a “move-in ready” appeal to it.  Having neutral wall colors gives the potential buyer the ability to “dream” about what they would like to do in that space. 

Don’t go pure white – You can use some color when painting your home before staging it. Of course, totally white walls throughout a home would be a little monotonous. Children’s bedrooms, bathrooms, and laundry rooms are places where you may use color, but you will want to use lighter, neutral colors like pale blue, tan, or even pale yellow. You could also choose to add a focal wall. Potential buyers may decide they like the home well enough to buy it even it they do have to paint one wall.

Consider the area – Colors for staging homes varies across the country. Whereas gray may be the perfect color in some areas, beige is also a crowd-pleaser that will work in many areas of the country.

Choose the right finish – You may want to experiment with colors and finishes while painting your home for staging, but it really is best to stick with a gloss-finish for trim and satin or eggshell finish for walls. A satin finish means there’s a slight bit of gloss which makes cleaning easier. Since you most likely don’t want light to reflect from the ceiling, it is best to use flat paint on that surface.

You may not want to repaint your entire home. The walls may have been recently repainted but there are a few small areas where there are fingerprints or scuff marks. Check around the high traffic areas, hallways, and stairwells that are used quite a bit. You will also wan to check around light switches. Instead of repainting, you may be able to use a ‘Magic Eraser’ to clean the areas instead.

Deciding whether or not to paint your home for staging before putting it on the market is something your family will want to think about. Of course, there will be a cost for repainting because you’ll need to get the paint as well as possibly brushes and other tools. You could hire a professional painter, but you can double or triple the cost for painting. It is good to remember, however, that you can include the cost of repainting in sale price to help you recoup the money spent.

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