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Should I Paint My Home if I Want to Sell It?

If you have ever watched a real estate show, you know they want to you paint your house before putting it on the market. However, that's TV, right? What about the rest of us real people? Should we invest in painting before we try to sell a house? If so, what should we paint? And what colors should we choose?

Painting a House before You Sell: What's the Goal?

Having your house professionally painted does not actually raise the value of your home, but it does increase the desirability, and thus, it can help your home sell faster, and for more money.

The goal is to put new paint in areas that look worn out or outdated, so that the home feels fresh and comfortable, and also to highlight the best features of the home.

Exterior Painting

If you are able to have the whole home exterior repainted, that can be a huge bonus for the buyers. Knowing that they will not have to worry about paint for 5 to 8 years is a big win for potential new owners. Also, this will maximize the curb appeal.


Sometimes a complete exterior repaint is too much to expect. If your paint is in good shape, then you may not recoup this cost. In that case, you may want to just paint your trim and front door, giving the home some fresh color and new style that will catch the eye and set it apart from the competition.

Interior Painting

When it comes to interior painting, the kitchen and the master bedroom are often the areas that new buyers are looking at most closely, so you want to make sure they look up-to-date and stylish. Painting the kitchen cabinets can really make your home stand out! Next would probably be the living room and the foyer. Go with neutral colors, rather than something bold and unique, as this will be more likely to appeal to a wide range of buyers.


Neutral colors include white, tan, beige, light gray, light blue, and light green. Gray and gray-beige (sometimes called greige) are probably the most popular these days.

Bay Area Painting Company

If you are getting your house ready to sell, the last thing you want is to get into a DIY painting project. The time and effort involved will really ratchet up the stress, and the final product may or may not appeal to new buyers. However, when you hire a quality painting company, you can be assured the job will be completed with minimal hassle and on a reliable timetable. Also, you can count on the kind of excellent craftsmanship that will catch the eye of potential buyers.

For a free house painting estimate, or to ask us questions, feel free to give us a call or request an estimate online. We look forward to hearing from you!

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“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

“Many thanks to Rigoberto and Damon and the extraordinary team who transformed my castle in the skies.They are magicians. I appreciate their work very much.”

— Kathleen A
San Francisco

“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

“I just wanted to thank you all for doing such a phenomenal job on our recent house painting. We are very happy with the outcome and can't say enough good things about the crew. Everyone working on the project was outstanding and made it a great experience. Thanks to everyone.”

— Daylan

“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

“Dear Matt,You must be so proud of your men! They were fantastic to have around. Polite, courteous and hardworking. I am so pleased with the outcome of our home--in fact, I couldn't be any more pleased than I am!”

— Mrs. S
San Leandro

“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

“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

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

“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

“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

“I cannot imagine finer painters--and I have worked with many. They work exceptionally hard. It is a joy to see their workmanship!”

— Alicia R.