Does Your Home Need a New Coat of Paint?

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty

Does Your Home Need a New Coat of Paint?

 

One of the best ways to make a great first impression is to paint your home. It is amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to update the look of your home. Not only will new paint look better and increase the value of your home, it will also protect you home and save you from costly repairs down the road. Here are some things to consider before you set out to paint your home.

The Best Time to Paint Outdoors

This really depends on where you live, but you’ll want to paint when temperatures are moderate and the weather isn’t too hot or cold. In some areas, fall is a great time to paint, but in other areas it might be too cold at night. The best temperatures for painting outside are typically between 50 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, but many new paints will cure in temperatures as low as 35 degrees F.

DIY or Hire a Pro

Even if you’re used to tackling interior painting projects, painting the outside of your house is a big job. When you factor in your time, tools, and material, it might be worth the cost to hire a pro. Here are some things to help you decide:

  • Your house type and features – A one-story ranch house is relatively easy to paint, while a two-story Victorian is a big challenge. Similarly, a house on a hill or slope will be a trickier task.
  • The condition of your exterior – Is there blistering or peeling paint? Do you have siding problems like wood rot? If so, prep work can be up to half the job. Don’t like prep work and just like to paint? Consider hiring a pro to do the prep for you.
  • Tools and materials – Do you need special ladders or scaffolding? A pressure washer or paint sprayer? Price out the cost of renting or purchasing what you need – including paint – and then compare this to the cost of hiring a pro.

When in doubt, get a couple of bids from different painting pros.

What Will it Cost?

Determining what painting your home will cost involves many factors: home size, number of stories, exterior condition, and more. The national average cost for hiring a pro to paint a single story house is about $2,800. Angie’s List reports a higher average of $3,700.

If you’re doing the job yourself, make sure you factor in the tools and equipment you’ll need to purchase (or rent) as well as the cost of the paint. Good exterior paint can cost from about $30 to $70 per gallon. It’s worth the money to buy good paint, as cheaper paints often mean you have to repaint sooner. If you’re using a painting contractor, make sure you specify the paint you want to use when you get a bid.

Choosing the Right Color

And last, but by no means least, you need to choose the right color for your home. First, consider the style of your home and the character of your neighborhood. You don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb, but you don’t want to look just like every house on the street either.

As you’re thinking of possible colors, don’t forget to consider existing colors on or around your home, like the roof, stone, or brick, and landscaping. Also make sure you paint a swatch on the front of your home and look at the color at different times of day. Finally, many paint manufactures have online tools and apps to help you visualize and explore different paint options for your home.

 

Please contact me if you have any questions or need any additional real estate buying or selling information I'd be happy to assist.

 

I love real estate there is no greater feeling than seeing your customer's happy!!!

 

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Mount Dora, FL32757
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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I love that color on the featured photo. It looks like a waterfront home color to me - gorgeous.  

May 21, 2018 11:53 AM #1
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  Best return on $3000 or $4000 that you can possibly get.  Curb appeal!

 Suggest:  unless you have done it before, and have family or friends to help, don't DIY.   Pay a professional.  

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Debb, thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed Memorial Day.

May 28, 2018 02:02 PM #3
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Fred, I totally agree with you leave it to a professional. Thanks for stopping by I hope you enjoyed the Memorial Day.

May 28, 2018 02:03 PM #4
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This is excellent advice to share. A fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference.

May 29, 2018 05:59 AM #5
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Roy, yes a fresh coat of paint does make a difference. Thanks for stopping by I hope you have a great afternoon.

May 29, 2018 08:51 AM #6
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Pat Champion - you provide great advice. A home is an investment. Unless one has the tools, the right paint, and the skill to paint like a professional, I would always hire a professional Painting Company. Plus, it is a lot safer to let the pros go on ladders in between those tight spaces and with more skilled hands, the job always looks better. 

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Patricia, this is so true I always leave it to a professional. Thanks for stopping by I hope you have a great weekend.

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My husband and I taught our children to paint and laugh that all of us could be professional painters (we are that good). I like the cut in, my husband likes to roll. We both like doing trimwork. Painting makes a place look so good and fresh.

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Debbie, painting is a great talent to have I love the idea that you taught your children. I wish I had that talent. Thanks for stopping by I hope you have a great weekend.

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