Spring is on it’s way and with the change in the seasons come the home owner’s overwhelming desire to freshen up their house paint. What affects more change than a fresh coat of paint? Painting your interior is the quickest, longest lasting, most cost effective way to brighten up your interior. If you’re planning on sprucing up for spring, it’s a good idea to do your painting before your cleaning. Painting your exterior is an important step in undoing the damage Michigan winters can cause.
One of the best ways to begin is to thoroughly assess the painted condition of your entire property, both inside and out. It’s a good idea to take a slow walk through and around your home, with paper and a pen. Bring along your significant other – not only because two sets of eyes are better than one, but to make sure the two of you are on the same page. Inside the home, the desire for a more attractive appearance may take precedence over maintenance needs, but don’t neglect to note the condition of your interior paint. Are you tired of your room colors, or are you simply ready for a change? Jot down your thoughts, along with any ideas you have for new paint colors. Have your painted walls seen better days? Is the trim banged up? How do the baseboards look? And don’t fail to assess the condition of your ceilings; most people paint them far less frequently than the walls. . .and they often look that way.
Outside the home, start your inspection at the front door, which gives friends and visitors their first impression of your home. Next, look for signs of paint failure on your exterior walls – evidenced by bare wood, peeling or flaking paint, mildew or mold. If you have any masonry (on walls, foundation or a fireplace), check for white, crusty efflorescence. Aluminum siding? Look for vulnerable bare metal and unsightly white oxidation, an indication that corrosion has set in. Check all the areas where two different surfaces come together. Make sure they are properly caulked and that the caulk is in good condition. Naturally, you’ll want to inspect your exterior trim, windows, shutters, and doors, but don’t forget to also look at your garage door, gutters, downspouts, railings, and decks. A fresh coat of paint can help maintain them all!
Professional painter advice
Now that you have an inventory of your painting needs, categorize the projects in terms of their urgency or desirability. If you’re having trouble prioritizing, try giving every job a numerical rating, indicating which ones to do first. Generally speaking, it’s better to get to the exterior paint jobs first, starting with the areas of greatest need. By delaying urgent outdoor painting projects, you run the risk that your home will suffer damage. Sometimes it makes the most sense to address the most urgent outdoor needs until you run into weather that is not good for outdoor painting – for example, especially wet, cold or windy days, which may interfere with the paint setting correctly.
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Still feel lost? That’s OK – we’re here to help! We can visit with you, walk through your home with you, help you prioritize based on your budget, and give you a free painting estimate. We’re also happy to answer general questions over the phone – hope to hear from you soon!