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Apr 26, 2011

prepping a house for sale and finding the perfect neutral paint

By: Natalie DiScala
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Apr 26, 2011

prepping a house for sale and finding the perfect neutral paint

By: Natalie DiScala

My mom is in the process of selling her house and as we prepare to put it on the market, we got some valuable advice from our real estate agent, Linda Turner with Royal LePage Meadowtowne Realty. While the house is in great shape, the one thing Linda emphasized was the need for us to remove all the artwork on the walls; my mom's an art-lover and there are paintings everywhere. But Linda encouraged us to remove the art, not only to depersonalize the space but to cover up all those holes on the wall. This meant we had to paint the entire main level of the house. Big job but we got it done! "A fresh coat of paint goes a long way as an inexpensive facelift, wowing buyers immediately upon entering your home," says Linda. "Keep tones neutral as this will give your rooms a spacious feel. Having said that, if one large principle room has a vivid colour on a feature wall and is accented with bright white trims (including crown moulding, upgraded baseboards and possibly French doors), this could prove to be a fabulous, eye-catching focal point of your main floor." It is also a good idea to depersonalize your home of family photos and to keep artwork to a minimum, she says. "This is particularly important on staircase walls. You want prospective buyers to concentrate on and remember all the fine details of your home. Selecting just one or two paintings that truly complement a room’s decor will also enhance the spaciousness of the room," says Linda. So - we set to the task of removing the artwork on the walls, filling the holes, sanding and repainting. Our search for the perfect neutral led us to find Sico's Icing Sugar (6092-11) and we couldn't be happier with the results. I love the colour; it's a warm and delicious white. I've made a mental note of the name and definitely plan to use it again, likely to repaint my mom's new home when she finds it. Prepping the dining room: We removed all the artwork, filled the holes left behind and painted over the existing taupe paint. The final result: Fresh and clean, Sico's Icing Sugar (6092-11) was a lovely choice! It was a lot of work but Linda was right. All the rooms on the main level of the house now look fresher, cleaner and larger. We're ready to put the house on the market and welcome prospective buyers. Have you ever staged your home for sale? Got any tips to share?
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