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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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“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 painters are stellar! As a designer I've worked with numerous companies over the years, and MB Jessee is a top-notch firm. From the first phone call to the final clean up, every person is courteous, professional, and hard working. The owner, Matt, is a charitable leader who has instilled his team with integrity and honesty providing the customer with a first class experience at a fair price with a paint job that is guaranteed to last. I highly recommend MB Jessee. Thank you Matt and your STAR crew-Daniel, Rigoberto, Vicente, Edy, Pedro, and Mario, for a job well executed! Cynthia Brian, ASID, Starstyle® Productions, llc”

— Cynthia Brian
Morgan, CA

“Matt, We are very happy with how all of the painting worked out. We were extremely impressed with the quality of the work in the bathroom. I liked working with Victor, he and Marvin were extremely conscientious about doing a great job, not just the minimum. I know the front door took a lot longer than you'd expected. But they did it PERFECTLY. We never thought it could turn out like that! Thanks again for the great work. We'll be calling you again in the future!”

— Craig
Alameda, CA

“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

“The completed 'Client Satisfaction Survey' we sent in only modestly reflects our total satisfaction with the work. As a retired small business owner, I compliment you on setting 'best practices' that are consistently followed. Everything described in your marketing materials was a reality! The crew is a super bowl team and our neighbors commented on how quiet they were. We are very happy to be a client of MB Jessee.”

— Richard
Orinda

“Everyone I dealt with was nice, helpful, and very professional. The price was reasonable! (I didn't feel like I was getting the "San Francisco price." The attention to detail and work quality was excellent. They did what they said they would do in the exact timeframe they said they would do. Highly recommend!”

— Tim Tyson

“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 kitchen looks NEW! You guys are amazing.”

“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

“Richard and crew have been great, for sure. As much as I look forward to having the job done and my house back in order, I really enjoyed having them around. You should feel really good about how they represent your company.”

— Jessica Dodson

“In all the years I've worked with MB Jessee, I'm always so impressed by your crews. They are so respectful of everything--you never even know they're there! Except that the paint looks amazing when they're gone. We've had one showing of our home and already have an offer. I'm sure it is because the paint looks so beautiful.”

— Erin T.
Pleasant Hill

“I want to express my thanks for a job well done. The rooms look great and there is no problem with any marks on the all the trim, floor, carpet, etc. The paint job is lovely. I also want to express my thanks for the level of professionalism the foreman showed in running the job. He was very attentive to any changes I needed to make, was extremely careful in getting the faux paint color and effect correct. Thanks so much for a job well done.”

— Suzan D’Arcy