A recent article in Realty Times, Can Color Help Sell Your Home? really hit a note for me. As a Realtor, Iâ€™ve taken countless buyers to and through homes and when I saw this article title I yelled â€œYES, IT SURE CAN!â€
I think weâ€™ve all seen that differently colored house, maybe on our own street, that made us wonder what the seller was thinking. I remember a house years ago that was owned by die-hard Phoenix Suns fans. How did I know? Well, the house was painted team colors; the house itself was orange and the garage door purple with the shooting basketball that was the teamâ€™s logo back then.
The home may have been a loving statement of the ownerâ€™s passion, but can you imagine trying to sell it that way? Unless a potential buyer is a fellow Phoenix Suns fan, most prospects wouldnâ€™t even give the home a second look. I speak from experience; Iâ€™ve been with plenty of buyers who were immediately turned off by the paint colors of homes, whether it be exterior or interior.
If a seller is looking to make his/her home as attractive to buyers as possible, most experts suggest keeping to neutral colors for exterior, taking other homes in the neighborhood into consideration. This Realty Times article suggests white as a good exterior color, as a large percentage of people polled responded they like white houses, although beige is another popular color. WhiteÂ or beigeÂ also makes for a good base on which to play with color a bit (not TOO wild though!) as far as trim goes, so one doesnâ€™t need to resign oneself to a monotone home! Of course, some HOAs have restrictions on exterior paint color choices.
As far as interior paint goes, buyers tend to be a bit more forgiving and homeowners can get a bit more bold as long as the colors donâ€™t leave the rooms feeling closed in. The article suggests grey tones for a designer feel. It is still neutral enough of a color to have wider appeal. In my experience, buyers tend to prefer light and open feeling spaces, so although a homeowner can be bolder in the interior, it is still not a bad idea to keep things more towards the neutral side.
Regardless of what colors you might decide to paint your home, if you put it on the market make sure the exterior and interior look fresh. It might just take a good cleaning to make those walls sparkle again, but if you decide a fresh coat of paint is needed, you might want to consider a professional painter. A poorly applied coat of paint can be as much a turn-off to potential buyers as unusual colors!
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