Before & After: The Magic of Paint

There is absolutely nothing that can transform a room like a fresh coat of paint.

Take a look at these before and after photos of my recent listing at One Rincon Hill in San Francisco’s South Beach neighborhood, where we transformed this dark one-bedroom unit into a bright and fresh space that sold after just two weeks on the market:


Photos are of One Rincon Hill, 425 1st St. #4305 
Co-Listed with James Shinbori and Eva Stoyanov

Forgive the blurry before photos, but you can definitely see how dark and small the space previously looked, despite all the great natural light flooding in through that floor-to-ceiling window.

A new coat of paint brightens a room (even if you’re painting it a darker color, ironically).  It makes the home feel fresh.  And crisp.  And CLEAN.  That is exactly how you want a homebuyer — or guests — to feel when they are visiting your home.

I am saddened when I walk into a home for sale that hasn’t been painted.  Luckily, this isn’t typically the case:  most homeowners agree that, at minimum, their home needs a good paint job to make it look fresh again before putting the home on the market.  But, it does happen, and when it does, it’s just too bad.  It’s a missed opportunity to make a huge impact for a relatively small cost.

When my clients list their home with me, they get the benefit of not having to pay for the cost of painting upfront, and I manage their entire project from start to finish. With no upfront cost, no interest or fees, no leg work, and a better sales price, it’s a no-brainer.

… Now, with all that said, I can’t wait to paint the last bedroom in our house soon!  I’ve removed the wallpaper from three rooms in our home over the past couple of years, and have yet to touch the guest bedroom.  It’s long overdue, so I’m going to practice what I preach, and finish that project!

Happy painting!


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