One of the most common changes sellers can make to their home is painting.
It is like an instant face lift for the home and well worth the investment! BUT the next question is "What colour should I use?"
I have been recommending Dulux colours to 100's of sellers, but this doesn't mean that you can't explore Wattyl, Solver or other paint options.
One of the most common mistakes that sellers make when preparing their home for sale is the incorrect use of colour and paint. This can be a big disaster if you don't get it right. Too many sellers simply think of re-applying the same colour that they have had on their walls for 20 years, rather than taking the opportunity to update the look and feel.
Even though painting is not cheap it can provide a significant uplift to the value of your home. In general I say that an investment in painting can see a 2 to 3 times return on your investment. The strategy for painting your home should be two fold:-
- To freshen it up ; and
- To modernise.
Each of the above will deliver a different cost, with one requiring less work and the other will be a full paint makeover.
Each home has it's own light source and reflections that will have an impact on how the colour looks in "your home". There is no such thing as "What's good for the goose is good for the gander" with the use of colour. What I mean, is, that what looks good in my home may not necessarily look good in your home. This is impacted by the natural light, reflections, internal lights and more.
Here is an example of a colour that is a great option that generally will work with most properties.
Dulux Buff It - Great simple paint colour with beige/brown tone that suits majority of homes. No real conflicting colour hues.
If you want a feature colour wall - use the full strength for the feature colour and the quarter for the other walls.
I recommend to paint ceilings white and apply light colours to wet areas in the home..
How do you test the colour to make sure it's right for your home? These are my 3 tips to ensure you get the right colour without painting a wall:-
- Get a tester pot from your local paint supplier.
- Paint the colour onto an A4 sheet of paper (repeat for all areas)
- Blu-tak this to the wall in at least two different areas in the same room.
- Ensure the colour has a warm tone to it.
- No feature walls.
- No bright colours.
- No effects i.e pearls, suede effects.
- Stick with quarter or half strengths