As much as we love the changing of seasons here in the midwest, we do have to understand that the hot sun of the summer months to the bone chilling cold of our endless winters, all of those extremes truly take their toll on your home’s exterior paint which causes the color to not only fade but to become brittle and crack as well. Besides detracting from your home’s aesthetic appeal, worn paint can likewise undermine your siding.
Most high-quality paint survive in between 7 and 10 years. However, if you have seeping gutters or additional moisture-related complications, there’s a good possibility your home will require a fresh coat of paint earlier than you expected.
What determines the Cost?
Painting your whole home is a significant undertaking. For that reason, many homeowners hire the job out to a pro. If that’s the course you’re headed, it’s beneficial to possess a good knowledge of the factors that will determine how much your job will set you back.
The size of your home and it’s layout are a factor.
Most painters charge by the square foot. However,, your home’s layout also plays a significant role in the size and difficulty of the project. Painting a two-story Victorian is a lot more time-consuming than painting a one-story Prairie home.
What is the condition of the exterior?
If you’ve painted the interior of your dwelling, you know that the preparation work is often the most time-consuming component of painting. Get your painter thoroughly clear and prepare the surface of your dwelling prior to painting. Given the importance of prepping, it usually takes multiple days to properly clean and prep a home. If your home’s paint is 35 years old or older, there’s a chance it’s lead-based. Have a pro determine if your paint is safe. If your paint is lead-based, expect additional removal costs.
Are we cheaping out or going big?
It could be appealing to attempt to save cash with a lower-quality paint or stain, but second-tier offerings will likely result in repainting your home significantly faster than you anticipated. Talk to your painter about choosing the options that deliver the appearance and resilience you need at an affordable price.
Are you going to DIY or call a guy or gal who knows what they are doing.
Painting your home is a project which you could tackle on your own. The issue is: do you want to? If you possess the time, patience and aspiration to spend a number of days (or weekends) cleaning, preparation and painting, then there’s no reason you can’t do it yourself. But, a pro will knock your project out much quicker and with better results than a Do It Yourself job.