The reality is that paint color packs a serious punch in the real estate game. Unlike interior colors, exterior hues can affect the entire street — and that puts a lot of pressure on homeowners when it comes to choosing a palette. In addition, a number of factors come into play that you don’t have to deal with on the inside of a house: landscaping, hardscaping, roofing, and more.
Use these tips, along with the help of a professional, to choose a color scheme that works both for your style and for your home’s surroundings. So, what is the best house color to sell your home to a potential buyer?
When you go to social events, do you make an effort to snazzy yourself up? Of course you do. The simple fact is attraction is a key factor in forming relationships and the same applies to your house.
When you put the house on the market, you need to make it look good for the dates with potential buyers. The color of your house can make all the difference.
First, there is absolutely no correct answer to the BEST color. Instead, the decision depends on the makeup of your home and the surrounding landscape. Let’s take a look at some issues:
1. Your neighborhood. Whatever color you choose, make sure it doesn’t clash with the other homes in the neighborhood. An otherwise unappealing color could end up making your house an eye-sore. You want your home to have beautiful curb appeal and you don’t want to make any color mistakes. Also make sure you check with your community to make sure there are no restrictions regarding exterior materials and colors, especially if you live in a historical house or a neighborhood designated as historical.
2. The Roof. What color is the roof on your home? If it is a red tile roof? Off-whites are probably going to be the best choice. Dark green will not. Whereas, if you have a black or neutral grey, you don’t have to worry as much about color clashing. So unless you are going to invest money in a new roof, make sure the paint color doesn’t clash with it.
3. Highlights and accents. If there is a particular part of your house that should be emphasized, used light-colored paint around it to draw attention. Keep in mind, if you want a white exterior or white accents, you will also need to choose a warmer white otherwise your home will have a blue cast to it.
4. Hide It! Conversely, if there are parts of the house that are mundane, use darker colors to draw attention away from them. As you pull all of this together and I know it’s a lot to think about, I want to really help you by mentioning that less is more when it comes to exterior colors. Anything more than 2-3 colors is too much on the exterior. So keep this in mind when choosing the multiple necessary colors for your home.
5. Lastly, On large flat surfaces, such as the side of a garage, keep in mind the color you choose will have a washed-out appearance. Be sure to look at your samples at morning, at mid-day, and at dusk. This is such a critical step, especially when choosing exterior paint colors because the sun can pull out strange undertones that you may not see on the paint card.