Exterior Painting Dos and Don’ts

Warmer weather means more time outside playing with the kids and walking the dog and, unfortunately, noticing what the winter weather has done to the exterior of your home. Don’t worry because we are going to cover the do’s and do not’s of exterior painting so you can have the best house on the block this spring season.

All the Do’s and Don’ts you need to know when it comes to exterior painting

Don’t cut corners

There is a lot more that goes into exterior painting than just painting. If you want your hard work to look good and last, you will need to take the appropriate steps to do so. From prepping your flower beds and covering the plants all the way to chipping off old, peeling paint and sanding it down to get a smooth start to your primer- this is what you absolutely need to include in your prep work. Future you (and your plants) will thank you for not cutting corners on painting preparations.

Do check the weather reports

You prepped your flower beds. You covered your walkways with drop cloths. You sanded your siding, then dusted it and sanded some more only to look up and feel mother nature crying down on all your hard work. It is very important that you check the weather reports before you plan on painting outside as that will dictate what you can and can’t do. Obviously, painting in the rain isn’t going to create a nice finish that you want on your home. So, definitely check the weather first so you won’t be crying later.

It is very important that you check the weather reports before you plan on painting outside as that will dictate what you can and can’t do.

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Don’t Go crazy

You might be drawn to the neon green or vivacious purple, but make sure you check with your HOA before choosing a paint color. Most of the time, they will want a say in what color you choose even if it is similar to the one currently on your home. So don’t spend all your Saturday painting only to get a letter Monday saying that you have to change it back. Double-check and get the confirmation in writing so you can have all your bases covered!

Do hire a professional

So, you might have read all the above and thought, “who do I know who does painting so I don’t have to” and that is definitely a fine choice to make. When it comes to choosing who is going to paint the exterior of your home, you need to make sure that the person is both qualified and able to handle your project. A professional painting company will have the references and insurance documents you need to make an informed decision. Hiring a “fly-by-night” company might save you a few bucks now but it can end up with a bundle of headaches down the road.

Check their review profiles on places like Google My Business and Angie’s List. You can also ask your neighbors or check local Facebook groups for opinions on who people have used and what their experiences were. That way, you can make the best decision for your home painting project.

No matter what or when we are ready to help guide you when it comes to your home exterior painting project. Whether you are just in the planning phase and curious about pricing or you are ready to roll and get that fresh coat up there- we are here to help at Haymarket’s Pro Edge Painting. You can either reach us at www.proedgepainting.net/ or give us a call at 703-795-6124​!

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