Looking Painted

We have lived in this house since February 1990. Although we’ve updated the interior, there hasn’t been much outside maintenance necessary. The house has aluminum siding and wooden shutters. We did replace the windows and repainted the trim about 10 years ago. However it is now time to repaint the house. A little perspective on the prospect of painting.

When we bought our first home it needed to be insulated so they drilled holes in the wooden clapboard siding and blew in the insulation. Then they plugged the holes, sealed them and slapped some paint over the top. The house looked like it has measles. We bought the house for $32,000 and when we got estimates for painting they ranged from $10,000 to $15,000! We almost had apoplexy! We ended up finding an independent contractor to do it for a mere pittance of $5,500. The house was painted and looked wonderful. Fast forward from 1984 to 2020. We decided to have this house painted. We called for an estimate from the “Student Painters”. *sigh* We waited for 3 weeks for them to come out to see the house. We called again and were given an actual appointment time for the estimate. On the appointed day we waited. They called and said that they would be by at ~1:00 pm. They came. They left. They gave us an estimate – $4,550. But that was without painting the shutters or window trim. The updated estimate was more. Sparky wanted to get a second estimate. I wanted to get the house painted.

The second company promptly sent out a young man to give us an estimate. He was professional, efficient, and pleasant. The estimate for the house is $5,091 and includes the trim, soffits and shutters. They have a 2 year guarantee and all their workers are covered under workman’s compensation. There is no danger that we’ll have to file any personal injury claims with our home owner’s insurance. They also pre-power wash the house to make sure the paint goes on smoothly and doesn’t invalidate the paint warranty. I would have thought the price would have been much more allowing for inflation. Not that I’m complaining!

Because of the rainy weather we had to wait for the painting to start. The power washing has been done with only a few casualties – there was a wasps’ nest that was demolished (small moment of panic and some shouting) and a couple of birds that had decided to go into the covered gutters for a snack that got a little soaked (they were “madder than a wet hen”).  Anyway the house is being repainted in the same colors it currently wears. The young man came out and did a neat little trick and paint matched the colors we currently have. According to his little devise, our previous butterscotch will be painted “soft fawn” with the former magma trim redone in “peppercorn”. At least we won’t have any issues with the HOA since the colors are exactly same as the original! Despite numerous delays the painting is completed. They got the front of the house done (because it faces the sun and was dry). We had to rescheduled the back and north side twice due to moisture. They worked on the trim instead and had to tape it off. I took a couple before and after photos but honestly it looks exactly the same. So much so that I wasn’t sure which was which and had to look at the time stamp to tell… so no photos.

The only things left to do are the trim around the garage door and the front bay window. We are supposed to get a new garage door so we didn’t want to paint the trim. The money pit continues to siphon cash from our pockets!

74 thoughts on “Looking Painted

    1. I guess I wasn’t clear enough… our first house (1983 – 1990) was insulated and painted. We moved to this house in 1990. This is the first time it has ever been painted. I never knew you had to paint aluminum sided houses! But it was time.

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  1. Part of owning a house. Wrangler and I have decided to paint the siding on our house next summer. It’s metal siding. I think there will be a paint party. Our house has ten foot walls and is a perfect rectangle. Top is a beige color and bottom is a reddish brown. I wanted the bottom to be blue but we have metal for skirting being give to us that is the reddish brown color.

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    1. The guys who painted used a paint sprayer and it really went on smoothly and quickly. It was a party for them – they had the radio on and one guy was singing along. (I didn’t investigate but I’m pretty sure there was no beer involved! hehehe!)

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        1. I’ve been tempted in the past. Especially when I had to paint the closet doors. I did a great job but Sparky is less detail oriented so the doors he did look, well, less than optimal.

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          1. We had a leak in our roof after softball size hail went through the roof. We needed a sprayer to put up a layer of mold protection and we have used it on a lot of projects since.

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            1. Two of our neighbors had hail damage to their roofs and are getting them replaced. Sadly our roof is in really good shape considering its age. No hail damage so no insurance claim for a new roof.

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  2. HOA: we have heard a few horror stories in Florida. I hate when people can tell me how tall my fence should be or where to put things or just watch…but it sounds as if you have always lived in houses. What about condos or apartment living?

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    1. Our neighborhood has an area with condos and they are part of the HOA too. Our HOA isn’t rabid. They do prevent people from painting their homes hot pink or neon yellow. And we do have a rule about fences. The only things they are sticklers about are parking on the street and having boats/RVs/trailers stored in the yards or on the driveway. They assume that if you have enough $$ to have one that you can afford to rent a storage facility for the winter.

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      1. Interesting. We do not live in a neighborhood. It is an unincorporated area, so we don’t have HOA dues. We do have a neighbor with a boat, a fabulous motor home, a truck, and a militarized jeep. He told us he might have to look for a home with more land. I guess he can afford it but he takes good care of the property.

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        1. We have rather smaller lots – no way he could get all that in the backyard or even adding the space on the side and front! For many years we had a basketball backboard attached to the roof (against the rules) but no one ever said boo. There is a prohibition against running a business out of your home but the only person who ever ran afoul of that rule decided to increase her daycare from 8 kids to about 30! The cars were backed up and blocking everyone’s driveways in the morning and the evening. She opted to sell her house and move into the country – she eventually built a dedicated building for her business. So it worked out for the best…

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  3. OH, and I forgot his ice cream truck. He is a hardworking entrepreneur. He definitely would not be able to live comfortably with a HOA in a community but a good neighbor to have.

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        1. Yes, most of our neighbors take good care of their home. During grad school, I worked as a security guard weekends with a gated community. The irony is that the road and access is public, so I had little authority but I ran into some interesting people and situations stopping people at the gate.

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        2. I should write a blog about some of the people I ran into. ….convinced that I had no authority to stop them and ask, “where are you going?” and then there were the ones who wondered, “are you just stopping me?” Can’t imagine doing the job nowadays although it was a great part time job and helped me get through grad school.

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  4. We had this house built in 2005. I painted the whole place by myself. It needs new painting but of course now it’s cluttered with our stuff. Maybe this winter if my spouse is laid off (it’s a seasonal thing with the weather).

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    1. Hi Patti! I’ve subscribed to your blog. You had me with geocaching! We have done plenty of interior work – remodeled the kitchen and 2 bathrooms, painted and replaced the floor in the family room, not to mention the carpeting. But as with everything, I need to repaint the stairway to the basement and touch up the hall and foyer… Hope you can get your painting done without too much hassle!

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  5. Since we are married ( almost 60 years ) we lived in 2 flats an 4 houses ( and for a time another house by the beach )
    Si I can measure, Val, the efforts you had to do to maintain your houses
    Love
    michel

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    1. Hehe! Yes. That is exactly how it seems. This place is getting to the end of all the warranties – roof, driveway, garage door… nearly everything will need to be replaced eventually (sooner rather than later). Probably just in time for us to sell and move into assisted living!!!

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  6. One Of the reasons I downsized is because my house of 25 years needed a paint job inside and out. I’ve always painted internals previously but decided at 60 I wasn’t going to do it again. The quotes came in between $16K and $20k. I had the house knocked down and subdivided the land into two. Much better move all round.

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    1. Wow! That seems pretty drastic for want of some paint! Glad it worked out for you. We’re not at that point. But I’m still waiting on the quote for a new driveway…

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        1. It is always good to have a little pocket change… That’s why I’m working part time. Besides they want me and need me and it feels good to be appreciated. And I have lots and lots of publications to my credit!

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  7. Lots to chew on here… I thought a benefit of siding was not ever needing to paint. I was surprised you painted the house exactly the same colors. For that much money, I would want something different. But then you’d have to yield to the HOA’s color choices. When we browsed Zillow last summer looking for a new home, NO HOA was one of my prerequisites. I have dogs and I want a fenced yard. I also hate being told what I can and can’t do/have/plant/park on my own property. $5000 blew me away. My dad was a teacher who painted homes on the side in the summer. It was decades ago, but I remember helping him type up invoices. He did big two and three story homes with porches, dormers, unattached garages for around $700. No wonder he had so many repeat customers. 🙂

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    1. I thought that you never had to paint siding too! But the aluminum stuff after 40 years the paint kind of wears off. We have antique brick facade on the front and there aren’t too many colors that go well with it… The HOA doesn’t choose the colors but the neighborhood does require earth tones and natural colors. They will give you a nay or yea on your choices. Unless you paint the same colors then you just do it. (It has kept people from painting a house Royal Blue – they actually tried!) Your dad would have gotten my business! I wish I’d had a deal like that with our first home. Heck, I’d take that deal now!!

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      1. Our old house was brick halfway up. The top half was green when we bought it, and a few years later, we repainted it country blue. The new house is sided in dove grey and the material feels like plastic rather than metal. My dad had a knack for painting. He was neat and careful, didn’t mind the heat or climbing ladders. He listened to the radio, too, country stations, but not at party volume. Do people in your neighborhood have dogs? How would you manage that without a fenced area?

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        1. We have fences just not chain link… Our sons have vinyl siding that is like plastic. The only drawback I can see is that it cracks easily. (which we discovered when a car ran into their house!)

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    1. With all the people out of work, or back on reduced hours, folks are tackling the home projects. We wanted to get some special screws to replace a couple missing on the garage door – they were all sold out… It’s fairly easy to find exterior house painters because it is outside work and most are okay with that (both the home owner and the workers). Now, getting things repaired inside is a little trickier!

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    1. Actually it is easier. We were able to be home as they worked and could inspect as they finished each area. When they finished it took very little time to inspect and sign off on the work. The house looks the same until you examine the south side – before you could see the metal beneath the paint. Now it looks brand new! Thanks for the visit and comment!! Please come again.

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