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The goal is to put new paint in areas that look worn out or outdated, so that the home feels fresh and comfortable, and also to highlight the best features of the home.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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

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

“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

“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

“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

“I loved working with M.B. Jessee from start to finish on a relatively small paint job that grew a bit. I felt in very good hands from the moment Matt Jessee came out to give me the estimate and talk about my job. He was very easy to talk to and he handled my changes very well. Then the actual work done by Rigoberto and Mario was impeccable. They were neat and meticulous and the paint job looks beautiful. I could not have asked for more and when I did, they accommodated me 100%. I will not hesitate to call M.B. Jessee again and to refer them to friends.”

— Nancy Kurkjian

“Julie, by the way, I have never been so impressed with the service of a painting job before! It was like magical elves came and painted our walls without us having to do a thing! It looks amazing and just wanted to let you know how happy we are. Thanks”

— Anja