Most people have a favorite color or colors, but when it comes to painting your rental property, forget about what you like. Color is very subjective, like beauty or art, and what one person loves, another may cringe when they see it.
If you think color doesn’t matter, think again. Colors send signals to our brains, affecting mood, emotion, and behavior. As a landlord, it’s a good decision to use more neutral colors, avoiding the bolder, brighter hues.
That doesn’t mean you should paint everything white. You need to provide contrast. Tones of tan, cream and gray are usually safe choices for rental properties. But be careful with gray; it can be a tricky color because there are so many different versions of it. Darker neutral color are good accents for doors, accent walls, and baseboards.
Paint that is washable with a medium gloss is better for not showing marks or smudges. Also, because it is easier to clean, it’s less trouble when you have new tenants arrive.
Choose a quality paint and you’ll get better results even if it costs a bit more. Good coverage is important and even the better paints sometimes require two coats. Quality paint will keep your maintenance expenses in line.
Painting your rental property and the upkeep that goes with it is only a small part of a landlord’s responsibilities. The job can be stressful when you are vetting tenants, promoting your property, collecting rent, drafting contracts, and more. That’s why connecting with a reliable professional property management team can make all the difference.
Cousin James Management knows all the ins and outs of property management, both residential and commercial. Your rental property is an investment you want to protect and develop. Why do it alone, when you have the expertise available to make it more enjoyable and less stressful?
Contact us and we can discuss what you need and how we can help you with the tough jobs so you can enjoy the rewards.