Is it Worth Painting a House Before Selling


You're thinking of selling your house. It's in a great neighborhood, and it has plenty of potential and should sell for high price.

But there's one big problem: the color is just plain wrong. It's time for a paint job!

But before you start slapping on some new paint, you have to ask yourself an important question: is it worth painting your house before selling it?

In any real estate market, but especially an extreme seller's market like we're in now, you want to sell your house for the most money.


Shouldn't a home just sell itself in an extreme seller's market?

It should. And it will. But if you leave money on the table, how will you afford to buy the next home. The problem with being a seller in a seller's market is you're also probably a buyer. 

Painting your home before selling it will make it more visually appealing to any potential buyer, especially if the job is done well and has a neutral color.Painting home make it more visually appealing

When it comes time to sell your home, you might be thinking you need to remodel the kitchen or put in new carpet to get your home sold.

But, one of the greatest and easiest ways you can boost the value of your home is to paint it before you sell it. Maybe the color is wrong, or the kids or pets beat up the walls or it just needs a fresh coat. We always tell our sellers that paint and carpet is some of the best, cost-effective things you can do to get your home market-ready.

Painting your house is a huge responsibility. When it comes to marketing your house, we want you to make the best possible decision. Read this article and determine if it is worth painting a house before selling. 

Is Painting a House Before Selling a Wise Choice?

Most real estate agents would be in agreement that it is a great idea to paint your house before selling it. They would tell you that painting your home with a neutral shade would generate the most interest for potential buyers.  

Even if you have an older house, a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for your home's visual appeal. We find that many people in the market to purchase a house do not want to paint it. Potential buyers do not want to spend as much money on a home that needs a paint job.  

When a potential home buyer thinks about all the things involved with buying the home, packing up, moving, unpacking, the last thing they want to do is delay moving in and take on a project like painting the house.

A Fresh Coat of Paint Does Wonders

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Will painting your home increase the value of your house?

It increases the home's worth at resale, as long as the paint job is of high quality. If you are contemplating marketing your home for sale, consider the time, cost and quality.

You have a big decision to make regarding whether you paint the house yourself or hire a professional to do it. If you hire a professional, you should choose someone you can trust. If you do it yourself, it could be a fun project, but time-consuming.   

What Are the Pros to Hiring a Professional?

The biggest pro to hiring a professional to paint your home is that a professional will likely do an exceptional job if you hire the right person. A professional has the skills plus the experience to do the job well. 

We find that professionals also take less time getting the work done. They will not make a mess, as you are likely to do when you do it yourself. Professionals come with the following tools:

  • Ladder
  • Painting brush
  • Sprayer
  • Extension pole
  • Metal roller tray
  • Other

Professionals take the stress away, as they know exactly what tools to use to paint the house. A professional will do the job in an efficient, timely manner. 

What Are the Cons of Hiring a Professional Painter?

Hiring a professional to paint your home can be expensive. Also, you cannot be 100 percent sure that the person you hired will do a good job. More likely, they will, but there is a slight chance they will not, which would be a waste of money. We would not want you to be one of those cases.

We recommend hiring a professional or service if you choose to do your research. You want to hire someone you are confident will get the job done correctly. You should know that not all home painters are alike. Some do commercial work, while others work on residential projects. 

Make sure to find a painter who has experience in the type of painting you need to be done on your home. Get multiple quotes to compare pricing, look at reviews and choose the one that best suits your needs.Pros and Cons of Hiring a Professional Painter

What Are the Pros of Painting the House Yourself? 

If you choose to do it yourself, you may save money. However, there will be costs for painting the home itself. We feel that you should only embark on this venture if you are confident that you can do a decent job. 

It would be essential to note that you only save money if the job is done correctly. If you happen to be someone who can perform this task well, it could be worth it. Also, if you think each person involved can do it, you can make this a family affair and have everyone pitch in. If you paint your house by yourself you can save money

We do not consider it prudent for small children to help, as you still want it to look professional. However, it could be an excellent experience for all of you. Another pro is that you will have more control over the finished product if you paint the house yourself. 

We had a client that did some of the painting themselves but used different paint on some touch-up places. The color was right but they used flat and semi-gloss. Those caused a few problems. Luckily, it was able to be corrected without too much expense, just some time. But these are the dangers of painting it yourself.

What Are the Cons of Painting the House Yourself?

We do not recommend that you paint the house yourself unless you are confident that you would do a job that looks professional. Remember, if you are on the market to sell your home, you want to make sure that you make an excellent first impression. 

Cons of Painting the House Yourself

If it does not turn out right, the value of your home could significantly go down. Keep in mind that professionals know how to fix any mistakes. 

It may not be so easy if you are doing it yourself. If you mess up and need to fix it, you may need to purchase more paint and spend even more time painting the house.

It could take you a lot of time to paint the house. If you are trying to get your home sold, time may not be a luxury afforded to you. You might also make a massive mess in the process of painting the house. 

You could also choose a paint color from a swatch, and the color does not fit the way you thought it would. The color could look different in natural light or the shape of your room, being bigger, smaller or more open. Or if you didn’t do a good job of priming. You could end up having to repaint the entire house. 

Painting your home is a big job, and it can take a lot of time and effort, which can subsequently wear you out. If you are going to do it, you should be in it for the long haul. Make sure you have enough energy to stick to it and finish the job.  


Painting your house before selling it can significantly ramp up the home's value. You will need to figure out whether you want to attempt such a massive undertaking on your own or if you want to hire a professional. 

Make sure if you are going to do it yourself, you are prepared to put the time and energy into the task. It may be a sensible choice to hire a professional who can do the work, as they have the proficiency and experience to do the job in a timely fashion. 

Another fairly cost-effective way to make your house shine on the market is by replacing the carpet. We wrote an article on replacing your carpet and it's also something to consider as you look at getting your home ready for sale.  

Selling Your Home With Persinger Group

When you work with Persinger Group to sell your home, we start the process with a Home Walkthru. We help you decide what to do, not do and alternative ideas to get your home Sell Ready. This not only saves you money but a bunch of time. Imagine not having to spend months of weekends working on projects getting your house ready for sale.

We give you our connections to people and vendors that can help you, so you don't have to worry if you hired the right person or if the job will get done.

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