The Importance of Repainting
In our last article, we talked about why and when you will want to think about repainting a home before potential buyers come a-knocking. Today, we are going to shift our discussion away from the emotional side and take a look at the more tactical elements of this conversation.
Now, before we get started, it’s always a good idea to have a second opinion. By this, we mean that if you think some repainting is in order – and even if you don’t – then we recommend first having someone else walk through the house with you, looking at the areas you’ve highlighted, perhaps finding new ones. This person could be your realtor or it could be a trusted friend or even a neighbor. The important part is that they are someone whose opinion you trust and who you know will be honest with you when it comes to saying whether or not a room, a wall, or maybe the trim needs a new coat.
Okay, so you’ve identified several rooms that could use some tonal shifts, and you’ve gotten verification from a trusted source that, yes indeed, paint would be a good idea. Now what? Well, chances are good that the repainting projects are focused on rooms with vibrant colors, things that are perhaps loud or at least noticeable. When repainting for potential buyers, you will want to simply swing in the opposite direction. Colors should be muted, tasteful, and quiet. This doesn’t mean that you should whitewash from floor to ceiling, but it does mean that perhaps the accent wall you’re so proud of might need to come down a little in volume.
The trick here is not to swing too far in the other direction. While potential buyers don’t want to feel as though they’re entering a home full of your own history, they also want to look at the house and think, “That’s beautiful, I want that.” In other words, just because you might need to pull back on the color scheme doesn’t mean that you’re going to want to obliterate all personality from the place. The balance lies in creating the sort of personality that makes room for others rather than one that fills the space.
Softer blues, off-white and creamy colors, mossy greens are a good place to start. Nothing dark, and nothing loud, but too far the other direction and you land with a clinical feel that is equally off-putting.
Fortunately, while this project does add a modicum of work to your already heavy load, painting while moving is always easier than painting around a lived-in space. There’s a good chance that much of your furniture is already gone, meaning that you possibly won’t be needing to move couches, bookcases, and wardrobes in order to apply the fresh coats of paint. Simply get the brushes and the buckets and begin! This can also be transformed into a great bonding task with friends and family, so don’t be shy about asking for help during this time.
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