Things to Consider Before Painting the Exterior of Your Home

By: Joshua Campbell

Things to Consider Before Painting the Exterior of Your Home

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Painting the exterior of your home is probably one of the most cost-effective strategies to increase your home’s curb appeal.  Especially if you plan on doing it yourself.  But there are a lot of things you need to consider.  What materials should you use? How do you pick a colour?
Like anything, a little preparation can go a long way.  Here are a few things to help you prepare for the extra-large paint job you are about to start.

Mother Nature 

She is likely the largest thing that is going to affect your paint job and how long it takes.  Not only do you want to make sure that you buy a product that best suits all four seasons, but you also want to make sure that you check the weather before you begin.  It probably isn’t going to go well if you start the project in rainy April or November.  Choose a time of year when sunshine and warmer temperatures are expected.

Do a Perimeter Check


Do a Perimeter CheckDo a Perimeter Check

Do a Perimeter Check 

When choosing a paint colour, you want to consider the other permanent fixtures around the exterior of your home.  You’ll want to take a look at the colour of the foundation, decks, and walkways.  While you want to stay in the same family of tones, you will want some contrast in the colour.

Sand and Wash

Sand and Wash 
Even the best quality paint won’t stick to a dirty surface.  You will want to take the time to locate the rough spots and sand and wash them.  A nice clean and fresh surface means your exterior paint will last longer and require fewer touch-ups.

Swatch Test

Swatch Test


Paint supply stores have small canisters of paint you can purchase for testing.  You will want to be sure to paint in a few different areas when testing.  Allow the test swatches to thoroughly dry. Then, at various times throughout the day, do a walk around your home and see if you still like the colour. The angles of the sun and shade are going to make the colour look different at various times.

Don’t Get Caught Up on Trends

Do Not Get Caught Up on Trends 
Yes, trending paint colours can seem exciting and fun.  But the reality is, choosing a colour based on it being popular this year could mean you end up having to repaint your home sooner.  The thing about trends is that they come, and they go.  When choosing an exterior paint colour for your home, look at some of the classics and see where your taste lies.  You also want to consider the flavour of the neighbourhood.

Pick the Right Tools

Pick the Right Tools 
A little research here will go a long way.  If you are taking this project on yourself, you will need a number of tools that you may not have.  You will want to invest in the proper ladder or scaffolding to ensure your safety is number one.  You will need brushes and rollers that are not only suitable for your type of siding but also the type of paint.
If you are looking to get a second opinion on your exterior colour, reach out to me and I will connect you with a home designer or paint consultant.

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