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Painting a house is a great thing to do. It adds value to your house [1], improves curb appeal and just breathes new life into a property. But many people ask the question, how do you actually paint a house? Well, we're going to break down the simple steps for you here. It's not every detail as some houses and situations may be unique, but this is a general guideline. Always call an expert house painter for an accurate quote on your specific job.

Step 1: Prep

The first step in house painting is always prep. Preparing your house can have multiple stages depending on the quality and age of your home. Plus don't forget about surface quality. You should know if you have stucco, brick or vinyl siding as these are the most common. All three of these surfaces will have slightly different methods, but here's the basics.

A visual inspection of the entire home is recommended. You need to know about any damage or issues you may encounter during the paint.

All surfaces should be clean and dry. If you can power wash the house, do that as it gets a large majority of dirt and dust off a home. Also, don't forget to caulk any joints or seams that may be deteriorating. Use exterior caulk too and let it dry completely before pressure washing or painting.

If you have any plants or mold growing on the home, kill it appropriately to prepare for the exterior paint.

Next, complete the prep by taping off sections you don't want painted. This can include trim or windows. We highly recommend putting plastic over windows as spray painting can blow off course slightly outside.

Step 2: Prime

Priming is often overlooked by low quality painting professionals and many DIYers. We believe this is a huge mistake. Primers help cover up old issues, prepare the surface for new paint, and create a sealing effect for after the paint is applied.

Find a primer that is made for outdoors and can handle the elements.  Follow the instructions for application and drying time as many have slightly different requirements.

Step 3: Paint Selection

Choosing the proper color and type of paint are critical in exterior painting projects. The wrong color can have a negative impact on curb appeal and the wrong type or quality can hurt resale value.

We honestly recommend higher quality paint like Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams to get the best value for the painting project. We believe in high quality work that will last and these paints have proven it time and again for us. You can certainly use other paint from Home Depot or Lowe's, but just know there is a difference in quality from our opinion.

Choosing more common and neutral colors will help attract a wider supply of buyers down the road. Radical colors like cherry red, purple, and lime green limit the potential buyers market and bring a dynamic to the curb appeal that some neighbors might not enjoy. Typically we find greys, blues, browns, soft yellow and dark greens to be safest, but you do what you want.

Step 4: Paint

You can choose two painting methods: spray or roll. Our team does both usually because they provide maximum benefit. Spray painting is fast and provides a quick approach to covering large surface areas. Rolling provides a smooth and even finish but takes longer. Combining both gives a blend of both worlds where you can move fast and still have an even finish.

Spray painters can be purchased at most local hardware stores for a few hundred dollars. We believe it's money well spent.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Remove plastics and tape to get even finishes. Don't wait too long after painting to do this otherwise you can rip some paint off too. If you need to paint trim or doors, now is a good time to do that also.

Take a step back and enjoy your home now that is has a fresh coat of paint! Again, these are just high level tips and guidelines. Please contact a local painting expert to see what needs to be done to your house if you have questions or concerns.


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