Paint, your new BFF
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Thinking of selling? The fastest and most economical way to increase your home’s value is in a can, paint. The exterior and interior of a home make a big impression on buyers.  An outdated wall color and paint in disrepair suggest a home that has not been cared for and one that requires maintenance and investment. Painting can increase the appeal of your home, lead to a higher resale value and decrease the time on the market.

To begin, take a walk around your home. Inspect the exterior painted surfaces and trim for peeling paint. Take a look at your front door. Is it clean and inviting? Evidence shows that certain paint colors on the front door can lead to higher resale values. A recent study by Zillow found that on average, homes with black or charcoal gray front doors sold for as much as $6,271 more than expected. Realtor.com also says that buyers find a black painted front door gives an impression of serious, stately, and a safe choice in a home.

House with black front door

Continue your inspection inside by looking at walls, ceiling and moldings. What about your paint colors? Are they from another era? Sherwin Williams’ website provides a Color through the decades if you are interested in reminiscing.  Remember the 70’s? Avocado, harvest gold, and rust (think Brady Bunch) were the most popular colors on the walls, appliances, and bell bottoms. The 80’s were dominated by mauve, baby blue and pastels. Since 2010, we have gone gray, and not just at the temples. Stainless steel appliances, hardware, and gray walls have become the norm. Of Sherwin Williams top 50 Colors, almost half are some variation of gray. What will 2020 bring?

Well, if you are still living with harvest gold, do not despair. Painting is the fastest and least expensive way to transport out of any decade. Pinching pennies? DIY, it’s possible with the many online tutorials. Behr paint has an excellent library of videos and offers a paint color visualizer. Just upload a photo of your room and pick a paint color to try out. If you are like me, you need to see it on the walls. With so many grays to choose from, I purchased several affordable samples from Sherwin Williams’ Color to go before deciding on Olympus White for the guest room.

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Looking for fast results? Behr, like many other brands, offers an all in one paint, eliminating the need for a primer. Pick a shade that is inviting to buyers, something light and neutral. Sticking with white paint? Find help selecting the ultimate shade for your walls turn to House Beautiful’s recent issue. For more inspiration pick up a catalog for a popular retailer like Pottery Barn, Ballard Design, or Restoration Hardware and many others for current trends.

I am looking forward to this year’s spring market. If you have any questions about what you need to do to get ready, call me. In the meantime, pick up your brush and sell!

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