Home exterior painting tips new homeowners may try this season

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A new lick of paint often comes to the mind of individuals who have just acquired a home this season. Personalization and protection are some of the many benefits of painting your new home. If you think you have the guts to paint your home, you may want to try some home exterior painting tips to make the job easier and faster.

Fresh paint makes a home come to life. A newly painted home is often an eye candy when viewed from the other side of the street, or what others say, the “curb appeal.” Paint also protects the home from harsh weather elements and insects that can cause significant damage over time. Paint peelings, chips, and cracks are some of the tell-tale signs that your home needs new paint.

Painting your home on your own is worth considering if you’re just starting to recover your finances after closing your mortgage and you have done a few painting jobs in the past. Here are the home painting tips you may want to try according to The Spruce:

  • Take preparation seriously yet efficiently – Like any painting jobs, exterior painting requires good preparation to make the paint last. Scrape paint chips, cracks, and peelings. You may want to use sandpaper to smoothen the surface. Then, use a hose to thoroughly wash down all the dirt. Use old newspapers to cover floorings and other parts of the home that you don’t want to paint. This will save you time removing unsightly paint splatters.
  • Spot prime parts of the home – Most paint jobs require a primer coating especially if the surface you’re going to paint is porous. However, you may want to just focus on coating primer on surfaces that have not been primed or painted before. If you want to skip priming, you may consider self-priming paints especially if you’re repainting and you have the budget.
  • Consider using the same color or a darker paint – Some homeowners consider using the same color or a slightly darker hue to save them from doing more work. Painting with the same color efficiently blends with the old paint. To get the exact color of your home, get a sample from the peeled paint and show it at the paint store. If you want to change the color of your home, use a much darker color of the old paint.
  • Use the right tool in applying the paint – A paint roller is a convenient tool to efficiently and evenly apply paint on large, solid surfaces like walls and ceilings. There are several paint roller sizes available and it’s important that you choose the right ones you’ll need for the job. On the other hand, you’ll find a paintbrush handy if you’re painting small and complex parts of the home, like window corners and door jambs.

The dry and warm temperature makes it an ideal time to paint home exteriors. However, you may want to start painting the part of the home that’s not directly exposed to the sun to make the paint last. Painting on the shaded areas first also prevents you from sustaining heat-related injuries.

Consider these safety tips first before starting your exterior painting job

If your home is built before 1978, it’s critical to find out if lead from old paint has been properly eliminated from your home. Lead can cause serious health problems for small children and pregnant women. You may want your home to undergo a lead risk inspection or assessment first if you’re unsure that your home is free from lead.

When doing an exterior paint job, it’s ideal to wear comfortable clothing with long sleeves and a wide-brimmed hat to cover you from direct sunlight. If you’re using a ladder, make sure you carefully read its instruction manual and you understand its limitations. Implementing safety measures may help reduce your risk of physical injuries.

The RPM Mortgage team wishes you an enjoyable home painting this season

Here at RPM Mortgage, we want you and your family to have an enjoyable experience in your newly acquired home. If you’re considering painting your home’s exterior, the tips here may help you get the job done safely and efficiently.