One of the biggest things that set us apart as human beings is our need for self-expression. We do this in many ways: how we dress, what car we choose to drive, our interests and hobbies, and how we decorate our homes. This is one of the biggest reasons people choose to own a home. We can build a wraparound porch, landscape the backyard, and create a theme within each room of our home. While this can be a new homeowner’s dream, it can really turn into an obstacle when it’s time to sell your home. People often get carried away with that self-expression when it comes to interior paint choices. You may love that Adobe Orange you chose to paint your living room to take you back to your childhood in Santa Fe. Your friends may rave about the Montego Bay Blue that you painted your guest room to give it that beach house feel. While these choices are perfect for you and your family, they can prove to be a huge hindrance once you put your home on the market.
Aside from being overpriced, cosmetic factors can often be what keep your home from selling. Interior paint choices(followed closely by flooring & appliances) are usually the #1 cosmetic thing that potential buyers notice AND prevent them from buying an existing home. Your home can have it all: great curb appeal, a huge backyard, and wonderful natural light. But if potential buyers stop in for a look and immediately see themselves spending their first month painting every room in the house, it may very well send them on down the street. Sellers often have the misconception that they can offset the interior overhaul by a price reduction or offering a “paint allowance.” While this may entice some potential buyers, more often than not buyers simply don’t want to take on a painting project as soon as they move in.
The best advice I can offer as a realtor is to neutralize your home from a cosmetic standpoint. Once you decide you’re ready to put your home on the market, take a week beforehand and go to down to Lowe’s or Home Depot and find a good neutral color and re-paint from room to room as needed. It may seem cumbersome while you’re doing it, but a little time and money could save you weeks, if not months, that your home sits on the open market.
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Author:Shalee Garza Phone: 214-998-0922 Dated: March 18th 2013 Views: 2,441 About Shalee: Born and raised in the great state of Texas, Shalee Garza called Tarrant County home for more than a...
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