While it does take a bit of effort and hard work, painting your home is something most people can do. Depending on the circumstances, you will understand how hard or how easy the painting project will be. So long as you have plenty of time to do the job, it will save you money by doing your own painting, and prep work. It is best to hire someone to do the job for you, if you need to take off from your job to do it.

Painting Preparations

Paint does not last permanently, and eventually, it begins to peel and look horrible. The one immediate option is to get a paint scraper and scrape off the peeling paint. If your residence is really old, you may have several coats of paint, which will compound the problem. You will end up with a tougher time when the layers of paint below are oil-based. When you get the peeled paint stripped off, and scraped as best as you can, then you need to putty the holes in the wood, spackle the bare spots in the drywall, and next, sand it as good as you can. Once this is done, wipe off the dust, and let it get completely dry. You might want to hold off 24 hours before it dries entirely.

Removing Moisture

Aged homes may have problems with moisture build-up. When there is extreme condensation, a leak, or moisture building-up, the result will also be cracking paint. This really is prevalent in the bathrooms where there is excessive moisture along with mold and mildew. Though typical in bathrooms, this concern can also occur in other parts of the home. Should you have a leak or shrubs that are too close to your house, you will have paint cracks. In the event your paint might be cracking due to moisture build-up, you will need a different solution. As you will probably have mildew, and if it is on the inside, you will need a solution consisting of one part bleach and three parts water. If it is outside of the home, simply use the solution that comes with a pressure washer.

Color Selection

Another difficulty that needs a painter, is when the color is fading, which normally happens on the exterior. This occurs in most cases outside the home where there is direct sunlight practically for the whole day. To minimize fade, avoid using bright colors like red for your home. If you want some kind of expression color, consider golden or ruddy tone.

To have your home looking nice, you should never let it get into that bad of shape. You need to make the effort to repaint every few years and repair any leaks as soon as they happen.