If you’ve recently started looking into having the outside of your house professionally painted, you might be surprised by all of the things you have to take into consideration! You must, for example, make sure you select a reputable contractor who has the proper insurance coverage, determine the cost of materials, and factor-in labor expenses.
There are, however, even more, factors you might not even know exist at this point! You will learn about some of these in this guide. Don’t let all of these factors scare you off, though. The more educated you are about exterior house painting, the easier it will be for you to pick an excellent contractor who is charging you a fair rate for the work that needs to be done on your property.
Prep work tends to be the most overlooked aspect of exterior paint jobs. If your house isn’t correctly prepped for its new paint, the odds are good that the project won’t go as planned and the paint won’t look as good as it could have. Prep steps that may add to your final cost are outlined here:
- Power washing – No matter what type of covering is on your house, power washing it thoroughly before starting a paint job is a good idea. In some cases, paint manufacturers actually require proof of power washing in order to honor their warranties. Your contractor should know if this is true of the paint brand you selected for your project.
- Scraping off old paint – Concrete, wood, and stucco homes are all especially likely to require scraping before new paint can be put on. If old paint shards are left peeling just under the surface of a new paint job, it can lead to a variety of problems. Scraping a house entirely can be quite time-consuming for contractors, so it’s important to note that this could add quite a bit to your final bill.
- Replacing rotting or broken wood – If you have wood siding on your house, you must bear in mind that it is exposed to the elements 24/7 throughout every season of the year. This means that it can rot or become damaged no matter how hard you try to maintain it. Since there’s no point in putting new paint on rotting or broken boards, your painting contractor may have to replace some sections of your siding prior to starting your project. This, of course, comes at a cost.
- Priming the house – Any good painting contractor will prime your home before putting a new coat of paint on it. This ensures that the surface of your house is as ready as it can possibly be to absorb fresh paint. Without primer, it can be difficult to get paint to adhere to rough or weathered spots on your residence.
If you would like to find out exactly how much you’re going to have to spend to have your house painted, contact Hatch Homes today. Someone from our skilled team will be happy to look at your home, explain the prep work that will be required for your project, and give you a complete estimate. We’ve been serving families throughout the Carolinas for many years, and we’re excited to help you boost the curb appeal of your house soon!