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    Refresh your home’s exterior!

    The average national cost to paint your home’s exterior is $2,500. Consider these DIY tricks before hiring anyone else to complete the job!
    You don’t need to be a handyman to make your home’s exterior look fresh. The only tools you need are allowing spare time to get the job done! Washing your home can be completed in a day, the prep can be done throughout the weekend, and it can be finished off by executing a makeover throughout a couple of weeks.
    All of these steps can equate to about one-fifth of the cost of hiring a professional.

    1-day project: Wash your house

    It is time to begin washing your siding annually! By doing this, you will remove all mildew and mold, and any other potential problems in order to get the surface ready for prep work and a fresh layer of paint.

    • Purchase a pressure washer, the most popular cleaning tool. It not only has a powerful spray but also a wand that helps guide the way. All you need is patience,  protective eyewear, a few five-gallon buckets, a pressure-washing cleaning solution and a stiff brush.
    • You should wet and loosen up the surface’s debris, then begin wiping it down using a wide, sweeping motion, working your way from the bottom-up.
    • To assure no damage is done, start spraying from 10 feet away and then drift in. Make sure to wash windows, garage doors and cracked seals at the lowest setting or by hand.
    • If you are intimidated by the use of the pressure washer’s that big, you can trade it out for a scrub brush, bleach solution and garden hose.

    Weekend project: Make repairs

    After cleaning up your home’s exterior, block out the next weekend to prepare it for a paint job. On Saturday, you should sand, fill and weatherproof the surfaces. Then on Sunday, cover any stains by using a primer.•

    • By using a sanding block and a razor blade, take off any protruding burrs or paint drips. If you want the job completed quicker, use a rotary tool or power sander.
    • Then you should patch and fill holes with the filler that is appropriate for your siding. For instance, you can use wood filler on wood, but fiber cement siding (also known as Hardie Board) requires cement patch. Then once dry, sand it down.
    • You should change old caulk by using a small putty knife or a painter’s tool. For a smooth bead, slowly apply the caulk using a damp rag to clean up any excess.
    • Replace and change any rotted trim or siding immediately. This will add some time and cost to your project, but it is beneficial as it will beat painting over the wood that is rotted and taken over by termite colonies.
    • Use your Sunday to apply primer, following the manufacturer’s instructions. If you plan on painting with a two-in-one paint that includes primer, old paint jobs and stained areas will need a layer of primer to help the paint stick. If you don’t finish this weekend, allow the job time to roll over to the next weekend.
    • During this downtime, do some planning. Throughout your planning period, you can decide on a paint palette with two or three colors (base, trim and accent) and prepare for the fun part.

    Month-long project: Paint!

    Once your exterior is washed and prepared, give it a new look with fresh paint, trim and accents.

    Week 1: Upgrade the front door casing

    • Once you’ve decided on the perfect style, take measurements and plan the placement on paper before you buy and cut the lumber.
    • If it is plausible, buy some rot-resistant PVC trim. Take note that pressure-treated wood is less in cost but also must be preserved, dried and primed before any installation.
    • To remove or take off any old casing, cut through the caulk with a utility knife and be careful while remove casing with a pry bar.
    • Cut the new casing to size, letting it sit flush against the bottom.

    Week 2: Paint the siding

    • This can be completed in the afternoon or evening, so take on the job in sections. Shake and stir paint before you begin to assure even coverage.
    • Cover up any light fixtures, doorbells, and windows where you are intending to paint, and use an angled brush to paint along edges without making a mess. Use a roller to fill in the broad areas, you should also work from the top to the bottom. Paint the trim last, wiping up any stray spatters with a damp rag.

    Week 3: Apply a second coat

    • Sand out any paint drips or debris.
    • Paint the siding and trim another coat.

    Week 4: Tackle the details

    • Use the color of your dreams to paint your home’s front door.
    • If you want, add shutters!
    • Now is the time to upgrade and add any extras to complete your home’s revamp! A suggestion is to add new crown molding for the porch, a doorbell, a new house number, door handles, and light fixtures.

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