How Often We Recommend Painting Different Areas Of Your House

This Is The Schedule People In Ann Arbor Follow To Keep Their Homes Fresh And Beautiful
Newly painted living room

Your house is your biggest investment, so it makes sense that you want to keep it looking amazing!

In this post, you can find out how long it usually takes for an area of the home to need painting. You can also find some of the main reasons the time ranges are different.

It’s Been How Long?

“Been how long since…?” asks Sarah.

“Since our home’s even seen a paintbrush,” replies Jason. Sarah’s eyebrows rise in surprise as Jason’s words sink in.

“Wow, you’re right. I can’t remember the last time…wait, it was a few years ago. Certainly longer than how often you should paint a house,” realizes Sarah.

Jason nods. “And if one part needs it, others may too, or at least aren’t far behind. We should look up how often to paint a house on Google, along with the cost to paint a house.”

“That” -says Sarah as she wiggles her phone out of her pocket- “is a great idea! Let’s go ahead and do it so we don’t forget or push it off.” Her fingers start flying over the screen.

Here’s what she discovers and shares with Jason:

How Often You Should Paint A House

Tribble team member painting a wall
  • Hallways are 2 to 4 years
  • Trim and baseboards are about every 3 years
  • Kitchens are 3 to 4 years
  • Bathrooms are 3 to 4 years
  • Living rooms are 5 to 7 years
  • Dining rooms are 5 to 7 years
  • Bedrooms are 2 to 8 years
  • Exteriors are 5 to 10 years
  • Ceilings are about every 10 years

What Mainly Changes How Often You Should Paint Your House

Spraying a home exterior

The area. How often you need to paint walls depends on the room. Areas that see more activity like hallways and kitchens need repainting more often because they get worn down more quickly. You don’t really see much action in dining rooms or on ceilings

Quality of the paint and primer. Good paint and primer can add years to your walls. Primer helps the paint stick to the walls. The better it is the stronger the paint sticks.

Quality of the paint job. Painters who do quality work create looks that last. You can trust the paint to look good for longer than painters who take shortcuts.

How often you host. This is a big one for how often you should paint a house. More people more often usually means more scuff marks from shoes, oils from hands, nicks from furniture, and more. If you host less often then these are less likely to build up as quickly.

Cleaning kid drawing off a painted wall

Kids. We love them, even when they mess up our stuff. Kids are more likely to spill, touch things, draw where they shouldn’t, and all the kid things they love doing that dirty up our wall paint.

Sunlight. Sunlight will cause paint to fade. The areas the sun hits most cause the paint to fade faster. Paint in darker areas tends not to fade as quickly.

Your trendiness. If you like being trendy you may end up painting your home more often. Trends tend to change more quickly than paint needing a refresher.

Siding type. Different types of siding, like wood and aluminum, can give paint different lifespans.

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“Now we can start scheduling this out to make sure our house stays fresh and beautiful,” smiles Jason. Sarah smiles back, saying “Let’s not stop with how often you should paint a house. We can keep on rolling and see what other posts might be useful to us.”