Paint or Offer an Allotment
My husband and I are trying to prepare our home to be placed on the market within the next year. We live in a farmhouse that was built in 1940, and we gutted it about 10 years ago and have continued to make improvements over the years. We have a list of repairs that we know we need to do before it goes on the market, so we are trying to do them a little bit at a time. We have sunk a lot of money into the house and at this time, we do not plan to do anymore "projects" other than typical maintenance and upkeep because we know we will never recoup any more than what we have already spent (and probably not even some of that due to the local market). We have met with an appraiser and were quite happy to find-out that the value of our home has increased so much, however she did provide us with some tips for how to increase the value even more while not out-pricing us for the area. The realtors we have met with have been pretty much in-line with what the appraisor has stated, but there are differing opinions as to what we should do about painting.
My thought on painting is that we should go ahead and paint the interior before it goes on the market. My husband despises painting and the headaches that go with it. The professionals gave mixed advice, so what do you think...should we paint or provide an allotment? Our walls have very little markings but there are a few scuff marks here and there. I know some people will want to be able to pick their own colors while others want a move-in ready, freshly painted home. I just want to do all that we can to get the best price possible so we can put that money towards building our dream home.
I don't know if this makes any difference, but we have a small hobby farm (just under 4 acres) with a small barn and attached chicken house and another separate chicken house. We are in a rural setting, so whoever buys our home will likely do so because they want a country setting and possibly even looking for land as acreage around here starts at a minimum of $10,000 an acre for raw land.
Thanks for any input!