How Often Should I Repaint the Interior of My Home?


There’s no doubt about it: painting interior walls in your home can really spruce up your space. A fresh coat of paint can make any room feel brand-new and bring back the pride you take in your property. But whether you plan on painting your home interior by yourself or hiring professional painters, not everything about the painting process always feels straightforward.

We’ve been working on indoor house painting in Montgomery County, Chester County, Bucks County, and Berks County, PA, long enough that we have a list of frequently asked questions that our customers always seem to bring up. And at the very top of that list? “How often should I give my interior walls a new paint job?”

The answer is a bit more complicated than a simple interval of time. The real truth about how often you should paint your home is that it depends on a variety of factors. Here are some of the factors worth considering as you plan out home interior repainting.

Wear and Tear

As a general guideline, we recommend interior repainting every 3-5 years. That’s a pretty large span of time — and some places will need more TLC than that. One of the factors that contributes most to your painting schedule is wear and tear. High-traffic areas of your home will need repainting more frequently than your home’s basement, for example. Some places that see a lot of wear and tear include doors, trim, and baseboards. Bathroom paint can also end up aging faster due to contact with moisture. And don’t forget to touch up window trim and other places that seem “out of sight, out of mind.”

Fading & Peeling

People and objects don’t have to be touching walls constantly for the paint to wear out. Another factor worth considering is paint fading with age and exposure to sunlight and extreme temperatures. Paint can also begin peeling if it gets too old or due to moisture or temperature issues. If you spot these problems, you’re overdue for a new coat.

Paint Quality

If your paint starts fading and peeling, you know it’s time for a new paint job. However, another piece of the puzzle that you can’t forget about is paint quality. If your freshly painted kitchen walls start to fade or peel after just a few months, you may have low-quality paint on your hands (or your walls). You can avoid this by only using high-quality paint made for interior walls or booking professional painting services with a reputable company.

Selling Your Home

You can significantly increase your resale value by repainting your home’s interior with neutral colors using durable paint. Whether you’re updating your whole house or just your living room and dining room, you’d be surprised at how effectively a clean coat of paint can attract potential buyers. Even if you’ve recently repainted and your home still looks great, we recommend interior repainting right before you sell so that you can get the best price possible for your home.

Your Local Painting Pros

If you need interior painting, exterior painting, or power washing, Davis is the team to call. Our experienced painting crew will make your home shine like never before, and no job is too large or small for us to take on. From huge dining rooms to tiny bathrooms to whole-home projects, we do it all. Contact us for a free estimate and learn how YOU can refresh your home today!

For information on how to maintain your painted walls, click here.