Why Paint Before Selling Your House



Most people only think about the interior of the house when considering painting, which could be your biggest downfall. Don’t forget, curb appeal and first impressions of the property are just as important as the interior of the house to your buyer.

If a buyer drives up to your property to see faded, cracked and peeling paint on the doors and trim, they will immediately judge your property as not being well-cared for. When they do go inside, they will look for other imperfections rather than the overall layout and design of the house and whether they would be comfortable living there.  Is this what you want?

Even if the exterior of your house presents well condition-wise, consider the colours of the garage door and front door as well as the trim. Does your house stand out on the street for the right or wrong reasons? First impressions count!

Consider painting neutral tones, consistent with the homes surrounding yours. To make an impact use a little colour on trim, or add decorative touches to the porch, or upgrade the lighting fixtures for a little more WOW factor on the curb appeal.

Don’t forget the deck, fence and even the garage.  Buyers will look at the condition of the fencing and wooden decks to assess whether this will be an expense cropping up in the near future or down the road. A buyer looking for a fenced yard, will not consider your property ideal if the fence is in need of repair and a fresh coat of paint or stain.  

The garage is also important. The garage door should be painted a colour that enhances the exterior of the property, the door should function properly and slide easily when opening and closing. A fresh coat of floor sealant and paint on the walls will allow the buyer to envision their dream garage easier than oil-stained concrete and damaged or unfinished walls.


  • Shows the house is well maintained
  • Provides a fresh and clean appearance
  • Can highlight features of the house
  • Less work for the buyer when they move-in
  • Buyers are not as likely to look for flaws elsewhere if the walls, trim, doors etc., are freshly painted and appear in tip-top condition.


While the first impression of your property’s exterior is extremely important, first impressions upon entering the house is just as important.  The foyer sets the tone for the house and often shows and highlights the best features from this vantage point. It is imperative to have a clean, fresh entrance that WOWs your buyer.  

Painting the interior of the house helps with a clean and fresh look, sets the mood and can help highlight specific features. Buyers are particular about a few areas – the entrance, the kitchen and the bathrooms. The buyer does not want to update fixtures, paint walls and replace cabinets and counter tops. If your budget is limited, concentrate on these three areas.  These are the highest traffic areas of a house and will likely have the most wear and tear, marks on the walls and baseboards, holes from hanging pictures etc.   Clean it up and paint with neutral colours to show off the features of each room and show the areas are well maintained and clean. 

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