If you’re putting your home on the market this spring, you’ve probably heard of home staging, which is an effective, low-cost way to showcase your home by de-cluttering, showcasing your home’s strengths, and artfully arranging furniture. Did you know that painting is also a successful part of home staging? A fresh coat of paint can transform a space. Try these painting tips for success on the real estate market.
Neutralize Your Color Palette
Although you may love the bright orange walls in your dining room, potential home buyers may be turned off by the effusive color. Benchmark home painters know that home painting should be neutral because it has the broadest appeal. You don’t need to stick with plain beige or white walls; soft gray, pale green, and creamy yellow are all perfectly neutral colors that will brighten up your home.
Pay Attention to Finish
It’s important to use eggshell or satin finish for your walls. These finishes are easy to clean, and aren’t too flat or dull on walls. Be sure to stay away from high gloss paint for large spaces, as it will appear too shiny for most people’s tastes, and can seem dated.
Heighten Your Curb Appeal
When prospective buyers pull up to your home, what will they see? Hopefully they won’t see your peeling mailbox, shabby front porch, or chipped front door! First impressions are extremely important, especially in real estate, and exterior painting for your home is a necessary part of curb appeal. So, get out your paintbrush and get to work!
Liven Up Your Backyard
Even if your front yard and interior painting are perfect, your backyard may be a deal breaker if it’s been neglected. Do a thorough walk-through past your fence, deck, shed, and other backyard items that may need to be re-painted or re-stained. You want to create an environment that feels fresh, new, and up-to-date.
If you’re doing the painting yourself, do yourself a favor and make sure you’re painting perfectly. Take the time to use drop cloths, and fully tape baseboards and ceilings, as paint smudges won’t do your home any favors. Buy high quality paint and rollers. If you want your home to sell quickly, you need to put in the effort.
If adding one more thing to your growing to-do list is daunting, my painters and carpenters at Benchmark Painting & Carpentry in the Chevy Chase, Bethesda or Washington DC Metro area are ready to help you with all your home painting needs. Give us a call at 301-949-1100, or contact us online. Like us on Facebook.