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Should we repaint the house, and if so, using which colours?

Updated: Oct 29, 2019

Before I listed the property for sale I asked three local real estate agents to come around and talk about the place. One of the topics I raised was re-painting the house. All three said to leave the place as it was, otherwise I risked choosing colours that put people off the property … let the buyers choose the colour scheme they said.


I've also had some local painters come around to look at the place and I told them what the agents had said. They (the painters) seemed to think that, well ok, but the roof colour is dated and that it should probably be the first priority.


Anyway, on this occasion I took a different approach and had the southern end of the house painted to test one alternative colour scheme (see the picture provided below). These colours are Dulux 'Antique White', Dulux 'Chalk USA', Dulux Bronze Fig, Dulux 'Woodland Grey', and Colourbond 'Cove' (half pigment strength).


Now back to the roof. You could describe the current roof colour as 'brick red'. It's distinctive, and in fact many local people have referred to our house as "the place with the red roof". It's lasted well, but it is rather faded now.


What do you think? Where to next? Leave it or do it? And if so, what colour should we change the roof to?


Here are a few possibilities