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5 Painting Projects for Home Sellers

If you are preparing to put your home on the market, you want to make it as appealing as possible to buyers. The best way to do that is to make a blank canvas that lets the potential new owners envision their new lives within the home’s walls. Luckily, achieving that is pretty simple. Here are five painting projects for home sellers that will improve the appeal of your home.

The Front Door 

Redoing the front door is a perfect painting project for home sellers.

Think of your front door as a “first impression” of your home. You will obviously want to make a good one for potential buyers, so giving your front door a fresh coat of paint is a great way to create a positive experience right out of the gate.

There are two ways to go about this. You could give the door a unique color, something bright and saturated that catches the eye. However, that can be a double-edged sword. It may certainly grab attention, but it can also turn off certain buyers who feel like they need to repaint the door immediately. Going for something clean and inviting is typically the best route.

The Bathroom

A bathroom freshly painted white, which makes it look clean and elegant.

The bathroom is another place that should look clean and fresh to potential buyers. Creating a sense that the bathroom is sanitary helps sell the space. That’s why giving the bathroom a fresh coat of white paint is always a good idea. It helps brighten the space and it highlights the cleanliness of the room. 

The bathroom and the kitchen are the biggest investments for homeowners, so putting a lot of work into the details of these spaces really elevates the appeal for buyers. It definitely makes your home more appealing when they don’t feel like they will have to sink a lot of time or money renovating the bathroom. 

Here’s a pro-tip. When you repaint your bathroom, go ahead and remove the blinds, curtains, and even the window screens. Removing all of that brings in more natural light, which will add to the airy and fresh feeling of the bathroom. It’s an easy win, and in all likelihood, a potential buyer is going to replace all of those things anyway. 

Interior Walls 

A newly painted interior that keeps the space neutral for new buyers.

There are a lot of great color choices for walls depending on the mood you are trying to set for your interior. However, for the purposes of selling, it’s always best to neutralize the space and create a “canvas” that helps sellers visualize how the home can suit them. That’s why it’s best to paint the interior walls a light beige, off-white, or light gray color. 

You will also want to remove any wallpaper from the walls. Wallpaper has gone out of fashion, and the vast majority of people would rather not deal with it. Properly removing it and repainting the wall is the best solution.

You can up the contrast by making the walls slightly darker and leaving the trim white. On the flip side, you can brighten the space and make it seem bigger by making the walls white. Any of these are great options, and a professional painter will help you decide which is best for your home. 

It may be tempting to only repaint one or two rooms, but it’s really better just to repaint the whole house. It’s sort of like hitting the reset button on the home, and it gives the entire home a new atmosphere that is perfect for appealing to buyers. 

Cabinets

White cabinets are a great way to elevate spaces and make your home more inviting.

Just like everywhere else in your home, you want your cabinets to be inviting, clean, and set in a neutral tone. Painting your cabinets – especially in a color like white – is a great way to raise the value of your home and create a classic and inviting atmosphere that sellers will love. 

Kitchen cabinets are also a great place to add high contrast. By making the cabinets dark and the doors themselves bright, you can create a unique space that is simultaneously neutral and eye-catching. This is one of the most essential painting projects for home sellers, and using a high-quality KCMA approved paint further improves the value.

Exterior 

A before and after image of an exterior project, showing why its an essential paint project for home sellers.

This is one of the largest paint projects you can take on, but boosting the aesthetics of your home adding to its value can certainly be worth it in the long run. The exterior is the other first impression, and having an aged exterior can be an easy turn-off for some sellers. 

Which color is best depends largely on the materials of the siding and the style of the house. If you’re aiming for a more classic look, white and gray are always good options, but reds and blues are great for adding a bit of personality without going overboard. Modern homes look great with high contrast paint jobs. Dark siding with white trim is a great way to accentuate the architectural quirks of your home while giving off an upscale impression. 

If you plan on getting your exterior painted, make sure you know when it is the best time to do it.


And that’s five painting projects for home sellers that will help you sell your home. If you’re interested in any of these projects, be sure to call Heritage Custom Painting today. We handle exterior, interior, and kitchen cabinets of all shapes and sizes, and our years of experience and quality work means we can help you sell your home faster. Give us a call or check out our website for a free quote today.

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