5 Things to Consider Before Painting the Exterior of Your House

Repainting the exterior of your house is a really simple way to boost your home’s curb appeal. And better yet, it’s something that can be done at a reasonably low cost. However, with lots of DIY disasters out there, it’s a good idea to do your research before getting started on any home improvement project of this size. 

So, if you’re thinking of repainting the exterior of your house this year, here are 5 of the most important things to consider before diving in:

1. Consider your timing

Picking the right time to start your painting project is the first step to ensuring a stress-free process. You should always aim to paint in mild and clear conditions. This isn’t only because it’s just straight-up uncomfortable trying to paint in the rain, it’s also because harsh weather like rain and wind can actually affect how well paint adheres to a surface. 

It’s for this reason that spring and autumn are generally deemed the best times of the year to begin an exterior painting project. Try to pick a day where it’s not too cold, but also not too hot. Picking a day where it’s cloudy or overcast will also help to reduce glare, which will help to make the job much more comfortable for you or the painter! 

2. Prep for success

Paint doesn’t stick to dirt, so we always recommend getting your house pressure washed before starting any exterior painting project. It might seem like an unnecessary additional cost at first, but trust us, you absolutely want to avoid having to go back and fix up a bad paint job later down the line. 

While you’re still in your prep stage, you should also inspect the exterior surfaces for cracks and bumps. Taking time to make sure that the surface is smooth and clean prior to painting will go a long way in ensuring a quality finish that lasts for years to come. 

3. Take your time to pick a colour

The exterior of your house is what people first see when they come to your property, so it’s worth taking some time to decide on a colour. Rather than picking colours based on current trends, try to find a colour that really compliments your existing space. Trends come and go, so you’re always better off going with an option that naturally suits its surroundings. If you need advice on the best colour to pick for your home, our article on picking paint colours goes through some of the key considerations you should keep in mind during this process. 

4. Protect your garden

If there are plants growing near your house, you should take time to protect these plants from any paint drips. This can be as simple as laying down some plastic sheeting or a tarp over your garden. If there are plants growing too close to the exterior of the house, you may need to get them removed or trimmed so that the surfaces can be property painted.

If you’re painting the exterior of your house as part of a wider home improvement project that includes landscaping plans, you should try to schedule your landscaping project to commence after you complete your painting project. This reduces the risk of either project interfering with the other.

5. Don’t underestimate the size of the project

Although painting a house might seem like a fairly straightforward undertaking, it’s actually quite a sizable job that requires significant amounts of effort and prep-work–especially if it’s a large house or a multi-storey house. A DIY approach also requires you to purchase a lot of equipment that you may not ever use again, which is not only a waste of time and money, but a waste of resources. 

That’s why it’s always worth hiring a professional to do the job if it’s possible. A professional painter will be able to get the job done much more efficiently and also likely to a higher standard. And since the exterior of a house has such a huge effect on property’s curb value, it’s definitely something you want to get right the first time around.

Painting the exterior of a house is no small feat, so if you’d like some assistance or general advice on your painting project, get in touch with a local painter at Jim’s Painting today. You can rely on our team of highly-skilled painters to treat your home with the utmost care and professionalism. Call us on 131 546 or enquire online to chat to a member of our Australia-wide team to hear how we can help transform your home.   

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