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How to fix your house with color.

December 7, 2009

Color used in your home can express your personality and change your mood.  We all know this on a personal level, we all have our favorite colors that make us feel good.  At a real estate level, it’s interesting to think how a person’s favorite shade of pink can either turn on or seriously turn off a potential buyer.  I’ve shown a lot of houses over the years, and nothing (other than noxious odor) can turn off a buyer faster than a loud color that doesn’t suit them.  From grass green shag carpet, to vibrant purple kitchens, I’ve seen it all.   “A new coat of paint will do this place wonders” I say, but too late, the damage is done.  That awful shade of mint ice cream green is permanently burned into their retinas, and they go running from the house screaming.  Well, not really, but you get my point.

If you are getting your house ready to put on the market think about how you can give your home as much mass appeal as possible.  Consider repainting rooms that may not translate to the general public.  For instance, your little girl may have loved that magenta paint color, but will the potential buyer?  A full-scale repaint job may not be necessary, consider small touches like repainting the front door an enticing color.  

House Beautiful’s September issue was all about the psychology of color.  Go here  to see how color can change your mood (not to mention the potential buyer’s).

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