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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The goal is to put new paint in areas that look worn out or outdated, so that the home feels fresh and comfortable, and also to highlight the best features of the home.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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“My entire experience with MB Jesse was very professional. The crew were very friendly and super accommodating of my ridiculous schedule and geriatric pets in the house. The finished product, which was pretty much my entire house, far exceeds my expectations. Would definitely work with them again!”

— Heather Jordan

“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

“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

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— 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

“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 can't say enough about how courteous and professional my foreman was. He was on time every morning and arrived cheerful and ready to go. He is highly organized and very thoughtful. He was extremely careful and respectful when moving my belongings - a mature professional.”

— Nora Robinson

“It was a great experience working with MB Jessee. The crew was careful and thorough as they painted the house, sealed stucco cracks, repaired dry-rotted wood, stained the deck, etc. Robert, Gersson, Jose, and all of the people involved in the process from the estimate to the job completion were friendly and professional.”

— Mike C.
Livermore, CA

“I highly recommend MB Jesse Painting to anyone looking for a professional team that does an impressive job. They are on time, efficient and clean up well each and every day they are on site. They pay attention to detail and listen to the needs of their clients. In addition, they give back to the community. A Five Star team all the way around.”

— Erin Troy

“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

“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.”

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