It’s never too early to start getting your house ready for a great and fast sale!
Whether you’re looking to list your home today or even thinking about listing down the road.
Heck, even if you’re just looking for a nice facelift for your home, you’re going to want to know what paint colors are going to help make you the fastest sale and maybe even help get you the highest price!
The home buying process is quite an emotional one whether one wants to admit it or not.
The minute you step foot into any home you get a feeling. Whether you acknowledge that feeling consciously or not, it’s still going to happen for every person.
This is what makes prepping your home for sale SO IMPORTANT!!! You want to get any potential buyer leaving with great feelings about your home!
Here is some information to consider sourced from RISMedia.com (June 3, 2017), a site that features real estate news and trends among other info along those same lines…
‘The best colors, according to a new Zillow analysis, are blues and grays.
Homes with bathrooms that have soft blue walls (e.g., periwinkle, powder blue), specifically, sold for $5,440 more than expected in the analysis, as well as homes with a “greige” (beige/gray) exterior, which sold for $3,496 more than homes with brown or tan stucco exteriors.
Homes with dark navy blue and/or slate gray front doors also sold for more: $1,514.
Certain colors, though, have the opposite effect, lowering sale prices by a few thousand dollars or more.
In fact, homes with bathrooms that have white walls sold for $4,035 less than expected, while homes with darker walls (e.g., brick red, terracotta) sold for $2,031 less than expected.’
“Color can be a powerful tool for attracting buyers to a home, especially in listing photos and videos,” says Dr. Svenja Gudell, chief economist at Zillow.
“Painting walls in fresh, natural-looking colors, particularly in shades of blue and pale gray, not only make a home feel larger, but also are neutral enough to help future buyers envision themselves living in the space. Incorporating light blue in kitchens and bathrooms may pay off especially well, as the color complements white countertops and cabinets—a growing trend in both rooms.”
The analysis considered over 32,000 photos of sold homes across the U.S.
All that being said…there are other things to consider.
Although this analysis could be thought helpful for some, you should also take into account trends at the time.
i.e. right now white kitchens are all the rage!
Watch any home design show and you’ll most likely come across a kitchen reno with, wait…lemmie guess…oh yeah…white cabinets, white granite (or something close to) white subway tile backsplash (or something close to) and dark hardwoods.
Any variations off of this aren’t happening too much right now, Why???
Because that’s the current trend!
Oh, and the gray-ish with a little whitewash looking hardwood. Those too. Trend.
I’m not saying all of this is bad in any way just because it’s a current trend, I’m just saying don’t freak out and do any huge renovations that are not necessary!
Location should also very much be considered. A log home will most likely have a much more rustic appearance inside than someplace in the Hamptons, and THIS IS ALL OKAYYYYY!
More about paint…
Something important to remember about paint is you can usually find a less expensive option, almost every time.
For instance, I recently found a paint color I really loved and used it in my dining room. The brand is Nautica, which is something featured at Menards.
I could have gone with the “Nautica” brand paint that was recommended, but I simply had them “Color Match” using a less expensive, but still very durable paint brand.
I WILL ALMOST ALWAYS PURCHASE A LESS EXPENSIVE PAINT BRAND AND HAVE IT COLOR-MATCHED TO THE SWATCH COLOR I LIKE.
Here’s the color I’m talking about. This is the swatch I used (sorry, it’s kinda blurry) and the paint brand I purchased was definitely less expensive, but it looks exactly the same!
I would always recommend having them color match it for you in a sample size first so you can take it home and do a sample on your wall. I swear, it always looks different depending on the lighting, time of day, etc.
I like to paint a sample patch on multiple walls in the room I am painting because you’ll appreciate seeing it in different light throughout different times of the day.
So, Whats the takeaway and bottom line here?!?!?!
If you really wanna sell your home fast clean it up.
Fresh paint works wonders!
You really don’t have to be super cookie-cutter and on trend if you don’t want to because in the end, everyone has different tastes.
Would you rather walk into a home with completely white walls in every room and deal with that or would you prefer cranberry colored walls in the living room, wallpaper in the bedrooms and the downstairs doused in the favorite sports team colors???
I know what I’d pick 🙂