6 Signs It's Time to Repaint Your Home's Interior
A good interior paint job can last for years, but even if it’s maintained well, it eventually wears out. Worn paint can drastically change the look of the inside of your home. To keep your home in tip-top shape, you should repaint your walls from time to time.
Repainting the interior of your home will not only improve the home's comfort but also boost its appearance. If it’s been a while since you’ve painted your home, you may want to consider a fresh coat in your indoor living spaces.
1. Trim Wear and Tear
A real estate agent once told us that we should always look at the baseboards of a house to determine how it was taken care of. If the baseboards are dingy, dirty, or not well maintained, then the rest of the house probably wasn’t either. The truth is, trim tends to be where paint fails first because of the wear and tear it sees yearly. Looking at the trim around your home right now, you might see raw edges, chips, scuffs, and a lot of dirt that can break down the protective coating.
Be sure to inspect other areas along with your baseboards, like in the kitchen and around doors where traffic is high. If your trim boards have seen better days, you have several options. You can either repaint just the trim to breathe a little life into it or repaint everything. Painting just your trim can make your walls look quite dingy in comparison.
2. Damaged Walls
Scuff marks, chips and cracks, holes, and missing paint take away from the aesthetics of a home. If multiple areas of damage exist throughout the home, the walls should be repaired. Before painting walls damaged by water, you must repair or replace the drywall. Damaged, wet drywall may lead to mold growth and additional issues if it isn't repaired promptly. Mold is dangerous and creates potential health concerns for everyone in the home. If you notice staining on the walls, remedy the problem before repainting.
3. Fading & Cracked Paint
We all know exterior paint fades, but we often don’t think the paint inside our homes is fading. The fact is, the interior paint on the walls and trim of your home will fade as well. This is especially true for rooms with south or west-facing windows that take in a lot of sunlight. Choosing lighter paint colors can be helpful to combat fading paint, but it’s not always easy to tell when your paint has faded.
If the color looks different than when you first painted, it’s likely faded. But there’s another great way to check––take some of the artwork or pictures off your wall and see if there is any discoloration on the walls. If your paint has faded, you can easily fix this with a fresh coat.
Fading may also occur due to low-quality paint, improper painting techniques, or chemical agents. Modern-day paints feature fade-resistant technology, but even they succumb to wear and tear as the years pass by.
4. Tired of that Same Old Paint
Our style preferences change over time. What we loved a few years ago may no longer appeal to us. The paint color in your home says a lot about the atmosphere in the home. If you’re tired of the current color of the interior walls, repainting will update your aesthetics.
Choose the colors and styles most flattering to your current décor and personal likes. If the color on your walls makes your home feel dark and gloomy, lighten it up. Try mixing things up if you’ve always used a single color throughout your home. Choose different colors for different rooms or use accent walls to keep things interesting.
5. Selling Your Home
Painting a house before listing it for sale is a good investment. Paint each room in the house, depersonalizing it along the way so the new family has plenty of opportunities to make their memories. The freshly painted walls increase the buyer's attraction, so your home sells faster. Increased profits when the house sells is another nice benefit of interior painting. It’s a fact that painting a home in neutral colors before placing it on the market enhances buyers' interest.
Painting is the most cost-effective way to add value to your home and make a visual change. We have had realtors say that you will break even with the most money you invest into your home, but painting is guaranteed to bring greater value and money than it costs you.
6. You Just Moved In
If you just bought a home, there’s a chance the applied paint isn’t sufficient for daily wear or may not be the color you want. A new paint job can help the home feel like yours. Even if the paint looks good, consider painting it how you want to match your preferences and décor.
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