Painting Your Home

    Many people have considered the option of painting their home as an inexpensive way to improve the value of the home before selling.  This is a great way to maximize your investment but there are a few things to take into account before you pick up the brush.

    The first thing to consider before going forward with repainting either the interior or exterior of your home is the condition of the home itself.  Look at the outside siding of your house.  If you are starting to see signs of rot, cracks or gaps, siding that no longer lays flat, and mold in the siding of your home then you may want to consider residing your house before repainting.  There are options for vinyl siding that won’t need painting and you can address both options at the same time.

    Once you start looking at colors you’ll want to carefully consider a few options.  The first factor will be neighborhood Home Owners Association rules which apply to approximately 20% of American neighborhoods and will restrict the colors available for exterior paint.  For the exterior of the home, your goal is to create the appearance of a home that is well cared for and which blends into the color scheme for the rest of the neighborhood.  This is not the time to be unique.  If all the homes in your neighborhood are some shade of light brown then you will need to do the same thing.  With interior paints, the goal is to maximize the light available in the room while keeping the colors neutral.  At one-time white was preferred but this is starting to fall out of style with kitchens having the slightest hint of yellow selling higher and rooms with a vibrant gray being well received.  What you don’t want is to have any room that stands out in color scheme to the rest of the house, especially rooms that show themselves as kids rooms which will require the buyer to immediately repaint as soon as they move in.

    In the end, the goal is to hand over a clean slate to the new homeowners.  They will appreciate the effort you have gone to in creating a space where they can start a new life for their family.

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