Why Bother Painting My House Anyway You Ask?

One of the easiest, quickest and most cost saving way to increase property value of your home is to paint it.  Painting your house before listing it for sale is the least expensive way to get the biggest return on your investment.

To get the best exposure and quickest sale, it is wise to invest to paint the house before selling so that your home is ready for all potential buyers.  As new home buyers are looking for a move in ready space to add their own personalities.

While there are plenty of good reasons to paint a house, the question of “why should I bother painting my house” arises for homeowners.  Let’s break down some of the why’s it is a good investment and how painting does help sell a home.

house painting in Ottawa by PG PAINT & DESIGN paintersWhy You Should Paint To Sell

Apart from beautifying your home with paint, it is important to note that painting it before listing it for sale, will increase its value.  It is also important to note that the best paint colours to use when staging your house for selling is to paint with neutral colours.

Neutrals have a way of inviting people into the home.  They are usually more relaxing and soothing colours that are more likely to make new home buyers feel more at home while they are viewing it.  Let’s explore choices for interior and exterior painting ideas to help get your home ready to sell.

Interior Painting

When choosing paint colours to paint the interior you will want to entice potential new buyers.  Painting in neutrals is appealing and easy on the eye and make it easier for the new buyer to envision themselves settling into their new home almost immediately.

Albeit we all have our favourite colours it is best to make choices that will make it easier for the buyers.   Todays paint colour choices are immense and in abundance.  Many of the popular paint colours come in both dark hues and in neutral tones.  With trending and current shades of grays, greens, blues and others there is a paint colour for any room.

It is more likely your home will sell faster with a fresh coat of paint as most new home buyers would rather avoid the added expense of hiring a painting company after the purchase.  The right paint colour has a way of adding a splash of colour to highlight an accent wall or entire room and the right paint colour can help make a small room look larger.

Paint is the simplest way to transform and change a space.  If painting the entire house is not in the budget then you can prioritize the rooms that bring the most value for resale.  Knowing which rooms to prioritize when working within a budget can help reduce the costs of painting.  To get the best bang for your buck and make the best impression start by painting the hallway entrance.  Painting the kitchen and bathrooms  as these are the main and most used rooms in any home or condo.  If there is extra allowance in the budget then make plans for painting the bedrooms, and living and dining room area especially if the home is an open concept space.  Open concept areas should blend easily with the rest of the colour palette chosen for the other rooms.

Exterior Painting

Painting the exterior of the home makes the best first impression to potential buyers as it is the very first thing they see when they arrive.  You want them to notice the curb appeal that your house has over any other neighborhood in your area.

When choosing paint colours to paint the exterior it is recommended to use at the very most two or three different colours.  Don’t distract potential buyers by painting every colour of the rainbow.  You want your home to stand out for its well groomed and maintained look even if you start with painting the front door as it can have a huge impact to attract that potential new home buyer.

Take care of the minor details as to the condition of the exterior to get your home looking its best for show.  Before repainting the entire exterior of the house check on things that may need to be replaced, as the harsh environmental elements of snow, ice, rain and extreme cold and hot temperatures may cause damage over the years.  Knowing if you need to repaint or replace any of the exterior wood before starting to paint the entire home is useful information, especially if on a limited budget.

A well maintained exterior is attractive to a potential new home buyer, therefore it is important to ensure there is no peeling paint, no cracked or flaking paint that can make your home look faded and worn.  Exterior house painting is good home maintenance that shows extra TLC is taken to keep your home looking its best.

While painting the exterior can be a DIY project, it may be best if left to professional painting companies as they will have all the necessary equipment and tools, be able to recommend the right exterior paint products, and advise as to how often you should paint either the interior or exterior of your home.

Reasons Why You Should Paint

While reasons can be many as to why you should paint the interior and exterior of your home, often times homeowners will ask themselves why they should bother.  Pros and cons are weighed and most often times due to money constraints, time and energy the project will get deferred over and over again.  The importance to maintain the exterior of the home is key to keeping it looking its best and protecting it from the environmental elements of extreme temperatures, sun, rain, snow and ice.

It is equally important to maintain the interior of your home, by taking care of minor details such like the nail pops, or drywall imperfections and especially those stipple ceilings that can really out-date the look of any home.   Even though there could be pros and cons of stipple they just do not fit the modern look of homes today.

Hiring expert and qualified painters to ensure the right paint finishes are used as well ensuring any drywall imperfections are taken care of before applying the finishing coat of paint.  They will ensure paint sheens are appropriate for the area required in.  They can guide you to be informed in knowing the difference between paint finishes and paint sheens as well help guide you in using the best paint products available.

While you may be asking yourself, “why should I bother painting”, believe the house looks fine, it was painted 10 years ago and the paint colour still looks good.  Walls and ceilings tend to crack, and will need drywall repairs and painting will improve the overall appearance of your home from both the inside and outside making you the envy of the neighborhood with the best looking house on the block.

Why Painting Is A Good Investment

Painting your house increases its value for you the homeowner as well as for potential buyers looking in the real-estate market.  Making the investment to update and care for your home whether you are buying or selling is the most cost effective way to get the best return for your money.

How often you need to paint is something that should be put on your to do list every 3 to 5 years for exterior and every three to five for interior if you like to keep the inside of your home looking trendy and modern, otherwise every 5 to 7 years is a good idea for interior painting.

Find A Painting Company In Ottawa

Start with a search for painters in Ottawa to meet with and discuss the painting services offered.  Schedule an in-home paint colour consultation to obtain a painting estimate and ask questions so that you have all the information before you decide on which Ottawa painters you can trust to work with.

Contact PG PAINT & DESIGN Painters in Ottawa

This post was originally published on January 13, 2015 and edited on April 08, 2020