Q: How Should You Repaint Your Home Before Listing?

Here are several paint colors to consider before repainting your home.

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As a home seller, it’s very important to influence people visually. In a seller’s market like ours, what color(s) you choose to repaint your home is very important if you want to maximize your sale price.

Paint colors create ambiance, and 99% of the time you want to choose a neutral color. By this, I mean cool tones such as lighter shades of blue, green, or violet, or warmer tones that are slightly red, orange, or yellow. Cool tones produce a calming effect and contemporary vibe, while warmer tones are cheerful and inviting.

When choosing paint, it’s also important to consider the colors of the materials in your house—the floors, furniture, cabinetry, etc. For example, if you have blonde or brownish floors, you’ll want to use beige paint. If you have cooler grayish floors, you’ll want to use yellow or light gray paint. Remember, lighter shades always sell better.


Buyers who visit new homes before visiting resale homes like to see a color correlation between the two.


It’s a good idea to check out the colors of the homes that have previously been sold in your neighborhood, especially if they fetched a great price. Try looking at model homes too, because builders oftentimes emphasize trending paint colors. Buyers who visit new homes before visiting resale homes like to see a color correlation between the two. Per Consumer Reports, painting key interior rooms like your kitchen and bathrooms can increase your return on investment by 1% to 3%, and painting your exterior can boost your return on investment by 2% to 5%.

As far as what’s trending, grays with warmer tones are still “in,” but we also like greige to help homes create a more modern feel. According to Sherwin-Williams, the best colors for a cool palette are agreeable gray, abalone, and Silverpointe. The best warm tones are accessible beige and kilim beige. Penthouse and canvas tan are the best greige tones to bridge the gap between warm and cool. For painting your cabinets, try looking at linen white, gray mist, or carter creme.

When it comes to choosing your home’s exterior, consider the main hardscape of the home itself (brick, rock, etc.) and the hardscape of the yard—what colors have you chosen for the landscape? There are several gray tones by Benjamin Moore & Co. I recommend, including iron mountain, slate pebble, and flannel gray. Some great taupe tones to keep in mind are sparrow, coastal villa, and creek bend. These colors can work similarly for the interior as well.

The front door is where you want to make things pop and let your home’s character shine, but I’ll save that topic for a future video. In the meantime, I hope this has given you a few ideas to play with. If you have questions about this or any real estate topic, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to speak with you.

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