Jan 29 2021
Tips for Painting Your Rental Property’s Interior
One of the easiest ways to retain or improve the value of your rental property is to add a fresh coat of paint. Repainting the walls of a rental can make it look like it has never been lived-in and hence more attractive to prospective renters. Good paint also shields the home’s walls from moisture, dust, and physical impact, thereby preserving their condition.
But the way you approach the repainting of your rental matters. Things like paint color and finish go a long way to determine how often you have to repaint the home and how much you spend doing it. If you don’t fine tune your strategy for painting, you may end up doing more work and spending a lot more money than is necessary. And a situation like that is less than ideal for a rental because the asset should make you more money than it costs you.
A reasonable system for repainting your rental between tenants will result in a quicker turnover. After a tenant leaves, Paramount Management explains, you should be able to have your rental ready for showing in less than 24 hours. You should be able to do this without spending a lot of money. Here are steps you can follow to paint your rental more quickly and efficiently.
1. How often should you paint?
It would be best to repaint your rental when the paint on the walls is looking ragged. Landlords will sometimes say the law demands that they paint a rental every time a tenant moves out. But there is no such law. That is not to say you shouldn’t paint the rental every time it becomes vacant if that is what you prefer. But if you are like most landlords and would rather avoid the trouble, you can reduce the frequency of repainting by using paint that will not wear out or get dirty quickly.
2. What colors should you use?
Choose a color that most people can live with and which does not show dirt easily. Landlords often get stuck fixating on the best colors to use in a rental; this is not necessary. It happens because the owner allows their personal preferences to interfere, or they think they have to paint the home with fancy or trending colors. Using these as the basis for choosing a rental’s color is a grave mistake. It limits the pool of tenants the home appeals to and increases the landlord’s work.
The rules for choosing the best colors for your rental property are as follows:
- Do not use bright or bold colors; they don’t have mass appeal
- Do not use colors that relates to a specific group of people
- Do not use white because it is too stark and shows dirt easily
- Use lights shades of an attractive neutral color – such as grey, beige, or tan
- But the shade should also be dark enough to hide blemishes
- And if you have multiple rental properties, use the same colors for all of them
3. What is the best paint finish for a rental?
There are five types of paint finishes you can use inside a home, and each has its pros and cons.
- Flat or matte finish: It is low-sheen and conceals flaws well. But it is porous and absorbs the stain effortlessly. It is best for low-traffic areas.
- Eggshell finish: It has a soft velvety appearance that is not glossy. It tolerates cleaning and may highlight flaws and show roller marks. It is best for moderate-traffic areas.
- Satin finishes: It is shinier than eggshell and appropriate for moderate to high-traffic areas. It is tolerant to moisture but will reveal brush and roller marks.
- Semi-Gloss finish: Is durable, washable, suited to moderate/high-traffic areas, and tolerant to moisture.
- Hi-Gloss finish: It is reflective, durable, and washable. It is highly resistant to moisture and stains. It is perfect for high-use surfaces.
The absolute best finish for a rental property is semi-gloss. It combines many of the best qualities of the other finishes. Using semi-gloss in a rental means that you can wash the walls with soap and water every time a tenant moves out, and they will be good as new. That can make the difference between needing and not needing to repaint the rental.
4. Pay attention to proper paint preparation
Every time you repaint your rental, pay premium attention to surface preparation. The time and care you put into preparing a surface will determine how long the paint lasts. Most premature paint failure is due to poor surface preparation rather than the quality of wall paints.
5. Do not buy the most expensive paint
You do not need to buy the most expensive paint in the market to get the best results. The quality of the paint job is not entirely dependent on paint quality. Expensive paint will cover only slightly more surface than cheaper paint. And you will still need two coats whether you use costly or cheap ones. However, to get the best results without spending a lot, aim for moderately priced paints.
Between tenants and ready to invest in your rental property? Helix Painting of Denver is proud to offer our professional painting services to those who own both single and multiple rental properties. Contact us today to Request a Free Estimate, or visit our blog for more useful information and inspiration!
Jan 14 2021
The Best Basement Painting Tips & Tricks
The basement is often the last part of a house to get a new coat of paint. And yet, basements are an integral part of the home, often used for entertaining or as an additional living space. Making it all the more important that you paint with care! To help you bring your vision to life, we’re sharing the need-to-know basement painting tips and tricks. Including some of the best tried and true colors to paint your basement!
How to Pick a Basement Paint Color
Selecting basement wall paint is no easy feat. If you haven’t already, you’ll probably sample and swatch way more paint colors than you would care to. But we understand! When choosing colors to paint your basement, you want to complement the overall theme of the house and lend to the space. Whether it has less than ideal lighting, low ceilings, or another unique element. Without further ado, here are some of the best colors for basement painting!
Gray – Easily one of the most popular basement paint colors is gray. This color is a great option for a soothing and relaxing space, like if your basement will function
as an additional living space. The best gray paint for basements are those with cool undertones, such as blue, which are calming. In addition, go a shade darker than you would assume. Too light and you risk a vibe reminiscent of a sterile hospital setting. You might consider Agreeable Gray SW 7029 by Sherwin-Williams, one of the most popular Gray paint colors.
Blue – As mentioned, blue is a color that exudes calm. But if you punch up the saturation, then you have a color that is both cozy and dramatic. Why go wish a saturated paint color? People are quick to use light colors in a basement that lacks light. However lighter colors are only visible when light is present. So opt for a rich color like Storm or Navy, that doesn’t require light to look beautiful. If a highly saturated color scares you, create an accent wall as a test run!
Green – A color that has picked up traction in recent years is green. To be more specific, earthy greens like Sage or Moss. Note however that these are comparatively light colors. They are most suitable for spaces that already appear large and light. Like if there are ample windows or a high ceiling. Green is a homely color that lends a sense of cleanliness that is perfect for a minimalistic layout. Take a look at some of the trending shades of green paint, both light and dark, over at Benjamin Moore.
Bright White – So you want a white basement, but are worried about that sterile feel we mentioned? The trick to pulling off white is the careful and tactical use of color. White is a great choice, especially if you want a crisp vibe. We recommend combating this cleanliness with warm and inviting neutrals, like rich browns and industrial blacks. You can then add in a smattering of non-neutrals, for that vibrant and homely feel. As much as you want to avoid ‘hospital’, you should also avoid ‘hotel’.
A final note: Use color with caution! Interior designers often use a 60-30-10 rule, to prevent the use of too much color. To achieve this, 60% of the room should be the main color, 30% should be the secondary color, and 10% should consist of accent color(s).
Painting Basement Ceilings
Don’t forget to paint your basement ceiling, which is also a wall. An unfinished ceiling can make an otherwise beautiful room feel lackluster. For expansive, high or vaulted ceilings, you can’t go wrong with white. It will lend to the already present bright and airy feel, and contrast darker walls. Should you have a lower ceiling, consider black. While this may seem counterintuitive, it can actually give the illusion of height or depth. If you have an exposed ceiling, black or charcoal can also help to hide imperfections.
Choosing a Basement Paint Finish
As with any room, you need to choose the right basement wall paint. Depending on your location, your basement may be a little damp. Even if it isn’t regularly damp, it’s best that you prepare for the worst. Otherwise you risk having to repaint much sooner than you would like. For basement painting, we most often recommend a glossy finish. Glossy paint is often better at resisting both moisture and stains. Note however that glossy paint is more prone to showing off imperfections present on a wall. So for the best final product, take the time to prep and smooth every surface.
Hire a Professional
Want to achieve the basement of your dreams on the first go round? Hire a professional! Basement painting is not as easy, or as fun, as it sounds. It takes a lot of research and preparation to get the job done right. At Helix Painting we can assist you in choosing the best basement wall paint, and ensure a mess-free application process. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate, or view our photo gallery for ideas and inspiration!