Why, on those HGTV shows that I can’t stop myself from watching, do the hosts always say, “Oh, you don’t like the paint color? That’s an easy fix.” Every real estate agent I’ve used says the same thing.
Sorry, but painting is not an easy fix! If you do it yourself, you need a couple of days per room, plus the cost of supplies which is not insignificant. You can’t paint a little bit here and a little bit there. You need to have big blocks of time, so, if you’re like us, you’ll have to hire it out. If you do, it is close to $1000 per room (at least that’s the big city price), and you still have quite a bit of inconvenience.
I got three quotes to paint the entire interior of our house including all doors and trim, and two of them were higher than the cost of replacing all the windows in the house. Can you imagine that? Something just seems off here. Luckily, I think I found a guy who will do it for just a bit over half that. He was recommended by someone I trust, so as long as I watch him and his crew like a hawk, I’m hoping it will be ok. There’s nothing more disturbing than a bad paint job. We’ve been living with what one painter called “the worst touch up job I have ever seen” for a year now.
Tip: When buying a house, if the paint is in bad shape, ask the seller for a credit of about $1,000 per big room (don’t count bathrooms and hallways – just bedrooms, living room, kitchen, etc.). And if they won’t give it to you and you still want the house, make sure you have that much to spend.
And don’t trust HGTV!