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Home Improvement Tips To Increase Home Value Walls
No doubt you can remember not very far back when the color of choice for nearly every wall was white. Bland, boring white.
Of course, there was also a phase of bold, dark colors in the 1990s that seems a bit garish by contemporary standards. And if we go back a bit more, we might be able to remember wallpaper covered with very small print that looked like a precursor to those Magic Eye pictures.
Times and tastes change and if you are looking at selling your home in the near future, a few things will help you more for less money than a fresh look to the walls. Keep in mind though, buyer preferences are likely different than they were when you first bought your home.
Paint is the most popular wall covering and has been for years. It is easy to apply yourself, is relatively cheap, and anything but an eggshell or flat finish is easy to clean.
A satin finish provides a good balance of qualities by offering a slight sheen that brightens the room without also advertising any flaws in the wall the way a glossier finish would.
When it comes to colors, avoid painting a room entirely in a bland color like white or a bold color like violet or a deep blue. One color to particularly avoid is orange, which Realtor.com says is a turn –off to at least 54% of buyers. Instead, go with a warmer, lighter hue. Popular colors include greens, blues, yellows, and even grays. Feel free to paint the trim or decorate with a bolder color to accent the room. If you are particularly adventurous, you can even go ahead and do a whole accent wall in a bold color – just not every room.
One place where white is still recommended is the exterior of the home. It looks clean and is easy to accent by painting the trim, doors, and shutters a bold color that will help your home stand out from the crowd and enhance its curb appeal.
When it comes to how much to spend, there is not much to worry about here. A hundred dollar will buy you all the paint and materials you need for nearly any given room. If you are repainting with the same color or one similar to what is already there, you can save a little money by going with a lower quality paint and only doing one coat. If you are completely changing the color though, spend the extra money for a good paint.
Once the most popular option for covering up drywall or accenting a room in the form of borders, wallpaper has very much fallen on hard times of late, and with good reason. More than most other options, wallpaper is highly personal. On top of that, improperly applied wallpaper can begin to peel and is nearly impossible to remove without causing damage to the walls – damage that then has to be repaired before painting can begin.
For these reasons, nearly every agent working today will encourage a seller to remove it and switch to paint before listing. It is worth nothing, though, that wallpaper is making a minor comeback.
Given this, there is no harm in checking with a real estate agent to see if there are buyers in the area who are actually interested in the more modern designs of wallpaper. Still, should you go this route, approach with extreme caution and do not proceed without doing your homework first.
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