Getting a new exterior paint job on your house can be exciting. A paint job that is dull and damaged can leave your house looking like it is in a state of disrepair. A new paint job can transform the entire façade of your home and bring it back to life. An exterior paint job is a big project to tackle on your own. The best way to approach this type of project is by hiring a professional. If you want to do some of the work on your own, there are some steps you can take to get your home ready for an exterior paint project this fall.
Catch up on yard maintenance
Yard maintenance and caring for the exterior of your home go hand in hand. Elements in your yard like grass and trees can get in the way of the painting project. If your grass is overgrown it can cover up areas of your house that need painting. Overgrown tree branches can scratch your siding or cause damage when they fall. Cut the grass and trim the edges of your lawn to ensure that there is no vegetation in the way of the siding. Trim back trees and remove dead branches to ensure that your new paint job does not get damaged after it is complete.
Thoroughly clean the exterior of your house
The exterior of your house is going to get dirty over time. Your house is constantly exposed to the elements which mean that dirt, dust, and debris will end up on the exterior of your house. It is important to clean the exterior of your house before you have it painted because leaving a layer of dirt will impact how the paint adheres to the surface. A quick and effective way to clean the exterior of your house is with a pressure washer. Pressure washing your house can remove years’ worth of dirt and grime. If you do not have a pressure washer, you can get help from your painting pro for this part of the project.
Make repairs to areas that are damaged
Damaged areas around the exterior of your house need to be repaired as part of the preparation for having your home painted. You may need to replace entire pieces of siding and fill holes and gouges in other pieces of siding. The key is to get the surface to a place where it will look good once the paint is applied on top of it. If you are not confident in your ability to make repairs to the surface, you can get help with this step from a painting pro.
An exterior paint project does require you to do quite a bit of preparation before the painting can actually start. If you have a paint project planned for the fall, get started as soon as you can preparing the surface of your home. And, if you feel overwhelmed or out of your element at any point, the pros at D&D Painting can help you with every step of the process.