Keep Up With Exterior Maintenance And Paint More Often
One way to save money on the exterior of your home may sound counter productive, but it’s to paint more often. Many home owners wait far too long to repaint their home and it ends up costing more because of the extensive amount of prep work needed. The scraping, sanding, caulking, priming and repairs needed to the home will far out weigh the actual cost of the painting. Not to mention you may have dryrot, mold, mildew or water damage occur because of paint failure and some portions of the house may need to be replaced. It is much easier and more economical to keep your house regularly maintained so that it needs minimum surface preparation. Exterior painting goes far beyond aesthetics, it helps protect your home.
The house siding below has been left to deteriate to the point that it’s severely cracking and peeling. This leaves the surface exposed to the harsh elements such as rain and sun. You can guarantee if the siding is in this condition then there’s probably been no maintenance in the way of caulking around any of the windows and doors. This leaves your home vulnerable to water penetration. Letting your siding get to this point will end up costing you more to deal with than if you had done several paint jobs over the years. Hours of preparation labour would be needed to prepare it for painting. The extensive amount of scraping and sanding would be far more work than the painting itself. In many cases like this some of the siding is damaged and rotten to the point of needing to be replaced.
This is another example of a house that should have been dealt with years ago. On some of the siding there’s virtually no stain left. The wood is so dried out it is starting to warp from the intense heat of the sun. It was so dry it was soaking up the stain we were applying like a sponge.
Get Portions Of Your House Exterior Painted As Needed Instead Of Waiting Until It All Needs Doing
A mistake that some homeowners make is allowing one portion of their house to suffer because the rest of it is not necessarily in need of painting. It can be more economical and make much more sense maintenance wise to paint a portion of your house when it needs it. We have many repeat customers who calls us every couple of years to paint a particular side of their house that is exposed to harsh weather such as driving rain and wind or intense sun. These areas of a house can fade and be subject to wear much quicker than other parts of the home.
There may also be times when trim work has become dingy or discoloured after a few years, but the body of the house is perfectly fine. This is often the case with lighter coloured trim work. By painting just the trim it can give a fresh new look to the entire house. The siding might be good for several more years before it needs painting.
Use Quality Paint And Do The Proper Preparation
Make sure that a high quality paint is used and that it is the correct paint for the job. If a cheap product has been applied you have wasted your money. Inferior paint will not protect the exterior of your home from the elements. The inferior finish will not hold up and will need repainting more often. It may be subject to fading or accumulating mildew or mold faster than a higher quality paint.
The highest quality paint is only as good as the surface preparation that was done prior to application. You can use the highest costing paint there is and it will fail if the proper prep was not done.
The same goes for interior painting. A low quality paint is going to mark and scuff easily. It may not stand up well to humidity in areas of the home or could accumulate mildew. If may stain easily and if you try to wash or wipe a low quality paint it may leave noticeable steaking or burnish marks.
Tips For Saving Money On Interior Painting
Schedule Painting While The House Is Empty – If possible try to schedule painting before you move into a newly purchased home. Good painting contractors can book up fast so plan ahead. If we can come into the house and paint while it is empty it can have a bearing on the cost. It’s a lot less stressful for the home owner as well if they can move into the space after all the painting has been completed.
Paint In Winter – Consider booking your interior painting in the winter months. Often this season can be slower for the painting industry and contractors may offer discounts, particular in the months of January and February.
Book Several Rooms At Once – Having a contractor come in to paint several spaces in the interior at the same time is usually more cost effective. It’s less effort and more convenient for the contractor to do several spaces as one job versus returning on multiple occasions. This saves time on setting up and bringing in supplies. Depending on the circumstances the painter may be able to work on multiple spaces at one.
Save The Painting Contractor Time – Anything done on the home owners part to allow the contractor to focus on painting will help reduce the cost. This should of course be agreed upon beforehand and written into the quote. Having to work around difficult furniture, move furniture, blinds, or other window coverings all take up time. Contractors take many factors into consideration when doing an estimate.
One Colour Versus Several Costs More– Homeowners may not realize that it can be more expensive to use several colours, it depends on the rooms and circumstances. If several spaces are being painted all in one colour the painter can calculate how much paint is needed for all those spaces combined. If there are many colours being used throughout the same house it could require several more gallons of paint. For example a room being painted a different colour that requires 1.5 gallons has to have 2 gallons purchased just for that space and the leftover doesn’t get used.
In the end you should paint in the colours you like and for what makes you happy, but it is something to keep in mind if you are on a tight budget. There’s also more costs involved in materials. Each colour requires a different brush and a different roller, tray and liner, etc. It will always be quicker to paint all in one colour in comparison to multiple colours. Time is not taking up changing out from one colour to the next. If it’s one colour being used the painter can easily transition between spaces.
Omit Painting Closets If They Don’t Need It – Unless you’ve done it yourself most people don’t realize how time consuming it is to paint a closet or pantry that has a lot of shelving or an elaborate hanging system. If it was easy to remove the shelving it would simple. In most cases this is not possible because they are mounted with drywall anchors that can’t be put back in if they are removed. Sometimes we can un-clip the metal shelving and hanging systems and take them out of the way to make it easier. This still leaves dozens of the little plastic clips that are anchored into the wall and have to be painted around.
It’s personal preference, some people do not care if the insides of the closets are painted or perhaps they are quite clean and do not need it. It’s something to think about if your trying to save costs. Let the contractor know this at the time of the quote and it can save you some money.