You may have heard that the seller’s marketing is currently outrageously high. According to Forbes, “According to every available measure, median home sales prices in the U.S. are at a record high, and they show little signs of cooling off.”

So, this may have you wondering if now is a good time to place your house on the market. Maybe you’re an empty-nester looking to downsize, or maybe you’re seeking to turn a profit off your home’s sale to carry into your next location. While we can’t answer whether or not it’s a good idea to put your house on the market immediately, we can walk you through some easy, painting-based steps to make your home as presentable as possible.

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Tip 1: Clear Out The Clutter!

Okay, maybe not a painting-based tip, but it’s extremely important. If you or your loved ones are deciding to put your home on the market, the first step is to simply clean. When showing your home, you will want to make sure that there are no spots of heavy clutter or messes. This will drastically increase your home’s appeal and make better use of your home’s space.

Deep cleaning can seem overwhelming, but it’s important to remember that even starting with baby steps can bring you to your clean house goals. Pick one small section of your home, and go from there. Enlisting friends and family for additional help (typically in exchange for pizza) can make the process even easier and quick!

Tip 2: Fix Wall Dents & Holes

It’s nearly inevitable that most homes gather wear and tear throughout the course of your residence. However, you will want to get those holes, dumps, dents, scratches, etc., fixed up and painted over before placing your home on the market. This is especially true if you’re placing your home on the market in the near future. These bumps and holes can seem minor, but can also heavily detract from your home’s appearance and overall aesthetic. No good!

Tip 3: Choose The Perfect Colors

It may surprise you to know that your choice of interior and exterior home colors can determine your home’s selling appeal. If you decide before or during the selling process that your home requires a fresh coat of paint (which, it probably does) to sell at maximum value, be sure to select the right colors for your sales goals.

Stick With Neutrals

Currently, Sherwin-Williams recommends sticking with neutral colors when selling your home. These colors allow potential buyers to envision their lives within your home. Bright and bold colors can look incredible, but they tend to show off your personal footprint rather than tugging at your lookers’ imaginations. Sherwin-Williams features neutral colors such as Urbane Bronze (SW 7048), Modern Gray (SW 7632), or Tricorn Black (SW 6258), but feel free to speak with one of our painting experts to see which set of neutral colors would work best for your home.