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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Painting Your Home's Exterior

Man Painting House Exterior
From mowing the lawn and replacing missing shingles on the roof to repainting the interior walls, maintenance can protect the look and value of your home. Of course, focusing on your home's curb appeal is also important for its value.
Painting your exterior is a great way to give your house a facelift, and with the right techniques and choices, new exterior paint can greatly improve curb appeal and value. By avoiding these mistakes and trusting the help of professionals, painting your home's exterior can be a success.

1. Skipping the Prepwork

One of the most common mistakes people make when painting their home is skipping the initial prep work. Without preparing the exterior surfaces, applying the paint in an even and appealing manner will be difficult and basically impossible.
You have to complete many steps to prep the different exterior surfaces for new paint, so some homeowners and professionals understandably want to forego the process. But you should never cut corners. To successfully prep your exterior for new paint, make sure to complete these tasks:
  • Inspect and repair damaged siding/trim/shutters
  • Scrape/sand surfaces to remove heavy residue and old paint
  • Clean all surfaces using a pressure washer and gentle cleaning solution
  • Clean patches of mold, mildew, or algae using bleach
  • Fill in or seal cracks and crevices using caulk
  • Scrape rust off of any metal surface and apply rust-preventive
Again, the above steps may be time-consuming and stressful, but they are key to ensuring your new paint is applied in the best manner possible.

2. Not Creating a Color Palette

Choosing the colors for your home's exterior is one of the most challenging parts of the painting process. You can select a few options that appeal to you, but creating an attractive color palette will ensure all the colors complement one another.
In most cases, your color palette should consist of three different shades. The field color will be the most prominent part of your home, or the color you will be painting your siding. The second part of your color palette will be an accent color, which will be the color of your front door and shutters. Finally, your trim paint will be the color used on your window and door casings, railings, and roof edging.
If you prefer a lighter field color, make sure your trim paint is darker, to define parts of your home. The accent color for your doors and shutter should also pop out from the field color. If you are opting for a darker siding color, consider a lighter, neutral shade for your trim and a brighter color for your accent areas.

3. Forgetting Your HOA

An estimated 40 million households are part of a homeowner's association, and many more are within city limits that are regulated by the local government. If you are part of a homeowner’s association, you need to consult your HOA or city government before you select your new paint.
Most city councils and HOA boards have regulations in place that are meant to protect the look and value of homes, protecting you and your neighbors. These regulations may stipulate what colors can be applied to your home's exterior.
During the application process, the council or board will want a plan of how your exterior will look once the project is complete. The application should include paint samples so the board can approve or deny your preferred exterior colors.
If you do not seek approval from your city government or HOA board before painting, you may be required to repaint your home's exterior and pay certain fees for violating regulations.
With proper prep and planning and the help of professionals, your exterior painting project will add appeal and value to your home. To get started, contact Randy Wardlaw Painting & Pressure Washing.

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