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By : M Shane    99 or more times read
If you have decided to sell your house and want to spruce it up to get the best price you can, one of the most economical ways to start is a simple paint job. It could also hide minor blemishes that could make a buyer be concerned about possible problems.

Start with the interior:

Kitchens and bathrooms are often the first two rooms for renovations today. Paint manufacturers are stepping up to meet the needs of consumers with a wide selection of trendy colors, which will ultimately help to increase the value of your property at sale time.

Buyers often see a room and may want to put their own style to it, so choose a neutral color, if it is not already done that way. This doesn't mean your room has to look bland. Just neutral enough to evoke a blank canvas, ready to be painted by the new owner.

You can also do a little investigation on the road by dropping into new housing developments to see what the latest trends in colors are today, and add a little touch of that to your home.

A small kitchen, for example, could be very appealing with soft, sage green and light yellow to create a more spacious feel.

A fresh coat of paint in the bathrooms will go a long way in creating a look of cleanliness to potential buyers. Use a semi-gloss paint, which gives the best sheen for any bathroom and also repels moisture.

Fresh paint on walls, floors, ceilings, baseboards, and doors will perk up a room in no time, but having an extra sales tool for your realtor will be even better. Consumers are well aware of paints that have low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), and being able to ensure potential buyers that their new home has environmental considerations could go a long way.

Don't forget the exterior:

If you do want to repaint the exterior of your home for more curb appeal, make sure that the color does not clash with other houses in the neighborhood. If most homes are neutral or soft tones, it is best not to choose a bright canary yellow just because you think it is a cheery color.

A newly painted exterior will greatly increase curb appeal while giving your home a well-kept appearance. Lighter colors make the house look larger, but if you only have the time and budget to do one thing on the exterior, paint the door and entry area of the house to make a good first impression.

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