Do you want to give your home a new look?

If so, you should consider a new coat of paint on the outside. Painting your home is a great way to add curb appeal and make your home feel new again. In fact, painting your home’s exterior gives you a 55 percent ROI. This is helpful if you’re looking to sell your home, or if you’re not looking to move, you can enjoy a new look. 

Painting your home’s exterior might seem like an impossible task, but you can do it yourself. The key is taking the proper time to prep your home and ensure it’s ready for a quality paint job. 

To help you get started, here are seven steps you need to follow for a successful exterior painting: 

Clean the Exterior 

Before you start painting, you need to make sure you clean the outside of your house. The best way to do this is to rent a powerwasher and remove any dirt and grime built up over time. 

Collect All Your Materials 

Exterior painting requires quite a few materials you’ll need to make sure you have on hand before you start the project. You should purchase your paint, a few different sizes of brushes, as well as tarps and tape to protect your home. 

Repair Any Cracks or Other Damage 

Once you have a clean surface and all the necessary materials, the next step is repairing any damage you notice to your home. Fill in any cracks or holes in your home’s exterior. This will ensure your paint goes on smoothly and will improve the look of the finished product. 

Caulk the Trim Around Windows and Doors 

Another repair you’ll need to make is caulking the trim around your windows and doors. Replacing the caulking helps seal any cracks and ensure your paint goes on smoothly. This step might seem unnecessary, but it will improve the appearance in the end.

Protect Any Doors, Windows, and Other Fixtures 

The final preparation step is covering all of your doors, windows, and other fixtures, such as light fixtures. You can tape around these fixtures like you would when you’re painting indoors. For extra protection, you can cover windows and doors in plastic tarps 

Apply a Coat of Primer 

This step isn’t necessary for every exterior painting job, but applying a layer of primer can help you save time and improve your home’s appearance. Primer serves as a basecoat that helps cover stains, or reducing painting time when going from dark to light colors, or vice versa. 

Start Painting 

After you’ve primed the full exterior (if necessary) you can start painting. Make sure you take this step slowly and paint only small sections of your home at a time. Exterior painting is long, hard work, and can take days or weeks to complete an entire home. 

Hire Exterior Painting Professionals  

Tackling an exterior painting project on your own can be done if you take the time and care to ensure the process is done properly. 

Another option is hiring professional exterior painters to handle the process for you. You pick the color, and experts at Stephen James Painting will handle the rest. When you’re ready to give your home a new look, contact us today for a free quote.