fbrainey, Home Seller in Westminster, TX

I need to stage my house to sale it quick. I need cheap and up to date color tips

Asked by fbrainey, Westminster, TX Wed May 16, 2012

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In addition to what others have posted (of which I agree) here's a rule thumb when selecting a palette: 60-30-10. 60% would be your prominant color, 30% your accent color and 10% your trim color. This would apply to both the interior or exterior.
To save time and money and to provide continuity within your space, you could paint all spaces in the same palette, use all the same brushes and rollers (if done in a timely manner) and buy 5 gallon bucket(s). That way you're not changing out or cleaning rollers to change to the next color for another room and incurring additional expense and time.
Hopefully you can stage each room with diversity in color to compliment your paint color choices.

Trust your local paint supplier to have the most current color selection and don't hesitate to ask their guidance in selecting your neutral color pallette. There are some beautiful ones out there! Neutral doesn't have to be blah....

You're on the right track! Best of luck to you.
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If you are planning to paint your home prior to listing it for sale, you will want to go with very neutral colors. Think beige and taupe. Also plan for muted colors - nothing bold. You should probably go with a more matte finish too (nothing shiny). Don't forget the baseboards and trim pieces too.

You may want to read this article about staging a home for sale:

Good luck with getting it sold fast!

Melissa Hailey - North Texas Top Team, Realtors
Coldwell Banker Jane Henry Realtors

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Here is a link to a great article on Home Staging on a budget: http://www.inman.com/buyers-sellers/columnists/tomkelly/home…
Hope it helps.
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Hi neighbor! ( I live in Anna and am through Westminster often :) ).

Re: color tips, my colleagues have given you the best advice: go neutral (but not stark white) on walls. Then you can accent with colors (or 'pop' as Jacqueline said) according to a planned color scheme. To keep expenses down, look at what accessories you have (framed paintings and photos, trinkets, table top books and other items) and maybe even group items in the same color family together on a table or other space, then use them as accents to put the color back in after you've neutralized the walls. Think 'less is more' as you do this.

So agree with the other point made by my peers: de-cluttering is key in staging for several reasons. People are attracted to 'space' whether it's on counter tops, in closets, garages or rooms with just enough furniture to make it inviting or 'homey' and illustrate use of the room. You also want your potential buyers to start visualizing THEIR furniture and accessories in your home and open space is the best way for them to start thinking about that. So clean out closets, clear counter tops, store excess furniture and then add back in the touches of color to accent. You want to walk that fine line of creating space without it feeling sterile.

And don't forget the staging affect of how your home smells. The use of candles, Scentsy items or other subtle (not heavy or strong) fragrances can add much to the staging of your home, both fragrance wise and visually.

Wishing you the best in your home sale. If I can help please give me a call!


Sandy Setliff
JP & Associates REALTORS
Exceeding Expectations
Direct 214-620-1615
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Typically white trim with a light tan color is a clean fresh look

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The cheapest tips involve mostly labor on your part. De-cluttering is a good start. You can also clean up the front yard. Open up windows to brighten rooms, which makes them feel roomier. Or, add lights for darker rooms.

Changing paint color is one option if the existing colors are not neutral shades of off-whites. For cheap/free advice, ask the local paint shop guy what interior colors he sells the most.
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Most paint stores have colorists who will work for really very little and provide you with excellent advice.

Neturals are actually harder to work with than people think - color selection is not for the amateur. If you can't sit down with a box of crayons and draw a color wheel in five values, defer to an expert.
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Being neutral with colors is the key. Don't use white paint....but any shade of tan and earthy tones (that aren't too dark) work well. It's OK to do an accent wall a little darker or brighter. I am an agent who is also a certifed home stager and this is what I tell my clients. If the walls are neutral - then you can bring in "pops" of color with decorations.

The most important staging tips: neurtalize, de-clutter (rent a storage), use framed mirrors and large area rugs. I'm not sure of the style of your house and current decor. The "Pottery Barn" look seems to be very popular currently.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. See my home staging tips on my website (Staging tab).

Jacqueline Schrock
RE/MAX Town & Country
Email: JSchrock@remax.net
Web: JShrockHomes.com
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