If I remember correctly, the first painting of our house in the Philippines wasn’t completed until November of 2006. I think it was only about a week before we moved into the house. I don’t remember the exact color of the exterior walls – it was supposed to be close to taupe, but it ended up looking pink after a couple of summers. The trim around the windows, as well as the underside of the roof, was white. The interior walls were all painted in an off-white color, called “dirty white”. It doesn’t matter now – the exterior was repainted in 2011 and probably needs to be repainted again.
How Often should you Paint your House?
It depends on two things: Desire and need. Most people want to repaint their houses before they need to. In my case, I need to repaint my house in the Philippines more often than I want to. The “need” factor depends mostly on the weather.
My previous house, in Phoenix, Arizona, didn’t need to be repainted until I was ready to sell it. That was around 12 years. The weather in that area is dry most of the time, with sunshine way more often than not. Sure, the exterior paint faded, but so did the paint on all the neighboring houses in our subdivision.
The Philippines has almost the complete opposite weather with a couple of added bonuses: Torrential rains and tropical cyclones every year. The exterior of my house there looked like it needed to be repainted after only two years.
The only interior room that’s been repainted is the master bedroom. That’s where I spent most of my time and for some reason, the walls got progressively dirtier every month. The original paint wasn’t any good (I blame the contractor). When it was repainted, it was only one coat. It looks dirty again and I haven’t been there for months.
It’s Time to Repaint Again
In 2011, we repainted the exterior in medium brown, using maroon for the trim and anything metal. Patches of paint have peeled off, but I think we can get away with just painting those specific areas. That’s if, of course, we can get the new paint to match the old.
We’ll definitely be repainting the master bedroom again. This time, one of my in-laws (the one I trust) will be taking care of it before my wife and I return to the Philippines (planned for November, 2014). I also want some other interior walls repainted because of peeling and bubbling – mainly a wall in the stairwell. We’re repainting in gloss white, so entire walls will have to be repainted to cover the “dirty white”.
We’re paying for everything, of course. Luckily, the labor cost is minimal since it’s all being done by in-laws. The best part is that it’s supposed to be done before we get there. If it isn’t, well, I still have some money sitting in a bank account that I can’t touch until I return.