When Is Best Time to Paint A Home


When Is Best Time to Paint A Home

Many often ask when is the best time to paint a home. Well, first determine whether interior or exterior. We’ll speak of interior for now, as exterior painting normally centers around temperatures.
Here is a list best times painting interiors, not listed in importance, as each person’s home may have different priorities.

Best Times to Paint an Interior


Best times to paint an interior generally involves convenience, as surface temperatures are not an issue. Below, are points we’ve seen over the years as a painting contractor, with many different instances, or examples for you.

New Family Member

Paint before adding an addition to the family, either a new born or relative. Important using new Green Eco Friendly paint, which has low to no V.O.C’s (volatile odor content) which typically is the ammonia even in water borne latex paints, which can linger for up to 3 years. However, as weeks go by, we get accustomed to the smell.

Before Flooring

Best to paint before replacing flooring. It’s cheaper hiring a paint contractor if they paint without having to mask carpet, so if replacing, paint just before new carpet delivery. Easier to paint yourself, without having to mask it as well. Can paint all the way down past carpet, as this can be pulled up away from baseboards, making much concise and thorough job. However, different flooring may require painting after new flooring is installed, such as wood. Much more discussion can be found at ”Do I Install Flooring or Paint First”.

After Purchasing, or Before Selling Home

Paint after purchasing or before selling home When purchasing, home is ordinarily empty, making painting whether hiring a contractor, or doing yourself, less expensive. Painting before moving in, you’ll get to enjoy the paint job for many years to come. Painting before/after moving, will add value keeping up curb appeal even inside.

Paint Before New Furniture

Paint before adding new furniture Paint a room before adding new furniture, and after moving out the old. This is also a good time to vacuum in places you may only get to every 6 months. Painting an empty room makes the ease work flow so much easier. Not having to cover anything, having to walk around.

Best Times to Paint an Exterior


Painting Exteriors a few above overlap, but will mention others to complete this area of thought.

After Pressure Washing

Order of business painting exteriors is Pressure Cleaning. Pressure Cleaning or sometimes referred to as Power Washing with high pressure washer using outside facet, cleans dirt and debris that is normally not seen by the naked eye. Exterior surfaces act as a magnet to dust and airborne material in the air just as a air filter is to a car. Not trying to peel the paint off with washer, it is used to clean dirt and debris. Further paint removal is accomplished by hand scraping a day or two after cleaning has taken place.

Temperature Related

Best time to paint exteriors is temperature related, hot or cold. After preparation is accomplished, start painting in the morning time, as it generally warms up throughout the day, allowing to dry properly. Best temps. are any thing above 40 degrees. Painting homes siding too cold, not allowing latex paint to dry properly can see some obvious failures rather quickly. Large bubbles, blistering, peeling ensues.

Personalizing Your Home

Best time to paint exteriors is after purchasing home to get your own personal footprint on property, or just before selling property, keeping value up to current market value. Tends to be a misnomer as it adds value. Yes, it will add value if exterior is in desperate need, but not add value over market value, just what it should normally be valued.

When Actually Needed

Best time to paint exteriors is when it actually needs it! Peeling paint is the first clue, but showing blotches or oil spots on siding is another, as paint has dried out enough not protecting any longer. Paint is like a vinyl coating, longer warranties have longer duration of elasticity which gives the paint ability to stretch as the home moves the slightest. Yes, you can wait an additional year, but not recommended as wood can deteriorate unprotected in a years time. Different extreme weather elements can cause boards to curl, rot, and split if not protected with a elastic paint coating.


  1. May 4, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Hi, interesting post. I have been thinking about this issue,so thanks for posting. I’ll definitely be coming back to your site.

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