Paint color may be the most crucial decision you make when it comes to decorating your home, but after a while you begin to not really notice it the way you used to.
Most people chalk that up to overfamiliarity, but if the room you’re stepping into just doesn’t feel the same way it used to, the paint may have faded into a faint echo of what you chose a few years earlier.
Here’s a few more signs your paint job isn’t aging well.
- Larger holes, cracks, stains — These are all things you may think you can just paint over once they’ve been patched up, but it can be hard to come up with an exact match if the product you used has been discontinued.
- Peeling, bubbling paint — Paint is prone to both peeling and bubbling in humid areas or anywhere moisture gets trapped in the wall or ceiling. You’ll need to fix underlying factors before repainting.
- You just don’t like the color anymore — Maybe the paint hasn’t faded, but you wish it would. Or the gray walls you and everyone else loved a couple years ago now look dingy and depressing.
- If you’re going to sell — Repainting a home’s interior typically brings a 107% return on investment, better than most other improvements.
Once you do decide to repaint you may be ready to jump in and do it yourself (hopefully with some help).
Russ Byers, president of ACP Painting, LLC in Maricopa, says there are reasons to consider investing more in your home by contracting with a professional painter or firm.
“When you hire professionals like us, you won’t have to redo the job every few years,” he says. “With our expertise and the use of top-notch paints, primers, sealants and thorough preparation, you can enjoy your beautifully painted space for a decade or more.
“While it’s true that good-quality materials come at a higher cost, they also provide longevity and durability.”
He added, “It’s similar to buying a cheap car and then spending a significant amount on repairs each year. Is it still a cheap car?”