Save money when selling your Flower Mound home: Interior Painting
By all accounts the real estate market in Flower Mound and Texas in general is hot, hot, hot. Many families are capitalizing on the positive market conditions by putting their homes up for sale. This is a relatively easy way to realize some handsome profits, but it’s also an easy way to needlessly burn through some of your equity. I’m going to share some ideas to consider that will help you save money when selling Flower Mound homes.
Most of your ‘show-stoppers’ are not show stoppers.
Every day I meet couples that want to paint their Flower Mound home because they’re ‘going to put it on the market in a few months.’ They’re trying to make the house ready for sale and they want to get the highest possible price. They want to invest some of their as-yet-unrealized cash equity into having the whole house repainted; inside and out. That’s all well and good, but it’s probably not necessary. The value of your house may be near its peak as it sits.
The house is top-of-mind for you on a day-to-day basis, so you know all of the little blemishes and they drive you bananas. It is natural to focus on the little problem areas so much that you have a hard time seeing the value and desirability of your home. You’ve also convinced yourself that all those little problems must be repaired or repainted before the house goes on the market or you won’t see the maximum sales price.
Perspective is everything.
Most buyers are looking at your house from thirty-thousand-foot view. They want to understand that the floor plan will work for their family, the location of the house with respect to the local schools, and whether it has the amenities they feel they must have. In most cases, they don’t even notice the things that make you nuts. They’re just hoping that you accept their above market offer!
If the house has some obvious issues that may slow a sale, go ahead and get those addressed. If you have holes in the walls from door knobs accidents, ceiling water stains, mustard-colored kitchen and breakfast area, or any wallpaper, you might want to consider repairing and repainting those areas.
If the exterior of the house has boards hanging off the chimney or if the exterior hasn’t been repainted in the last fifteen years or so, you might want to get those issues addressed. This is also a good time to update the front door color or have the door stain refreshed. The walk-up appeal of your home is extremely important.
Save money by doing this before you call a painter. Please.
Finally, probably the most important thing you should do is to consult with your realtor to determine the high-impact, high-value areas to address. Your realtor is your expedition leader through the journey of selling your house. You need to run these decisions through them and get their input. They are ‘on the hook’ for selling the house at top dollar; you should trust their advice. If you’re going to list your home for sale, it’s time to stop thinking of it as ‘your home’ and start looking at it as product that you need to market as efficiently as possible.
Your realtor will have a staging company that will help you with prepping the house for sale. Follow their advice to the letter; and if that advice includes changing the mustard-colored kitchen to a nice agreeable gray that’s the time you should call us. Don’t spend any money ‘fixing up’ your house without having a plan that your realtor endorses. It will save you money in the end.
It’s not your home anymore.
Once you decide to sell your home on the open market stop thinking of it as your home. Once the sign goes in the yard and you’re on the MLS, it’s game on. The longer you think of it as your home, the more difficulty you’ll have selling it. You’ll sell it faster if you de-personalize it as much as possible. This goes for pictures and furnishings as well as your personal paint colors.
Your paint colors are terrible.
Have you ever thought about why model homes shown by builders are all painted with light tans, white, or grays? It’s because those colors offend no one. So, likewise, if you have a personal color in your formals, master or kitchen area get those neutralized before showing. Sherwin Williams has a color called Kilim Beige (SW6106) that has sold more homes in Flower Mound than all other colors combined. If you’re looking for a fresh take on Kilim Beige, try Sherwin Williams’ Shiitake (SW9173). If you think the ‘gray’ trend will last, try Agreeable Gray (SW7029). Selling Flower Mound homes.
You’ve never been this busy.
There never seems to be enough time in the day once you’ve decided to list your Flower Mound home for sale. When you and your realtor have a game-plan for which rooms to paint, call the professionals to get an up-to-the-minute proposal for painting and get that ‘to-do’ item off your list. That’s where we can help. Call Carnival Custom Painting 214-616-2206 immediately so we can get you into our production calendar and you can get your closing scheduled.