Owning your own home is a great accomplishment. Unlike renting an apartment or condo, you have the freedom to make the space completely and uniquely yours. Of course, along with that customization also comes a few challenges.
In an effort to help you with some of the maintenance projects that come along with home-owning, I’ve decided to kick-start “Ask the Expert.” This blog series will help guide you through projects both big and small, and hopefully aid you in all of your home maintenance needs!
This week, Ask the Expert will be focusing on painting. Although painting your home sounds simple enough, it’s a pretty big task to take on — especially if we’re talking about the exterior. But if you’re selling your home, a fresh paint job can make a world of difference. Need some tips and tricks to help you out with the painting process? Check out a few of my recommendations below!
One of the most important parts of preparing to paint your home is finding the right supplies. You don’t have to buy the most expensive paints on the market, but the whole process will be exhausting if you’re working with subpar materials. My number one tip for painting your home? Invest in a few of these supplies!
First, you’re going to need to prep your walls a little before painting. I recommend buying yourself primer — or paint with primer included at least. If you’re already buying your paint, then make sure you also buy a paint extender to mix in. It’ll give you a sharper and cleaner finish. To avoid getting any paint drips on your carpet or flooring, try subbing out the usual plastic drop cloth for a canvas one. It’s more durable, makes less noise, and can better prevent dripping and tracking.
For the painting process itself, make sure you get a variety of brushes, rollers, and sponges. You’ll have to paint in corners and around outlets and switches, — although removing the switch plates should help — which can take some detailed work. Buy yourself corner brushes and extendable poles to ease along the tougher spots. Another tip? Skip the rolling pan, and opt for a paint grid instead. It slides right into a bucket, and makes clean up and storage quick and easy.
The prep stage is perhaps the most important part of painting your home’s exterior. Cleaning your walls is suggested for indoor painting, but its vital for outdoor painting. The exterior of your home absorbs a lot of dirt, dust, and gunk, and painting on top of those things will look messy.
Most DIYers recommend using a power washing to simplify the process, but if you don’t have access to one, try to use your hose and some elbow grease. Other key steps to prepping the exterior include making repairs, caulking, and priming, Based on the material of your home, some of these steps may vary, but wear a safety mask if you think your exterior could have hazardous substances.
Materials used for interior painting — like extendable rolling handles and corner brushes — will come in handy for exterior painting as well. It’s best to start from the the top and work your way down for the cleanest looking finish, so make sure you have a trusty ladder. Brush up (no pun intended) on your technique, and get started!
Your Trusted Home Expert
When it comes home maintenance, you can trust in the skills of your local expert, Michael White. With years of experience, professional resources, and DIY know-how, I’m here to answer of all your house-related questions.
Are you looking to buy or sell a home in the Lake Norman area? From painting tips to buying guides, I can help you with every step of your real estate journey. Contact me today, and let’s get started!