Paint Your Walls Before You Sell


Fix and paint your walls before you sell your home




Let’s say you’re trying to sell a used car. Imagine that it’s a desirable make and model. The mileage is low. Overall, it’s in great condition… except, that is, for the body. Unfortunately, there are a few areas where the paint is scratched and there are a couple of dents and rust spots too.


Are you going to have trouble selling that car? Probably. That’s because potential buyers will have trouble seeing past the condition of the body and appreciating the true value of the vehicle.


The same thing can happen when you’re trying to sell your home.


Everything about your home could be wonderful, but if the paint on the walls is faded in spots, and there are dents, scruffs and holes, buyers may notice those things more than the other more important features of your property. 


So it’s a good idea to first inspect your walls before you sell your home to make sure they look great. There are numerous products available at your local home improvement store for repairing gouges and holes. It’s a relatively easy do-it-yourself job.


Keep in mind that applying a new (preferably neutral) coat of paint not only makes the walls look like new, but also tends to brighten up the entire room. Freshening up the paint is even more important if you’re selling a vacant home… prospective buyers have nothing to focus on but walls and floors. Painting your home’s walls before selling can make it more attractive to potential buyers, increase its market value, and potentially lead to a quicker sale.



1. Improves Aesthetic Appeal

  • First Impressions: A fresh coat of paint can create a positive first impression for buyers.
  • Modern Look: Neutral and modern colors can make the home look more updated and stylish.
  • Clean Appearance: New paint can make a home look clean and well-maintained.

2. Enhances Marketability

  • Neutral Palette: Neutral colors appeal to a broader range of buyers, helping them to envision themselves in the space.
  • Consistent Look: Cohesive color scheme throughout the house can create a more harmonious and appealing look.

3. Increases Perceived Value

  • Well-Maintained: A freshly painted home appears well-cared-for, which can increase its perceived value.
  • Ready to Move In: Buyers are often willing to pay more for a home that requires minimal work before moving in.

4. Masks Imperfections

  • Covers Wear and Tear: Paint can cover up minor scuffs, stains, and marks on the walls.
  • Hides Odors: New paint can help to neutralize odors from pets, smoke, or cooking.

5. Boosts Online Appeal

  • Better Photos: A freshly painted home will look better in listing photos, which can attract more interest online.
  • Stand Out in Listings: In a competitive market, small upgrades like fresh paint can help your listing stand out.

6. Cost-Effective Upgrade

  • Affordable: Compared to other home improvements, painting is relatively inexpensive.
  • High ROI: The return on investment for painting is typically high, making it a cost-effective way to increase your home’s value.

7. Addresses Buyer Concerns

  • Move-In Ready: Buyers are often concerned about the additional costs and time needed for immediate repairs or updates. Fresh paint addresses this concern.
  • Minimizes Negotiations: With fewer visible issues, buyers are less likely to ask for price reductions or concessions.

8. Personal Touch

  • Welcoming Atmosphere: A freshly painted home can create a more welcoming atmosphere, making it easier for buyers to connect with the space and envision themselves living in the home.



These information about painting your walls before you sell your home is provided by Nina Hollander, Coldwell Banker Realty,  Greater Charlotte residential real estate expert. I’ve been opening doors for Charlotte area home buyers and sellers since 1999. If you need recommendations for painters to help you refinish/paint your walls, reach out to me. I can help! I’m never more than a call, text or email away.


If you’re considering selling or purchasing a home in  the Greater Charlotte area, I’d love an opportunity to earn your business, exceed your expectations, and to show you why experience matters and how:

“The Right Broker Makes All The Difference.”