It only makes sense that a freshly painted house will show a lot better and therefore command a higher asking price. Hiring a crew of painters can be expensive and somewhat counterproductive if a seller is looking to maximise the financial gain of selling a property.
Painting is usually a task that most people take upon themselves to do. Why not? It seems easy enough. I should rephrase that though, it seems easy enough for some people. I have seen some pretty awful jobs. I have walked into rooms where it would appear that people have been bathing in it and splashing it around on the floor.
For those of you (you know who you are) who need a little hand when it comes to painting, here's a little video that will help minimise your latex (or oil) footprint on the room.