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The Real Cost of Selling Your Home

By Carla Fried - 2013-06-12T20:51:17Z

Photograph by Dougal Waters

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Painting Party

“The reality is that buyers want a home to be move-in ready,” says Ilona Bray, author of Nolo books on both home buying and home selling. “Painting the interior is one of those must-do’s to attract the best possible bid.” The average $967 cost to slap fresh paint on walls more than pays for itself, according to agents surveyed by HomeGain. Agents gave it an average return on investment of 107 percent.