If you're like most people, your home is the single biggest investment you will make in a lifetime. So it makes good sense to do everything you can to take good care of it.

Painting offers one of the best returns for the dollar - inside or out. A fresh coat of paint can transform a "plain Jane" home into an eye-catcher. And this can be particularly true of a stucco home since stucco has special problems, such as cracking, fading and efflorescence.

In addition to enhancing the appearance, a fresh coat of paint can help protect the home from nature's elements and the inevitable deterioration that occurs from prolonged exposure to sun and rain.