A fresh coat of exterior paint can go a long way toward upping your home’s curb appeal. In fact, you can completely transform the look of your home without spending a lot of cash. That means gleaning all the “oohs” and “aahs” of home remodeling project without ever having to do demolition or navigate weeks of construction mess.
Adding to your home’s aesthetic allure is one advantage, but there are plenty of other benefits that will having you breaking out the tarps, paint buckets, and brushes.
Real estate pros love to talk about how a home’s value increases when updating kitchens and baths, but sometimes those projects are too costly to take on. Painting your home’s exterior may prove to be a better investment. Not only will it catch the eye of potential buyers passing by, but also can be a greater return on investment, whether you paint your house yourself or hire a professional.
Chipping, peeling, cracking, blistering, or fading paint can actually create problems for your property. That’s because the paint on your home acts as a barrier to keep out moisture and provide protection from nature’s elements. By adding new coats of paint to your home’s exterior, you are helping to prevent rot, mold, mildew, and other costly damage to form in the future.
How often do you get up close and personal with the exterior of your home? Probably not as much as you should. Painting your house regularly can act as a maintenance reminder to tend to any repairs your exterior needs. So when you’re prepping the exterior for a fresh coat, keep an eye out for any damage or signs of concerns that require further attention.
Tips for Painting Your Property
As the exterior painting season gets into full effect, try a few of our pro tips if you’re going to tackle the task yourself.
- Remove any storm windows, as well as items near the home’s exterior, such as patio furniture and decor.
- Cover surfaces that could get dripped on or fall victim to sprayback. This includes bushes, grass, sidewalks, decks, pavers, and driveways.
- Inspect the exterior and repair any signs of damage before prepping to paint.
- Wash your home’s exterior. If you’re familiar with how to use a pressure washer, this equipment can do a thorough job. Just be careful not to cause damage to your home while using it. If a pressure washer is a little too much power for your experience, stick with a scrub brush, hose, bucket, and detergent instead.
- Scrape and sand away damaged paint to ensure that when you apply fresh paint, you get a nice smooth coating and that the paint will last as long as the manufacturer predicts.
- Once the old paint is removed, other repairs might become more evident. Patch and fill cracks, dents, and other minor issues. Replace wood pieces that have too much damage to be saved.
- Prime your property to help seal the surface and make your paint job last. While priming may feel like extra work, it could save you years before your home needs to be repainted. Additionally, depending on the paint color you choose, a tinted primer may help reduce the number of coats you need to make the hue come through. Talk to a paint professional for recommendations when purchasing your exterior paint.
- Once your property is primed and ready, it’s finally time to paint. There are a few options for ways to apply the paint, including brushes, roller, and paint sprayers. Brushes will give you the most control for the less drips, but can also take more time to use. Rollers and sprayers can work faster, but may lead to bigger messes that require your attention during clean up. Pick the method that is right for you.
- When painting, start at the top and work your way down. Also, avoid painting in direct sunlight. If it rains, wrap up the project until the storm passes and things have dried out.
- And when using ladders, be sure to follow manufacturer safety recommendations, and assure your ladder is on solid, balanced ground.
- Once your first coat is dry, add a second coat to increase the longevity of your paint job.
- When the project is complete, clean up the area, tending to any paint that dripped outside of the tarped areas or onto your home’s exterior.
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