Along with upping your home's aesthetic appeal, painting your house before listing it can help your home sell faster — and for more moolah. "A fresh coat of paint adds tremendous value to a home for sale," says agent Noemi Bitterman of Warburg Realty. "When a buyer enters a newly painted (and uncluttered) home, they're able to actually envision themselves living in that space."
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According to research from Home Gain, painting the interior of your home prior to selling it can add around $2,000 dollars to a home's final sale price. Translation: Even if it costs you a bit up front, painting the inside of your place before listing it will benefit you in the long run.
Not sure what color to paint your place before putting it on the market? We asked a few real estate experts which hues will make your home more attractive to buyers, and here's what they had to say.
1. Creamy Neutrals
According to our experts, you can always count on a subdued, neutral paint palette to help your home sell faster. "We recommend a fresh coat of neutral paint before selling your home," says Corcoran agent Nicole Hechter. However, a neutral tone doesn't necessarily mean plain white. A light beige or creamy off-white provides a perfect blank canvas for a new owner."
2. Bright Whites
Nothing makes a space feel fresh and new like a crisp coat of white paint. No surprise then that real estate experts says it's a failsafe shade for any interior. "Bright white is appealing, versatile, and low risk," says agent Parisa M. Afkhami of Warburg Realty. "If your home lacks natural light, choose a more reflective white color to help brighten up the space."
3. Soft Earth Tones
Not to be confused with creamy neutrals, soft earth-toned hues — think pale grays, dusty peaches, and light blues — can elevate the ambience of a space without overpowering it. "Light earth tones are soft, calming, and reflect light, while providing a subtle pop of color," says agent Allison Chiaramonte of Warburg Realty.
4. Dark Hues
Believe it or not, our experts say that when used correctly, dark painted walls can have a positive impact on potential buyers. "When there is little or no light or view in a room, I have often advised people to go with dark lacquered walls to create a cozy, cocoon-like atmosphere, particularly in a smaller space such as a library or den," says Afkhami.
5. Deep Gray
If you're looking for a stylish paint color to play up a bedroom, then Hechter says to consider a rich shade of deep gray. "Bedrooms are for personal relaxation," she says. "A dark, contemplative gray creates a warm and comforting palette that will put potential buyers at ease," she says.