Help me paint my house!

raddadJune 10, 2014

We are selling our house in San Francisco, which hasn't been painted in quite a while (before we owned it).

Right now it's a drab tan with brown brick. I want to paint it to better appeal to today's buyers... I'm thinking a modern color scheme, but also welcoming and friendly. The interior is already redone to contemporary standards. I think I'd like to paint the brick and roof tiles too.

Any and all opinions are appreciated!

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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

IMO , painting the brick and or the roof tiles would be a very, very big mistake.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 3:30AM
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Isn't the RE market crazy/hot in SF? Do you need to do much to actually sell it?

Do you know what the original houses looked like? It now seems to have an eclectic mix of architectural styles! Don't paint the brick. Freshen up the stucco with the same color. Do NOT paint the roof tiles.

I would invest in a custom wood garage door, since that is a big part of your front façade. We are in LA and purchased doors from Ranch House Doors 2 years ago. Very happy with the product and company. They are in So. CA, link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ranch House Garage Doors

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 11:33PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

I think the building looks fine as is. Put the money into getting larger, more in scale plants in the planter boxes in front and call it a day.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 12:00AM
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I wouldn't paint anything that's not already painted. And I wouldn't get rid of anything original at this point (like the garage door).

    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 3:11PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

one would think your real estate agent would have local info in this regard ...

do NOT paint brick.. if the next guy wants to.. all the power to them.. but one might wonder how many people would walk right by.. because you did so ...

IMHO ... you are way over thinking this ...


    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 3:17PM
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I agree with others - do NOT paint brick or tile - it can never be undone. You might like green trim and doors - but the next person might hate it and want to paint it brown, again.

Add color and pop with landscaping - it's pretty much nothing right now which makes it look really plain.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 4:06PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

I would not spend a penny. You will likely get multiple offers over asking price anyway.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 4:10PM
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I'd put some tall and striking plants in those planters (where you currently have something itty bitty) to improve curb appeal. Bring a picture of the house to the garden center and ask for their advice.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 2:29AM
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