3 Easy Steps To A Fresh, New Home Exterior

Now that warmer weather’s here, it’s a great time to tackle that house-painting project you’ve been meaning to get to. With the national average for professional painters at about $2,500, it’s no surprise you’re thinking of going the do-it-yourself route. 

The good news is, you don’t have to be particularly skilled in the fine art of home improvement to make your house look great. In fact, there’s no reason to kill yourself getting it done either. All you need is a desire to make your home look like new again, and for about one-fifth the cost, you can make it so. 

Step 1 – Wash Your House (One Day)

This step is the easiest and it only takes one day to complete. This step removes any mold, mildew, dirt, and debris and prepares your home’s siding for the next steps. You’ll need a pressure washer (it’s the easiest way to tackle this step), a long-handled scrub brush, and cleaning solution. 

Follow the instructions for the pressure washer, being sure to pay close attention to any and all safety guidelines. 

Step 2 – Make Repairs (One Weekend)

For this step, be sure you have an entire weekend free to take care of any wear or damage you found as you washed the exterior of your home. Use Saturday to fill and sand any holes in the siding and then weatherproof all sides of the house. On Sunday, prep any stained areas with primer so they don’t come through the fresh paint. 

Step 3 – Paint (One Month)

Once you’ve cleaned the exterior of your home and made the necessary repairs, it’s time to begin painting. No one says you have to get this part of the project done quickly, so take your time and make it look great. Here’s the timeline.

Week 1 – Replace the front door casing. 

Plan it all out on paper before heading to the home improvement store for supplies. If your budget allows, try to get rot-resistant PVC wood rather than pressure treated wood as it will eliminate the need to treat the wood first before cutting and putting it into place. 

Remove the old wood, scrape out any caulk, cut the new wood to size and install. 

Week 2 – Paint the siding

Tape and cover any surfaces you won’t be painting (windows, light fixtures, etc.) and use an angled brush to make clean lines along edges. Use a roller for big areas, working from the top down. Paint trim last and use a damp rag to wipe up any splatters or spills as soon as they happen. 

Week 3 – Put on the second coat

Take some sandpaper to any drips or debris you find in the first coat of paint and then apply a second coat. 

Week 4 – Add the finishing touches

The fun is in the attention to detail. Paint the front door a contrasting but complementary color, replace the house number and light fixtures, and make any other upgrades to add the finishing touches to your home-painting project. 

Painting the exterior of a house seems like a big project, but when you break it down into smaller projects over the course of several weeks, it isn’t such a huge undertaking after all. Anyone can give their home a fresh, new look following the simple steps above.