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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

“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

“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 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

“The people at M.B. Jessee are great – from the painters to the office staff to Matt. Talk about leadership from the top.”

— Kevin Ames, Mark Becker Homes

“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

“Hello Matt,Just another notice of thanks to your wonderful crew, Rigoberto, Javier and John. They did fantastic work, with Rigo providing meticulous and conscientious attention to the details and excellent woodwork finishing, as evidenced by the beautiful fireplace. Javier did a fantastic job in the bathroom especially, it looks "brand new," and John always does quality work, both with the interior and exterior. I can tell they care about what they do. Rigo's "punch out" was very thorough, too. I will call again when I need some more work and will definitely recommend your company and fine crew. I also felt as a homeowner, I could leave my house in their good hands during the day and that took a lot of worry from me, they were honest, prompt and reliable. They were also very kind, respectful and clean in their work, very professional. Thank you.”

— Beth Marx & Melissa Kirsch
Oakland

“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

“We just wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the work of MB Jessee Painting and your employees. Everything turned out beautiful. Our foreman was great! He was punctual, professional, neat and very accommodating ... and went the extra mile. We will definitely recommend you to our friends and family.”

— Michelle & Rivers Gee

“The painters at MB Jesse are top notch! Cesar's team was super friendly and helpful. They were very polite and accommodating. Their expertise in everything painting related was evident in their attention to detail and efficiency painting tricky spaces. The apartment looks brand new!”

— Adam Swisher

“The kitchen looks NEW! You guys are amazing.”

“Edy and crew are hard at work. They are doing a great job. Very professional outfit you have. Your crew is a delight. You may use me for a reference!”

— Heidi B
Walnut Creek

“Julie,Just to let you know I am very appreciative of your crew catching the plumbing/mold problem. It was very astute of them. I wanted to let you know that again your crew has done excellent work here, please pass this along to Mr. Jessee. There are some bumps in the road here, but the painting and your crew has not been one of them. Their work is the only thing going right currently, and this crew is very nice and respectful. It is much appreciated. Thank you again.”

— Beth
Oakland