Don’t fall into the pitfalls of exterior house painting.
When it comes to giving your home a facelift, there are few things that are more dramatic and effective than house paint. Paint makes a huge difference to the curb appeal of any home, and if you are thinking about selling, it can also make a huge difference in terms of attracting buyers.
When considering repainting your home, my first piece of advice to you is to hire a professional. Painting a house is no small task, and if you do it yourself, chances are good that other things are going to pop up to distract you, or you’re going to mess up and spend way too much time fixing mistakes. Either way, a poor paint job sort of defeats the purpose.
If however, you do decide to paint your own home, here are a few tips and tricks to make the process run a little more smoothly.
Powerwashing. The first step is to wash your house, to get rid of any mold, mildew, or dirt that can get trapped under a fresh new coat of paint. It’ll also give a great facelift to any concrete driveways, pavers, or bricks.
Prep your surfaces. The second important step to the exterior painting process is to sand away any rough edges, patch any random holes, replace any rotting siding or wood, and caulk any uneven surfaces around windows.
Prime your home. Priming is super important when painting an exterior surface, but luckily you can rent painting gear that will allow you to spray primer on large surfaces more easily.
Use three colors. You should choose three complementary colors, one for the base, one for the trim, and one for any decorative accents to make your home really pop.
Do it in stages. Painting your home is a big job, so your best bet is to break it into stages, and paint the base in one stage, the trim in another, and accents in another. If this takes longer than you may have wanted, just don’t give up. The only thing worse than a badly painted house, is one that is only half finished.[ via ]