4 Tips for Painting Your Rental Property

August 19, 2020
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4 Tips for Painting Your Rental Property

Landlords are continually struggling to balance the costs of maintaining their rental properties with the maintenance needs of their tenants. One of the most common tasks that landlords face is to decide when and how to paint a rental home between leases. Maximizing income and having the property leased most of the time is key to the decision. When you set out to paint your rental home here are a few things to remember.

Choose the right color

Choosing the right paint color can be tough – you need to pick something that appeals to everyone without looking too dull. You should avoid bright colors like pink, green, and camouflage. Instead, prefer colors that have a mass appeal like grey, tan beige, and off white.

You simply need to select a light shade of an attractive neutral hue. After you've done painting the walls that color, pick a white shade (nothing too bright) to paint the trim and voila – your new paint will help people imagine living happily in their rented house!

Type of paint to use

You have to decide, as with everything you do in your rental house, whether you are going to pay for the costly stuff or choose a low-cost alternative that will simply cover the walls. In fact, you probably don't want to spend much on fancy paint for your rental home because you can't foresee what sort of damage might occur. 

At the very least, you must plan to prime your walls to cover up any bad smells of previous tenants, along with any stains. Then pick a moderately priced paint with a semi-gloss finish, in a lighter neutral shade. This is important because bold colors scare off a lot of people, while plain white is too bland to really display your home's personality, particularly if you don't want tenants to paint themselves. The semi-gloss finish is the longest-lasting option for the home rental because it is easier to clean and resists stains and scuffs.


Prepare your room before you paint

You'll want to mask walls, windows and floors before you paint a room, to avoid getting the paint anywhere it's not supposed to be. Below are a few tips to help you mask a room appropriately:

  • Use a blue painter tape to mask the wall trim when painting walls. The tape should be put directly on the edge of the trim so that the paint will not be on the wall.
  • Use drop cloths to cover your carpet while painting.
  • Cover window edges and door hardware by applying masking tape over it.

Choose the right painting tools

Take a look at the paint section of any home improvement store, and you'll notice a wide range of tools you can use to paint.

It can be a little daunting, but don't worry – we're going to help you find out what you need.

Rollers – If you paint a large, flat area, you'll want to use a roller. This device will help you get the painting done really quickly. When you want to use a roller you would also need to buy a tray to carry the paint.

Brushes – You'll want to buy an angled paint brush if you are painting trim or touching up tight areas. Note a smaller brush would allow more detailed work.

If you still have questions about painting your home or would like help finding a painting contractor to paint for you, feel free to contact the Reputable Residential Painting Contractor in CT

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