If you feel your home or office has lost its sparkle, maybe it’s time to get it back with a fresh coat of paint. New paint is a fast, simple way to give your property a facelift without breaking the bank or taking on a major overhaul. With new paint and finishes, it’s easy to change the look of your interior and exterior surroundings with a minimal amount of effort.
Paint will be your next-biggest cost, at anywhere from $20 to $70 or more per gallon, depending on the sheen, the grade you’ve chosen and any special features. Some paints, for instance, are mold resistant. Others suppress smells or require fewer coats. Some have a lifetime warranty. Paints with warranties, however, may not be worth a higher price. In Consumer Reports tests approximating nine years of wear, only a few exterior paints and stains with lifetime warranties held up well. But “you’ll grow tired of the color long before a good-quality paint wears out,” Bancroft says.