The Home Buyer's Korner

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July 7th, 2015

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Colors That Sell Homes

Paint ChipWhen it comes to selling your home, you want to consider how to take advantage of some common staging must do’s. Clearing out the clutter to make your rooms look bigger and bringing in more light to brighten things up is a good place to start. First impressions are everything when you are selling a house, so think about how the colors you choose will likely influence your potential buyers.

If you’re thinking about putting your home up for sale in the near future a new coat of paint could be a simple and effective way to make your house more appealing. Here are a few additional tips to consider when making that trip to your local paint store.

Choose Mellow, Neutral Shades

When a potential buyer is looking at your house, they want to be able to imagine themselves living there. If your walls are painted in lime green or hot pink, it can be difficult for a buyer to relate the house to their own tastes. Use neutral colors, such as cream, olive, beige and ivory. Then the walls become a blank canvas where prospective buyers can project their own style preferences.

Create the Illusion of Space

In order to make a space within your home feel larger, you can use a very light neutral color such as white, tan or pale grey. This will reflect more light and give the impression of a more expansive interior. You can also try painting the moldings the same color as the walls, which will make the ceilings look higher and a great idea when working with attic or basement living areas.

Dont Forget About Exterior Color

It’s easy to focus on the interior of a house and forget about the outside, but the front of the house is the first thing potential buyers will see. Curb appeal can be a huge factor in their decision. At a minimum, walk around your house and look for peeling paint to do some touch up work where needed.

Caution: Lead-Based Paint

One important word of caution regarding the paint in your home is the issue of lead-based paint. Lead-based paint was most common in homes built or painted prior to 1978. If your home falls in that age category, it may require further testing to ensure that the paint covering your walls is free of lead.

After It’s All Said and Done

Color has a psychological effect on people, whether they are aware of it or not. You’ll be amazed at the difference the right colors can make in selling or improving your next home.

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