Philadelphia has a diverse housing stock that (generally) ranges from the late 1800s to brand new. Some have character and some do not. You can define “character” as a house with charm, original details, and problems. Old houses have plaster walls and woodwork that has been painted over and over again throughout the years. Many people, including me, find that the charm weighs more than the problems. So, when you sell an old house in a good neighborhood, you need to fix these cosmetic problems that you neglect while you lived there.
A great realtor, Neal Henner, brought us into this house to fix the cosmetic issues. He wanted us to make it so someone could move right in without feeling the need to do anything. The owners of this house built in 1880 bought a newer house in the suburbs, but needed to find someone who liked charm and character.
We wound up repairing the plaster and painting most of the walls in this house with Light French Gray from Benjamin Moore in a flat finish. It is currently a trendy color and really popped against the freshly painted trim.
Before (with the curtains in the windows) and after photos are below.
Neal liked the color in this room below, so we just freshened it up with the same color and painted all of the trim and doors.