So you’ve made the big decision to sell your home! Very exciting! Well, until you can’t sleep at night thinking of all of the things to do. Not only are you going through all the moving preparations, but your real estate agent has emailed you a long list for staging your home.
Through many years, several moves, and a couple of home sales, I know what you’re going through. So my first piece of advice, take a deep breath. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and start worrying that you won’t be able to get it all done, but you will with good planning.
The second piece of advice, listen to your realtor on staging recommendations. They know what potential home buyers expect and want. Believe me, the list may seem endless, but it will be all worth it in the end.
Third, to tackle that list, decide what you can do yourself, then hire a professional to take care of the rest. This will help you keep on schedule with top priorities. Then when it comes time for the home inspections, you will have of mind knowing the work was done right.
So, let’s talk about the staging list. You may be looking at thinking there are lots of little things that aren’t important. The purpose of this list is to increase the value of your home and get you top dollar. Is that list looking better now? I hope it is.
Repainting will be on every home staging list. Why? First, the best reason, it also adds value to your home. This would be an important item to hire a professional painting company. You want this to be timely and look perfect.
Second, when painted the right colors, a freshly painted home gives potential buyers the ability to picture their furniture and belongings in your home.
Third, painted walls help to remove stains, scuffs, and odors in the home you may not notice.
And fourth, chances are, you will be competing with new construction. So when your realtor comes to take professional pictures for your listing, your home will be up to par. All good reasons, right? But, how do you pick the best colors for staging your home?
The best interior paint colors to stage your home are going to be clean neutral colors. Yes, these may seem a bit boring to you, but the fact is it sells homes. Now is the time to take the emotion out of living in your home and start thinking of it as just a house.
Remember, the purpose of staging your home is to help potential buyers. Staging with the right wall color helps persuade them that your home is the one. They will likely see newly constructed homes with interior designer picked colors. Your home is not the only one on the market.
Are you looking around your home and you don’t see anything wrong with the current paint colors? Maybe you still have paint left over and feel like touch-ups should be good enough. Stop right there.
Professional home stagers recommend using no more than 3 different paint colors throughout the house. Use one main neutral color throughout most of your home. Using one color consistently will create a nice flow throughout your house.
You may choose a beautiful complementary color to make rooms like a dining room or master suite stand out. Of course, this will add personality and help architectural features like crown molding pop.
Right now, you may have several rooms painted in all different colors. No doubt they were all well thought out and even professionally chosen to work with your style and compliment your furniture.
However, they may not meet everyone’s taste. A priority is to make your home feel move-in ready. Here are some paint colors to help you choose.
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Do you need your home painted and ready to sell? We’d love to take care of it for you. If you live in the Kensington, Potomac, and Chevy Chase area, call us today at 877-BENCHMARK (877-236-2462) to schedule an estimate for your home’s interior painting or exterior painting needs and we offer color consultations to choose the perfect color to stage your home.