Exterior Painting: Good Investment or Waste of Money?
Are you contemplating painting the exterior of the house because you think it will help make a quick sale? Here’s some advice from Cosmato, associate broker for Century 21 Real Estate: “Just don’t do it."
Why not? According to him, the most cost efficient way to handle any cosmetic or other problem areas on the exterior of the house is to address them by degree of distress. For instance, if mold or algae are present, but the rest of the finish is good, selective steam cleaning of the trouble spots may cost one-tenth of the expense of a complete paint job, and simply painting all the entrance doors may be all that is needed.
If you think about it for a minute, what part of most houses gets the most wear and tear? The doors are in use constantly and become battered, covered with smudges, and unsightly. A quick touch-up here give homes a more marketable appearance easily and inexpensively.
Why shouldn't you use white for the exterior paint color? According to Cosmato, “A totally white house looks like another me-too home. A little touch of color, like a neutral tan or beige adds a little character of its own to any home.