Should You Paint Your Walls White Before Selling Your House?
If you are planning on putting your home on the market, you surely have heard that painting your walls before hanging that “for sale” sign is a must. After all, years of living in a space leave trace that buyers may find less than attractive, from dents to holes in the walls and the shadows left by pictures and furniture. It is a reasonably cheap and easy fix to give your home a good spruce up and make it attractive for potential buyers.
Since the recommendation is to make your home as neutral as possible so that prospective buyers can envision themselves living in the space, painting the walls also allows you to remove personalized spaces, like a child’s room or a hand-painted fresco that might be meaningful to you, but might not be to everybody’s taste.
Choosing the perfect shade to paint the walls in your home can be a headache, and many sellers revert to painting all the walls white. There is no more neutral or classic shade, and white gives your home a clean and airy feel.
However, is it a must to paint your walls white before selling your house?
As a matter of fact, a 2017 Zillow study has shown that, unlike what you might think, white is not the color that may attract the most buyers. Each room has a different optimal color, but generally speaking, opting for shades of blue or light grey might be a better bet than an all-white home.
Painting your walls the right color could make a significant difference in how much your home will sell for: over $5,000 for a blue bathroom for example. On the other hand, choosing the wrong paint color for your space could affect the resale value of your home despite your efforts and your investment in new paint and the cost of labor. For example, an off-white bathroom could lower the value of your home by over $4,000.
If you are planning on repainting the walls of your house before putting it on the market, it is a good idea to stay clear of darker, brighter colors like dark brown and terracotta that potential buyers may not find as attractive. Surprisingly eggshell white is not a popular choice among home buyers either: some find it too cookie-cutter, especially in small spaces like bathrooms and kitchens.
So if you are going to get out your paint brushes before selling your house, you might as well stay clear of painting on your home all shades of white. You are better off opting for an all-blue home with a brown living room, or a light grey which is also a favorite color at the moment.
It might not be the perfect fit for your taste, but as with any renovations done while intending to put a house on the market, keep in mind that you will not likely live there for long. Save the bright colors of the home of your dream for your next purchase instead, and play it safe with neutral tones for now.