Does Paint Color Matter When Selling a House?

September 30, 2022
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If you’re thinking about selling your home in the near or distant future, there are many things to think about and consider. One important consideration is the paint color of your home. You may find it surprising, but the paint color of both the interior and exterior of your home can impact its perceived value and its attractiveness to potential homebuyers. Here’s what to keep in mind when it comes to your home’s paint color.

Keep the Inside of Your Home Neutral

Starting inside your home, your best bet is to stick with neutral tones for your interior paint color. Whites, beiges, and light grays are all great options to consider. When a potential homebuyer tours the home, these neutral colors help create a “blank slate,” allowing that individual to imagine the possibilities of how they might furnish and decorate the space. Brighter colors may feel harsh, and darker colors may make the house feel smaller. Both of these options should be avoided while prepping your home to sell.

Make Sure Your Home Matches Its Environment

No, we don’t mean you should paint your house green and blue to match the grass and sky. But for the exterior paint color of your home, you’ll want to keep things within the style and color palette of your neighborhood. If all of the surrounding houses follow a certain set of color tones, this is what you should stick with as well.

While you may think a more unique color will help your house stand out in the crowd, this isn’t necessarily a good thing. If your home sticks out too much from the rest of the neighborhood, it detracts from the perceived value of the home. Additionally, there may be HOA restrictions in place that limit how creative you can get with the exterior paint color. This again is done to help maintain the value of homes throughout the entire neighborhood.

Preparing to Sell Your Home

If you’re not planning to sell your home any time soon, you should feel free to choose the paint colors you like most for your house, both inside and out. Your personal taste and enjoyment of your home is what matters most when you’re the one living in it. However, if you’re thinking about selling, it’s important to keep in mind that personal taste, even down to the paint color, can vary drastically from one person to another. By keeping things neutral and in line with the rest of the neighborhood, you have the best opportunity to attract a wide range of tastes and styles. This means more interest in your home, allowing for more competitive pricing and offers.

At Southern Painting, we offer professional residential painting services for homeowners throughout the South. If you’d like assistance finding the right exterior paint color or interior paint color for your home, contact us today. We’d be happy to provide you with the painting services you need to get your home ready to hit the market.

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