Yes, You Should Paint, Because Buyers Don’t Want To

One of the biggest favors you can do for yourself when it’s time to sell your house is to give it a fresh coat of paint. I know what you’re thinking—hiring a painter can get really expensive, especially if the entire house needs painting.

I get it, but consider this: Would you rather shell out the money for a painter now and sell your house quickly, or would you prefer to keep your existing old/bold/not-so-neutral/scuffed paint and potentially have your house sit on the market an extra 3 or 4 months (or longer)?

It can take quite some time for a buyer to come along who either doesn’t mind your paint, doesn’t mind spending their own time and money to change it or wants to offer you less money to compensate them for changing it themselves.

The less a buyer sees wrong with your house, the more likely they are to buy it. Even though paint color is an easy thing for a buyer to change, for the same reasons you don’t want to paint, neither does your buyer!

So what color should you pick? It’s better to stick with neutrals because not all buyers will love your favorite bold hues. Neutral paint makes a house look and feel more move-in ready, and buyers love that, so give them what they want! Gray is the new beige, so that’s a good option to give your home a modern feel.

A great home stager (like me!) can help you pick the perfect colors for your home. Many stagers offer color consultations to help you take the guesswork out of the paint selection process, so don’t be afraid to consult with a pro. To get expert home staging help in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia, contact Jennifer at Main Stage Home Staging & Organizing, 240-324-8280, or

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by Jennifer Westbrook | Main Stage Home Staging & Organizing

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