It never ceases to amaze us at Aspire how a fresh lick of paint has the ability to transform a space, and summer is a great time to pick up a paintbrush. When vendors and landlords ask for our advice before they go on the market, repainting scuffed and grubby paintwork is always something we recommend, as is the tried and tested practice of painting over bold or potential divisive paint colours.
As well as improving the aesthetic and increasing appeal, wielding a paintbrush can also add a substantial amount of money to your home. In fact, research from Dulux found that repainting a property’s exterior can increase a home’s perceived value by 25% - that’s an increase of £168,000, using Zoopla’s average London property price from June 2021.
And the ‘added value’ news doesn’t stop there. Apparently a front door painted blue is the most valuable – adding 1.6% to a home’s value and with a tin of specialist paint costing in the region of £30, it’s a small price to pay for a potential boost. Moving to inside a property, HomeAdvisor reports that painting the internal walls can add between 1-3% in value and as a result, the rooms will look fresher for photographs and viewings.
Painting projects for this weekend
If you’re thinking of selling your home or have a rental that needs remarketing, here are some paint projects for this weekend:
- Repaint your front door
- Freshen up paintwork on railings, balconies and handrails
- Touch up scuffs and marks on interior walls
- Use specialist paint to treat patches of mould and water stains
- Cover colour choices that could be an ‘acquired taste’
- Use specialist paint to refresh tired or dated wall tiles