Before and After Pix

Painting stucco, a cement-based siding, used to be a “no-no”:  the exterior paint didn’t adhere well, which meant that, forever after, the home needed frequent re-painting.

Which sort of defeated the purpose of stucco in the first place: its famously low maintenance.

Now, thanks to more stucco-friendly products, the interval between re-painting is much longer, giving homeowners more options.

Fashion Statement

I just have two caveats for homeowners contemplating such a step:

One. A darker color may be harder to cover than a lighter color, if you (or a subsequent owner) ever change your mind.

In that vein . . .

Two. Don’t pick a color that you — or the neighbors(!) — are likely to get sick of (think, neutral vs. bold or brilliant).

Consider it the real estate equivalent of the Hippocratic Oath (“first, do no harm”).

P.S.: the homes pictured above are located on Sunset Boulevard just southwest of Cedar Lake in Minneapolis; and Penn Avenue South in Minneapolis’ Bryn Mawr neighborhood, respectively.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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