The colour of a paint is a powerful thing. In the home, paint has the ability to deter potential buyers, but when used in the correct way, it has the ability to attract buyers and even become a selling point.
Paint is a perfect way of adding colour and character to your home. While this is true, some colours could be seen as garish and could give reflect poorly on your home. The most likely offenders are colours that are either too bold, or vibrant, like deep purples or neon pinks. However, when used in the correct way a paint can become a great feature of your home and can make it stand out for all the right reasons. Ideally you want to use soft, mild shades of colours which will add character while not being too bold. An example of mild yet colourful paints can be seen in the Earthborn clay & eggshell paint range.
Most of us will have heard that dark paints can make a room feel small, and this is undoubtedly true. Dark colours absorb light, and this can make rooms feel smaller. This is not ideal when you’re selling your home, as you want rooms to feel as big as possible, but there are a couple of ways you can fix this.
You may want to think about repainting the room with a lighter colour. This will help to reflect light around the room, and will help make the room feel larger. This effect can also be achieved by painting one wall a darker colour than the rest, much like a feature wall.
Alternatively you could use this dark colour to your favour, and make the room a feature on its own. By adding light coloured furniture to this room, you can both complement and contrast the dark walls. If done correctly, you could make a really stylish statement which could be worth more than making a room feel larger.
Another important thing to ask yourself is whether your painting/decorating is reflective of your main target buyer. Each demographic likes a different style, and someone looking for a flat in the middle of a busy city is looking for something different from someone looking for a quant cottage in the middle of the countryside. It is important that your home reflects what the prospective buyer is looking for as much as possible. If you are selling a flat whose main target will be young adults, then maybe repaint to something a little more youthful and modern. On the other hand, if you’re selling a cottage whose main target is older couples, make sure the paint is more traditional.
If any of these points mentioned sound like they could apply to your home, then you can enhance your chances of a sale by doing something about it. While it might be tempting to use a professional painter, this can be expensive and you could save yourself money by doing it yourself. We have compiled a list of handy painting tips to help you while painting.
1) Test Test Test. Don’t make the mistake of buying the first colour you see. While a paint might look great in a shop, it could look completely different when it is in your home and under different lighting. Buy some paint samples, and test them to see which ones work best in your home.
2) Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. It’s an age-old saying, but it is true. Ensure any furniture which can be removed has been, and anything that does stay is covered and protected from any splashes of paint. This also provides you with the perfect opportunity to do a declutter at the same time. Tape up borders to ensure a perfect line, and give walls a quick wipe-down to help the adhesion of the paint.
3) Use the same tools as the pros. If you want to get a professional finish, you need to use the same tools as the professionals. There is a top secret tool that professionals use which makes their jobs easier, quicker and provide a better finish, and these are the Padco applicators. These are inexpensive disposable applicators which are the tools of choice for many professional painters. These are not available at many DIY stores, but can be found online at places like Wood Finishes Direct for no more than just a few pounds.
4) Take your time. While you will want to get your painting finished as quickly as possible, don’t rush it. Otherwise, this could ruin the finish and undo all your hard work. Take your time, and be patient.
5) Open windows. Some paints emit nasty fumes and smells which you don’t want stuck inside your home. For both your own safety, and so as not to deter buyers, open windows to help ventilate your home.
It easy to think, “Why does it matter, I’m selling my home soon anyway”, but it does matter. You could be putting off lots of potential buyers, and the longer your house is on the market the more it will cost you. Not only that, but it could also affect the price someone is willing to pay for your home. By addressing some of these issues, you could not only speed up the sale of your home, but also improve the value of it.
This month’s guest blog is by Aedan Kiernan is a Digital Marketing Executive for Wood Finishes Direct, who are one of the UK’s largest supplies of wood finishes and treatments, including eco paints and wood products.