Painting a house can drastically change the appeal, many sellers wonder if their house will need a fresh coat of paint before putting it on the market. However, most homeowners will have a lot on their plate when getting ready to sell, and repainting an entire house can be quite expensive. So it can certainly be easier to simply decide that the house is fine without a new paint job.

Exterior Paint

An exterior paint job is one of the absolute best ways for you to make an older house look more appealing. A house that hasn’t been painted for 25+ years will have a noticeably shabbier exterior than a house with a current paint job. And this initial view that your potential buyers will get can drastically change their opinion of the house. If the paint job is deteriorating, they will suspect that the rest of the house is in poor condition as well. I have seen noticeable differences in buyer reactions to the same house before and after a paint job, and in nearly every case, buyers who view the house after the fresh coat of paint will be more lenient in their assessment of the condition of the rest of the house. So of your outside paint looks terrible and is deteriorating, it’s almost certainly worth it to go and pay for a fresh coat, or at least a touch up.

However, if your house has a more recent paint job, it can still benefit from an examination. If it was painted in the last ten years, it is likely that the paint is still in good condition. However, it is quite possible that the paint is dirty, which can dull the colors. Fixing this will be much cheaper than a new coat of paint. When safe, using a pressure washer or hiring an exterior cleaning company to clean off your paint can drastically and cheaply increase the curb appeal of your home.

In other words, unless your paint is brand new and shining, it is most likely worth it to put some effort into sprucing up your exterior. The only thing left is to ensure that your paint job is done well. So, pick a color which is appealing and matches your neighborhood, and hire a professional. Figure out what other people have done successfully in your area, and don’t be afraid to take their ideas.