Is Repainting Worth the Cost?

By Bob Myers | Montgomery County Real Estate

Dec 17
Should you repaint your home?

To Repaint or Not to Repaint Before Selling, That is the Question... Here's Why the Answer is Yes!

Selling a home can require certain investments. Repairs and replacements to appliances are an example of costs necessary to sell a home, but what about paint? There are differing opinions on whether repainting is worth the cost, but it's one of those investments that will definitely pay off.

Make An Incredible First Impression

First impressions matter, the way people react when they enter a new home for the first time will stick with them. A new coat of paint in each room with professional trim will make the proper impression on possible buyers.

Dingy paint jobs give the impression that the home is not as clean as it could be and raises questions of how maintained the home has been. A fresh coat of paint will make the house look clean and livable.

Boost Curb Appeal With A Freshly Painted Exterior

With the advancement of technology, people are accustomed to seeing dozens of pictures online before they have to see something in person. While this rule usually applies to other people and online purchases, houses are no exception.

People are no longer required to drive around neighborhoods to see what is on the market; they can browse photos online from the comfort of their own home and only visit houses that appeal to them. A fresh coat of paint on the exterior of the house will make it look newer, well-maintained and more inviting.

Stick With Neutral Colors And Let The Buyer's Personality Shine Through

Contemporary living room with neutral colors.

Having a strong personality is an incredible thing and many people allow this to come out in creative ways while decorating, including bright or unique paint jobs. While this can look beautiful it will not have the desired effect: allowing the buyer to visualize themselves in the home.

The goal should be for the buyer to walk around the home and imagine how they would live in the space. Neutral paint is the best way to help buyers picture how the home would look in their preferred colors.

There are plenty of ways to spruce up a home before putting it on the market and these can change from region to region and season to season. For an idea of what steps you can take to make a home more desirable to buyers, contact a local real estate professional with experience in your area.

My team and I are real estate experts in Montgomery County and the surrounding Metro area. When buying or selling a home, please consider us your resource for all things real estate. If you are refinancing, want a recommendation on a home warranty, need a service or just have a home related question, please give me a call at 301-910-9910 or email me at bobmyersteam@gmail.com.