Most homeowners agree that one easy and quick way to update or refresh a home is to paint a few rooms or the entire property. Painting produces an immediate change, whether a child's bedroom is painted or if you want to change the color of the whole exterior.
Painting the exterior of a home or the interior walls and trim also adds other value besides having a different color. A fresh coat of paint inside can boost morale and help keep the family healthy. Painting the exterior adds curb appeal, which is a valuable addition.
Following are the top 15 Reasons for Painting Your House Inside and Out. These tips explain the most effective and easy way to put a home improvement strategy in place.
1. Raises the Real Estate Value of the Home.
Studies have shown that painting the exterior of a house and the interior walls and trim increases the overall value of your property. It helps with resale, as well, by adding a fresh look outside and inside.
2. Enhanced Curb Appeal.
A fresh coat of paint on the exterior of a home makes it more attractive—called curb appeal.
3. Promotes Healthier Quality of Air Indoors.
You and your family can have healthier indoor air by painting interior walls and other surfaces with zero-VOC or low VOC finishes and paints. It will also reduce fumes and odors.
4. Keeps Dirt and Dust to a Minimum.
Painting interior walls and trim keeps dust at bay, especially in homes with plaster walls.
5. Hides Stains and Permanent Marks.
When permanent stains or marks are difficult to remove, painting the house inside and out will help to hide these defects.
6. Protection for Exterior Surfaces.
Keeping a good coat of quality paint on the exterior of the home will help protect it from the weather, particularly moisture from rain and snow. Painting requires less money when compared to the cost of repairing damage to your stucco, water intrusion repairs, rot, and the possibility of mold. Extreme rot can even diminish the structural integrity of your home leading to further costly issues.
7. Protection for Interior Surfaces.
Painting the interior surfaces will help to resist wear and tear and protect walls and trim from moisture. Painting the walls is a simple and cost-effective way to protect your home from damage due to rot or even mold.
8. An Inexpensive Way to Remodel.
Homeowners are discovering that painting can refresh the home for a whole new living environment. At $25 to $75 a gallon, the paint will go a long way toward creating a whole new look without extensive remodeling.
9. A Valuable Make Over.
If your home needs a bit of updating, paint can produce a quick rejuvenation for pennies compared to full-service remodeling. Use zero or low VOC quality finishes and paints, and you will save money and time overall.
10. Improved Outlook and Positive Energy for Homeowners.
Even though it is amazing to think about, changing the colors that surround you can affect your entire outlook on your home and living conditions. Colors create an ambiance and environment that affects mood, energy, and disposition. The effects of color on human beings are well known to scientists and researchers. For perception, white or light paint causes small spaces and rooms to appear larger. Bright, vibrant, and fun colors can add an element of cheerfulness to any room, including a playroom, game room, or family room. Cheerful colors such as red, yellow or orange in kitchens have even been shown to enhance the enjoyment of food and cooking.
For a relaxing bedroom or sitting room, try painting it in soft pastels of blue or green, which are colors that are associated with a calming influence.
11. Makes Your Home Look New
When guests or potential buyers see peeling, damaged, or faded paint, they get a poor first impression of your home. They may automatically think that your home is older (even if it’s not) or that it hasn't been taken care of.
You can create a great first impression simply by adding a fresh coat of paint to the interior of your home, the exterior, or both. A coat of paint can make your home seem brand new, even if it's an older home.
12. Creates an Inviting Feel
One of the keys to being a great host is to ensure your home feels warm and inviting so that your guests can feel comfortable. If your paint is peeling, stained, or even just faded, then your home won't be very inviting. A fresh coat of paint in a warm color invites guests in and makes them feel at ease, whether they're staying for two hours or two weeks.
13. Makes a Statement
As mentioned earlier, your home is a reflection of you. Most interior walls tend to be painted in generic colors, such as various shades of white, beige and gray. This is particularly true for homeowners who're looking to sell their homes soon, as they know buyers won't be turned off by neutral colors.
However, if you're not interested in selling any time soon, then you may want to use paint to make a statement. You can consider painting one or more walls in colors that suit you. For example, you might create an accent wall in your living room by painting it your favorite color, such as a warm red, bright turquoise or similar. You can then add your home décor to the walls to put on the finishing touches.
14. Makes Your Home Look Cleaner
There are some rooms that tend to get dirty over time. For example, your kitchen may have oil stains from frying food. Perhaps your mudroom has splatters of mud, dirt, and grime. If you have children, then they've likely left dirty, oily hand prints all over your home – and perhaps a few pieces of “wall art” created with crayons or markers.
You can spend hours scrubbing these stains off your walls, but not every stain is going to come out. In addition, heavy scrubbing can actually damage the paint over time, so you get left with permanent blemishes on your walls. This can make your home look dirty – even if it's not.
The solution? Put a fresh coat of paint on your walls. This instantly makes your home look fresh and cleaner as you get rid of all the oil stains, handprints, mud, dirt, and grime.
15. Keeps HOAs Happy and Saves Money
If you live in a place governed by a Homeowners Association, then you know how important it is to be in compliance with the HOA regulations. If you don't pass the regular inspections, you can be subject to fines that accumulate quickly on a weekly or monthly basis.
One way to stay in compliance with your HOA regulations is by keeping the exterior of your home looking good, and you can easily do this with a fresh coat of paint. Just be sure you choose a paint color that's accepted by your HOA guidelines.
The team at Todd Whittaker Drywall has been developing the remodeling and building visions of our customers since 1996. Our on-staff design specialists are ready to help you with your remodeling and home value improvement projects today. To receive a free estimate by one of our professionals today click here or give us a call at 623.544.1211.