One of the primary roles of a Realtor is to counsel on what work a seller should or should undertake before listing a house for sale. Like most things, it is often a matter of opinion or a “cost versus value” proposition. Each year the National Association of Realtors puts out an article discussing just that. When it comes to painting interiors, the answer is Realtor Beige. The further your are from a neutral, nonwhite color, the more likely we are going to recommend paint if there is any question of its condition (note that there is no beige in our house other than in the basement). Why? It’s non-confrontational. Some consider white too stark. Some like bright colors that others hate.
It’s probably fair to say that I came up with this post in order to find a use for this picture of the dining room in the house that we bought last year. Someone spent a lot of time doing a very good job of painting something that most of us might not find so appealing. For better or worse, it’s now Realtor Beige.
It was on the market from Sept. ’05 – Apr. ’06 in a hot neighborhood. Do you think the paint had anything to do with it?
One more important question: are you a good painter? I thought I was until I paid a professional. I know now that I am an acceptable painter and “showroom” quality is either beyond my skillset or paitence.