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Do I Need to Repaint My Home Before Selling (or Are Touch-ups Enough)?

If you are preparing to sell your home, your to-do list is probably much more like a to-do novel. Between unfinished landscaping projects you started last spring and finally sweeping out the attic, your schedule is packed with last minute tasks to accomplish before your home goes on the market. 

One of the simplest ways to get the most bang for your buck is through home painting. By hiring home painting services (or putting in some elbow grease yourself), you can give your home a new lease on life without taking up much of your precious time before prospective buyers see your home. 

With your busy schedule, you’re looking to do as little work as possible to avoid disrupting your home sale. You may be asking yourself, “Do I need to repaint my home before selling, or are touch-ups enough?”

Here is what you need to know.  

Exterior Paint 

There are plenty of things you can do to add curb appeal to your home. Expert realtors recommend simple tricks like planting yellow flowers near your home and mowing your lawn in a diagonal pattern. 

To determine whether your home needs to be fully repainted, the first step is to assess the current state of your home’s exterior paint. Hiring services to power wash your home will not only give it a much-needed cleanse, but it will also give you an idea of what your existing exterior paint looks like. 

In some cases, you may find that the discoloration and dinginess you saw before was simply the result of years of dirt you never got a chance to clean. In other cases, it may be apparent that your home is in need of a new coat of paint. Exterior painting isn’t exactly the type of job that can be completed by adding a splotch of paint here and there. 

To truly revitalize your home’s exterior paint, enlist the services of an exterior home painting specialist like ELCO Painting. We will work to ensure that this important step in preparing your home for sale is completed with speed and excellence. Our talented professionals are prepared to complete your exterior home painting project in warm or cold weather to ensure that you can sell your home on your timeline. 

Interior Paint 

Curb appeal is important for getting potential buyers in the door, but all that work is for naught if you have a shabby interior. 

Projects like installing hardwood flooring or re-tiling bathrooms are sure to add value to your home, but they can require huge investments of your time and money. 

One sure way to spruce up your home without delaying your home from being up on the market is to focus on interior painting. There are a number of reasons interior painting is a savvy decision. 

First and foremost, repainting your home’s interior will help to freshen up your existing paint color. Be sure to repaint chipped or dingy walls and give your buyers one fewer reason to low-ball your asking price. 

Realtors also suggest a number of colors that you may want to incorporate to your interior design to entice buyers. 

Many professionals recommend choosing a soft beige rather than white to create a homey atmosphere and help to mask imperfections in walls. It is also suggested that you paint ceilings slightly lighter than the walls to make your ceiling pop and your rooms feel larger. 

If you have rooms that were painted for a particular niche (that lime green your daughter just had to have or the animal mural you put up in the nursery), painting them a neutral color will significantly improve your chances of a sale. No one wants a home they know will require projects. Don’t give potential buyers a reason to submit a lower offer. 

While interior painting projects are the simplest home renovation, it goes without saying that repainting rooms takes up your time. You have to properly tape off rooms, clean walls, wait for coats to dry, and so on. 

While your interior is being repainted, there are probably a million other jobs you could be working on. By enlisting home painting services, you can rest assured that your home will be in good hands while you work out the nuances of selling a home. 

Whether your next home renovation project is cabinet refinishing or a home painting service cost estimate, ELCO Painting is the perfect choice for painting companies in RI and Southeastern Massachusetts. Let our experienced carpentry professionals meet your home’s unique needs and help bring your design dreams to life to ensure it sells at top dollar. 

Give us a call (401-295-2201) or contact us online today to see how the ELCO Painting difference can work for you.