If you’re ready to give the exterior of your home a facelift in a very obvious and financially beneficial way, repainting is something you should look into. But while many people are comfortable tackling painting the interior of their homes on their own, many don’t feel the same way about painting the exterior of your home. However, to get the maximum return on your investment, taking on this project yourself is the way to go.
To help you in doing this, here are three tips for repainting the exterior of your home.
Be Strategic About Paint Color
The first thing you’re going to want to figure out before you start painting your house is what color you want to go with. To make things easier on yourself, you’ll want to be pretty strategic about which color you choose. According to Lee Wallender, a contributor to The Spruce, the easiest way to go about picking the colors to paint your home is to either choose the same color your home already is or to choose a shade that’s slightly darker. By doing this, you’ll be able to better blend the colors together without having to do all the work required for putting a lighter color over already darker paint. Choosing the same or a darker color will also help to hide any imperfections in your paint job, which will make your home look better to you and all who see it.
Spend Time On The Prep Work
Once you know what color you’ll be painting your house, the next thing you need to focus your attention on is prepping your home for the paint to be applied. In some respects, the prep work is going to be more challenging than the actual painting. One of most important parts that you need to prep is your barge boards. Make sure that the they are properly sanded before you start with painting your barge boards.
As part of the prep work, Joseph D’Agnese, a contributor to HouseLogic, shares that you’ll need to do things like washing the entire exterior of your home, get rid of any loose paint, sand any rough areas, fill and repair any holes in the surface, apply caulking to all the joints, and apply a primer to any surface you’re planning on painting. Doing all this work can take quite a while, so much sure you’ve budgeted enough time to get it all done prior to painting.
Wait For The Right Weather
Before you start doing any work on the exterior paint of your home, you’ll want to ensure that the weather is right for you to take on this project. According to TheFamilyHandyman.com, you shouldn’t paint in direct sunlight, on windy days, in cold temperatures, or if there’s a chance of rain. If you’re planning to repaint the exterior of your home in the near future, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you get this project done right the first time.