When listing your home, it is important to do as much as possible to help it sell quickly and at a good price. The last thing that you want is for potential buyers to be distracted by something as simple as paint color. While this is something you might consider it an easy fix, buyers will look at it as an added hassle and expense.
So, what color is the right color? When in doubt, go neutral. You want buyers to see your home as a blank canvas that they can add their own touches to. Since everyone’s tastes are different, it is important to try to appeal to the largest group possible. Greg Allman, Broker with Greenbrier Real Estate Service comments, “In my 24 years in real estate I’ve found that most buyers relate better to neutral paint colors when selecting their home.” Now, neutral does not necessarily mean beige here, beige there, beige everywhere! On the contrary, color can give a home character and added appeal. The key is to use soft tones! For example, to create a relaxing atmosphere in a bedroom, avoid a harsh navy blue, and opt for a subtle sky blue. Understated tones of grey and green are also good options. Keep in mind also that darker colors make a room appear smaller, while lighter colors create the illusion of more space. Finally, it is important to note that white is not a neutral color. It is bright and reflecting which can make your home about as appealing as a hospital. White is best used for trim, moldings, and mantles to make them pop.
Not only will a toned-down paint scheme help your home show better, but it will also help it to photograph much nicer. In today’s age, more and more people are beginning their home search online. Since this is the case, you want the photos of your listing to make a great first impression!
When you are ready to list your home, take a moment to ask yourself if your color choices would appeal to the largest group possible. If the answer is no, you may want to consider heading to your local home improvement store.