If you’re like many people in Boca Raton, Delray Beach or Highland Beach who are selling a home, you may be wondering whether hiring a professional painter to touch things up is worth the cost. Your Boca Raton REALTOR® will walk through your home with you before you list it, pointing out areas that could use a little TLC, but you may want to invest in a paint job before you get to that point. Here’s how to know whether you should repaint your home before you sell – and how you can get the most out of your investment if you do.
Should You Repaint Your Home’s Interior Before You Sell?
First things first: Buyers can – and do – judge your home based on wall paint. If the paint appears tired, scuffed or damaged, it may give buyers the impression that your home isn’t very well-cared-for. Unfortunately, that happens even if you’ve done everything right and all your home’s systems and structures are in great shape.
That means you should consider repainting your home’s interior before you sell if:
- Different rooms are different colors
- There are scratches and scuffs in the paint
- You see flaking, peeling or chipping paint
- Your colors aren’t neutral
Here’s a closer look at each.
Sign #1 That You Should Repaint Your Home’s Interior: Different Rooms Are Different Colors
Buyers like to see homes that are mostly uniform in appearance. If some rooms feature dark paint and others feature light colors, it creates a visual disturbance for many people – and you may want to consider repainting those darker rooms in brighter colors.
Sign #2 That You Should Repaint Your Home’s Interior: There Are Scratches and Scuffs in the Paint
Scratches and scuffs can make buyers feel like you haven’t properly cared for your home, even if that’s untrue. Though you may not need to repaint the entire home’s interior, you should hire a professional to touch up areas that need a little TLC.
Sign #3 That You Should Repaint Your Home’s Interior: You See Flaking, Peeling or Chipping Paint
Like scratches and scuffs (but maybe worse), flaking, chipping and peeling paint can signal to buyers that your home hasn’t been maintained properly. A professional painter can remove the old paint and put up a fresh coat that makes your home appear newer and more well-maintained. And if your home was built before 1978, when lead paint regulations took effect, you certainly need to handle these types of paint issues before you sell.
Sign #4 That You Should Repaint Your Home’s Interior: Your Colors Aren’t Neutral
Bright and loud colors don’t go over well with many buyers – they’re looking for simple, neutral tones. Think of the colors you see in your favorite spa, luxury hotel or other relaxing space; that’s what you should aim for when you’re selling your home. You don’t have to use exactly the same color throughout your entire home, though it can be beneficial to do so. Talk to your REALTOR about the colors that are selling in homes right now before you settle on a shade.
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