If you’re thinking of selling your home, you may seriously want to consider touching up the exterior paint. With just a few day’s work your home could look as good as the day it was freshly painted. Here are some tips if you decide a DIY touch up is in your future:
* Note: If your house was built before 1978, be sure to test for lead paint. If the test comes back positive, you may want to call in a pro who specializes in lead paint removal.
1. Inspect your home’s siding and trim for any signs of peeling or water damage. You may need a ladder to take a close look around the whole house. Be sure not to miss the trim and garage doors, as well as areas that are exposed to standing water or snow.
2. Remove some chips from the side of your home to bring to the paint store. This way, the clerk can do a color match to create the closest possible color to match your home the color it is now, even if you have remaining paint from when the home was last painted. Odds are, the color has faded a bit and this is necessary to ensure the finished color isn’t spotty.
3. Pick up all necessary tools while you’re at the hardware store, and the rest is quite simple. Just be sure if you are fixing a spot that is only on part of a shingle or clapboard that you paint the entire piece to ensure the completed job looks uniform and even.
4. Enjoy your freshly painted home. Odds are it looks as good as the day it was first painted, so be sure to admire all your hard work!
If you’re thinking about selling your home and would like to know what DIY maintenance projects you should do for maximum return at the time of sale, please give us a call. We are more than qualified to help you through the process from start to finish.