A new house, without moving? All it takes is a lick of paint!
Whether you’re wanting to sell your house and get it market-ready, or you simply want to change the appearance, freshen it up and make the place feel new, painting the exterior of your house is perhaps the cheapest and easiest way to totally change the look of your home, from the outside at least.
Extensions, patios, and conservatories are all ways to remodel your house but they take cash, which many of us don’t have much of going spare, and they take time, including planning permission in some cases, which is a whole new can of worms. No, painting is the quickest way to tick that box.
Despite that fact, you can’t simply throw a little paint at it and expect it to look professional, and you need to know exactly what you’re doing, and how to do it properly, including the best tools for the job. A good way to teach yourself is to read up on the internet of course, but if you can find a painting course then this will be the best way to really get the skills for the job, allowing you paint your house to a fantastic standard, which will last for many years to come; it is said that a good paint job should last around 15 years, weather depending.
There are many stages involved in painting the exterior of a house, and it all begins with washing down the surface and scrubbing it, to get rid of dirt, and any eroding bits of paint that could potentially stop your new paint from sticking to the exterior, as well as getting rid of mildew that tends to grow on the outside of buildings. This will give you the best possible foundation to start your painting.
From there, you need to get scraping! Over time, paint begins to peel and bubble, and this will create an unpleasing effect if you don’t get rid of it. If your house was built before the late 1970s then you need to take extra precautions at this stage, as the paint will possibly contain lead, which needs to be handled with care.
Next up is sanding, to get rid of bumps and unsmooth areas. This can be done with 50-80 grit sandpaper, or you may need a mechanical sander if the job is too big. From there? Fill any cracks and make sure you repair any areas of rot, before priming; this provides an even and smooth surface for the paint to stick to correctly, before caulking.
Now you have a smooth surface ready to paint, but make sure you know exactly what kind of paint you need – this is where learning properly will help you. Add two top coats at all times.
It might sound like a complicated job to paint your house, but once you know what you’re doing, and you’re equipped with the right tools for the job, you will have a fresh-looking house in no time.