Freshen Up Your Home’s Exterior to Appeal to Today’s Prospective Buyers
By Keith Loria
While painting the outside of your home can be a challenge—one you’ll most likely want to hire painters to do—adding a fresh coat of paint can go a long way toward making a dramatic statement that prospective buyers will remember long after viewing your home.
If you want to paint the house yourself, make sure you have everything you need before you get started. This means having enough paint to cover the entire exterior, as well as any equipment you may need, including a sturdy ladder.
Before applying the paint, it’s a smart idea to power wash your home’s exterior to remove any debris or dirt that has added up over the years. Use a chlorine bleach solution to kill any mildew and scrub any dirt that is visible. Also, make any repairs to the siding, gutters or other areas of the exterior so that it’s in prime shape for the paint job. Be sure to wear protective gear when scraping, sanding or brushing old paint to protect your eyes and face.
Once the house has been primed, and you’re ready to go, apply the paint using long, smooth strokes, aiming for a well-spread, even coat. This is done by brushing oil-based house paint back and forth several times. On clapboard surfaces, if paint gathers along the horizontal edge, it has been applied too heavily or not brushed out enough.
Remember, less is more when it comes to applying top coats of paint, and more layers can result in paint flaking off through the years. On the other hand, less paint bonds better to layers beneath.
The trim should be the last area you paint. Begin by coating your window sash and door paneling first, and then paint the window frames, sills and door trim.
With so many prospective buyers getting a first impression simply from the pictures they see on the internet, think of how great your house will look with a fresh coat of paint.
For more tips on putting your home’s best foot forward, contact our office today.
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