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Should I Repaint the Exterior of My House Before Selling?

If you’re planning on selling your home, more likely than not, you’ve been recommended, or are thinking of, countless renovations to make your property as attractive as possible to potential buyers. However, not all of them are actually worth your time and money. One great way to increase your house’s curb appeal and selling price that is both straightforward and financially beneficial is repainting its exterior.

How do you know if you should repaint before moving? Here are some of the clues that it’s time to renew your home’s exterior with a fresh paint job.

Quick note: Exterior paint jobs are not recommended for the DIYer if you’re uncomfortable on tall ladders, don’t have experience with painting, or don’t have the time to do the job correctly. Our team provides professional exterior painting in New Jersey if you’re looking for someone else to take care of all the details and stress!

Your House Is Old

Just like anything else exposed to rain, snow, ice, and outdoor temperatures, your home’s exterior has taken a beating over the years. If your house is older, you should definitely plan to repaint before moving. However, be mindful of the year your house was built. There wasn’t always legislation about keeping consumers safe from dangerous chemicals. If your house was built prior to 1978, your exterior paint might contain lead or other hazardous chemicals. Even the paint on walls inside a house built before then might have significant amounts of lead.

When it comes to lead poisoning, you can never be too cautious. If your house fits these criteria or you’re unsure of how old your paint is, we highly recommend that even the handiest home repair heroes consult with a painting contractor ahead of time before starting the process of repainting the exterior OR interior of your home.

Your Colors Stand Out

Standing out is a great thing when it’s for the right reasons. Real estate professionals recommend keeping color trends in mind when selling your home. If your exterior is painted an unusual or outdated color, you could be turning off potential buyers. The best paint colors to use, according to industry research, are neutral colors. These include shades of gray, beige, greige, and off-white. Not only do lighter colors make a house look larger, but they also appeal to almost everyone and allow future homeowners to imagine making the house their very own. 

Your Doors Need Attention

Your front door, shutters, and even garage door(s) are some of the first things real estate agents and potential buyers see when checking out your property. Even if you don’t end up booking painting services for your entire exterior, consider giving these important areas a fresh coat of paint before selling your house.

Neighboring Houses Are Spiffier

Have your neighbors been renovating recently, or is your house looking shabby compared to other houses on the market in your community? A worn exterior can look especially unpleasant when your house is near freshly painted houses. It’s not only a matter of keeping up with the Joneses; it’s a matter of maximizing your home’s curb appeal.

Your Location Is Hot

One of the biggest things affecting your home’s value on the real estate market is its location. Has your home appreciated significant value over the years due to its location near a city or in a good school district? Research the sale prices of other homes in your neighborhood as well as population growth in your state, city, or town. If people have been moving in left and right, it’s a sign you’re in a highly desired location. If you repaint before moving, you add even more value to your home.

You Care About First Impressions

Curb appeal isn’t just a real estate buzzword. It’s a real phenomenon. People respond more positively to homes that look “turnkey ready” from the outside and end up going into interior tours with a more open mind. A clean and well-painted exterior is an indication that you care about your property and have put time and energy into its upkeep both outside and inside. You don’t want a potential buyer already disappointed or biased against the rest of your home because they saw a chipped front door or worn-out siding. You only get to give buyers one first impression, so think like a home buyer while planning your paint job(s). 

Not only do homes with newly painted exteriors sell for a higher price because they’re more aesthetically pleasing, but they also look less like they’ll need future renovations. A buyer who’s just splashed out cash on a large down payment isn’t going to want to spend extra money on renovation. First-time or recent homebuyers will appreciate that you’ve already put the work in for them and may be more flexible when it comes time to talk prices. And speaking of prices, you should really consider repainting before moving if…

You Want to Make More Money

When you sell your house, your ultimate goal is to get as much money as possible for the property you’re putting up on the market. Because your budget is probably already tight with the expenses of moving out, you’re likely wondering if painting your home’s exterior is actually worth the cost. The overwhelming consensus is YES! Repainting before selling is a financially sound choice, even if you just get a few key areas touched up. Real estate professionals estimate you could make anywhere from a 50% to a 500% return on your investment if you repaint before moving. This means that you could earn anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars more during the sale of your house by choosing to repaint before moving. 

Next Steps

So you’ve decided to paint your house before selling. What are your next steps? You could start investigating the DIY process, but we want to warn you again that it might be too much for one or two people to handle by themselves and involves a significant investment of time, money, and supplies. Painting your house’s entire exterior can be an overwhelming chore even in the best of circumstances and is even more complicated if the building is large, worn down, or has structural damage that needs to be addressed. Plus, if your home was built before 1978, you’ll have to worry about exposure to toxic chemicals. There’s no need to put yourself through unnecessary danger and stress. Let the pros do the work for you! 

Does your home need more work than just exterior painting? We pride ourselves on all of our painting services, including interior painting in Hamilton and surrounding NJ areas. We will put our work up against any other painting companies, and we offer prompt, professional, and affordable services for any size project. Contact us today, and let us take your home from worn-down to turnkey ready!