Should I paint my exposed brick wall before selling?
Q. I own a junior one-bedroom in Manhattan that I'd like to put on the market within the next year. The apartment overall is in mint condition and I wouldn't expect whomever lives here next would need to do much (if any) work before they move in.
However, I have one wall that is exposed brick that I'd really like to paint white. I've asked around, and most people say that I shouldn't paint over it, and then they wax poetic about how much they love the look of exposed brick in general.
I, too, am fond of the look. However, my wall is not is the static, neat looking kind that most people think of.
It's messy with mortar caked over the brick in some places, the bricks are different colors in spots and (most significantly) there are several areas and large holes that have been cemented over the years that make the whole wall just look messy.
Would painting the brick negatively affect my resale value when it comes time to put it on the market? In photos, the wall will probably look great, but up close, it's like a hot mess. What do buyers think when they see exposed brick or when they see it painted?
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