Curb appeal is arguably the most important thing when getting ready to sell your house. In a previous article “How To Sell Your House Yourself Fast” we talked about things to do to help sell your house fast. But, if your house is ugly, has overgrown shrubs, trees and bushes, the paint is peeling and the windows are dirty will most definitely give a bad first impression to potential buyers. They will get the impression that the inside of the property is just as bad. One of the best things you can do to help increase your properties curb appeal is a fresh coat of paint on the exterior. In this write up we will cover a few things to help you in choosing colors as well as getting the job done yourself.
How Important Is Paint When Selling Your Home?
Paint and the color of your paint are extremely important when it comes to selling your property. The last thing you want to do is personalize the color to much. You need to stick with more common colors to make sure your property is appealing to the largest amount of buyers as possible. Local Agent Finder has this to say about your properties exterior:
Painting the Property’s Exterior
The importance of a good first impression on buyers cannot be emphasized enough. And the first impression that potential buyers have of your home is its exterior. It’s vital to make sure that the front of your home is as well-presented as possible. Badly maintained homes or those with a distasteful paint colours will be off-putting to buyers and may well cause them to offer a lower bid or simply look elsewhere. By painting the outer walls of your property, you can increase ‘curb appeal’ and make your home stand out from the neighbours’ houses. Neutral colours are generally recommended because they will appeal to a wider range of potential buyers. Although bold colours can be exciting, they may fall out of fashion or make your home stand out for all the wrong reasons. You can play around with colour by painting the trim a bolder shade, to make your property really pop.
Really good advice, especially when it comes to choosing the right colors. And, as we mentioned before, if the paint is peeling anywhere on the exterior, it will make buyers think there is even more wrong with the property on the inside.
So how do you go about choosing the best colors for your property? Check this out from How Stuff Works:
In picking a color, keep in mind the character of a neighborhood. If all the houses on the street are beige and tan, don’t paint your house pink. Common sense, right? Not for many people. The color should also reflect the landscape. Consider the shrubs and trees when shopping for a color.
You can’t go wrong with white. White is one of the safest, and most popular colors, to paint the exterior. According to one survey, nearly 40 percent of those questioned liked white. For one thing, white can make your house look larger. White also soaks up the light in a shady yard, and is also clean-looking. One of the nice things about white is that you can paint the trim with a color that makes the entire house pop [source: Burns]. Remember too, white isn’t just white; it comes in many hues.
We can’t tell you how many times we have gone into a neighborhood and seen a house that stands out from the crowd, and not in a good way either. It almost always seems that there is one neighbor that thinks pink is okay, or some other god awful pastel color. We agree with the above article that white is a safe color, but we always choose more earth tones for the properties that we renovate.
Here is more on choosing colors from a great YouTube video:
Now you have a good idea about choosing colors. The next question is are you going to paint the house yourself, or higher someone to do it for you?
Painting Your House Yourself
If you choose to paint your house yourself be prepared to spend some time doing it. To properly paint your house you won’t be able to do it in a weekend! One of the most important things to do when painting your house is prep work, which is often overlooked by the average do it yourselfer. Have you never painted a house before? Then check this out on paint prep:
1-day project: Wash your house
If you aren’t already washing your siding once a year, now is the time to start. This will remove any mold and mildew, expose any potential problems and get the surface ready for prep work and painting.
- A pressure washer is the most popular cleaning tool, thanks to its powerful spray — but it’s not a magic wand. In addition to patience, you’ll also need protective eyewear, a couple of five-gallon buckets, a pressure-washing cleaning solution and a stiff brush.
- Soak the surface first to loosen up debris, and then start cleaning with a wide, sweeping motion, from the bottom to the top of each wall.
- To prevent damage, start spraying at a distance of 10 feet and work your way in. Wash windows, garage doors and cracked seals at the lowest setting or by hand.
- If that big, loud pressure washer leaves you feeling a little gun-shy, you can get the same results with a scrub brush, bleach solution and garden hose.
If you have, or have not painted a house before we recommend that you read that entire article to learn some valuable tips. It’s important to note that they take a full month to paint a property, that’s if you have a full time job that won’t let you take off some time to spend a couple of weeks painting you house on your own.
Summing It Up
Painting the exterior of your home will greatly improve your properties curb appeal. If you do it yourself it’s going to take you some time, but you will have a great sense of satisfaction once it’s done. Just make sure you spend some time in picking the right colors to appeal to the widest range of buyers as possible.
The draw back with painting the exterior is that it’s going to take some time, whether you do it yourself or higher a contractor. As a quick reminder, if you need to sell your house fast and are in the Metro Atlanta area, here at Mandich Property Group we buy houses in any condition. We don’t care about peeling paint or anything else. To get a free no obligation offer you can visit our website or call us at (770) 756-8680.