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

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The goal is to put new paint in areas that look worn out or outdated, so that the home feels fresh and comfortable, and also to highlight the best features of the home.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

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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.

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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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“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

“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 love the article in the paper on your company. Thank you for supporting our community by painting at the Claremont Middle School. Thanks!”

— Carla Banks

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“Awesome work by highly experienced, professional painters. They were: Conscious about the amount of time it would take. Ours had a lot of pre-work and took 3 weeks. Accommodating when we added a few last-minute changes Understanding when a heatwave hit and we remove some of the plastic sheeting over windows, which they had to put back up the next day. Accessible, especially the on-site crew (Hi Jose & Victor!) -- always answering questions and checking in. The end result is a perfect paint job that makes our 94-year-old house look brand new. I would definitely hire MBJ again”

— Stacey R.
Oakland, 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

“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

“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

“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 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
Oakland

“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

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— Heidi B
Walnut Creek