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How Painting Your House Before Selling It Can Provide You a Significant ROI !

We all know that right now is not the best time to sell a house; however, in some cases it is plain necessary. If this is your case, and in order to sell your home as fast as possible, you must learn the best ways to make it more appealing to potential buyers.

According to most realtors, the easiest, fastest, and most effective way to make a house look great and sell fast is to give it a new coat of paint. It has been confirmed that your house’s price can go up as much as 10% when it is well painted. Painting your home before you sell it may sound like a hassle; nevertheless, the majority of buyers run away from houses that look like they are falling apart.

By investing in a good painting company, you will receive a very high return on the project and will sell your home in a fraction of the time that it would take otherwise.

Following are the basic steps you should take to get your house ready for sale:

Wash the exterior

First, you must pressure wash the house’s exterior with warm water and a biodegradable soap. If your house is well kept, washing the walls may be all you need to do to get the exterior presentable; if not, this is crucial to prepare the surface for the primer.

You should also pressure wash the decks and fences, since this will make them look like new. In addition, a well maintained home always presents clean windows; thus, leave them sparkling.

Choose neutral colors

Remember that you are not painting the house for yourself but to sell it; thus, you must choose a color scheme that will please a general audience; forget about making a personality statement.

Believe it or not, the color of the exterior affects the venture’s success. A serious company will confirm that the best color scheme is one that is durable, neutral, and blends in with the surrounding homes.

Paint the house

Once the exterior is clean, it will be easy to spot the damaged areas. You will have to replace rotting wood, damaged trim, and ugly fixtures, and will have to paint the stained or peeled areas yourself or hire expert painters to do it for you.

Be attentive to the house’s interior and to details such as doors and trim, because these attract a lot of attention and must look impeccable. Whether you hire a company or choose to DIY, you should do ample research in advance and employ high quality materials.

The majority of people can tell if a house has been well painted or just covered up, and the last thing you want is to have a potential buyer speculate what you could be hiding.

Fix the lawn

A maintained lawn, window boxes, and pots of colorful flowers complement any paint job in a way that makes your home go from nice to absolutely gorgeous.

To get the best out of your home’s surroundings, try this:

  • Install vinyl shutters to enliven the windows.
  • Plant colorful flowers.
  • Replace the old mailbox with a colorful new one.
  • Install non-slip tread on the front steps and get a new welcome mat to contrast nicely with the paint color.

Do not underestimate the value of curb appeal, first impressions DO count. Your house may have the most state of the art kitchen and spa-like bathroom, but if the paint has faded inside and/or outside, these will not impact the buyer. That first impression may be the difference between a buyer agreeing to check the property or stating that it is not worth their time.

MB Jessee is residential and commercial painting contractor that provides professional painting services to San Francisco, East Bay and Contra Costa Counties.

Most of our painting projects are located in and around the Downtown areas including: Piedmont, Pacific Heights and East Bay; however, we will travel outside of our traditional services to serve new clients.

Our team of professional painters is trained to work on single-family homes, custom homes, high-rise condos and high-end commercial buildings, and in every case, at MB Jessee we are committed, and promise you, the highest quality paint job.

We are excited to work with businesses and homeowners who demand the best service and who want their homes to get the best quality paint job.

We offer you a free consultation to assess your home’s condition and to confirm if it is in need of our painting services including:

  • Interior painting
  • Complete exteriors
  • Custom color experts
  • Unique wood stains
  • Decorative finishes
  • Residential and commercial painting

So, if you are the type of person who understands the value of very high quality paintwork and wants to work with a company you can trust, contact us to discuss your project.

We welcome you to make us accountable for our work, because our reputation lies with you.

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Customer Reviews

“Matt, Julie & Ricardo, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank the three of you for the wonderful job you did in hosting the SFBA NARI Chapter Meeting on Wednesday evening. Everything was perfect from beginning to end. Members and guests alike walked away with a truly positive experience. The "painter for a day" and the cookies in the paint cans were an absolute brilliant touch and received rave reviews. What a wonderful way to do such positive marketing. Thanks again for a truly memorable experience for our members and guests. You are valued as a NARI member.”

— Judy Tufo, SFBA NARI Executive Director

“I had my wooden kitchen cabinets painted white. Anabal and Danielle were doing the job. I have nothing but praise for them. They came on time, cleaned up every day, were respective, friendly and helpful. If the rest of Jessee's crew are as great as Anabal and Danielle, this company will go far.”

— Anni S.
Oakland, CA

“MB Jessee just finished our exterior and we couldn't be happier with our experience. The foreman (Pedro) and lead painter (Ricardo) were incredible to work with: they communicated scheduling clearly, Ricardo was a joy to be around every day, the showed up early every day, were incredibly tidy and did great paint work. The final walk through experience was incredible. Pedro pointed out items I missed demonstrating a clear desire to complete another quality project. I highly recommend them. As others have noted they definitely aren't the cheapest but you quickly realize that you're getting what you pay for. The 3 year guarantee is also a nice touch since there are likely touch up items that will show up after the job is done.”

— Joshua Jansen

“I love the article in the paper on your company. Thank you for supporting our community by painting at the Claremont Middle School. Thanks!”

— Carla Banks

“The entire MB Jessee team is courteous, efficient and professional. From scheduling and estimating to the crew managers and crew, they all did an excellent job on a small (but complicated) two room project in my house. I'm already thinking about getting them scheduled for the next project in the spring.”

— Cari Cheney

“Today I received a beautiful bouquet from your company. It was totally unexpected and very much appreciated--a lovely surprise. Also today, your crew finished my job. I am so pleased with all their fine work. Richard is absolutely amazing and a total delight to work with. He was also extremely helpful during the paint color process. The interior work in my home far exceeded my expectations. A big thank you to you and the crew for an outstanding job. Thank you, thank you for a terrific job!”

— Barbara
Piedmont

“M.B. Jessee painted the exterior of my Spanish house over 9 years ago, and they did such an incredible job that they are still getting referrals from me today. The paint is holding up perfectly -- there is absolutely no peeling chipping or any other deterioration. I still remember that my final walk-through list consisted of items written on one side of a 3x5 index card (and I'm REAL picky about my house!) However, when Matt and I did that walk-through over HALF the items were no longer an issue, as his team had noticed them first and they had already been resolved.”

— JoAnn Newcomb

“I just wanted to send you an email to say that John did such a great job over here today. He is truly a hard worker. He has the perfect balance of friendliness, honesty, and professionalism. I trust him. He takes the time to do the job to the best of his ability and that is what sets him (and your company) apart from the competition. He didn't make me feel rushed. He really made me feel like our job was the most important thing in the world. Thanks again!”

— Jo
Oakland

“Charles finished yesterday and did a fantastic job. We really enjoyed meeting Charles and having him in our home. He is a great guy in addition to his attention to detail in his work, the protection of our floors, walls and furnishings, and his overall interaction with us both. I would be pleased to recommend him to any of my clients.”

— Ken Morrison
Oakland

“Just had MB Jessee paint the interior of our house and they did a wonderful job. They tackled some crazy wallpaper as well as painted some very high ceilings and walls. The whole process was quick and they did a great job! We are very pleased. I was also very impressed by the crew. They were very personable, kind and actually took pride in the work they were doing. In one of our conversations with the lead Ricardo, he actually told me he was very proud of how the rooms had turned out. I agree sir! It turned out great and it's not often you hear someone thinking of your home like they would theirs, and putting that level of work and quality into it. That made a huge difference in how I viewed this company. Ricardo, you were fantastic and thank you for the great job, we will be using you again.”

— Jeff M.
Danville, CA

“The finish on my kitchen cabinets had failed, becoming tacky and grimy around the handles. M B Jessee gave me a reasonable quote, far below some others, and did an outstanding job, striping the original varnish and refinishing with a new lacquer finish. The cabinets look like new. Work was done 1 day faster than estimated. The crew was extremely hard-working, considerate, and neat. Highly recommend M B Jessee.”

— Thama B.
San Francisco, CA

“In September, MBJessee finished painting two sides of our 3-story condominium building (six owners). We were impressed by the professionalism of the company and every one of its workers, Matt Jessee couldn't have been more helpful in planning the project. His painters were well-trained, easy to communicate with and eager to please. In addition to painting the stucco, they made extensive repairs on windows and frames, which will save us considerable money in the future. They finished earlier than anticipated, with as many as five men working on the job, and the scaffolding came down the next day. All of us were delighted with the results. Now my husband and I are looking forward to having MB Jessee paint our own apartment later this month. Matt and Gustavo (who will be our crew leader again) have explained how they will work to make the painting proceed smoothly while we're living here, and they have been endlessly patient with our protracted decision-making process. If you look at their website, you'll learn that MB Jessee is an exemplary company that takes good care of its workers as well as its customers, and contributes public service projects to the community. All in all, we can't recommend MB Jessee highly enough.”

— Jayne W.
San Francisco, CA