Until I bought my first house, I never thought much about wall colors. I had friends and roommates that were constantly talking about what color they would paint their house when they bought one. I recently had to repaint my rental home and realized that I kept forgetting what paint color I liked, and didn’t really know what would be best. So I did a little research and this is what I found. What is the best paint for landlords?
First, there are a lot of things to consider so don’t just take in to account what I have personally found. You could have a completely different take on paint and what will make your rental property look the best. This is just my opinion and what I found.
Best Brand of Paint
I’m sure all of you, like me, have stood in the isle of home depot staring at all the colors and brands, not knowing why one is $20 and one is $50, especially when they look exactly the same. Most of my friends had brands that they absolutely lived and died for. Others went by price. After talking to my many, many, MANY crafty friends, I found out that with the exception of one brand, all the paints they used took only two coats to cover, no matter what brand or cost. So I came to the conclusion, if the expensive stuff takes two coats, and the cheap stuff takes two coats, guess which one I’m going with? Especially when you have a rental and will have to repaint more often then normal.
You might wonder about the durability of the paint. With rentals, you are usually painting every few years so the durability does not matter as much to me. Remember, this is for landlords with rentals! You will want to do research on more durable paint if you are planning on painting your long term home.
What Does Sheen Mean?
I had no idea what kind of “sheen” I wanted. I knew “sheen” meant shiny, but that’s about it. Do I want glimmering walls or just flat? First off, what kinds of sheens are there?
- Flat (no shine)
- Eggshell (a little shine)
- Satin (some shine)
- Semi-gloss (quite a bit of shine)
- Gloss (shimmery shiny!)
After talking with friends, they told me satin and semi-gloss show the least amount of dirt. They are also easier to clean. I have small children and see them wipe their little hands up and down my walls constantly, and the same goes for rentals. There always seems to be a layer of dirt that doesn’t want to come off. Instead of having to repaint every year, it was recommended to use Semi-gloss that can be easily wiped down and last longer. Do the trim, walls, ceiling, all the same color so you don’t have to spend as much money and you know exactly what to get.
Best Color To Use
A friend of mine that owns several rentals gave me a great piece of advice: pick a color you like (white, slightly off white) and stick with it. As in, pick the brand, pick the name, and use it every single time you repaint. You will always know which one you’re getting and it will always match.
Again, this is just my opinion on the best paint for landlords. You want to have a beautiful rental ready to go and keep it looking nice so it can continue to bring in money for you. Let us help you find the perfect investment property today! (702) 685-6531