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chartreuse kitchen courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens

It’s a classic scenario. You’ve lived your house and made it your home.  Years ago, the thought of a chartreuse kitchen was divine.  Then a roommate moved in and wanted to paint the spare bedroom plum to go with her duvet. Perhaps you got married a little later, and your spouse convinced you the master bedroom should be a rich mahogany to match the leather headboard.  And of course your teenage son wanted his walls black while your baby girl would hear of nothing but powder pink.   While you may be able to look past these poignant pigments to see your home as the gem that it is, this sort of mixed palette may scare away potential homebuyers, and that’s why we want to help you paint your house to sell it.

Why Should You Paint Your House to Sell It?

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Savvy + Co. sold sign

Neutralizing the colors on the walls is one of the easiest ways to make your home more marketable.  According to research done by Home Gain’s Prepare to Sell national survey the average price to paint interior walls is $500 to $750, but painting walls the right colors can increase the home price by an average of $1,500 to $2,000.  That’s right, we’re talking about the potential for a 250 percent return on investment!  On top of that, when surveyed, 94% of real estate agents agree that painting the interior of a house is an integral pre-sale strategy. Benefits also include keeping a buyer’s focus on the space instead of the walls, making staging a much easier job, and more appealing online photographs that will capture a potential buyer’s attention.  After all, most potential buyers are thinking about their pocket books and don’t want to spend money on painting a newly purchased home.

What Are the Most Marketable Colors?

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PARMA GRAY 27 by FARROW & BALL courtesy of House Beautiful

Right about now, you may be picturing a beige nightmare, but remember that neutral doesn’t have to mean bland.  In fact, neutral simply indicates that something is lacking in hue, and that means there are a multitude of options across the color wheel.  So how do you find the right one?  Check out this article by The Huffington Post, and you’ll see that majority of the most popular neutrals all have one thing in common – they’re shades of gray.  Take a look at the example on your right; this was named one of the upcoming trends of 2016.  It may seem like any old gray, but when you look closer, you’ll notice that there are shades of blue and even lavender in it.  Finding the perfect shade for your home will depend on your home’s overall atmosphere.  If you’ve got a chic urban loft, you may want to consider a bold, dark gray to show off the modern appeal. On the other hand, if you’re selling a traditional craftsman, you’ll want to ere on the side of blue-gray and green-gray for the more conservative and comfortable appeal.

Do You Have Any Extra Tips or Tricks?

Of course!  If you’d like a free consultation (and you’re not working with another real estate agent), please email us at info@shannonlynchhomes.com.  In the meantime, check out our Pinterest board, Paint Colors for Selling Your House in 2016, for more tips and tricks.