Painting is an excellent way to add value to any
home that is about to be put on the market. Of course, there are many
different opinions about how paint can improve the look of a home and
how much painting is necessary to really make a difference. Painting
every single room is not always the best way to move forward as it can
get expensive, especially if some rooms were acceptable to being with.
Targeting certain areas of the home can be a more strategic way to move
forward. Also, hiring a professional can make sure that the results are
as spectacular as you are envisioning. Nothing looks worse that a
poorly executed paint job, so better to spend a little more and paint
key areas well than to do the job yourself and paint everything without
doing it quite right.
The exterior of your home is crucial when it comes to curb
appeal. Thankfully, there are many parts of the outside of your home
that can benefit from a quick paint touch-up. If the siding has faded or
is looking worn, painting might be an excellent way to make the
exterior of your home look fresh and clean without the expense of
replacing all the siding. Depending on the siding material, different
products will be required to make sure that the paint adheres properly
and looks its best. Asking for a consultation with a professional is an
excellent way to determine what the outside of your home needs. After
siding, the front door is the next most important feature of the
exterior of any home. It can be the focal point of the front view of
your home and should look its best. Adding a fresh coat of paint and
perhaps a new door handle and lock is a great way to make your home look
more expensive. Window trim and shutters are also important, especially
if they are older or do not match the door or siding.
Inside the home, painting every single room is often quite
tempting. However, some rooms can be left alone if they are already
painted in neutral tones and aren’t damaged. The kitchen and bathroom
are often the most important rooms to focus on when repainting for
value. Over time, these rooms experience a great deal of heat, moisture
and wear and tear. For a kitchen, repainting the cabinets along with the
walls is the best choice, since the entire kitchen can look modernized
and crisp when they are painted together. It is a great time to remove
scuffs and stains from walls as well. In the bathroom, repeated cycles
of moisture have surely worn the paint over time, so a fresh coat of
paint makes this room look like new again. An important area to paint in
all rooms are the mouldings to doors and windows, as well as floor and
ceiling trim. Painting these areas with gloss white makes a room look
like it has been repainted, even if the walls are left alone, since the
mouldings take most of the wear and abuse from day to day life.
If you are repainting to increase your home’s value, make
sure that you are choosing neutral tones, whites and beiges. Any drastic
color choices are likely to put off some buyers and make your house
less universally appealing. This is especially true for the outside of
your home, since it is the first color that buyers will see. If you are
hoping for a pop of color, focus the color on the door or trim but not
the entire home. However, feel free to choose greyish-toned colors if
whites and beiges are too bland. If you already have some very
bold-colored rooms in your home, it is wise to repaint them as a more
neutral color. This includes cabinetry that is bright or outdated.
Should you decide against repainting a bright room, make sure that the
trim is white in order to tone down the boldness of your color choices
and to give the room a freshly painted feel.
When painting a home in the hopes of increasing its value,
the number one most important area to paint is the exterior, since a
nicely painted exterior will encourage potential buyers to view your
home. Modern styling such as a bold color for the door with muted tones
for the siding is sure to attract the highest number of potential
buyers. For the interior of the home, neutral tones are important, and
the goal is to make the home look as new as possible inside. If there
are damaged walls, have them repaired and repainted. As a minimum,
scuffed trim pieces should be repainted white so that the house feels
clean and new.
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