Why Paint the Exterior of My House?


This question may be one that you have had at some point or another. "Why paint my house? If it is just cosmetic, why do should I bother with it? It seems expensive," and other such questions have circled the minds of homeowners for years. Well, the answer is that there is much more to it than simply beautifying your home. The following are a few reasons why you might consider painting your home. They are all benefits to the homeowner that is looking to sell and the homeowner that is looking to keep their home in good condition for an extended life span.

1) A Fresh Coat of Paint Will Allow You to See Any Damage Before it Gets Out of Hand

Things happen, wind storms kick up debris, rain causes mold, termites will weaken the structure, and so on and forth, and all of these things will do damage to the exterior of your home. When you prepare a home for a paint job you will get up close and personal with its exterior (or at least the person who is doing it will if you decide to pay someone to do it) and will be able to spot any problem areas that need to be dealt with.

This allows you to stop problems in their tracks before they get out of hand. If you don't ever paint your home, you will likely miss something that could be potentially detrimental to your home.

2) A Fresh Coat of Paint Will Better Protect Your Home's Exterior

Like we said before, lots of things can happen that will hurt your home and with a fresh coat of paint you can give your home a fighting chance against these forces. The paint acts as a shield, especially if it is made out of durable materials.

One example of how the paint can better protect your home's exterior is with water. A fresh coat will seal up any cracks that may have formed over the years making it harder for water to seep into your siding or walls. It will also stop water from pooling up or clinging to the walls, especially if it is an oil based paint.

Paint will also make it harder for termites to attack the wood of your home. If it is sealed from water, it will be hard for the termites to get in as well. This is not a guarantee however, it is simply an observation that it will be a bit harder for them and may deter them.

3) A Fresh Coat of Paint Will Make Your Siding Last Longer

Again, in connection with the two previous benefits, your siding will last longer. If it has a protective coating against the elements and the insects, it will last much longer than if it didn't have this layer. That means that it will save you money in the long run to paint the house regularly.

If you are worried about painting your home because of the costs, just keep in mind that the cost of having siding replaced is much more than a new coat of paint. According to some contractors, a paint job for an average sized house can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 (give or take). However, they also say that siding can cost, at minimum of $5,000 to $6,000. The good news is that siding is supposed to last up to 50 years if properly maintained so you have plenty of time to save up. 

(All of these figures are approximated and are not quotes or guarantees in any way; see https://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-much-does-siding-cost-replace.htm, and http://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/painting/paint-a-home-exterior/ for more information about this information).

4) A Fresh Coat of Paint Will Increase the Value of Your Home

Now, this is also not a guarantee, but it is certainly a widespread idea which is not too far-fetched. When it comes to the added maintenance and protection that a new coat will do for a home, the benefits can be astronomical. If you are looking to sell your home and you have kept up on the regular paintjobs, then your home will give you quite a good return on investment.

A fresh coat of paint will not only do much for the value of the home in just the maintenance factor, but also in cosmetics as well. If the home looks nicer, which it will with a fresh coat of paint, it will most likely be preserved as more valuable to a potential buyer.

5) A Fresh Coat of Paint Will Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

As we said earlier, the appearance of your home will definitely increase as it is painted. It will look nicer, it will feel more welcoming, and it will draw more people in. People, by and large, want as nice of a house as they can get their hands on. So, one of similar age, quality, and appearance will be passed over in favor of your home if it looks nicer after a new coat of paint.

6) A Fresh Coat of Paint Will Give Your Home a Fresh New Look

Whether you are planning to sell your home or not, a fresh coat of paint could be just what you need to give your home new life. With a fresh new coat of paint, your home will inherit a new vitality that will have you saying, "There's no place like home." Especially if you decide to go with a brand new color scheme. This will not only have your neighbors looking on in awe, but have you proud to call this place home.

Painting a home is a difficult task, it can be dangerous and even tricky to do. So, always contract it out to a professional. If you are looking for a dependable and reliable painter in the Boise area, contact one of our real estate agents here at the Hughes Group. With their connections and know how, they can find you an amazing painter who will make your home look marvelous.