Exterior Painting Tips for Home Sellers

Posted by Justin Havre on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 1:19pm.

How to Paint the Exterior of a HomePainting your home's exterior before putting it on the market is a great way to improve curb appeal, boost your home's value and attract buyers. Knowing how to do the job right can help ensure that the fresh coat of paint on your home does the job.

Know the Signs That It's Time To Paint

Painting the home is a big job, so it's not something most homeowners do unless there's a good reason. Knowing the signs that the house needs to be painted can help you evaluate the condition of your home's curb appeal. Signs you need to paint your home include:

  • The paint is peeling from the home in several places.
  • The paint is faded.
  • The paint colour is very dated and no longer appealing.
  • The paint is stained in some way.

These signs are all good indications that your Glenrosa home needs an exterior paint job. Homeowners who aren't sure if they should paint their house or not may consult with a reputable real estate agent for advice.

Choose Your Colour Wisely

The colour you choose for your home can impact its curb appeal dramatically. Many home sellers choose neutral colours for their home's exterior to ensure that their home will appeal to a wide variety of buyers. However, there are many things that sellers should take into consideration when picking the right colour for their needs.

  • Coordinate with the other homes in the neighborhood.
  • Match the landscaping.
  • Consider historic accuracy for older homes.
  • Paint several samples on the side of the house before choosing a final colour.

Remember that the colour is the first thing that buyers are likely to notice when pulling up to a house, so selecting the right colour is very important.

Watch the Weather

Before getting started on a home painting project, check the weather for coming rain, or extreme heat or cold. Extreme temperatures can cause the paint to dry badly and may even result in a failed paint job. Homeowners who aren't sure what temperatures are too hot or cold should check the exterior of the paint can for manufacturer's instructions.

Prep The Surface for Paint

Prepping the boards of the home for painting will help ensure the paint job looks right. Prepping the house for painting can take hours or even days, so be sure to build time into your project when making a timeline.

  1. Use a paint scraper and sander to scrape away old paint.
  2. Wash the surface of the house to get rid of dirt, mold and mildew.
  3. Remove nails and other unwanted pieces of hardware that might be sticking out of the side of the house.
  4. Fill old nail holes with wood filler.
  5. Sand the wood filler down.
  6. Re-clean the house, then allow the house to dry for 24 hours.
  7. Apply primer to the wood if necessary.

Once all of these steps have been followed, it's time to paint your house.

Protect The Landscaping

Failure to protect your landscaping from falling paint can result in a messy looking yard and a sloppy paint job in general. To protect your landscaping, drape your flowers and shrubs with lightweight tarps. Leave the tarps on there only as long as they are necessary, then remove the tarps when they're no longer needed. If the weather is hot, consider watering your landscaping before putting the tarp in place, and only leave the tarp there for as long as it's needed.

Work With a Real Estate Agent

A reputable real estate agent will be able to help you determine whether or not it's a good idea to repaint your home. To find out more information, talk to a real estate agent in your area.

Justin Havre

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