Std Colors and materials (by TEX [TX]) Oct 11, 2017 11:29 AM|
Std Colors and materials (by Plenty [MO]) Oct 11, 2017 12:20 PM
Std Colors and materials (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Oct 11, 2017 1:27 PM
Std Colors and materials (by Deanna [TX]) Oct 11, 2017 2:10 PM
Std Colors and materials (by razorback_tim [AR]) Oct 11, 2017 3:06 PM
Std Colors and materials (by Roy [AL]) Oct 11, 2017 3:08 PM
Std Colors and materials (by LindaJ [NY]) Oct 11, 2017 4:06 PM
Std Colors and materials (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Oct 11, 2017 4:34 PM
Std Colors and materials (by Andrew, Canada [ON]) Oct 11, 2017 4:36 PM
Std Colors and materials (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Oct 11, 2017 4:37 PM
Std Colors and materials (by Julie [KS]) Oct 11, 2017 5:02 PM
Std Colors and materials (by Tex [TX]) Oct 11, 2017 5:55 PM
Std Colors and materials (by Deanna [TX]) Oct 11, 2017 5:58 PM
Std Colors and materials (by Deanna [TX]) Oct 11, 2017 5:58 PM
Std Colors and materials (by AllyM [NJ]) Oct 11, 2017 6:17 PM
Std Colors and materials (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Oct 11, 2017 11:24 PM
Std Colors and materials (by Roy [AL]) Oct 12, 2017 3:55 AM
Std Colors and materials (by Niole [PA]) Oct 12, 2017 4:49 AM
Std Colors and materials (by Vee [OH]) Oct 12, 2017 4:59 AM
Std Colors and materials (by RR78 [VA]) Oct 12, 2017 5:43 AM
Std Colors and materials (by Chris [CT]) Oct 12, 2017 5:17 PM
Std Colors and materials (by Laura [VA]) Oct 12, 2017 5:53 PM
Std Colors and materials (by Tom [FL]) Oct 15, 2017 4:46 PM
Std Colors and materials (by TEX [TX]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2017 11:29 AM
Over the past couple of years I have started to use one interior color for walls , doors and trim and cabinets white unless they are prefinished and allure flooring throughout. The units actually finish out very nice. My ?
A buddy of mine also owns multiple units stated that I really should be using a two color scheme for the money that I charge like he does. I use to finish out the units very nicely however in no time at all I would have a warehouse full of so much paint that eventually go bad. Think Im going to stick with my method. What do most do? Im curious. --161.226.xxx.xxx
Std Colors and materials (by Plenty [MO]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2017 12:20 PM
To each his own. I suppose you could have two standard colors or a group of four or five just easily as you have one. Whatever the market wants or helps to rent it quickly.
Friend of mind was always asked what color are the appliances... Stainless?, matching? White? Black? As he got more and more units he went with only white appliances... So he can easily answer the question.
What would be hard about having two colors? --66.87.xx.xx
Std Colors and materials (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2017 1:27 PM
We used to do accent walls but have pretty much gotten away from that after tenants began requesting a different accent color. Today we only do accent walls in properties that have very high ceilings to break up the monotony.
We strive to be neutral while keeping with up the current trends so now everything is gray with high gloss stark white trim. That's also a great color for kitchens since almost any color appliance works with that. --75.181.xxx.xx
Std Colors and materials (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2017 2:10 PM
In my area, we do clean, safe, and functional, and that's enough to make us stand out. We do white-on-white, same color throughout, walls, trim, ceiling, etc. It won't make a magazine cover, but it looks clean and tidy. The reason, of course, is for turnover-- it makes it easy to do touch-up and not worry about clean edges and stuff like that.
If I was to do extra colors of paint, my tenant pool wouldn't pay me any more for the attention to detail.
Does your stuff rent with your current palette? Then it should be fine. Would you be able to earn more money by going through the cost and expense of extra colors? Then you might consider it. If you have something that works well for you, don't second-guess it just because your buddy has a method that's different that works well for him. When you start getting that kind of feedback from your prospects, decide whether it's reasonable or unreasonable, and give it the weight it deserves. The more often you hear multiple people tell you the same thing, the more you need to pay attention. If you're not hearing it from the people who matter, it's just someone giving free advice, which is exactly worth what you pay for it. :) --96.46.xxx.xx
Std Colors and materials (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2017 3:06 PM
i use one color per unit. I have 3 standard colors that I use. This is so I can buy paint in 5-gallon buckets and not have to worry about having any left over. Itís just a matter of time before a unit turns over that will need some touch-up. Why 3 colors? Itís because each of those 3 has been my standard for new repaints at some point and as Iíve changed that standard Iíve kept the units that were already that color the same. --166.137.xxx.xx
Std Colors and materials (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2017 3:08 PM
Two years ago, I started repainting all of my interior trim. Instead of semi-gloss white (which shows too much dirt at turnover), I have started using a much darker color for my interior trim. Now at turnover, I do not have to clean or do retouch with the my "new trim color". It may not be actually clean (in the true sense of the word) but it does not look dirty either like white trim always does.
My walls are not white either but still they would be considered neutral. My wall color has a light nicotine shade look which I am sure you know why when you have Class C rentals.
The only thing still white is the ceilings and with those I paint with Kilz oil based primer as my first and final coat. --68.63.xxx.xxx
Std Colors and materials (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2017 4:06 PM
I don't have a large number of units, I tend to keep tenants for 5 to 15 years. My houses are 1850s era, on larger tracts of land. I use oops colors. I mix oops colors to get a lighter shade if necessary. Most rooms are different colors or shades, but mostly neutral. Greys, greyed greens or blues, some beiges. Always white ceilings. Trim may be the same colors as walls or a different color. Since I paint anyway after such long tenancy, it doesn't matter the colors.
As with all of us here, what works for one may not work for another depending on area, rental pool. If your plan works, stick with it. --96.236.xx.xx
Std Colors and materials (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2017 4:34 PM
Deanna makes an excellent point. Let the market tell you what you need to do.
Whenever a tenant is moving out I always scout the available properties in close proximity. It tells me the going rent and shows me the condition and amenities of each property. The market will dictate what's important by how many days they stay on market.
I've learned from selling real estate that being preemptive by knowing the market you want to attract pays huge dividends.
Std Colors and materials (by Andrew, Canada [ON]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2017 4:36 PM
I now have one color for all the rentals...I even paint my own home with it. Trim is done in white. Life is easier and the units look great. --70.48.xxx.xx
Std Colors and materials (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2017 4:37 PM
That's why we use very high gloss trim. It is very easy to clean. A little aerosol window cleaner and a soft cloth brings it back to looking like new for years. --75.181.xxx.xx
Std Colors and materials (by Julie [KS]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2017 5:02 PM
I have 1 standard color for walls; a nice neutral tan. I abhor the gray trend that is popular right now. Leaves me cold I guess.
Doors & trim are glossy, bright white or a dark chocolatey color. The dark color doesn't show the dirt & I was bored 1 day & the contrast & change was pretty dramatic. Or I thought it was when the Mr. walked in & actually noticed the difference in the paint scheme.
If I'm painting cabinets, I have a nice off-white. Not too yellow or orange or pink.
Appliances are never white; gotta have black handles so they are either black or stainless.
But I get a different class of tenant with my rentals than most LLs around here. And a different class of tenant here brings a different rental rate. Whatever works for you & your market. --104.128.xx.xxx
Std Colors and materials (by Tex [TX]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2017 5:55 PM
Hearing lots of people mention appliances....I also dont provide appliances anymore. Anyway think ill stick with what works for me all Antique white with white cabinets and allure flooring. --104.51.xxx.xxx
Std Colors and materials (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2017 5:58 PM
Cool beans. For me, we seem to live in a very dusty part of the world, so baseboards never seem to be clean. It's a really awesome thing to just touch up with some Arctic White across the tops and not worry about bumping my brush into the wall. :) --96.46.xxx.xx
Std Colors and materials (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2017 5:58 PM
Std Colors and materials (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2017 6:17 PM
Satin white Tru Value paint which is really good. Their semi gloss for trim does not yellow like Benjy Moore does.
Then I use an off white for some of the rooms. Cameo White is a Benjy Moore color but I get Tru Value to make it for me. Nobody ever asks for another color and one tenant has chosen to paint after washing off her nicotine stains and she uses the same Cameo White.
Here in NJ tenants are allowed to ask for a repaint every five years. I just ask them to pile all their stuff in the middle of the room and I will call they handyman. They never do. --73.33.xxx.xxx
Std Colors and materials (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2017 11:24 PM
Momma picks the house and Momma wants NICE.
I want to attract great residents so I try to stay current with the trends. And a little extra effort with paint can get "Momma to say WOW! I want THIS home!"
Go tour the big apt complex model apts and the builder's model homes. They study and KNOW what people are asking for.
Last year Sherwin William's top seller was Repose Grey (a light grey). I asked the Conoco rep and he pointed to his version of Repose Grey. Two big sellers are saying people are asking for the same color.
We use semigloss white straight from the can for doors and trim. Washable.
Ceilings are flat white to help brighten the room.
If we paint the cabinets we spray Sherwin cabinet paint, Alabaster. (slightly off white so they are not overwhelming)
If oak use Sherwin's Grain Filler before painting, otherwise they look like they need another coat.
Std Colors and materials (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Oct 12, 2017 3:55 AM
I would be curious to know how 'often' you all paint your interiors? Full paint job at every turnover or just some quick touch-up? At turnovers, are you all down on your knees either scrubbing or re-painting all of that white baseboard trim? That is a part of my past now.
My darker trim color is:
Valspar /Cincinnatain Hotel Briggs Beige (#3008-10A)
My lighter wall color is:
Valspar / Malted Milk (7003-9)
Std Colors and materials (by Niole [PA]) Posted on: Oct 12, 2017 4:49 AM
bedrooms, hallways, living rooms are all beige/cream/antique white/whatever name someone gives it. Baseboards & trim are the same.
I now paint kitchens and bathrooms either yellow, green or blue ... I also "stage" those rooms with items for the tenants to keep such as curtains, rugs, shower curtain, etc.... so my color goes with whatever my current inventory of "stuff" is.
outsides are green and brown ... depends what needs painted.
all front doors are deep purple ... you can drive around town and see which are my properties from the outsides.
flooring is different everywhere.
I like the look in a magazine of the greys but in person, they look too industrial for me ... my tenants don't care if walls are beige or grey .... it won't help them make a decision. I rent to the working poor who are happy with anything that's clean and new to them.
Std Colors and materials (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Oct 12, 2017 4:59 AM
For a long time I painted everything the same antique white, ceiling flat white, at first the grey gave some results then I notice they paint light pastels over that (I always charge a double rent value deposit to help with this and smokers), so I think color is an ever changing standard - ladies purse, shoe, belts have done this for years - I plead color blindness, but the wipe test and the painter will know what needs to be refinished if not the holes in the walls. --76.188.xxx.xx
Std Colors and materials (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Oct 12, 2017 5:43 AM
I use Ben Moore bone white. Just because it is the only one that still makes a factory mixed color other than pure white.
All of them used to have ones for years. Now it seems only Ben Moore.
More consistent color for better touch up. Also factory mixed use different process so they cover a little better than a store mixed paint. --73.177.xxx.xx
Std Colors and materials (by Chris [CT]) Posted on: Oct 12, 2017 5:17 PM
I use lots of different colors in my rentals. Grays are in, I use Nimbus in all of my new spec builds.
But with the rentals I have fun, my painter keeps track of the colors so its not sweat off my back.
I had a move out two months ago and the yellow I picked out a few years ago was tired. So I tried a new gray, alabaster or something like that. Unit looked great, rented it the next day.
Blues, greens, and browns can also be fun. I painted three units a brown from the Sherman Williams color of the year book or whatever they call it. It was one of their signature colors for 2016, looks great very on trend!
Std Colors and materials (by Laura [VA]) Posted on: Oct 12, 2017 5:53 PM
Money magazine recently had an article called "This Paint Color Could be Worth $5000" about re-painting your home before putting it on the market to sell. Using data from Zillow, homes with certain colors sold for more than similar homes with all neutral-colored walls. I tore it to use the next time I wanted to put some color into a rental.
Here are the colors that Zillow says are selling houses for top dollar:
Front Door - Navy blue to dark charcoal grey
Exterior - Greige - a mix of grey and beige
Kitchen - Light blue to soft grey-blue
Living Room - Light beige, pale taupe, or oatmeal
Bedroom - light cerulean to cadet blue
Dining Room - Slate blue to pale grey-blue
Bathroom - Light powder blue to periwinkle
Std Colors and materials (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: Oct 15, 2017 4:46 PM
Check out the 2018 color of the year from Benjamin Moore!!! Oh Yeah its RED!!! It would look nice as an accent wall. It's a bold color! If you check Zillows colors for every room its gray!!! And the blue kitchen really looks nice, a country kitchen!
Everything white is a great way to quickly paint the entire unit, giving the unit a fresh look and it looks too much like a hospital. Some rental markets the tenant does not care if the room was painted black.
Brad keeps his units upto date with trending colors.
Check out in your area the new construction houses they are painting the ceiling and walls the same color. The ceilings are 9 feet or taller.
Try changing the color of your unit from a white. However check out your white some whites have a dirty look to them and others have a yellow tone to them.
Its hard for some landlords to step outside their comfort zone and try a new color or add a high neck faucet to the kitchen sink. The best one is the toilet that is low with a round seat these things should be outlawed. They are horrible to sit on them. The higher toilets with the oval seats are great.
IF you have paneling paint it, get a good qualityt primer and paint over the dark ugly paneling. IF you have a dingy basement paint the walls and the floor the difference will amaze you.
If you have a unit that was occupied for 3 to 5 years when the tenant moves out its time to up date the unit with fresh paint. Consider painting the trend color because guaranteed the next tenant there will be a color trend change.