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.
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
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!
JP & Associates REALTORS
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.
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.
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).
RE/MAX Town & Country