Open-concept kitchens. Double vanity master baths. Uniform hardwoods. There are a lot of Fixer Upper upgrades that make us want to pull out our fictional checkbooks.
But if you ask Chip Gaines the best, best place to invest in a home’s value (aka charm the pants off buyers), he’d say something a bit less obvious: the exterior paint job.
Here’s why: When you’re selling a home, curb appeal is the best way to get prospective buyers in the door. And a coat of fresh paint is a relatively inexpensive way to give your home the feeling of charm (or luxury or whatever you’re going for) regardless of what’s on the inside. (The average exterior paint job cost hovers around $2,500—a pretty penny but way less than a bathroom or kitchen remodel.)
Furthermore, “paint is emotional,” the KILZ spokesman told us. “It allows you to have a connection to the property before you even go inside”.