House Painting: Paint Your Way To A Home Sale

Improving your home by painting is a worthy investment, even if you’re not thinking of selling it in a down market.  But, if you are, getting a strategy together is particularly important.

With that in mind, here’s house painting writer Lauren Windsor to help you get started.


The 2008 financial crash continues to wreak havoc on the economy. Housing markets have been stagnant or slow to recover, and that recovery is staggeringly weak. According to, the average time a home is on the market has reached an all-time high of 10.3 months.

Thus, it is critical to make as many home repairs and improvements as possible before putting it on the market, if you are hoping to sell it quickly. In preparation for selling your home, realtors recommend painting both the interior and exterior of the house because it is probably the least costly, easiest to do on your own, and most effective improvement to make.

Figure out where house painting fits in your overall home remodeling budget

There are some major factors to consider when planning a big project like painting your entire house. First is your overall home repair budget, which will determine the amount you can afford to spend on paint specifically. Is painting the house more important than patching the hole in the roof?

Obviously the higher priority will be the roof, so that may limit your what you can spend on paint. Carefully examine the return on investment (ROI) of each repair to determine its proper priority.

Figure out the scale of your house painting project

The size of the painted surface area is the second factor. How much paint, supplies, and manpower will you need to get the job done? What’s your budget for each of these items? Painting a bungalow is substantially easier than painting a mansion. Your budget will dictate how much you can afford to paint, and you will obviously be able to scale up or down in the size of this project depending on those factors.

Third, will you hire someone? Hiring a professional will save you lots of time and effort, but that will be much more costly than performing the job yourself. What manpower you use to accomplish this task will be determined by the budget, how large the surface area is, and whether or not you can coerce your friends and family to help you.

Using a professional-quality paint sprayer

If you choose to paint your house yourself, remember the following tips:

  • Electric paint sprayers are invaluable for covering vast areas easily and efficiently. There are many professional-quality paint sprayers on the market. This may not be necessary if you are painting only small areas, but it’s an absolute necessity for medium- to large-scale projects.
  • Whether you end up painting with a roller and brush, or using an air paint sprayer, you should be familiar with how to use a paint sprayer BEFORE beginning to paint. Have a game plan!
  • ALWAYS use neutral colors when painting a home for sale. The prospective buyer should see a blank canvas open for his or her imagination.
  • ALWAYS prep the areas to be painted, e.g. clean and patch the walls, tape moulding and switch plates, and cover the floors.
  • ALWAYS prime your walls before painting. People often skip this step, but it is a rookie mistake!

You can be selective and paint only the parts that need it the most if you can’t paint your entire house. Painting the door and doorframe should be done at the very least, in order to maximize the impact of the entryway, one of the first things your prospective buyers will see. Think of painting your house as make-up for your home’s face. You may not be able afford the nose-job, but a little lipstick will go a long way.


Thanks, Lauren!

Lauren Windsor writes articles on behalf of home painting experts PaintZoom.



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