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5 Reasons to Repaint Your Home: House Makeover

woman painting wallWhy Should I Repaint My House?

One of the maintenance tasks you need to do in your house is repainting it. Repainting can be done in specific portions of your house or it can be done in one go. Any new thing you do to improve your house makes it more inviting to come home to. Repainting your house gives a different feel to it.

There are many reasons why you need to repaint your house. Here are some of them:

#1: Increases the Value of Your House

When you repaint your house, you give it an improved look. This, in turn, makes it attractive and more vibrant. This new appearance will increase the real estate value of your house. If you plan to sell it anytime soon, repainting it will give you higher returns. In a fluctuating economy, you need to have assets with increasing value over time. One of them is your house and when it is repainted, the value added to your property is greater.

#2: Hides Problem Stains

Weather change and other factors such as the age of your house can bring about permanent marks to your house. Certain stains just won’t go away and this can appear as annoying patches in your walls. By repainting your house, you will be able to cover those stubborn stains and make it look that it was never there at all!

#3: Minimizes Dust and Dirt

If your home has plaster walls, then repainting it on a regular basis will protect it from dust and dirt accumulation. Paint specifically keeps plaster walls in check. If you have harder interior walls, you need to use high-quality paint. Repainting your house also allows for healthier indoor air quality as it reduces fumes and odors that have been accumulated over time.

#4: Surface Protection

Repainting your house should cover both interior and exterior surfaces. Interior surfaces crack due to the usual wear and tear. Painting your interior walls will prevent this from happening. It will also protect your surfaces from the harmful effects of moisture. The exterior surfaces of your house are prone to damage due to extreme weather during the winter and rainy season. The scorching heat of summer also affects the exterior walls so repainting is indeed a perennial maintenance for your house.

#5: Quickest and Cheapest Way to Remodel

Remodeling your house costs a fortune. It is not the most practical thing to do at this time in the current economy. However, if you want to revamp the look of your house in the easiest, fastest, and cheapest way then go for repainting. One gallon of paint will go a long way compared to the construction costs that you will incur in your house remodeling. Compare your remodeling and repainting costs so you can clearly see the big picture. You can use some of your savings to buy high-quality paint and hiring a professional painter who will do the work for you.

paint coloursSo How Do I  Start Repainting My Home?

First, you need to prepare your interior and exterior walls. This includes cleaning, scraping, sanding, taping, and priming. For tough stains, you can clean your walls using a degreaser. Degreasers remove greasy and grimy marks on your surfaces. Sanding is done to make your walls smooth. You need to use fine-grit sandpaper to level the surfaces properly. When you’re priming, make sure you use tinted primers. Experts go for tinted ones instead of white because it covers the previous paint better. The color of your tinted primer should be close to the final paint of your house. Taping can be tricky because the paint bleeds through sometimes. To avoid this, use blue painter’s tape instead of masking tape. You can leave the painter’s tape for days and still remove it easily without leaving any sticky residue. If the surfaces are not prepared well, the end result will not be even close to what you envision it to be. The prep time may take a while but it’s worth all the effort once you see the final result.

Second, when you are already in the process of painting your house you need to use other materials that will help you give the perfect finish you want. Paint extenders or paint conditioners will remove the brush marks on the surfaces you painted on. It levels the paint which removes brush strokes completely. Use canvas drop cloths for paint drippings. Other types of cloth will seep through your flooring. Experts use canvas drop cloths because it is primarily absorbent. It is not slippery, too. Large spills will still bleed through but usual drippings won’t. Use huge containers for paint mixtures. Consistency is often the problem when painting your house. Your first mix of mustard yellow may not be the same as the next. To be sure that you remain consistent, mix your paint in a huge container (around five gallons or so) and use it as you repaint your house.

The ideal frequency for repainting your house is every five years. By making it a regular maintenance treatment for your house, you will sustain the quality of your interiors and exteriors. It is always good to consult painters about the best kind of paint for your house. If you have the means, hire a professional painter to do the work for you. Skilled painters would know how to properly prep your house before proceeding to the actual painting.

If you’re on a budget, you can also do a repainting yourself.  The best way to do this is to start small. Begin repainting small areas instead of overworking yourself with a complete repainting of your house in one go. Experts usually take it one wall at a time. It also gives them the allowance to look at the previous wall when it dries and see if it needs more coating. You can also ask someone to partner with you in this task. If there’s another person helping you, you can easily get the job done.

Repainting your abode can be a fun activity to do. Once you see your own masterpiece, it will give you more reasons to stay at home and invite people to come over. There is a lot of nitty-gritty stuff involved in repainting. Nonetheless, if you plan ahead, read up, and ask the pros, you will be able to accomplish the repainting of your house successfully. It would even be great to make this activity a family thing so that your kids and spouse will also have that sense of fulfillment that their efforts contributed to the beautiful appearance of your home.

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