Is it time to paint your house, how do you know how often you should paint the inside or outside of any home. While painting a house or condo is a great return on investment especially if you are staging it for sale,  most homeowners will want to get their homes or condos painted for personal reasons of updating their home decor and modernizing the look, or they have done renovations or repairs to their homes and need to repaint.

While there are no set rules as to how often do you need to paint the interior or exterior here are the recommendations of professional painters.


The frequency of when to paint the interior or exterior will vary due to reasons such as the wear and tear of the interior differs from the exterior.  While the interior painting frequency is mostly based on a personal choice the exterior is a little more important for maintenance reasons.

The exterior surfaces are constantly exposed to the harsh environmental elements like the frigid cold and extreme heat, along with scorching sun, snow, ice, rain and anything else mother nature throws our way, while the interior takes a beating from our normal everyday living, with scuff marks, dents and holes.

Lets break down a few other reasons and when the right time to update any interior or exterior painting should be done.

How Often Should You Paint The Interior

Painting the interior of a home, condo, apartment or residence can be a big job especially if it is done all at once.  The frequency of how often the interior needs to be painted will vary for personal reasons as well as cosmetic reasons.  Here are the recommendations from a professional painting company.

The personal reasons can range from simply wanting an updated look to the home decor and it can be as easy as changing the paint colour as it is a quick and easy way to modernize the look to any room.  While every room has its designated purpose, there are reasons to updating each at different time intervals.

The usual life expectancy of a professionally painted room can be anywhere from five to ten years, while the more lived in open concept spaces like the family room, living rooms and dining rooms, kitchens and bathrooms will require repainting at lease every three to four years.

We also recommend repainting the hallway entrance areas every three to four years as this is one area of any home that really takes the beating of every day wear and tear.  From scuff marks, to major dents the entrance makes that first impression to any home.  While a touch up may be a quick way to fix it,  of increasing the frequency of painting it will always keep it looking its best.   Bathrooms will require a refresh in the paint at least every 3 to 5 years due to it being a room with high levels of moisture and humidity causing issues with mold.

Recommendations for how often bedrooms need to be painted would be extended to every five years or more as bedrooms are not highly trafficked spaces. There will be times it will be more often required because of a desired colour update, while other times it may be due to a new addition to the family and you will want to change the look to create that perfect nursery.  Whatever the reason, bedrooms can go a lot longer before they need to be repainted than other rooms in the house.

interior painting of house or condo

Interior Painting

Apart from some of the obvious reasons like peeling paint, chipped, cracking or bubbling paint, the minor drywall imperfections like dents or holes can be just a few of the problems with paint that may arise and would require repairing and patching to ensure the best adhesion of paint by preparing the walls before repainting to make sure you get the perfect look to any room once again.

If you have recently moved in to a newly constructed home you may want to repaint after a year due to the common problems of the house shifting and settling.  This normal process of the house shifting is brought on by the wood framing of the building constricting with warm and cold temperatures and just the way the house settles into its new location.

Although the urge might be to repaint after moving in or the year after, professional painters would often recommend waiting at least 2 to 3 years, as it gives ample time for the house to settle into its forever location.  Doing soon after the house is constructed will only create the issue from re-happening and if the necessary prep-work is not done before any painting, the problem will continue to exist.  Those nail pops, cracks in the ceiling joints, and drywall joints will start to settle at about the 3 year mark after construction.

From the popular trending colours to the dark and light neutrals, todays paint products are made to last.  Specially formulated interior paints are created to be environmentally safe and long lasting and the quality is of a high standard.

Hiring a painting company to do the professional painting of the interior of your home will be a wise investment, as they will have all the necessary tools, equipment and experience to get it done faster and easier to help you move in to your home faster.

For all these reasons, painting every five to seven years is very common, and if your are looking to hire painters in Ottawa for your next interior or exterior home painting, contact us to arrange an in-home consultation.

How Often Should You Paint The Exterior

How often the exterior is painted depends on a couple of factors.  If it has been more than 10 years since the last time any of the exterior of your home was painted it would be highly recommended to ensure your exterior surfaces are free from wear and tear like the problems that arise when paint begins to peel.

It is recommended as good homeowner practice to go through your homes maintenance list every spring and fall to make sure everything is in optimal condition.

Sometimes a quick change of colour to the front door can change things up dramatically.  When you are ready to hire a painting company to paint the exterior of your home make sure you hire the right one that provides all the exterior painting services for a complete and professional look that will add curb appeal to your homes exterior and the quality work your home deserves.

exterior painting of front doors painted by PG PAINT & DESIGN Professional House Painters in Ottawa

Exterior Painting

The frequency and maintenance of how often painting the exterior of your house occurs is dependent on a couple of factors.  Every three to five years is recommended to ensure the outside surfaces are well protected from all environmental elements.  Maintaining the paint on the outside of your home will not only ensure it is always looking its best, but will also add value to the property once listed in the real estate market.

The decision as to how often should I paint is to be based on good maintenance practices and great home decor.  Research has it that painting the interior and or exterior of a house before selling it can help push the decision of the buyer in your favor.  Research also shows that our personalities are part of the physcology of colours we choose and a new paint colour creates a fresh new atmosphere.

A rough guideline to follow to painting the different types of exterior surfaces is that wood siding is recommended for repainting every three to seven years, while stucco can usually be painted every five years to keep it looking its best and aluminum siding every five years as well.

Exterior House Maintenance

As a bonus here are a few tips on how to ensure the exterior of your home is well maintained to help the paint last longer and keep your home looking its best.

Take preventative measures by spotting problems before they get out of control.  Maintaining your property with good upkeep will make the difference as to how often the major things need to be done and prevent major problems from occuring.

General maintenance consists of walking around your property at least every spring and fall to make sure there are no major issues such as water leaks, mold or rodent infestation and that all areas are properly sealed and caulked to prevent water and rodents from entering the premises and is good preventive maintenance every year.

How you prepare your home to help the new paint last is by making sure that any rotted wood is removed and replaced , all bubbling or peeling paint is scraped off before any primer paint is applied over the right type of paint finish.

Exterior painting can be a pretty overwhelming do it yourself project, that can be best left to the best painters near you.

Professional painters can recommend the right paint, estimate how much paint will be needed, offer you advice on buying paint, and what types of primer, paint finishes or sheen is best for either interior or exterior.  They will best recommend the best types of paint finish or sheen necessary for interior painting so that lighting effects do not disappoint the end result of expectation in the paint colour along with many other painting tips and advice.

If you are ready to paint the interior or exterior of your house call on the painting services of your local Ottawa painters to help refresh your home.

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This post was originally published on Sep 2, 2018 and edited on Apr 13, 2020