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Exterior Makeover

This is for the countless number of people I have been talking with over the past 12 months that are trying to sell their homes.

In today’s extremely competitive market, it’s crucial that your home has great curb appeal if you want to get the absolute best price when you sell it – or even an offer from a potential buyer for that matter! If you haven’t already done so, I would highly recommend that you give your home an exterior makeover. Depending upon your home, it may be an extreme exterior makeover.

Here are some tips for an easy and cost-effective way to make your home look great to potential buyers:

Latex paint – is almost everyone’s first choice for exterior paint because it is easy to apply, cleans up with water and dries quickly. On top of that, it’s long lasting. But if you don’t know what you’re painting over, choose alkyd. Alkyds will adhere to most surfaces, including chalking ones; latex is more finicky about what old paints it will bond to.

More About Latex Paint – Is it always damp around your house? Choose a latex paint or stain. Porous latex breathes and lets moisture escape. Moreover, it doesn’t contain vegetable oils that encourage mildew by feeding it. Latex is also great for most masonry and can usually be applied without a primer.

Painting Cinder Block – For cinder blocks, get a solvent-thinned rubber-base paint. The water in latex can penetrate into the blocks, causing embedded iron particles to rust and stain your fresh paint job.

Painting Other Surfaces – You can revive faded aluminum siding with any standard topcoat. But first, you must sand the problem areas, wash the surface well and coat any bare metal with a zinc-based primer. For doors, windows and other places where durability is a concern, pick a glossy paint. It contains more of the resins that give a paint body and hardness.

Power Washing the Siding – If your house’s exterior is badly soiled, rent power washing equipment. The high-pressure jet of water it emits will blast away flaking paint as well as dirt.

Use Sandpaper – Scraping off loose flaking paint is also an important part of preparation. But don’t overdo it. There no need to scrape off any paint that is firmly stuck to the surface. Areas where you have scraped off flakes and blisters will be less noticeable if you smooth the sharp edges of the old paint with sandpaper.

It Really is Painting Season– for most of us. For best results, paint when the temperature is between 50 & 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Spring and Fall are the best seasons for painting. Besides moderate weather, nearby leaf bearing shrubs are usually bare. Be sure to wait until the dew evaporates in the morning before painting, and in the evening, stop before the dampness sets in.

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