I can't tell you how many times I've heard painting contractors say something like, "You don't want to paint over that beautiful wood trim, do you?"...or, "it would be a shame to cover up all that wood". Well, in some cases that might be true for historical value or specific authenticity and integrity of design. On the other hand, there is the occasional room or overall interior that screams out, "Please add some life, quick", especially if an interior remodel is out of the question prior to going on the market. Ahhh...the magic of paint! This is one battle I rarely lose, and nothing drives the point home with the painter (and more importantly, the seller) like a good "before and after" example. Fortunately, I have an excellent painter who I collaborate with almost exclusively and consider to be part of my "team". Next time you have a listing that needs some TLC prior to coming on the market, don't forget to consider the magic of Paint. It's the least expensive project and the biggest bang for the buck a seller can undertake to make a positive impact on the interior of their home. Here's an example of a listing we had back in December that was in dire need of a tune-up in the lower level Family Room. The cherry on the cake was when we lifted up the orange shag and found softwood floors begging to be exposed! Needless to say, we sold the house in a week.
Here's another example of a "bonus" room in another listing that came to life with a similar application. The staging didn't hurt either ;-)
This time, carpet was added to soften and warm up the space.