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do you have to repaint to neutral color in order to sell your home

  • November 18 2013 - Hot Springs
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The key to staging a home is not only in painting. You can clean and declutter, take a look at each room. If the colors are bold then rule of thumb is neutral, it allows a buyer to vision his or her personal belongings in your space.
  • November 20 2013
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The best advice I can give you is to look at the sold listings in your neighborhood that are comparable to yours. Check out their photos online and see what kind of colors and upgrades they used to sell their home. In many cases, it's a good idea to depersonalize your home throughout. Sometimes that means you might have to re-paint a custom wall that you did for the kids or taking down your favorite knickknack or sports displays etc... You might also want to add crown molding to some of your rooms to give them an upgrade. That is an inexpensive way to add perceived value to a home. Resurfacing worn down wood floors also really makes your interior pop and doesn't cost all that much. As you look through the sold photos, you will get a lot more ideas to make your house more appealing and sell quicker. Good luck and I hope your home sells quickly!
  • November 20 2013
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Short answer is you do not have to, but it will probably help.
  • November 20 2013
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You don't have to paint to sell a home.  If you have a room which is screaming pink I'd suggest neutralizing it. 

Todays buyers are turned off by what they see.  They have no vision.  They do not want to put any work into a home.  They just want to move in.  Loud paint will turn them off.

Can you sell without painting? Sure.  Will it sell faster with neutral colors?  Yes.
  • November 20 2013
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Earth tones to me are the best, you can still have color with a mild look that go well with white trims
and black appliances or black entertainment options.
Beige maybe the normal selling tactic but color can be added with the mild green/greys and grey/greens.
They also go well with many ceramic floor and hardwood options.
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  • November 20 2013
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I don't know, Wetdawgs, with different pillows, that wouldn't be a dealbreaker for most people.

Short story long. To my agent friends, there is a thing called a "color wheel," and if you can't draw one correctly from a box of crayons - which I can't do, either - then bring a professional in to consult. Most paint stores will virtually give you a designer; my secret weapon is my wife who has a Master's degree in Fine Arts. Even with my design background, I don't advise on color. Much.

Do yourselves a favor. Curry favor with local paint stores, and then when a client comes to you with unfortunate color choices, that paint store may well send their designer out on their tab.

All the best,
  • November 19 2013
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No, you don't have to. However, if you have colors that don't match the majority of buyer's furnishings or tastes, many buyers will see your home as a bit of a fixer. That translates to lower offers.

For instance, I've noticed that the color blue seems to elicit a definite reaction in many buyers. They either like it or hate it. I had a couple of buyers that wouldn't enter into the front door if they saw blue carpeting.  Irrational? Maybe, but it is what it is.  Some buyers will decide it's worth less because of a pink, blue, lavender or other color bedroom because they "have" to paint it before they could live in it.

Those same buyers will walk into a freshly painted home in popular neutral colors that is nicely staged and think it's far better than it really is. This translates to a faster sale at a higher price. Since paint is only a few hundred dollars and returns thousands in sale price, it is the most cost effective thing a seller can do,  
  • November 18 2013
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I As an agent it is recommended that you paint but no one can force you to do it. It depends on the colors and the condition you should judge for yourself or ask a neutral party how bad is the paint. Good luck on your move.
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There are few updates that give you more bang for your buck than painting.  Your whole space will feel fresher and more updated when you paint. Neutral colors allow buyers to visualize their belongings in the space and to view the homes architectural details without being distracted.  Does neutral have to mean boring?  Absolutely not!  The trend now is toward more color saturation.  Colors can be richer and deeper yet still neutral.  Increasingly, the trend is toward gray and greige (gray-beige).  Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige, Agreeable Gray, Grayish, and Repose Gray are all great colors.  Visit a model home and emulate their colors.  The goal when selling is to look as much like a model home as possible.  Good luck!
  • November 18 2013
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Simply put, you don't have to, but if you house has been on the market for a while it might be a good idea to look into painting certain walls neutral colors.

If the agent is committed, they will be sure to have color selections available to pull a buyer away from a negative view and make them think about how wonderful that bright flamingo pick wall would look painted tan or beige, and turn the situation into a fun project or something like that. 

I have an app on my phone that shows paint colors and at a open house I will hold it up to a wall (if one is a terrible color) and show the prospective buyers that a wall is easily remedied and it should not make or break the opinion of a house. 
  • November 18 2013
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You do not ‘have' to re-paint but you would be surprised on just how "stuck" a buyer can get on the color of a wall and on how frequently it happens.

  • November 18 2013
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It really depends on your current market conditions and the color of the room(s).  In a seller's market with low competing inventory it is not as important to repaint because buyers have so little to choose from that many times they are willing to make concessions on aesthetic things like paint.  The benefit of painting is that you give yourself the highest chance of receiving multiple offers. 

In a buyer's market I always recommend to do as much as possible to update the home prior to listing.  When there is a lot of inventory for buyers to consider, its very important to make sure the property looks as good as it possibly can in order to get top dollar. 

  • November 18 2013
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As a certified appraiser of 12+ years, you don't have to do anything to the walls. However, some homes have been overlooked because of the child's painted room. A neutral color also gives the room the appearance of more space. I recommend you paint the bedroom if you have time and money; you wouldn't want your home to sit on the market because of it.

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  • November 18 2013
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My advice to my sellers is to try to appeal to most people's taste.  Bright, bold colors don't always appeal to most people.  You really only have two options:  1. Leave the bold paint colors and offer a painting allowance or have it painted for the new buyer before closing.  2. Repaint before showings and try to eliminate any hesitation on the buyer's part.  I recommend a light taupe/gray/tan color with white trim to appeal to most people's taste.  If you do choose to leave the bold paint color, pay attention to your shooing feedback, if buyer and agents are all saying negative things about the paint colors, eliminate the negative and sell your home!
  • November 18 2013
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Not recommended:

  • November 18 2013
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Fresh paint is the best way for a seller to get the most bang for your buck.  It's relatively quick, inexpensive, and you can even do it yourself. You don't have to paint in neutral colors, however. In fact, I do not suggest painting all white. Too much white paint can make a house look cold and sterile. I suggest you paint in warm earth tone colors like sand, taupe or sage.  Your local hardware or paint store will likely have a section of popular earth tone colors to pick from. This is the best way to make your home look warm and updated--and for very little cost if you do it yourself.
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Not necessarily, many young buyers like color. IT is true that wild colors like purple, black and so forth can distract a potential buyer so if you have those, then yes go more neutral.
  • November 18 2013
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No.

We don't know what your home looks like, but a common problem with house paint is that the colors were chosen by somebody who doesn't know their way around a color wheel. If the house is truly spotless and immaculate, I'd probably advise my seller to let the paint stay, but usually - if we live in a house long enough - we need to do some really deep cleaning, including recaulking tubs and showers and backsplashes, maybe touching up the floors or cabinets or countertops, and if that's the case, the paint probably needs to be redone as well.

All the best,
  • November 18 2013
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If its in your budget and the current walls have decorator color scheme for example orange or green or blue or a color that is not attractive to the general pool of buyers - I would suggest to tone the colors or paint a neutral color so that there would  be more attractive to buyers- Buyers may see a wall color that one does not fit their color scheme or preference and now the buyers are looking at the walls as work that will need to be  changed-  and some buyers have limited vision and the color could easily change their mind for consideration in purchasing your home- so if you can make it easier for the next buyer and if your Realtor suggest to change the color, I would go ahead and do so. Make the home more appealing to the masses.

Best wishes!
  • November 18 2013
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You don't have to, but strong colors do make some  buyers think "oh, my, what a lot of work" so they may either pass on the house or discount the price to cover the costs of repainting.

  • November 18 2013
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It will depend on your local market and price point.  If you are in a sellers market, not necessarily.  If you have wallpaper, remove and paint with a neutral tone.  Trending towards a light gray, depending on your floorcovering.  Having a home up to date does help move your home at a faster pace.
  • November 18 2013
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