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Signs that Your Home Interior Needs to be Painted

Updated: Jan 31, 2023

There are times when your home is trying to tell you something. It could be that it’s too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer, so there may be a leak in the roof. Those signs are obvious as the home will be uncomfortable, and the roof needs to be repaired.




There are also signs that the walls of your home need to be repainted and they can be obvious or not so obvious. Here are the signs:


  1. The paint is flaking off. Peeling, cracking, and flaking are significant signs that you should call a residential painting service to paint those areas. We have seen this in many homes in the Central Virginia area. It shows that high-quality paint wasn’t used. Cheap paint was used and, only a few years later, it is already peeling off and looking terrible. Also, any room that is exposed to consistent humidity needs two or more coats of high-quality paint to prevent peeling and from becoming damaged.

  2. The last time it was painted was a long time ago. It may have been ten years or longer since you painted or repainted the inside of your home. The home interior walls are not exposed to the weather like your home exterior. But most experts believe you should repaint the home interior every 5-7 years. This is due to many factors and may vary. If the paint was cheap, then five years may be ideal. It also depends on the number of rooms in your home. Your corridors, hallways, doorways, etc. affect your paint. The number, size, and placement of windows are also factors as the sun and humidity will directly affect the appearance of your walls. These areas are usually the ones that need the most painting. Some other areas of your home may not need to be repainted. Instead, they may need a touchup painting every 8-10 years. So, do a close, sight inspection of your walls to determine if repainting is necessary.

  3. Damaged walls. Wear and tear are common to walls, Of course, they are used daily. The kid’s room may have holes, crayon markings, dents, etc. Hallways may have scratches, nail holes, and scuff marks. When you notice this damage, you should get the walls repaired instead of letting it get worse.

  4. You cannot stand seeing your walls in the current color. You wake up to these walls every day. You may have painted them years ago or the previous owners painted them to their satisfaction. After a while, you have concluded that the paint looks awful. Perhaps it is peeling or cracking. Perhaps, it is so out of style you are embarrassed to have people over. Becoming sick and outright embarrassed about your interior walls is a common thing I have heard from our customers. The paint may even have lead in it and is toxic. You have concluded that you want to be happy in your home and that you want to be proud of your home when people visit. If this sounds like you, then is it truly time to change the color and style of your walls? When you update your wall paint, you can get a new, stylish shade that is new and exciting.

  5. Lead-based paint. "lead-based paint" is defined as any "paint surface coating that contains lead equal to or exceeding one milligram per square centimeter (1.0 mg/cm2) or 0.5% by weight." Homes built before 1978, have lead-based paint. If your home was built before 1978 and has not been repainted, consult a certified lead-based paint inspector or risk assessor. They will inspect to determine whether your home or a portion of your home has lead-based paint and where it is located. A certified risk assessor conducts a risk assessment to see if your home has any lead hazards from lead in paint, dust, or soil. To find an inspector and risk assessor in your area, call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323).


If you can check off any of the above reasons, it’s time to repaint the interior of your home. It shouldn’t be put off, so call your home interior home painting contractor for an estimate.


If you are thinking about doing a home interior painting, call A&T Cabinet Refinishing and Interior/Exterior Painting (434) 989-7217 for a free consultation. Our professional home interior paint crew can do the project during your time and convenience.


We serve the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Culpeper County, City of Richmond, Chesterfield County, Greene County, Nelson County, City of Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, and the Central Virginia area.


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