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How to Paint Your House Like a Pro

Few things compare to springtime in Colorado. The season provides a chance to get outside and enjoy our state’s beauty, whether it’s in the mountains or right here in Denver. 

Of course, many Coloradans will also use these next few months to be productive. Yes, we’re talking about spring cleaning and home improvement projects. In this article, we want to focus specifically on residential painting.

Think back to the last time you painted your house. If you can’t remember, it’s probably due for a fresh coat. Just know there’s a right way to paint your house and a wrong way. And the right way could end up saving you a lot of time, money, and frustration.

So keep reading to see how you can paint your house like a professional. 

Watch the weather

It goes without saying that you should avoid painting your house on a rainy day. Those who do paint their homes in wet weather run the risks of drips and slow drying. That’s why experienced painters suggest holding out for a dry day.

Buy high-quality materials

What would you guess is the average cost to paint a home exterior? Well, according to the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, hiring a professional painter could cost you up to $7,000. So, if you’re on a tight budget, you may be better off turning this into a DIY project.

Many Coloradans will save thousands of dollars simply by painting their houses themselves. Unfortunately, some folks will also care more about pinching pennies than doing a good job. This is why it’s important to buy the highest quality materials you can find.

Before you head to your local home improvement store, spend some time learning about which types of brushes and rollers to use. Trust us, you don’t want to be opening cans of paint only to realize you don’t have the right materials. One more piece of advice here: Invest in top-of-the-line painter’s tape, as it will seal out unsightly blurs and drips.

Protect floors and furniture

It happens more often than you think. A homeowner forgets to cover all the stuff they don’t want painted and, within seconds, ruins the floor or furniture. 

Don’t let such a scenario play out in your home! Take the few minutes required to protect your floor, decor, and belongings. You would rather be overly cautious with a paint project than deal with the alternative.

Apply primer

You may be tempted to buy the paint-and-primer combination as soon as you find it at the store. What most people don’t realize, though, is that primer only really works on a smooth, clean surface. DIY Network advises that you opt for a separate primer if it’s been more than eight years since you last painted. 

Select high-quality paint

This goes back to the point we made earlier about buying high-quality materials. Just like with real estate agents, not all paints are the same. While high-quality paints might be a bit more expensive, they’re sure to create an attractive, long-lasting result.    

Choosing the right paint types for your project can be difficult. For example, you’ll have to choose from matte, matte enamel, satin, eggshell, and gloss for the interior. Exterior paint options, meanwhile, include acrylic, oil-based, water-based, and specialty. 

We encourage you to check out this article from The Spruce for more tips and tricks regarding interior painting.

Paint from top to bottom

Once you’ve taken the necessary precautions and obtained the right materials, you’re ready to paint! But don’t think that your products will allow you to take a haphazard approach to painting. Take a page from the expert’s book and paint from top to bottom. Doing so gives you the ability to paint over your mistakes and maintain a good pace.

Play it safe

We can go on and on with DIY house painting tips. Yes, this can be a stressful, time-consuming project. But you don’t have to tackle it yourself, or even at all.

Consumer Reports offers an all-encompassing guide for hiring a professional painter. Those interested should get estimates from at least three contractors, verify their credentials, and see what previous customers have to say before making a decision. You will find that the best house painters are the ones who have years of experience and strong customer service.

The perfect time to buy a home

Adding a fresh coat of paint is just one of the ways to increase your home value. On the other hand, if you don’t currently own a home, now is a great time to buy. Why not start the process today? 

Contact American Home Agents at (303) 695-5900.

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