Any owner who's sold a home before will know the low-budget, high-quality improvement that can be achieved by repainting the property before it goes on the market.
When preparing for sale, it's good to adopt the light and bright strategy that makes rooms feel bigger. Dark and bold colours can give buyers a shrinking feeling, which is the opposite effect you should achieve.
You want prospective buyers to have the impression and memory of your home, whether it's a house or apartment, as generous in size and proportions.
The attractiveness of various colour schemes are subjective, and you don't want to alienate buyers who dislike your love of purple or burgundy.
While advice to stick with neutrals and whites may seem repetitive, it's the best way to maximise the value of your home.
These are our five quick tips for painting your home before launching a sales campaign.
Go all in
Commit to painting the entire interior. Sprucing up the occasional room will make the rest of your home appear tired. Don't forget that paint covers up no end of sins, such as the occasional scratch and gouge that occurs as part of daily living.
Consider your colour scheme
Opting for whites and neutrals doesn't get you entirely off the hook when selecting colour schemes. Check out paint manufacturers' recommendations, websites and apps like Pinterest to find a suitable colour combination.
Some colour ideas
A popular colour, according to one multinational paint company, is green fog. It's a light olive that embraces the current fashion for nature and natural fabrics in the home. Vivid white, duck egg blue and soft greens are all popular.
Timing is everything
While you may be capable of painting your home, can you get it finished before your optimal time to sell? If the deadline is tight, perhaps engage a professional painter. You'll have plenty of other tasks to prepare for your home viewings.
Splashes of colour
If you're worried your home might feel a little bland, invest in a primary colour for your front door to add to the property's street appeal. Perhaps smaller rooms, such as a laundry or ground-floor bathroom, could handle a tasteful feature colour.