But I just need my house to look good until it sells.

As a painter, I come across this statement a lot right now. The housing market is red hot, houses are selling in record times, and you have a choice to make. Do I repaint only the front of the house (for presentation purposes) or do I paint everything?

I’m sure if you watch one of those HGTV shows where the house is updated in 30 minutes, you’ll have heard a person say how much value a new paint job adds to the house and it is true. Yes you’ll spend a few thousand dollars for a good paint job, however a great paint job could incite a bidding war on your home and help you recoup your small investment in a few hours. Spend a little more to have your house look excellent and it will pay in dividends!

For more information about adding value to your home before it sells, check out these websites below:

http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/interior-remodel/30-tips-for-increasing-your-homes-value

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20247552,00.html.