Even if you’re not selling your home just yet, it’s worth it to keep first impressions in mind. And while paint selection is often subject to trends and personal preferences, Nicole A. Ramos Beauchamp, a Global Real Estate Advisor with Engel & Völkers NYC, says that there are, in fact, strategic color choices that will make a good impression on potential buyers one day.

In today’s hot housing market, more buyers are looking for turnkey properties that won’t break the bank to upgrade. “It can be hard to see past highly-specific design and color choices,” says Beauchamp. “And although it’s ‘just paint,’ a purchaser may view it as one more cost on top of what is, for many people, the most expensive purchase of their life.”

Neutral colors like greige, white, and gray are appealing to buyers because they are more stable to exterior exposure and aren’t likely to go out of style. They also go with a variety of finishes and accent colors, should the purchasers choose to do some minor renovations down the line, such as swapping out the windows or doors.

One way to make a neutral exterior really pop is by adding some contrasting elements. Beauchamp recommends using a contrasting paint color for things like trims, window frames, and doors. Doing this will not only give your home visual flair and highlight its architectural elements, but it can also be a great way to set your property aside from others.

If the home has a specific architectural style, it should be factored into the exterior paint choices. For example, Victorian homes are best suited by deeper and saturated shades, such as ochre, russet, chocolate, and taupe. Additionally, sellers should consider the region the home is located in and if there are any area-specific color and style norms. A home that engages well with its surrounding environment will be more appealing to buyers, and as a result, will sell more quickly.

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