Freshen Up Your Exterior Paint Before Your Home Hits the Market
Exterior House Painting

Freshen Up Your Exterior Paint Before Your Home Hits the Market

Posted on June 27, 2023

There is a lot of prep work that goes into selling your house––the paperwork, the cleaning, the packing, the relocating. It can be a time-consuming and arduous process to not only set yourself up in a new place to call home, but to make sure you find buyers quickly so your house isn’t sitting on the market for too long. Fortunately, there are a few ways to make the selling process go by faster. Changing your exterior paint color is one of the most impactful changes that you can make. After all, some paint colors can help sell your house, while others may hinder your chances. 

The quality of your house exterior is the first impression buyers have. It can make or break people’s perceptions of the property before viewing the interior. A listing with high curb appeal can be especially helpful if you’re looking to put your house on the market during a slow buying season or at a time when the real-estate market isn’t favoring sellers.  Read on for some of the best exterior paint colors to help sell your house!

Blue: To Go with the Trends

blue painted house for sale

Blue houses with white trim have been the trend for exteriors across the United States, and we don’t see this trend ending anytime soon. Blue hues are great for people who want some color, but still want to play in a neutral space for wide appeal. Additionally, the color can bring a lot of personality and enhance standing architectural elements while not being an overwhelming presence on your street. They are definitely at the top of our list for the most appealing exterior house colors.

  • Take a look at Slate Tile (SW 7624) or Steely Gray (SW 7664), both by Sherwin-Williams, for some cool blue hues with gray undertones. The combination together would be a great option for an exterior painting project, and would look sharp with a colorful pop of color for the door. How about Decisive Yellow (SW 6902)? Don’t be afraid to add that fun pop to the front door. A colorful front door isn’t going to make or break a sale.
  • For a lighter and brighter option, check out Poolhouse (SW 7603) or Dockside Blue (SW 7601). Both hues are just as their namesake states––reminiscent of the shore or perfect for a cozy suburban cul-de-sac. Any blue hue you choose will go well with a white trim and pop of color of your choosing in places like the front door, window planters, or shutters.

Greige: The Neutral Tone that Works

greige painted home exterior

“When painting to sell, your home’s exterior shouldn’t be too dramatic or niche in its color scheme,”  says Paige NeJame, owner of CertaPro Painters® of the South Shore and Boston. “A neutral paint color like greige can be an excellent exterior color. It’ll be fresh, yet subtle enough for new buyers to entertain the idea of buying your home.”

Greige is a mix of gray and beige paint colors. In fact, greige is taking the design world by storm. It’s a popular neutral that’s been popping up all over both exterior and interior color palettes, and is loved due to its versatility. It’s a smart choice for a professional exterior painting project for homeowners about to list their house for sale. Greige is such a universally loved neutral. Some of our favorite greige hues include: 

  • Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige: The name truly says it all: this greige mixture from Sherwin Williams creates a warm, welcoming color. The red undertones create a look that makes your house pop from the street while remaining neutral. Pairing with a trim color of Heron Plume or Aesthetic White, and you’ve got a house that is sure to sell fast. 
  • Benjamin Moore’s Copley Gray: Copley Gray trimmed with an off-white Elephant Tusk (OC-8) is a greige color scheme everyone seems to adore. The exterior paint colors offer subtle nuances of white that suit tranquil, serene environments as well as create color-enhancing accents for dynamic spaces. We love them together for a professional exterior painting project ahead of a sale, and we think your future buyers would agree.

Soft Yellow: Add a Touch of Joy

soft yellow painted house

While we love a bright, sunny yellow exterior, a super vibrant hue can be off-putting for some buyers. We suggest going more toward buttery hues that are both warm and inviting. Take a look at Sherwin-Williams’ Whole Wheat (SW 6121) for some hue cues. It’s a bit gold, a bit beige, and a touch of yellow.

A wheat hue works well for an exterior painting project because it compliments natural materials like stone and dark wood tones that may already be a part of your exterior landscape. It also pairs well with dark browns and gray-blues that you can incorporate into secondary or accent colors for your painting project. They all play within the neutral space that won’t turn off buyers.

The fall months aren’t known to be the best for sellers. People are settling back into their school routines and may not be inclined to begin a moving process with winter right around the corner. You do have the benefit of less competition on your side if you must list during the fall, and a wheat color scheme can bring some major autumnal feelings to your buyers. Wheat hues look so beautiful with fall reds and oranges, which can help get buyers in the door during what is otherwise a slow season. Keep that lawn in order too––a wheat paint color will glow next to all that green.

CertaPro Painters® Can Help Get Your House Ready to Sell 

Let the team at CertaPro Painters® help get your house in shape to hit the market. Get in touch today at 1-800-689-7271 or schedule online to get a free estimate for a professional exterior painting project. CertaPro Painters® can handle updates to the house you’re leaving so that you can focus on what’s next.

Don’t want to commit to an exterior painting project, but still want a little something done to spruce up your exterior ahead of listing? The team at CertaPro Painters® can help with services like power washing, staining and stucco repairs to get things looking great ahead of showings.