In this real estate market, most of us can’t afford to move. Our houses are worth less than when we bought them, putting us upside down and basically trapped. The best thing we can do is continue to pay the mortgage so that we don’t lose our home to foreclosure like so many have already done.
So moving may not be an option. But, who wants to stay in the same dull house, year after year? There’s another option – and much cheaper than remodeling or moving and taking a financial hit. That option is to paint your house!
Whether inside or outside, painting your house will do more than raise your market value – though it will do that. It will also raise your morale. Who wouldn’t want that, given the economy and job market? We all need a little boost – and a coat of paint is a relatively inexpensive way to do it.
Taking Care Of The Exterior House Painting
One of the options that costs a bit more – assuming you hire someone to do the work – is to paint the house exterior. Whether you change the color or keep it the same, getting a new coat of paint on the house is a great home improvement project.
Painting the house isn’t hard – just keep a good eye on the kids so you don’t end up with an “Oh, Were They Ever Happy!” house like in the children’s book by Peter Spier! (The book has the same name.) Yes, some people are able to do this work themselves, saving a bunch of money (but probably taking longer to finish).
Other people prefer to hire someone to do the job for them. That will cost more, but you avoid getting paint on yourself and having to climb ladders. Usually a professional painting your house will be finished faster and do a more expertise job.
The end result, whichever way you get the job done, is that the house looks fresh and new again, like it has a “new lease on life”. You may also want to clean up the yard a bit and revitalize the landscaping to finish the job, but that’s really the next step.
Look At The Inside Before House Painting
The inside of your house can also use painting. Start with just one room, and once it’s done, you can move on to another room, if you wish. That way, the job never gets too overwhelmingly out of control, and you won’t hate the painter. As each room is finished, or parts of rooms if you’re just doing trim, you can redecorate if you’d like. Your old home will feel newer with each step you take!