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Old 06-30-2018, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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Why did you stress about wall color for a house you aren't going to live in?

Lots of reasons, actually (although "stress" isn't the word I'd use. "Balk" is more accurate I guess.) The biggest reason was probably the cost. It's a 4,000 sf house., and painting it was not cheap. It cost almost as much to paint this house as it cost to buy our first house. That's a little mind boggling to realize. We're retirees, we have to be careful about what we spend money on.



Also, we had just painted it all white a few years earlier. We weren't thinking of selling it at that point, we had just reached the 20-year mark of owning the house and thought it deserved fresh paint. The white paint is still fresh looking, it kind of irked us to have to do it all over again just because buyers might want grey, not white. Plus, the grey makes it look smaller. The white was just so light and bright and made it look big and airy. To us, that was a good thing (but I guess big and airy aren't in anymore).



Because when you start trying to figure out what cosmetic changes are worth doing, you run into all sorts of conflicting advice. Just today, for example, realtor.com ran an article saying the painting your house a certain color to attract buyers is an unnecessary expense. Even though I don't really care what realtor.com says articles like that do make you think.



Because painting a house isn't a guarantee that the house will sell--and you can't help thinking that if it doesn't sell we will now have a house that looks depressing to us. (Plus we spent a pretty penny to make it look that way, which is even more depressing.) In a way it's like deliberately choosing to dye your hair grey. I guess I could do that, too, if someone convinced me there was a good reason. But it's not an easy thing to do, especially if you think it might just be a fad. OTOH, to be fair, it doesn;t look as bad as I feared it might. It might even grow on me.



Plus, when you start getting a house ready to sell, you wouldn't believe the number of cosmetic changes people tell you are necessary. some advice is true, some of it is not. You have to judge for yourself what really sounds like smart advice. It can rub you the wrong way after awhile. You're just guessing what people want to buy, after all.



And some of the irritation is just because buying/selling real estate didn't use to be like this. I've bought lots of houses in my life, and this is the first time I've had to do all this work. But times change, and we have to change too. The question becomes which changes are smart ones to make, and which aren't really needed.


None of these are really big reasons. We'll get used it to, and maybe even grow to like it. But you asked why we hesitated to go grey, and those were some of the reasons.

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Old 06-30-2018, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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Make it live the Thursday after Labor Day. ...you’re welcome.

Not sure what this means, although that's pretty close to our listing date. What is so special about that Thursday?
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Old 06-30-2018, 09:01 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
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It's too late for those wanting to buy a house and be in it before schools start.


It misses the summer buying season altogether.


It is often hurricane season - therefore rain and mud and icky shoes.


It's only 2 months before the holidays begin.
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Old 06-30-2018, 09:03 PM
 
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Why did you stress about wall color for a house you aren't going to live in?
Simple things.
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Old 06-30-2018, 09:06 PM
 
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Lots of reasons, actually (although "stress" isn't the word I'd use. "Balk" is more accurate I guess.) The biggest reason was probably the cost. It's a 4,000 sf house., and painting it was not cheap. It cost almost as much to paint this house as it cost to buy our first house. That's a little mind boggling to realize. We're retirees, we have to be careful about what we spend money on.



Also, we had just painted it all white a few years earlier. We weren't thinking of selling it at that point, we had just reached the 20-year mark of owning the house and thought it deserved fresh paint. The white paint is still fresh looking, it kind of irked us to have to do it all over again just because buyers might want grey, not white. Plus, the grey makes it look smaller. The white was just so light and bright and made it look big and airy. To us, that was a good thing (but I guess big and airy aren't in anymore).



Because when you start trying to figure out what cosmetic changes are worth doing, you run into all sorts of conflicting advice. Just today, for example, realtor.com ran an article saying the painting your house a certain color to attract buyers is an unnecessary expense. Even though I don't really care what realtor.com says articles like that do make you think.



Because painting a house isn't a guarantee that the house will sell--and you can't help thinking that if it doesn't sell we will now have a house that looks depressing to us. (Plus we spent a pretty penny to make it look that way, which is even more depressing.) In a way it's like deliberately choosing to dye your hair grey. I guess I could do that, too, if someone convinced me there was a good reason. But it's not an easy thing to do, especially if you think it might just be a fad. OTOH, to be fair, it doesn;t look as bad as I feared it might. It might even grow on me.



Plus, when you start getting a house ready to sell, you wouldn't believe the number of cosmetic changes people tell you are necessary. some advice is true, some of it is not. You have to judge for yourself what really sounds like smart advice. It can rub you the wrong way after awhile. You're just guessing what people want to buy, after all.



And some of the irritation is just because buying/selling real estate didn't use to be like this. I've bought lots of houses in my life, and this is the first time I've had to do all this work. But times change, and we have to change too. The question becomes which changes are smart ones to make, and which aren't really needed.


None of these are really big reasons. We'll get used it to, and maybe even grow to like it. But you asked why we hesitated to go grey, and those were some of the reasons.
You overthought the hell out of it. I’d be willing to wager dollars to donuts that the paint job added 3K to your list price, and 27 buyers will say “yuck. Gray”.

Never pay for paint. If you can’t DIY, rely on their imagination - that imagination will always undercut the actual
Cost.
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Old 06-30-2018, 09:54 PM
 
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Painting is so easy to do on your own....

Agree there is a lot of overthinking.
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Old 06-30-2018, 10:05 PM
 
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I marketed my brother's home as a FSBO...

The local Realtors came by and had lots of ideas... one is a family friend and was a little miffed.

The combined wisdom gleaned was all the stained wood doors, trim and cabinets needed to by painted white... mind you... I put in all the stain grade wood... and Marvin and Anderson windows and they were pristine.

The outside was also pristine with loads of curb appeal...

To make a long story short... I held the home open one twice with home open signs and listed in the newspaper Home Open section.

It was a traffic jam... we said all offers would be reviewed in 7 days... had 12 and all over... one older couple really wanted it and made an all cash offer subject to inspection...

Home, Roof, Chimney were clear... Home said he couldn't believe the home had not been on the market in 24 years... Pest had $280 of work... shower door gasket and 6" of garage trim.

Set a new record price and by $150k.

Some said we were lucky and that maybe... but, I would have considered it a crime to paint stain grade wood... especially after all the painstaking work I did... no fillers used anywhere.

The buyers said they were tired of viewing homes where everything is painted... they appreciated the attention to detail and all the stain grade materials used.
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Old 07-01-2018, 02:55 AM
 
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You're going to take a 4000 square foot house and paint it all one color? And that color is gray?

What color are the things in the house you won't be changing like cabinets, counter tops, carpets, floor tile, wood floors, bathroom tile and fixtures. How many of those things will clash with the gray? How many would be better if they remained white? How much money would you save if you left half the house white? Is there some new rule about painting every room in the house the same color? Perhaps a consultation with an interior designer or color specialist could save you some money and make your house more saleable or at least keep you from making a big mistake.
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Old 07-01-2018, 03:54 AM
 
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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Is there a question in here?

Does there need to be?
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Old 07-01-2018, 04:02 AM
 
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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You're going to take a 4000 square foot house and paint it all one color? And that color is gray?

What color are the things in the house you won't be changing like cabinets, counter tops, carpets, floor tile, wood floors, bathroom tile and fixtures. How many of those things will clash with the gray? How many would be better if they remained white? How much money would you save if you left half the house white? Is there some new rule about painting every room in the house the same color? Perhaps a consultation with an interior designer or color specialist could save you some money and make your house more saleable or at least keep you from making a big mistake.

All good things to consider, and yes, we did consider them before taking the plunge. For us, it helped to look at other homes for sale and see what happened when they went grey. That was also a good way to gauge how many rooms to paint and whether or not to do the job ourselves. In the end, I followed the realtor's advice, and I think she was right.



One good thing about grey is it doesn't clash. It changed the feeling of some rooms, and possibly made a few rooms seem smaller, but clashing wasn't an issue. At least, with our house.
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