Suzanne Plewes, RE/MAX Alliance in Loveland

Suzanne Plewes, RE/MAX Alliance in Loveland

If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to increase the value of your home, consider a fresh coat of paint. Small changes can often have a big impact, especially when it comes to the curb appeal of your home. Here are some painting tips to keep in mind before marketing your home  for sale.

Choose neutral colors

Painting the interior of your home bold or exotic colors might appeal to others with similar taste, but it also has the potential to illicit negative reactions from others. Some colors fall into the “love or hate” category. When selling a home, you should aim for mass appeal. Neutral colors are the best way to achieve that. It allows people to envision their own belongings in a space and is also easier for folks to cover up with other colors, if they so desire.

Take extra time to prep
Once you have chosen your desired colors, prepping to paint is important. Start with covering the floors and furniture with plastic or drop cloths to prevent them from being damaged. Use painter’s tape to achieve straight lines. This prep work will eliminate the mess and save you both time and energy.

Clean walls and repair minor damage
Over the years, your walls accumulate dirt, bumps, and gouges. Simply painting over these blemishes will not erase them. In fact, such marks tend to stand out on newly painted surfaces. So, before you paint, clean your walls thoroughly. Repair damages to drywall and window trim before you start painting. Lastly, be sure to clean all surfaces as well, removing insects, dust and cobwebs to prevent them from being rolled and brushed into the new coat of paint.

Don’t forget molding and ceilings
While the walls dominate the majority of a room, it may cause other things to stand out more, such as damaged molding. Consider painting molding, trim, and ceilings as well, for a completely refreshed room!

Final note
Painting is a relatively inexpensive way to boost your home’s appeal. It can often undo years of wear and tear, making your home look like new. Thus, if you’re looking for an instant way to improve curb appeal and increase value, painting is a great place to start.

By Suzanne Plewes. Suzanne is a broker associate at RE/MAX Alliance. Write to 750 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, CO 80537, call 970.290.0373 or e-mail