"I Want to Paint my Home - I Like Color" - You May Want to Think Twice - Everyone likes a refresh every now and then. Paint can fade, walls get marks, you just want a decorating change, the list goes on. However, there are some things to consider when doing a painting project.
-Possibly you want to paint in the latest trending colors. Paint is a relatively cost effective way to make a change, however, you may want to think about what is involved in changing the paint when those trends change or you tire of color/s you chose. Painting is time consuming, prep is tedious, so if its a DIY job, this needs to be considered. If having a contractor do it, it means expense and having your home or the rooms involved in a state of flux while the painter is completing the work. Small changes can make a big difference, rather than a full scope change, and will make the project must easier to deal with while the work is being done.
- Maybe you like bright or dark colors. Again, consider what will be involved to change the color - a primer that covers and probably multiple coats of paint
- If you are tempted to paint the entire interior in one color, maybe to coordinate with a specific decorating scheme, one that is not neutral, it locks you into repainting the entire property, a large scale project to make a change.
- When you decide to repaint, you may not be considering a sale, but life changes. You may want to think ahead on your choices should you need to put your home on the market and the scope of what it will take to prepare your home for market. If tempted not to repaint to put your home on the market, it also bears mentioning that as an agent I don't recommend painting allowances. It's not "just paint". Many buyers can't get past colors that are too specific, or that painting is a big project and if the buyers have children underfoot, it will be very discouraging to buyers.
- Scope of the project is an important thing to consider. Changing accessories also is a great way to introduce color to minimize the more permanent changes that painting involves.
If a painting project is on your to-do list, in addition to color selection, scope of the project and some longer term planning should be part of your plan.