(Closed) Would you/did you paint?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It depends. If the paint is in good condition and a color I like, I leave it that way.

Otherwise a fresh coat of paint always brightens up any place.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would definately re-paint if we bought a house!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

we did. Our house was all one color – this yellowish cream that the builder painted. The previous owners were only here for 3 years, so maybe they didn’t get around to painting..? We have painted our bedroom, laundry room, living room, dining room and are in the process of painting the kitchen/family room. I have to say though – painting is one of my least favorite activities and if we ever move again, we plan to build and will just have the builder paint it all.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Eva Peron:  We bought a brand new, condo and liked the paint colour they’ve used through the place, so we decided just to leave it until we decided on any new colour schemes… but 5 years later it’s still grey throughout.

I assume the next place we buy will likely be an older home with a bit more “personality”, so I would imagine we’ll paint there.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

The paint in the house we bought was pretty fresh and a nice neutral tone so we left most of it alone.  The ENTIRE 3000+ sf house was the same neutral yellowy color and it was just way too much yellow for me, so I did paint the back living room and master bed room, and plan on doing the dining room. I left the main living room (because its a 2 story living room and I didnt feel like climbing that high or hiring anyone to paint it), the hallways and everything else alone for now.  Eventually, I’ll probably paint more of it.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We painted, the walls were all a boring white

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We just bought a house and are repainting everything. We like the color of some room colors and really could keep it, but we just want it to be ours and to have it new and refreshed. Plus it is so much easier to paint before anything goes in then later.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Eva Peron:  Bright colored walls will need painting before resale though. Potential buyers look at those walls and think- “work”.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Eva Peron:  Like yourself, I am one who has to make some changes whenever I move into a new place.  And well, Paint is a relatively cheap one that can be a DIY project, and of course the overall effect is HUGE !!

I think that one probably hears the comment “Oh it painted” from prospective buyers because

(a) they’ve probably been looking at NEW Construction which typically isn’t painted… most new homes are best left unpainted the first year, because of warranty issues… the builder may have to come back to make corrections after the house “settles” (nail pops, drywall taping cracks etc) and this is best seen by the homeowner if they leave it unpainted

OR

(b) they’ve been looking at resale homes, where a lot of things have been “painted out” white.  Any good Realtor will tell someone anxious to sell, that they should give the rooms a fresh coat of paint… and white is a good choice because it is neutral, and then propsective buyers can see their own stuff fitting into the space.  (The other tip is to scale back everything as much as possible… get rid of clutter and “stuff”… especially personal stuff like family photos… put it in storage off-site).  Evidently, a lot of Buyers have a total lack of imagination and cannot get past other peoples “stuff”, sense of style, way they live etc.  Hard to believe but true.

Lol, probably why if you are a smart buyer and “can see potential” you can often pick up a well constructed house in a good neighbourhood at a much lower price than a similar one for sale just because you can “see past” the hideous paint colours that aren’t your taste !!

 

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@julies1949:  Hehe, we’re house shopping and I look at those bolder, very personalized colours that will scare away other buyers and think all the better for me to put in a lower offer 🙂

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