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Painting Your Home to Sell

by / Monday, 27 February 2012 / Published in GreenWay

In case you haven’t kept up with the housing market, it is still extremely hard to sell a home these days. My husband and I have been looking for a new house. We generally look for ones that are ready to move in, because we both work, and neither one of us has the time to paint a new house. They say that you never get a second chance for a great impression. This is especially true when it comes to selling a house. I can’t tell you how many homes my husband and I have bypassed because of the poor aesthetic quality, both interior and exterior.

With this in mind, perhaps you are selling or have been trying to sell your house for quite some time. Today it is not uncommon to have a house on the market for 180 days or more. If you are trying to sell your home, it may be to your benefit to have the house painted a neutral color in order to appeal to a much larger audience. Although bold and bright colors are unique and may better represent your personality, potential homeowners need to envision their own color scheme in your home, and neutral colors provide a chance for them to do that.

This fact has been proven on HGTV for quite some time. I’ve seen countless episodes where potential buyers turn away if the colors are too bold. Other items which turn off potential buyers are excessive toys, furniture, and clutter. Think about how you would feel if you were looking at potential homes to buy. Would it be easier to envision your belongings in that place if all of their belongings were still there?

According to U.S. Housing and Urban Development, 17% of painted or “staged” homes sell more quickly and at a higher price than non-staged homes. Only 10% of buyers actually have the ability to visualize the potential of a home. Therefore, it is your responsibility to showcase the best qualities of your home, simultaneously downplaying any flaws. If you are selling your home, chances are you are struggling to keep the house tidy for the times when the realtor shows it off. If this is the case, and you don’t have time to repaint your home a neutral color yourself, why not give GreenWay a call today.


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