Your home’s exterior is the first impression your home makes. From the landscape to the shape and style of your home, and to your home’s exterior paint — it all contributes to how your home is viewed by the outside world. Having a vibrant exterior can instantly add curbside appeal to your home and give it a unique personality that helps it stand out from the crowd.
Investing in upgrading your home’s curbside appeal doesn’t just help it stand out visually from your neighbors, it also adds value to your home. Realtors have found that improving your home’s exterior can increase the asking price of your home by 14%. When it comes to enhancing your home’s exterior with a new coat of paint, consider following these three DIY paint tips.
Power wash your exterior before painting.
Your home’s exterior takes a beating being exposed to the elements. The outdoor cracks and crevices of your home are often packed with dirt, dust, plant debris and may be covered with mold or moss. Be sure to clear these items away first before painting otherwise, so that you can give your home’s exterior the best upgrade possible. It’s always best to paint outside when the weather is clear and humidity levels are low. Since painting outside can take more work than an interior paint job, you’ll want to plan ample time to get the job done so you don’t run the risk of starting and not finishing an exterior paint job.
Good to Know
Making sure you like how your color palette looks under natural light is vital before you begin painting.
Choose colors that accent each other well.
You want your home to be a statement not an eyesore. Not all colors that look great for interior walls will work for your home’s exterior. Consider your home’s exterior texture – whether it’s brick, siding, or wood and choose a color that will help your home’s character pop. You may choose to paint your home’s exterior one color and siding or shutters a different color. It’s important to see these colors in natural light outdoors before committing to them.
Don’t forget to paint the walkways.
All too often homeowners focus on painting the home’s physical exterior and forget to enhance the walkways leading up to the home. Using high-quality concrete paint to upgrade the color of your walkways and front stairs can give your home an instant distinguished and refreshed look. In addition, painting any metal railings can also elevate your curbside appeal and give your home a refined timeless aesthetic that will capture attention (for the right reasons).
Using exterior paint to upgrade your home is an affordable DIY project that all homeowners can do. You’ll want to take the time to properly plan your exterior paint project and carefully consider the colors and materials you’ll use so your upgrades will last and instantly give your home a powerful facelift.