Thinking about painting your 1950’s vintage brick ranch home?

Here are some things to consider that are resulting in FAST sales in today’s real estate market.

Carriage Style Garage Door

This home sold in 3 days – over list price – with multiple offers.  Success was in the details. You will find that this topic ripples further than just paint…  In Atlanta’s market the trend seems to be leaning towards the Craftsman or Manor style detailing found in newer construction. In fact, these details can propel a 1950’s brick ranch way into the future (or at least the present).  Bottom line: Stick with earth tones and grays.

New Hardware throughout

Companies like Restoration Hardware have fueled the trend towards oiled bronze or black door hardware – both inside and out.  In fact, Restoration Hardware is headed back to Buckhead to take over the space which formerly housed the ESPNZone. This trend extends to light fixtures, hinges, deadbolts, strike plates, closets – basically everywhere.  When Buyers look at homes, ANY inconsistencies in hardware really stick out a “cheap” or “lazy”.  I know that is harsh, but the old adage about the “last 5%” applies to renovations as well because it will matter on resale.  Splurging on the high impact items like carriage doors, real gas lanterns, and warm outdoor evening lighting always pays off.

Oh, that includes making sure the shingles and gutters coordinate too!

Some Examples

We have seen the best results lately with monochromatic paint schemes.  Buyers are definitely seeking softer tones and want something other than white white trim.  The following are some photos we have taken while out showing property that illustrate various house styles and paint schemes.

Monochromatic Gray Shades

Monochromatic Gray Shades

Ranch Renovation with Cement  Lap Siding

Ranch Renovation with Cement Lap Siding

Craftsman Style Green/Grey

Craftsman Style Green/Grey

Split Level Makeover

Split Level Makeover

Paint and Stucco over Brick

Paint and Stucco over Brick

Please feel free to let us know if you have specific questions. Our trick when preparing homes for sale is to give the painter the address of a home we want to copy. They just drive by, match the scheme and make it happen 🙂

Michael Bunch is a Real Estate consultant, Life Coach, Strategist, Leadership Junkie and Writer. His real estate sales team works out of Atlanta, GA but through his connections, Michael can help you make great real estate decisions all over the world! His focus is long-term, clients first and legacy minded.

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