If there's ever a time when looks matter, it's when you're trying to sell your home. Truly, no one expects your home to have exotic landscaping imported from overseas or siding dipped in gold. But curb appeal is huge when attempting to attract potential buyers, and a fresh coat of paint can turn a blah house into the talk of the neighborhood.
Exterior painting is understandably more complicated than interior painting. When preparing to begin a DIY exterior painting project, keep in mind:
- Quality tools = quality paint job. Invest in great paint, great brushes, and great rollers, and you'll notice a huge difference. The best paints also dry more quickly, saving you waiting time.
- Take your time. Just like rushing through that spelling test in sixth grade or your grandma's cake recipe you thought you could finish in half the time by doubling the oven temp, patience is a virtue. Avoid mistakes and ensure a smooth coat by going slowly. Plus, you don't want to have to call in a professional to re-do your work, right?
- Don't skip steps. Working on a clean, dirt-free surface is imperative, so clean before you paint. Primers and topcoats are also necessary. Don't rush through the process by skipping these items, or you (and potential home buyers) will notice. Trust us.
- Don't paint in direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can cause the paint to dry too quickly and even crack. Heavy winds can cause similar problems, so wait until milder weather to begin painting. And if the forecast calls for rain, don't bother setting up the ladder.
- Work from the top down. Don't forget shutters, window frames, gutters, and eaves. They'll need to be painted to match your new look, too.
- Have mildew? Don't just paint over it. Get rid of it, or it will be back.
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