The sentiment that there is no place like home rings a bell as I write this post.

With stressful deadlines and long, exhausting work times, there’s  nothing like going back home to unwind and relax. A well-maintained space that looks and feels good can be just the right thing to lift your spirits after a long day at work.

This is where a high-quality paint job can make your home feel warm and welcoming. If you are contemplating a new paint job and are unsure about signs of wear, here are a few signs that mean your home needs a touch-up.

Remember, even a professional paint job needs a little pick-me-up now and then 🙂

Peeling paint

This is a hard one to miss and is the biggest sign that your home needs some TLC. 

Not only is peeling paint an eyesore for any homeowner but it also puts your sanctuary at risk of collecting moisture that can lead to mold and dry rot.

Sounds nasty, doesn’t it? 🙂

Any expert will tell you that the reason behind paint peeling is poor adhesion and if it’s neglected, this can lead to further damages in your home. If you notice big cracks in the paint, it might already be too late.

Keep an eye on hairline cracks and blisters in paint, and give your home a quick touch-up as soon as you notice these tell-tale signs. 

Fading paintwork

Fading happens gradually and may not be all that noticeable at first; areas of your home that are exposed to long hours in the sun are most likely to start fading quicker than the rest. 

Does a once bright, fresh-looking home now look a little pale and dull? If so, your space may need a new coat of paint.

When opting for paint colors, a quick pro tip is to go for lighter shades because they fade much slower. 

Cracked caulk 

Caulk is usually placed on window trimmings, on the edges of siding, or any baseboards in your home to give a more professional and uniform look.

While it may not seem as bad as other signs, cracked caulk can ruin the clean and well-kept look of your home. Over time, caulk may lose its elasticity and may start to crack up, ruining the smooth look of your paint job.

To discover cracked caulk, make sure you inspect your home once in a while and look for brittle-forming caulks. If you notice it, it’s time to repaint.

Gaps and shrinkage in the siding 

Paint maintenance is crucial when it comes to protecting wood siding from shrinkage. 

Take it from an expert—shrinkage in your siding is a sign that your walls are absorbing and retaining moisture that can lead to mildew and eventually wood rot. Look for gaps in your wood; this might also mean that you need repairs to your siding to prevent further damage 🙂

Visible damage in stucco 

The benefits of having top-notch stucco can’t be denied; its thermoregulating properties are ideal in dealing with unpredictable climate changes.

While a house entirely of stucco is a thing of beauty, nothing says time for a fresh new coat of paint than a damaged stucco! Stucco damage can happen in the form of water seepage, mold or staining, and should never be ignored; it can weaken the structural integrity of your home!

Make your home the most bodacious one on the block

If you’ve spotted the above-mentioned signs, the best course of action is to get a professional opinion on what you can do to resolve them—don’t settle for anything but the best when it comes to creating your ultimate happy place!

If you decide that your house needs a new paint job, here’s a friendly tip—consider eco-friendly exterior paint

Good luck! 🙂