Painting your home is a great way to add a bit of character to your property. In many cases, you may even add a bit of extra value to your home.
At the very least, a fresh coat of paint will make your home more appealing to buyers on the market. Before you enlist exterior painting services, though, there are some steps you need to take. Let’s take a look at what you need to know.
Wash Your House
As you might guess, washing your house is the first step in preparing your home to be painted. In fact, foregoing this obligation could easily result in you receiving subpar results.
Thoroughly washing your home will allow you to remove any dirt and grime that could prevent paint from adhering to the walls of the house. Although this process might seem tedious (especially for those with larger houses), it’s well worth the effort.
Make Necessary Repairs
It should come as no surprise that you will need to make necessary repairs before the painting process can begin.
For example, you may have a large crack, hole, etc. in one of the walls of your home. Fortunately, most repairs are relatively easy to make and you can often do so on your own.
If your repair job isn’t DIY, though, it’s still highly recommended that you work with a professional to help make the necessary repairs. This will ensure that you get the best results possible from your paint application.
Sand the Surface
Similar to how washing your home will help the paint adhere to your walls, the same can be said about sanding. The primary goal of sanding is to ensure that the wall is sufficiently smooth before painting begins.
More likely than not, the walls of your home will have a few rough spots here and there that need a bit of extra attention. Sanding will also help you remove any loose paint from your home.
Caulk + Prime
You’ll have one more step to complete before you can get started — caulking and priming.
Caulking is essential since it will seal any cracks or gaps in your home’s exterior. Afterward, you can prime the surface of your home in order to create a solid foundation for the application of new paint.
For those who own older homes, you will more than likely need to use a chalky wall sealer. This is due to the fact that old home exteriors can become dusty or chalky, which affects how well the new coat of paint will adhere to the surface.
Prepping for Exterior Painting Services Can Seem Complicated
But, it’s not as difficult as you might anticipate. With the above information in mind, you’ll be able to fully prepare for exterior painting services and ensure that your project goes as smoothly as possible.
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