Minneapolis Home Painting Tips 

Gearing up to sell your Minneapolis home is a time full of activity - from cleaning the home to staging to working with Team Lindahl to come up with an attractive list price.

If your home hasn’t been painted in five or more years, you may want to consider having it painted before putting it on the market. A freshly painted home sends the message that it is well-loved and impeccably maintained. It will also give you a leg up on the competition.

Exterior Home Painting Tips

When a potential buyer arrives at the curb in front of your home he or she will make a snap judgment based purely on its exterior appeal. Since the house itself is front and center, ensure that the color you choose is appealing to a broad range of buyers.

First, however, you’ll need to comply with homeowner’s association regulations (if you have one). If not, the rainbow is your oyster when it comes to choosing exterior paint color. But here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Choose neutral colors, just as you should with the interior paint. Off-white, shades of gray and earth tones are all attractive and appeal to a broad range of people. Or, take a tip from Ron Sonnek, president of Sicora Design/Build, in St. Louis Park. He tells Bob Villa that he posted a photo of one of his renovations online and has received "literally thousands of requests for this paint color!" The color? Benjamin Moore Copley Gray (HC-104) trimmed with Benjamin Moore Elephant Tusk (OC-8). See the fourth slide in the slideshow here.
  • Stay far away from bold colors for the main color; this limits your buyer pool to those that either like boldly colored homes or someone who has the money and the desire to repaint.

Interior Home Painting Tips

The trick to attracting offers is to set the home up so that buyers can picture themselves living in it. This is why stagers recommend that personal items be removed from the home. Buyers will also have a hard time seeing themselves living in your home if they walk in and see crazy colors. Soft beiges and neutrals appeal to a larger demographic.

If your eyes glaze over when looking at paint swatches, take a tip from the experts and check out these colors: Behr’s Ground Ginger, Sherwin Williams’ Kilim Beige or Rice Paddy, Benjamin Moore’s Pale Smoke for the master bedroom and Woodmont Cream to complement oak cabinetry.

Nothing warms a Twin Cities real estate agent’s heart more than when his or her clients start talking about where they’d put the crib or the sofa. It means they are picturing themselves living in the home. It also means the homeowner has done the job of creating an appealing space. Color goes a long way toward doing just that.

Planning on selling your Minneapolis home? Let the Kris Lindahl Team help, contact us today.