Prepare your home for sale with a fresh coat of paint

If you're getting ready to put your property on the market, you might be thinking about undertaking some renovations to help get the sale.

Don't underestimate the power of paint – a fresh coat can make a world of difference in the real estate market.

If you're marketing your home towards professionals and families, you may want to keep interior walls neutral so that potential buyers can envision themselves "making it their own" upon purchase.

Consider using a warm grey or stone colour such as Resene French Grey, which has hints of lavender to bring softness to your walls.

Most real estate agents will tell you to remove personal touches before you start holding open homes. With less clutter distracting buyers, more focus will be on the quality of your home and whether it has been well maintained.

This includes paint jobs – it will be more obvious if there are chips, marks and other wear and tear on your walls than if they were covered up with paintings, photos and the like.

Make sure you consider which colours will work best in various spaces. Kitchens, for example, often look great in shades of red, yellow and orange as they are food-related. It's important to keep this colour scheme neutral, though, so look for warm, soft shades and consider smaller splashes of bright colour so as not to overwhelm buyers.

If you're really strapped for time, consider painting door and window frames only. This can be enough to lift a room and give the impression of a well-maintained property. Similarly, outdoor trims, gutters and letter boxes could benefit from a fresh coat of paint.

Remember to also wash down paintwork with Resene Paint Prep and Housewash for a quick fresher look and tackle any moss and mould with Resene Moss & Mould Killer before you start painting.

If you have time for nothing else, coat your front door in a fresh colour. First impressions are everything in the property market, and this is often the first thing buyers see when they visit your home.

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