Have you ever heard the phrase “Painting a profit”? This is an important phrase if you’re trying to sell your home. Most realtors will agree, painting your home inside and out is one of the cheapest, most effective ways to not just make your home sell faster, but improve its value. Home buyers love that freshly painted smell, and nothing makes a home look new like a new coat of paint. It’s not as simple as just picking any old paint and slapping it up there, however. Read on to learn just what colors to use, and how to paint to sell your home faster, and for more money.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Colors
The most important thing to do when choosing the colors you’ll paint your house is to divorce yourself from your own color opinions. Instead of choosing what you like, you have to predict what your buyers will want. Research your market, talk to local realtors, and then choose your colors. Remember, each area has different preferences. You can’t assume you’ll sell your home using a color scheme popular in San Marcos if you’re in Mar Vista.
How’s your Lighting?
Look carefully at your room’s lighting. Your light source can pretty drastically affect the way your color looks. If your room is full of natural sunlight, it will look different than if you’ve got incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. As a matter of fact, you’ll see your paint differently depending on what time it is.
Because of this, you’ll want to take the light – or the lack of light – into account. Before you go ahead and buy buckets of paint, get a small can to test how it looks in your home. When you’re trying to sell your home, you don’t want to waste money on paint that didn’t work.
Mind Your Undertones
Every color has an undertone. Sometimes you won’t see it easily. An example is the way all greys are tinted. Some greys are blue, green, and purple. While you might not see these colors by themselves, you want to be careful that you’re not causing clashes with other colors in the room. It’s the small details like this that when you sell your home.
Coordinate Your Paint with Your Fixed Furnishings
Fixed furnishings are things like flooring, wood finishes like baseboards, counter tops, tile, and if you’re going to combine paint with wallpaper, your wallpaper. You can enhance these with the right paint, but the wrong paint will create an eyesore. A good example of this is dark woods like red cherry wood and orange walls. Stay away from those color combinations as they compete with each other.
Choose the Right Finish for the Right Room
Matte, gloss, semi-gloss, satin – there are many different finishes of paint for you to choose. Depending on the finish you choose, you can really transform your rooms. It’s easier to clean high gloss paint, as well as its improved durability. However, you can see each and every imperfection, a problem if you’re going to sell your home. On the other hand, matte finishes are cheaper and hide imperfections, but are less durable.
Have you recently painted your room? Show it off on George Chung Realtors’ Facebook page. If you’re trying to sell your home in Mar Vista, or the surrounding areas, George Chung Realtors has the experience and connections to get your house sold as fast as possible. Call (310) 391-6346, email, or fill out our contact form to see how George Chung Realtors can help you!