Curb Appeal is an Outside Job
When preparing a house for sale, the exterior is as important as the interior. A well-maintained property and house has curb appeal.
“Are there certain colors that sell homes better than others? I have a carriage house with a red barn. – Future seller from Harriman
Here is commentary after posting on Facebook:
“The overall curb appeal is key to an inviting home. If the house color is crazy, that could be a turn off to potential buyers. Deep blues and greys are in now but trends change. House style matters, you can get away with purple on a period Victorian house but it doesn’t work for 80’s bi-level”. –Diane Blanton, Better Homes and Garden Rand Realty, Goshen
“Not sure why but light colors like pale baby blue and faded looking yellow make me feel like the house is cheaper. I have seen a red home with a red out building which looked well done. My favorites seem to be white, tan, deeper grey and navy.” –Sharon MacGregor
“Paint can change. Vinyl siding is more concerning if I didn’t like the color. My house is rusty red. I love it. It’s an old Victorian with a total of three colors.” – Lori Shafer-Keator
“My lake house is barn red and works perfectly in that community. I think a barn painted red is perfect. I am partial to stone and stucco houses and I love a house that is green.” –Susan Armistead
“The curb appeal, neatness and setting create the full ambience of a home. Flexible buyers are those who can see beyond just the color and state. Others may need to see exactly what they like.” –Laura Cormier
“Traditionally I prefer red barns. If I like a home property I realize paint is a quick fix”. -Aggie Kelton
“When looking for homes, I’ve been more likely to enter a house that was appealing on the outside. I call it comfort colors. The red barn and white fence reminds me of pictures from childhood. If I am looking in a certain area, then I want to see the typical picture of that area.” -Penny Mires
“In Vermont, the rule is house are white, barns are red. My sister once lived in a red house with a white barn and her old Vermonter neighbor came over and made sure she knew the rule!” -Elisabeth Mansfield
“If the house needs to be painted before putting it on the market then the seller should consider a color that has mass appeal. The more mainstream it is the more likely it will appeal to, or at least not offend, the sensibilities of a buyer.” -Debbie Littlejohn
“I have looked at dozens of houses. It always amazes me when home sellers do not wash their houses before putting them on the market. A well kept home matters more than color.” –Mickey Morgano
My own house was painted last year and was originally cedar brown, which darkened over years. It was between a deep grey and blue so I chose a blue/grey. A year later, my house is on the market and the color choices have been well received.
Part of preparing your home for sale is reviewing and refreshing exterior paint. Part of my prep was having the exterior, all outdoor furniture power washed and windows cleaned by The Estate Window Cleaning Company, 845-987-1111. It is always recommended during my staging consultations and has a huge return on investment.
Staging Tips for selling your Home:
Tuesday, October 2 from 6pm – 8pm
Nyack BOCES, 131 Midland Avenue North Nyack NY 10960