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50 Shades of Gray

filed under: Real Estate posted on March 5th, 2015

50 ShadesReally!  You see 50 shades of gray and you immediately think….what?

When I hear 50 shades of gray I know it’s somebody in my circle of friends looking at paint color swatches- not discussing the latest movie releases.  And since the “circle of friends” includes friends, family, current clients, past clients and neighbors seeking advice- some things that are important to remember about redecorating:

  • If you’re updating prior to putting your property on the market-less is best.  The latest color trend may not enhance the sale if paint color makes the rooms look small or dark.  Think about an accent wall or 2 instead of painting all 4 walls.
  • Bad painting is not better than no paint.  Take the time to tape woodwork, ceilings windowpanes or whatever comes into contact with the paintbrush or roller. Use some sort of drop cloth -even leaf size garbage bags work well.  If your painting skills are like mine, find a friend or professional painter to do the job.  The 2 easiest and most cost effective ways to spruce your house for sale is fresh paint and carpeting.
  • Building a new home-make sure the builder leaves you touch up paint for walls, wood work, ceilings and all exterior trim.  Finishing ceilings with a “popcorn” look?  Prior to closing- buy, borrow or beg the brush from the painter(s).  Having the original “popcorn” brush allows you to match the pattern should you ever need to repair ceilings after a leak or any type of damage.
  • Selling your property?  Buyers always appreciate when sellers leave labeled paint cans behind.  Even if the buyers are planning on redecorating eventually- the paint allows for touch-ups until the new owners are ready to tackle the job of repainting everything.  Paint cans labeled by rooms are the best way-using a sharpie marker on lid is easy to read.
  • Another neat thing sellers can do is leave a list of vendors names and phone numbers for the new owners.  Grass cutters, electricians, handy-people, plumbers- people who have worked on the property.  Often buyers use the home warranty vendors during the 1st year but need help after the warranty expires.

Updating or just refreshing your home or condo takes time and money.  If you’re thinking about selling in the near future take a few minutes to call your Realtor® to discuss plans -so you don’t spend time and money on useless projects.


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