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  • Tips for Painting Your Rental Property’s Interior

    Tips for Painting Your Rental Property’s Interior

     

    living room with blue sofa and blue area rugOne 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!

  • The Best Basement Painting Tips & Tricks

    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

    basement painted light colors

    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!

  • Prioritizing Rooms to Paint in Your House

    Painting your home is the easiest way to make it feel fresh and new again. If painting multiple rooms in your house isn’t convenient or is not within your budget, asking a few key questions can help you prioritize which rooms to paint first.

    The first question we ask customers is why they are painting.

    • Are you painting to prepare your house for resale? If so, we will likely guide you towards focusing on key common areas (kitchen and living room) and the master suite. Paint is often a great way to make an older bathroom feel more inviting.
    • Painting before moving into your new home? In this scenario, we would suggest painting the areas where the paint color is most offensive to you or areas that feel dirty/worn. Closets are often a space that feels worn and is relatively inexpensive to paint. Plus, it is much easier to paint a closet before you have filled it with your stuff.

    We also consider the following:

    • Does the area get a lot of foot traffic? Are the walls and trim damaged? Some simple prep work on damaged walls and trim, along with new paint, will greatly improve the look.
    • Do the colors fit your style? Dated colors make a space feel old. Updating to colors that fit your style is the cheapest way to renovate a home. Check out our blog post to see how different colors can change the feel of a room.
    • Do the baseboards look dirty? While some Simple Green and a washcloth can do a lot for your baseboards, some times a fresh coat of paint is needed to get a truly clean look.

    Answering these questions can be a helpful tool to determine which areas need painting first. If you have additional questions, please feel free to email us at info@helixpainting.com.

    Whether painting just your kitchen and living room or painting your whole house, at Helix Painting we aim to make the project as easy and painless as possible. We pride ourselves on superior quality and customer service, so you can focus on enjoying your home.

    Call 720-445-9856 or click here to schedule a FREE estimate today!

  • Deck Staining and Fence Staining Give Your Outdoors a Fresh Feel

    Deck staining and fence staining is one of the easiest ways to freshen your outdoors for Spring. When deciding to stain your deck or fence, there are some important considerations.

    When do I need to Re-stain my deck or fence?

    If you live in an area like Denver, the combination of lots of sunshine, snow and, of course, hail, lead to some pretty tough conditions for the exterior parts of your home. Most homes need their exteriors painted  at least every 5-7 years.  Some stained surfaces can even need to be re-stained every 2 years. Decks and fences are no exception. If your stain has worn away, the wood on your deck or fence is exposed to moisture intrusion and likely to begin rotting. A water test is the easiest way to see if your deck or fence need re-staining or sealing. Sprinkle water on the deck. If the water beads up or stands on the deck, youbefore and after picture of a fence staining projectr deck is protected from moisture absorption.  If it soaks in immediately, the deck needs to be treated. In this scenario, it is time to re-stain your deck or fence.

    Who will do the job?

    Are you planning to hire someone to complete the work or are you planning to complete it yourself? While there is always the allure of doing it yourself to save money, this is one DIY project that can often be tougher than you think. Cleaning and sanding the surfaces before staining is much more time consuming than people expect. Cutting corners or not using the proper preparation techniques is the most common reason for deck stains and sealers to fail. If you decide to DIY this project, do not skimp out on this part of the process. You can learn more about deck staining from Sherwin Williams or your favorite paint company. If you decide to hire someone to do the work, be sure to discuss how they will prepare the surfaces beforehand. Many companies will not warranty work done on horizontal surfaces (due to the potential for water to puddle on horizontal surfaces), so it is important to make sure the job is done right the first time.

    When is the best time to Stain a Deck or Fence?

    Decks and fences need to be stained when the weather is warm and dry. Most stains are best applied when the temperature is between 50 and 90 degrees. Additionally, it is best if you have a window of a few dry days for this project. You’ll need to have prep done on one day and staining on the following day. Ideally, it would be best to not have rain for 24 hours after a staining to allow for the paint to properly dry.

    What kind of stain should I use?

    Choosing the wrong stain could result in a final product that disappoints. The type of stain you choose depends on the appearance and durability you want to achieve. It should also be influenced by the condition of your current wood. If your wood has hail damage or major variations in color, a clearer stain will show these imperfections more than a solid stain. The main stain types are:

    • Clear – Clear stain shows the natural wood grain best, but offers the least UV protection.
    • Toners – Toners provide a light color that highlights wood grain and provides good durability.
    • Semi-Transparent Stains – Semi-transparent stains provide very good durability and add a rich, pigmented color, but still allow the natural wood grain to show through.
    • Solid Color Stains – Solid color stains help cover up wood blemishes or unsightly grain and offer maximum durability.

     

    Now that you know a bit more about deck staining and fence staining, it is time to get outside and test your wood decks and fences. If they are absorbing moisture or looking worn, it is time to prioritize this project. You can learn more about Helix Painting’s deck staining and fence staining services on our website. You can also book a free estimate online or call us at 720-445-9856.

  • Interior Painting: Why you should consider interior painting in winter

    Why you should consider interior painting in winter

    Why is it best to consider interior painting in winter? Interior painting is often seen as a spring and summer activity. After all, not many people are thinking about home improvement when they are busy shoveling snow off their sidewalk. While spring and summer are certainly the best times for exterior painting, the winter can be a great time to give your home a new feel through painting its interior. There are several great reasons to consider interior painting in winter:

    Great interior painting deals can be found in the winter

    Painters generally work on both home interiors and exteriors. Since colder temperatures and shorter days make it difficult to paint in the winter, exterior painting is generally packed into the spring and summer. (You can learn more about the challenges of painting in the winter in our recent blog.) This means there is more supply of painters for that interior job in the winter than there is in the summer. Greater supply means a better price for you.

    Projects can be completed sooner

    During the busy summer season, painters’ schedules book out weeks and months in advance. Additionally, painters are focused on painting exteriors when the weather is good and will push off interior jobs for rainy days. Complete your interior painting project in the winter and you are sure to be your painter’s top priority.

    Your Paint Will Dry Faster

    Your paint job will dry noticeably faster in the winter rather than in the spring or summer. Warm, summer weather typically results in greater humidity and increases paints’ drying time. They cold, dry winter air that isn’t great for your skin is great for paint. It allows for your paint to dry quicker than it would on a summer day.

    Schedule Your Free Painting Estimate Today

    Take advantage of the slower winter painting season! Give your home a new, fresh look in less time and with less money. Book your FREE estimate on our website or call 720-445-9856 now. Mention this blog to receive a free color consultation. At Helix Painting, we pride ourselves on 100% customer satisfaction with great quality and service at a reasonable price.

    Get some inspiration for that interior painting project from our Pinterest board