Timeline & tips for when to add a fresh exterior coat of paint

Years of thought were put into the design, architectural styles, colors, and materials used in the homes at Eastmark. And over the years, especially with the harsh desert sun, the exterior paint on our homes can lose their luster.

To keep our neighborhood looking top notch (and keep those property values high) all homeowners are asked to maintain the exterior of their homes in an attractive manner per the Eastmark Design Guidelines. Part of that maintenance includes freshening up the exterior paint about every five years or so.

With Eastmark approaching its 10-year anniversary, there are a good number of homeowners who may have already repainted or should be thinking about repainting their homes soon, so we’ve put together a quick primer on the process to follow when you’re ready to repaint.

Step 1: Find your paint color.

If you still have your original purchase documents, home warranty manual, or touch-up paint cans, start there to see if the exterior paint colors are listed.

Tip: If you’ve recently moved into your home, now is a great time to snap a quick pic of paint can labels for future reference.

You can also reach out to your homebuilder to see if they still have that information on file. If those avenues don’t work, try scraping a small paint sample (1-inch by 1-inch minimum) from a spot on your home that’s regularly in the shade (to ensure the color hasn’t faded too much) and take it to a local paint store for a color match.

While the Community Life team doesn’t keep a directory of paint colors used by the homebuilders, we do have swatches of approved paint hues that coordinate with your home’s specific architectural style. So, if you’re not able to find the paint color in your home files and a color match just isn’t matching up, ping us at era@coherelife.com to let us know you’d like to stop by The ‘Mark and take a look.

Tip: We know colors fade dramatically in the Arizona sun, so try not to color match to the current sun-soaked tones, but instead match to the original, unfaded paint colors. The difference between the two can be pretty significant after years of direct sunlight.

Step 2: Find out if you can start painting or need to submit for approval.

If you’re planning to repaint the outside of your home with the original colors from the homebuilder or with previously Eastmark Design Review Committee approved colors, in the exact same locations on your home, you do not need to submit for approval from the committee.

If you’re looking to change any exterior paint colors (including on the trim, front door, garage door, or shutters) you will need to submit an application for approval to the Design Review Committee prior to painting. You can find the application in Appendix N (Exterior Residential Repainting Design Guide) of the Eastmark Design Guidelines. This is also a handy spot to find best practices on picking colors that match the architectural style of your home, requirements around light reflectance value, and a submittal checklist that breaks down each item to include with your application.

All exterior paint colors need to align with the authentic architectural style of your home (think Craftsman, Spanish, Territorial Ranch, etc.). Each architectural style has a different paint scheme. For example, Spanish styles tend to have neutral body colors, while Craftsman styles tend to have more color.

Tip: If you’re not sure of your home’s architectural style, scroll through the elevation style sheets toward the bottom of the Design Review page to verify your home’s look. Still not sure? Email us at era@coherelife.com and we’ll help you out.

You’ll want to submit your completed application to the Eastmark Design Review Committee at 10100 East Ray Road, Mesa, AZ 85212. Online or digital applications aren’t accepted since you’ll need to submit physical paint chips from the paint manufacturer. Color-copied or scanned documents are also frowned upon since they don’t always accurately represent the proposed paint colors.

Step 3: Wait for the thumbs up before you paint.

The Design Review Committee reserves the right to deny any exterior color it deems to be too bold or too dramatic, or otherwise not in keeping with the color scheme of the home or the character of the neighborhood.

If you’re switching up the colors, please don’t paint until you have the stamp of approval from the Design Review Committee.

It’s necessary to note that if you’ve lived in your home for five years or more and exterior paint issues are noticed (fading, peeling, cracking, etc.) while the Eastmark Community Life operations team is cruising through the neighborhood, you may receive a letter with a request to repaint your home or face a monetary penalty.

If you start the painting party too early and don’t get approval by the Design Review Committee prior to rolling on the new color, that could lead to a compliance letter, monetary penalty, and a request to repaint back to the original color.

Step 4: Reach out for help.

We know repainting the exterior of your home can be costly and time consuming, so we’re here to help answer any questions and provide resources where we can.

Feel free to contact us at era@coherelife.com if you’re unsure about the timeline, need clarification on the process, or have any further questions.  

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