In the first few months of the new year, a lot of people try to take on projects that they meant to get to last year, but got put on the back burner or forgotten. Now that the new year is here, people reflect on what they’d like to accomplish, and a lot of those forgotten tasks make their way to the top of the to-do list.
One of these tasks is often painting the walls of your home. We understand why this often gets overlooked or rescheduled since it can be a huge task. However, now that you’re getting around to it, you can start by deciding whether you’d like to DIY the task or hire a professional painting contractor.
If you do the job yourself, you’ll have to buy a huge amount of paint, some rollers with extensions, and be ready to spend a lot of time on tall ladders. If you hire the job out, you won’t have to do much work, but you will have to pay quite a bit more. Regardless of which option you choose, you still have to prepare your home to be painted. Here are four steps to follow in anticipation of your big paint job:
Step 1: Clean The House’s Walls
A pressure washer would be the best way to handle this, but you can try to get away with using a smaller garden hose and some tools for scrubbing and scraping the walls. The new paint should be applied without anything to get in the way, including dirt or debris underneath it. The exterior walls don’t have to be spotless, but you don’t want anything underneath that new layer of paint.
Step 2: Cover the Areas You Don’t Want Painted
Whether it’s window sills, trim, eaves or gutters, there are several portions of the home you probably don’t want to get painted the same color as the walls. Therefore, you should cover these areas up. Windows should be covered with plastic, which is then secured with tape. You can use plastic on other areas you want to protect as well, or simply apply painter’s tape to the edges of trim, gutters, etc.
For areas on the ground you don’t want paint on (such as flower beds), cover them up with a drop cloth.
Step 3: Replace or Apply New Caulking
For areas that have old caulking, you should definitely remove it and replace it with a new application. And if there are any spots that haven’t had caulking but you think might need it, this is the time to apply it.
Step 4: Prime Any New or Exposed Wood
If you have recently added any wooden portions of the exterior or replaced old pieces of wood anywhere, they need to be properly primed before painting. You’ll have to allow the primer plenty of time to dry as well.