Almost everyone has a tip or two for decorating your home on a budget. What if you could save money on painting your home too? Painting is already one of the least expensive ways to improve your home’s appearance — inside and out. Knowing you can repaint it with minimal expenses is a good incentive for making some color changes. Here are five things to consider.
Buy More Paint
When you buy in bulk, you cut the cost of repainting your home. It is more expensive to buy 5 one-gallon cans of paint than one 5-gallon can. In fact, a 5-gallon can of paint costs about the same as 4 one-gallon cans, so you actually get an extra can for free.
Here’s something to consider: Buying in bulk will save you money only if you repaint your entire home. For just a room or two, a large can of paint is more than you need for the job. To avoid a lot of leftover paint, consider the size of your project and estimate how much paint to buy.
Buy Quality Paint
It may seem like a paradox, but buying quality paint can save you money in the long run. Quality paints are more expensive than generic brands, but they offer better coverage. Although the up-front cost is higher, you get good value because you need less paint for the job. Quality paint lasts longer too, at least in theory, so you don’t have to repaint as often.
Prime Your Walls
Many people forego primer in order to save money, but primer is important if you’re painting raw drywall, stained wood or rough surfaces. It’s a good idea to prime your walls if you’re changing their color, especially if you’re applying a light color to dark walls. Investing in primer can reduce your need for more paint later, thus cutting your overall expenses.
Use the Right Technique
Another way to save money on painting your home is to use the right technique. Whether you hire a professional team or do it yourself, the best painters know how to apply paint. Inexperienced painters tend to squeeze all the paint out of a brush or roller. However, applying thicker layers with a lighter touch will save paint and look more professional.
Use Equipment Sense
Finally, consider the time it will take to complete the job and use some equipment sense. A large paint job will take some time to complete. Wrapping paint brushes and rollers in plastic and storing them properly can help you avoid cleaning them every day. This simple step can save you time and money since no paint is wasted through washing and rinsing.
Repainting your home is a good way to make improvements in a visible cost-effective way. New paint protects your home from the elements, gives it curb appeal and enhances its market value. Moreover, fresh paint can help you see your home with a fresh, new perspective.