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Home selling repainting why and when it matters

Repainting: Why and When it Matters

There’s no question about it: painting the inside of a home is one of the best ways to make a place one’s own. Few things imprint a personal stamp on a house, a sensation of belonging, than rooms painted in unique colors selected by the homeowner. People with children might understand this more than anyone as the bedrooms of young people are quickly seen as blank canvases upon which their unencumbered imaginations can take wing. But even us boring adults are drawn towards accent walls and trim painted to complement the dominant color scheme.

Stemming as it does from such a natural instinct to nest and surround ourselves with our own personal touches, it is no surprise that so many of us have homes painted in ways that reflect our own dreams, needs, and loves. Sadly, it is often the case that what we find pleasing or inspiring is not something that scratches that same itch for another. Selling a home requires us to begin stepping outside of ourselves and asking, “what would others want to see?” Or, even more specifically, “what would the biggest number of others find the least offensive?” Essentially, and we’ve talked about this before, when selling a home you are going to need to begin removing many of the unique traces of yourself from the house.

If you’ve got rooms with lots of colors, or rooms painted specifically for children, or a wall with a fun mural on it, there’s a good chance that repainting might be needed. While it is possible that a prospective buyer will find your own touches charming or desirable, it is more likely that they will see it as an added project for when/if they buy the house. Why? Because they will want to add their own accent walls, their own murals, their own touches of themselves. Keeping this in mind, walk through the house and truly take stock of the colors. Do they speak to you and you alone? Try and put yourself in the place of the prospective buyers and ask yourself how you would feel if you were touring a possible future home and found that the rooms were bordered in the memories of another?

While repainting can be an emotionally difficult process (and this difficulty works in tandem with the amount of personality you’ve put into the walls and their color), it can also be a chance to gain some closure during the moving process. To say goodbye, in a sense, and to acknowledge that you are now moving on. Someone else will now take over the space and make it their own, beautiful and unique. Repainting gives you the chance to reset the canvas, preparing it for a years of new stories and memories.

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