If you've ever considered painting your home's exterior as a DIY project, you might know how quickly it can escalate into chaos. However, there are some tasks that almost any homeowner can perform.
Touch up the trim, paint the front door a trendy color, or brighten the shutters with a more compatible hue. The home will have a stylish new look, and you'll gain great satisfaction in addition to saving some money. Furthermore, in a real estate market like Holmdel with a lot of listings, a fresh coat of paint can help a waterfront home stand out from the competition.
Here are some tips for getting professional quality before you get started:
Choose a Proper Color Palette
Choosing an exterior color palette can be difficult. There are a number of things to consider: the statement you want to make, the neighbors, the landscaping, the home's architecture, and the colors already on your roof or in your brick all play a part in the final decision. Don't make a snap decision. Rather, take the time to view "sample patches" under different conditions before making a final choice. If you need help, don't hesitate to ask for advice from a local paint store. Most brands have sample palettes to help.
Buy Quality Paint
There's simply no substitute for quality paint; it's not only easier to apply, but it will cover better and last longer. Ask questions about durability under varying weather conditions. Know that sun, wind, moisture, humidity and temperature all can affect the application as well as the expected life span of the paint. Ask about surface preparation and the need for a separate primer.
Don't Neglect the Prep Work
Preparing the surface will depend on a number of different factors. Painting new wood is different from repainting old trim. Painting metal window frames and gutters will require more patience and prep work than spraying a flat wall. Covering stains or existing water damage may mean an additional step to prevent discoloration from bleeding through the new paint job. Stripping old, flaking paint is a chore. And caulking is time-consuming and messy! Know before you get started exactly what steps are necessary and how much time to allow.
Get the Right Tools and Ask for Help When Needed
In addition to the right tools, it's always best to arrange for a helper, especially if you'll be using ladders or any form of scaffolding. Whether you use brushes, rollers or a power sprayer, get protective gear and clean up supplies. Measure carefully, and ask for help to assure that you buy enough paint to get the job done.
Then, always remember that you can hire a pro if the job gets too big or too complicated!