August 23 2021 0Comment

Why you should put your house in order before putting it up for sale – by painting it

If you’re thinking about selling up and moving, you’re not alone. In May this year, the market was turbocharged, as the stamp duty holiday and a post-lockdown urge for more and greener space combined to send prices soaring.

Come the autumn, prices are likely to still be rising, but the end of the stamp duty holiday seems likely to lead to a market slowdown. That could mean that if you are considering selling in the coming weeks and months, you’ll need all the tricks at your disposal to attract potential buyers.

In any event, whatever is happening in the market, it makes sense to present your home in the best possible light for a quicker sale.

You may be surprised at just what a great new lease of life painting gives your property.

 

Painting inside

Unless you’ve already done this recently, it makes sense to repaint key rooms such as the lounge. A neutral palette will ensure your property appeals to as many people as possible. It also helps viewers of your home to picture themselves living there, and ponder where their things would go. That’s much harder for them to do with a garish, very bold or striking colour scheme.

A few years back, the flamboyant interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen (according to the Mail Online) had to redecorate his  sixteenth-century Cotswold farmhouse and tone down the vivid wallpaper and clashing prints for an inoffensive colour scheme so he could find a buyer.

At the same time, a paler shade maximises a sense of space by reflecting light.

That’s perhaps why magnolia remains such a popular paint colour. But if you want to stop a room from looking too bland, you can use stronger colours for accessories, cushions or accent walls. If you do go for some colour, keep it subtle.

 

Painting the exterior

This aspect can sometimes be overlooked, but ‘kerb appeal’ and initial impressions make it as important as the inside of your home. Bear in mind that, often, prospective purchasers make their decision very soon after arriving outside a property.

It’s also worth making sure your house fits in with the rest of your street, and doesn’t stand out like the proverbial sore thumb. And, again, you’re probably better off sticking to more neutral colours.

Don’t forget to paint the front door, too. One figure from online marketplace Zillow has it that properties with jet black, smoky or charcoal doors sell for more than expected.

 

How we can help

At SDS Builders, we’re a Hastings-based, family-run firm established more than 40 years ago. We offer a reliably efficient, hassle-free service, whether you’re looking to sell, a landlord redecorating rental properties between tenancies or your home simply needs a fresh coat of paint.

We cover St Leonards, Bexhill, Rye, Battle and the surrounding areas – so make us your first port of call for pretty much anywhere East Sussex. Get in touch today.