In some situations, painting is a great DIY home improvement project. You can complete a small project like painting your door or an accent wall and be rewarded with big results. But what if you are considering a larger project like painting the exterior of your house? Is it realistic to take on an exterior paint project on your own? The answer to those questions depends upon the size of the project, the level of prep work involved, and if you have the tools required.
How large is the project?
The size of your exterior paint project will impact whether or not it is realistic to approach it on your own. On a basic level, the larger your house the larger your project. If you have a 3,000 square foot house the job of painting the exterior is going to be more difficult than if you had a 1,000 square foot house. The size of the project is also determined by the composition of your house. For example, if there are other building materials on your home like stone or brick it reduces the amount of surface area that you will need to paint. Take an honest look at the size of the project and try to estimate the time it will take you to cover the surface area of your home.
What level of prep work is involved?
The amount of prep work the exterior of your home needs is equally if not more important than the size of your home. If the siding on your house is chipped and peeling you will need to remove that damaged paint before you ever start painting. This can turn into a big and time-consuming job. An exterior paint project that requires a high level of prep work may be an unrealistic option for DIY.
Do you have the tools and expertise required?
Painting the exterior of your house may require some specialized tools. For example, if your home has a second floor it will be much easier and safer to complete the project using scaffolding as opposed to a ladder. In addition, the prep work will likely require specialized processes like power washing and sanding which both require specific tools. Your level of expertise will also impact whether or not you should take on an exterior painting project. Painting the exterior of your home is much more difficult and involved than an interior paint project so be sure and keep that in mind.
Painting the exterior of your home is a big project that is usually best left up to the professionals. Many homeowners find that an exterior paint job is more difficult and time-consuming than they expected. Call the pros at D&D Painting to get a free estimate on your project.