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What color should I paint my house for resale? San Francisco painting tips!

What color should I paint my house for resale? San Francisco painting tips!

Choosing paint colors when selling a house can be difficult. Simply following your own taste in paint colors may not be the best plan. The goal when selling a house is to choose paint schemes that will be appealing to the greatest number of potential buyers. First impressions are very important when your house is being shown or photographed. A beautiful paint job can help to make those first impressions positive ones.

Choose Neutral Colors when Painting to Sell your Home

Generally, it is considered best to choose neutral paint colors when selling a home. Light tans, grays, and blues are popular and likely to appeal to a broad spectrum of buyers. Painting a house in subdued tones is least likely to turn people away. When a house is painted in overly bright or bold colors, that can dominate people’s impression of the house, and make it hard for buyers to imagine the house with their own color choices or furniture. On the other hand, if the home is painted in neutral colors, people can easily envisage their own additions and modifications to make it fit their preferences.

An additional consideration when painting to sell your home is trim color. White is always your best bet, since it will provide a crisp, attractive border to your other colors. Also, white is classic, and will not turn off any potential buyers.

Another reason that neutral paint colors can help to sell a house is that it is that new home buyers can't always have a home repainted immediately after purchasing it. If potential buyers see a home that is painted dark or bold colors that they do not like, and they know it may be some time before they can change the colors, it may make the home less appealing to them. If the home is painted in neutral shades, most people are able to live with those colors for a time before getting the house repainted.

While neutral paint colors for selling your house is generally considered the best choice, there are other factors to consider as well. You will want to choose a look and color scheme that is suited to your unique setting and house. In some areas, or for some types of structures, there may be bolder color schemes that are more desirable. For example, San Fransisco and Oakland have many historic homes that have a distinctive character and charm. Talk with a color expert who can help you choose authentic historical colors for your period home.

When Neutral Colors Might Not Work in San Francisco Homes

If you are considering painting your San Francisco Bay area home before putting it on the market, you may want to consult with a painting company or your real estate agent regarding which paint colors are most popular in your location.

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