When putting your house on the market, there are many pressing things on your to-do list: getting a home inspection, finding a realtor you trust, and taking care of any repairs, just to name a few. You do all of these things to make sure buyers know your home’s value.
But you probably don’t rank paint colors as one of the more important items.
Well, a recent study from Zillow shows that the colors you use for certain rooms and even your door can have a big impact on your home’s value! Read a good summary of the study by Forbes here and stick with us to learn about some simple paint preps that can earn you more money when selling your home.
A fresh coat of paint is a low-cost way to update your home, with an exterior paint job costing less than $3,000, and interior for under $2,000 on average. However, choosing the wrong shade could actually cost you thousands in a home sale.
Avoid These Color Shades When Selling Your Home
1. Neutrals in the Kitchen
While most homeowners think they’re playing it safe with a neutral like off-white or eggshell, it’s actually been rated poorly among potential buyers.
Instead, go for a pale yellow or wheat yellow in the kitchen to attract more natural light.
The exception to the rule?
Rooms that are large or have great natural light can do well with white walls.
2. Brown Bedrooms
This may seem weirdly specific and that’s because it is. Buyers across a global scale have rated bedrooms with dark brown tones very unfavorably.
Blue is the way to go when looking at bedrooms; light cerulean to cadet blue are great tones to utilize when prepping your home for a sale.
3. Old Doors
If you take only one piece of advice from this article, we recommend this one.
No matter what, make sure your front door’s paint is new. A fresh coat of black paint on your front door will do you wonders. Your door is the first thing buyers will see, so make it impressive.
Black paint in shades like Peppercorn and Tricorn Black make buyers feel safe and give the appearance of a home that is stately and serious.
4. Stucco Exteriors
Brown, taupe, and stucco home exteriors are a dying trend. Instead give your home a pop of modernity by painting it gray, beige, or even a mix of the two with “greige”.
Why is a safe color like taupe turning buyers away? It’s depressing, and reminiscent of an inexpensive flowerpot.
Choosing the right color for your home is a simple but important fix and should come as no surprise. Colors have always affected our moods, and there are various studies that support the notion.
Want to try your hand at discerning between the right and wrong colors for your home? Check out this fun quiz from Zillow!
For all your other home needs, we have your back! If you’re in the process of or about to list your home, make sure you’ve had an inspection! Elite Inspection Group is ready to perform your inspection, and you can schedule one here.