How important is interior paint?

Asked by Karrie, Hutto, TX Wed Aug 6, 2008

I'm looking to sell my house in the spring, so we're making a list of repairs and touch ups to do in the coming months. My entire downstairs is painted along with 2 of the bedrooms. I'm going to re-paint the bedrooms for sure because they are painted specifically for a boy & a girl. My living room/kitchen/half bath, though are all painted in a tasteful way. But i realize that is just my opinion. Are some interior colors okay or should I just resign to repainting the entire place?
Another somewhat related question...do houses show better furnished or unfurnished? We may have the option of moving out earlier, if that even helps.

Help the community by answering this question:

+ web reference
Web reference:

Answers

15
Alan May, Agent, Evanston, IL
Wed Aug 6, 2008
VERY IMPORTANT! Outside, the curve appeal...
~~~~~~~~~~
I knew that my wife had good "Curve appeal", but was unaware that homes had that too... Many homes have a fair amount of "Curb Appeal", however.

Interior paint is important, as most buyers don't have much imagination beyond what they can see. I agree that it should be "neutral"... but neutral doesn't have to mean "White, or off-white". There are many nice colours that are considered "neutrals" too.

Talk to a design professional, or if your painter is "stylish" (and not just a workman) ask them for their suggestions.
2 votes
I am glad to hear you say that. My realtor told my to paint my interior walls a neutral color. I really didn't want to do boring white, and it looks like I don't have to. I am going to the hardware store tomorrow to purchase the paint. I am thinking a pale blue would be nice.

http://www.wallnerpainting.com.au
Flag Sat Oct 25, 2014
Karrie, Home Seller, Hutto, TX
Fri Aug 8, 2008
Thanks again for all the advice. It looks like everyone is in agreement that fresh paint in a neutral color is the way to go. I'm going to dread that huge of a project, but I'll thank myself later when my house sells! I sincerely appreciate everyone's help!
1 vote
Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Tue May 19, 2015
I don't think paint is incredibly important. It's always nice to have it look good, if you don't do that, people have no way of knowing that you care for your property. Beyond that though, you should be okay. I've never heard of a sale stopping because of paint not being ideal. You should talk to your realtor to determine what you should do.
http://www.shpaintingpa.com/Painting-Services-Drywall-Repair…
0 votes
Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Tue Jan 6, 2015
I would really like to get my home remodeled and home to sell it somewhere down the road. Painting is definitely a big thing that we will be checking off our list. I think interior paint is pretty important. http://www.msservices-inc.com
0 votes
Rebecca Hunt…, Agent, Tyler, TX
Mon Dec 1, 2014
Karrie,

I have to tell you that I see most homes painted vanilla beige when they are for sale in this area.
However, I have personally sold 3 homes of my own which were painted varying colors throughout--very tastefully, but colorful, nonetheless! In every case, the buyers were eager to own a home which had so much personality when they walked in. We even had bidding wars in one location!

I guess it depends on the eye of the beholder. Probably to be safe, it should be builder beige.
Too bad.

Rebecca Huntley, Realtor
903/738-9616

P. S. Call me if I can be of help in choosing paint colors, or anything else!
0 votes
Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Thu Aug 7, 2008
GREAT QUESTION: Homes show better with furniture however if you can still stage show more space remove some of your furnishings. Paint is very important removing the gender specific rooms to basic light tan or neutral color. AND ALL WHITE house is "old news" walk thru some model homes from builders GREAT IDEAS for paint and design.
http://www.lynn911.com http://www.homes-for-sale-dallas.com
Web Reference:  http://www.lynn911.com
0 votes
Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Thu Aug 7, 2008
Karrie,

Put yourself in the shoes of the buyer.......I think you would agree that you would be more inclined to find a neat, fresh, well maintained, and visually appealing home to your liking.

To cut corners and leave things unattended to will affect your saleability and final price.

Good luck,
The "Eckler Team"
0 votes
Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Thu Aug 7, 2008
Go look at the new homes near you. See what color they are painted and match. They've done the research and typically paint in the latest colors. If you have blue and pink, paint them back neutral. Every now and then I'll have a family with a little girl that likes the pink rooms, but never seem to have the lookers as excited about the colors as the sellers. Maybe it's just a thing parents get excited about doing for their own kids and not excited about walking into a project someone else has already done. On the furnished/unfurnished question I think it depends on your furniture. I'd suggest hiring a stager and let them walk you through the paint, furniture, and placement questions. I've always thought this is worth the $200-$300 they charge. They're typically the most brutally honest person you deal with....and then follow their advice to the T. It's often tough for the realtor to be as honest as the stager. They want your business and it's tough for them to tell you your house smells, or to get rid of your favorite baby pictures, or the kids drawings on the refridge. Sellers are often offended when we tell them these things. However a stager is a good 3rd party opinion giver and they're going to get paid no matter what they tell you so typically they're the most objective in my experience.
Web Reference:  http://www.teamlynn.com
0 votes
Dave Werth, , 58102
Wed Aug 6, 2008
Your on track! The colors of the rooms will certainly help and an inexpensive way of making the rooms look newer. Look for the most popular colors right now, which are mocha theme color, as the trim color right now is white. The best use of color I have seen so far is called horsetails, a softgreyish/green/mocha color blend, easy to make a difference.

Most people will look at a color they don't like and hold that against the house, unfortunately and some will look over it, so why not be 100% right with all buyers looking.

A complete makeover always helps, so paint away! Just pick nice neutral colors and do a good job or it will be worse than painting at all!

Best of luck to you Picasso!
0 votes
Jim Rubalcaba, , 76248
Wed Aug 6, 2008
Yes, it's important. I'd keep the colors neutral but remember most people will want their own color scheme thoughout the house. In that regard, you don't need to spend a lot just to sell, you can price the house with a new coat of paint needed in mind or you could make an allowance for it. Now, exterior paint, it's more important to keep it up.
0 votes
Karrie, Home Seller, Hutto, TX
Wed Aug 6, 2008
The current colors are not neutral, so it sounds like I have some painting to do. And I'm glad I asked about it being furnished or not because I was under the impression that unfurnished would be better! Thanks for all the advice...
0 votes
Karen Stroub, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Wed Aug 6, 2008
VERY IMPORTANT! A homes interior color scheme is very important. Stick to "neutral" colors.
0 votes
Jesus Vazquez, Agent, Odessa, TX
Wed Aug 6, 2008
VERY IMPORTANT! Outside, the curve appeal that your house invokes needs to be clean, fresh and unique. This does not mean paint your house purple or blue.. But do paint it in similar colors as those houses in your neighborhood with a bit of accent to make it stand out.

The inside colors.. ALL NEAUTRAL no exceptions.. (well actually there is but not many).

Do leave your house furnished but clutter free. Oh and remove all family picutures.

I hope this hels Karrie. let me know if you have any further questions

--Jesus Vazquez
Web Reference:  http://www.jesusmvazquez.com
0 votes
Toby Lorenc, , 80903
Wed Aug 6, 2008
a home stager is a great option, even if they just come in and give you advice rather than bringing in furniture, etc. Paint IS important, especially if you currently have some bold colors. make sure things are subtle so any buyer could imagine themself if your home.
vacant/occupied: if you do move out early, I would encourage you to leave behind some furniture and accessories (somewhat staging the home yourself). this will help buyers see how furniture can be arranged in specific rooms and make it feel more homey rather than a "space" that they're buying
Web Reference:  http://www.BuyWithToby.com
0 votes
Linsey Plane…, Agent, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Wed Aug 6, 2008
Definitely furnished. Are the paint colors neutral (other than this kids room)?
0 votes
Search Advice
Search
Ask our community a question
Home Selling in Hutto Zip Codes

Email me when…

Learn more