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Did you know that painting your home is one of the fastest ways to update a space and can even add value to your house? There is such an incredible array of paint colors for your home out there that it’s almost shameful to shy away from painting your home just because you’re letting some long-standing myths either get in your way, or—even worse—ruining a painting job.
Here are some myths that Paul’s Precision Painting LLC see on a regular basis:
I’m selling the house, so I don’t need to paint
When you’re getting ready to sell your home, you probably have a lot on the go. The idea of painting your home might seem like just one more thing on your list that you may not necessarily need to do. However, a fresh coat of paint can not only help your home sell faster, it can also help it sell for more! Neutralizing the colors used in your home can be really beneficial for helping prospective buyers see your home for what it really is instead of focusing on the wall colors they don’t like.
Fresh paint can also help neutralize any odors in your home and give you the chance to patch any nail holes or small spots of damage.
I have to hire a professional for every job
People often hesitate about changing the paint color in their homes because they think they need to hire a pro no matter what. Painting is actually quite simple and, if the room you’re painting is of a standard size and shape, there’s no reason you can’t try it yourself. Getting used to “cutting in”, which is the process of painting a four-inch strip all around the baseboard and ceiling to roll up into, is the hardest part. Beyond that, it’s all quite simple.
If you have exceptionally high ceilings, want to use contrasted colors or statement walls, or don’t have the mobility, then we definitely recommend the ease and expertise of professionals
All edges have to be taped
Remember that “cutting in” we referred to? This is how professionals avoid taping all edges in the room. The cutting process acts as a buffer that stops you from bumping the walls with the paint roller. Taping often takes longer than the process of cutting and tape might also damage your walls or allow paint to leak underneath.
All paint is created equal
Paint prices vary wildly, and we’ll be the first to admit that some is a bit too overpriced. However, that doesn’t mean you should go for the cheapest paint out there. Middle-of-the-line paint can work just fine, just make sure you get a chance to check out how the paint works for you before buying several gallons—you can’t return custom tinted paint.
I need two coats, no matter what
If you’re using a primer on the walls and using a lighter paint color, you probably won’t need to use a second coat of paint. If you’re painting directly on drywall, or are painting with a more saturated color, a second coat will prevent any patchiness or uneven color distribution.