Many homeowners want to spruce up their homes but they never get around to it due to limited funds. The money a homeowner has dictates the improvements he will make. If some of your home sellers have limited cash, tell them to look to one of the most inexpensive features for updating homes: paint. Paint is inexpensive and can transform a home indoors and out. It can be used in a myriad of ways. Share these tips with home sellers to help them stand out from their competitors.
As potential home buyers drive by, walk on the street, or visit a home for a showing, the first thing they see is the exterior. It has been said time and again that first impressions matter – this is the utmost truth. The exterior says a lot about the interior and can be the factor that determines how quickly a home sells. Advise homeowners to paint their exteriors and front doors. This is the first thing they should do before tackling the interior.
Homeowners should choose three colors for their exteriors: one for the walls, one for the trim and siding, and another for the front door. The three colors should complement each other or contrast beautifully. Painting the front door is cheaper than replacing it. It is a quick and easy makeover home sellers can carry out on a weekend. A beautiful door will capture the attention of buyers as they pass by, drive by, or view homes online.
Using dark colors in interiors is a no-no. They make small rooms appear smaller and big rooms look dark. One thing home buyers avoid like the plague is small rooms. They love large and spacious spaces with ample storage for their belongings. The amount of light a room gets will affect how paint looks once it is applied. Daylight brings out the accurate color of paint, fluorescent light throws blue hues on any color, while incandescent light is ideal for yellow-based walls and neutrals. Advise homeowners to scrutinize their lighting before choosing paint.
Light colored homes sell faster than darker ones. If a home feels like a cave, buyers won’t want to know its square feet or see its fancy updates. Tell home sellers to open curtains and paint walls. Candles, cooking, and cigarette smoke can disfigure walls and trap smells in the paint. The sun can also make paint fade unevenly in some rooms. Homeowners should ensure that there are no cracked walls, peeling paint, or damaged drywall. Buyers do not like to deal with repair work when they move into new homes; they can reject a home if they notice anything that needs repairs.
Some home sellers may be tempted to experiment when painting their homes. This decision can work against them. It is wise to stick to popular trends when painting a home for sale. Tell homeowners to go for common paint colors and finishes. They should choose gloss finish for trim and wood surfaces, satin or eggshell finish for walls, and a flat finish for ceilings. Satin finish makes a wall easy to clean and more resistant to fingerprints.
Every homeowner wishes to make his home welcoming and inviting to home buyers. The lovelier a home is, the more buyers will want it. Tell home sellers to choose paint that appeals to a wide range of buyers. While neutral colors are always a safe choice, they can also look to pastels and earthy colors. They will transform their dull interiors and exteriors into cheery spaces that beckon home buyers.
Ronique Gibson is an Associate Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, who has been in the design industry for over 13 years. She started her design blog in 2009 and today it has become a premier destination for helping homeowners with everyday lifestyle challenges. Her readers check in daily for help with their homes, DIY project ideas, recipes, crafts, and inspiration to beautify and enjoy their homes.