As you may know, a fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive way to make your home look great to buyers. But, what if you don’t have time to paint the entire place? Here are some areas you should prioritize—and one you can potentially ignore.
Rooms With Bold Colours or Outdated Colour Schemes
A red bedroom and orange walk-in closet likely won’t appeal to everyone!
Replacing personalized colours with a neutral colour scheme will present buyers with a “blank canvas” to which they can add their own personal touch. A colour that has been recommended many times by professionals as a fantastic neutral is Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore in a semi-gloss. This colour is the perfect mid toned greige, making it a versatile choice that will compliment both warm and cool tone furniture, decor, and appliances.
Remember to prep your walls properly by filling holes and sanding. Also, use a primer before your new colour, especially if you are changing from a very strong colour to something more neutral. Priming is not just important as a transition shade when making a drastic paint change, it also stops the previous colour from bleeding through the top coat.
Regardless of the colour you settle on, choose a semi-gloss or eggshell finish as it tends to be more durable and makes imperfections less obvious.
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a home, which makes it a key selling point. A new paint job will instantly make the space look cleaner and more inviting. Choose a neutral, light colour that will open up your kitchen, make it appear brighter, and provide a blank canvas for the future owners.
In terms of finish, professionals recommend a satin or semi-gloss as they are easier to clean and stand up to moisture drips, mildew, stains and dirt much better than a flat finish does.
To freshen up your cabinets, give them a thorough wash. You can even change up the hardware for a fast and budget-friendly upgrade!
Interior doors become worn due to being touched multiple times a day, yet are often overlooked when painting. A new coat of paint on key doors, such as those for bedrooms and washrooms, can make a significant impact on the look of your home.
Trim and Baseboards
If you do decide to paint the interior doors of your home, we highly recommend also painting the trim and baseboards in that area, as you will be able to see the difference between the newly painted door and old trim. Choose a semi-gloss white or off white for this task, especially if your walls are a flat finish. Not only will the change in finish compliment the walls well, it is also more durable and easier to clean.
If you decide that your ceilings are in dire need of a touch up, opt for a flat-white or off white as it is cheap, hides imperfections well, and makes your ceiling feel higher, which in turn makes the space feel bigger.
By the way, you may be able to pass on painting exterior doors. They’re often coated with a durable weather-resistant enamel and don’t usually need more than a good wash.
Selling your home is a big decision, and doing so in a rush can add a lot of stress. Just remember that you are painting to sell and, by investing in your home for that ultimate first impression through painting and staging, you will achieve a higher sale price with the least amount of time on the market. You are creating a WOW factor that will make choosing your house as their future home a no-brainer!
Give us a call if you want to know more about preparing your home for sale! We are always happy to help!