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Does My House Need a Paint Job?

Does My House Need a Paint Job?

If you are asking yourself whether your house needs to be repainted, chances are that it does. While it may be true of human nature that we tend to put off maintenance and repair projects until they become absolutely necessary, procrastinating on a paint job usually costs you more money in the long run. If you see signs of peeling paint, faded color, or cracked/missing caulk, these are all signs that your home is ready for a paint job.

Why Now...Can't It Wait Another Year?

Your home’s exterior paint is the first line of defense against nature. Failing paint or caulk can lead to water infiltration, wood rot, and insect infestation. If your house has peeling paint or cracked (missing) caulk, you definitely don’t want to wait. Rot repairs can be inconvenient and costly.

Now is a great time to get it done. On the OBX, contractors' schedules start to open up in May and June as the tourist season begins. Typically, you can get the work done at a lower cost during the summer.

Other Considerations:

Color: Maybe it's time to change colors. If you’re looking for a dramatic change, nothing can affect the appearance of your home quite like a fresh paint job with new colors. Maybe your house doesn’t match the surrounding homes on your street – or even the colors of its natural surroundings. A color change can have a dramatic impact on how you see your home.

Curb Appeal and Home Value: Curb appeal is crucial if you are trying to sell your home. When a prospective buyer is looking at comparable properties, how does your house compare? A fresh coat of paint can make your house look newer and nicer than its competitors. Studies have shown that a fresh coat of paint can actually increase the value of your home. A nice, clean paint job can also complement your home’s features while making undesirable features less noticeable. The right paint color and sheen can make a dark house appear lighter or a small room look more spacious.

Identify Necessary Repairs and Hidden Damage: Wood rot and insect damage are often hidden to the naked eye. When a house is prepped for exterior painting, the first thing we do is pressure wash. Next, we scrape and sand peeling paint and inspect all caulk. During the preparation stage, it’s not uncommon for us to find rotten trim and siding, or even termite damage. These problems, if left unabated, can be extremely time-consuming and expensive to repair.

Cost: Painting is one of the most cost-effective improvements you can make to your home, but maybe it's just not in the budget this year. If your house has areas of concern (e.g. maybe the east side of the house is showing signs of excess weathering, but the other sides still look OK) you can always paint one or two sides of the house and leave the other sides for the time being. We can take a sample and match it at the paint store. See our blog post on color matching.


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Why Customers Choose Beach Painting

  • Expertise - we have the experience and versatility to take on the most demanding painting and residential construction projects.
  • Integrity - we only use the highest grade materials and take the time to do the job correctly.
  • Dependability - our employees are directly employed (not subcontractors) and covered under our liability and workers' compensation policies.
  • Professionalism - we carefully measure all components of the work and provide a detailed scope in our estimates and proposals.
  • Longevity - with over 20 years of steady growth, we have become the largest full-service painting contractor on the Outer Banks.
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