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Should You Paint Your Home Before Putting it on the Market
Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 12:40:00 PM

A new coat of paint provides the fast and instant update that your home needs before buyers start coming by, but you may think that you don't have enough money in your budget or enough time to paint your home. Professional painters and painting companies can tackle everything from repairing damaged spots and priming the walls to painting both the inside and the outside. There are a few key things that might indicate your home could do with a fresh coat of paint before you put your house up for sale or before you host an open house.

You Want to Catch the Eye of Buyers

paintingOne reason you might want to paint your home before it goes on the market is because you want to catch the eye of those prospective buyers looking at homes for sale online and in person. If your home has dull or boring paint on the outside, those buyers might dislike your curb appeal and immediately continue their search without even taking the time to tour the inside.

Your Home Has an Odd Odour

The lingering odours in your home can come from a number of different sources, including old grease or oil from your kitchen and the accidents that your dog had over the years. Those odours can actually penetrate the walls and cling to the existing paint. Adding fresh paint essentially seals those odours into the wall and helps your house smell its best. You'll even find some newer paints that produce fewer odours as the paint dries, which will make your family a lot happier and more comfortable as you renovate your home.

A Smoker Lived in Your House

If you were a smoker in the past or anyone else smoked in your home, you should seriously consider painting the walls. Cigarette smoke not only leaves behind a lingering odour, but the fumes produced by those cigarettes can also damage the walls. The tar produced by the cigarettes and the toxins that come out in the smoke itself will leave behind dark brown or even black marks on the walls. Before you hire a painting team or reach for a brush yourself, you'll need to clean the walls to remove those stains.

Your Home Has a Custom Look

When you buy a home, you probably look forward to putting your own stamp on the property. If your home has a custom look that appeals to your family, it may not appeal to the wider range of people who will come through your door during an open house later. Maybe you selected a range of different colours in each room, or maybe you added a custom mural to your child's bedroom or your kitchen walls. When your home has a more neutral look, it will appeal to more buyers. Work with painters to prime and paint each room to give it a more neutral look.

You Want to Create a Pulled Together Design

You'll also want to paint your walls to create a more pulled together look. Buyers often prefer homes that have a good flow, which means that each room flows into the next and that all the rooms work together. Having a bright red paint colour on your living room wall with a pale yellow shade used in the hallway make make those buyers feel out of sorts. Working with painters or painting the walls yourself lets you create a more cohesive and pulled together design. 

Using new paint and selecting a new design for your home can help buyers feel more comfortable about putting in an offer.


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