Considerations for Painting the Exterior of your Home

Painting the exterior of your home can make it feel brand new.

One of the most dramatic ways to change the curb appeal of your home is to paint it. But you don’t want the drama to be in a negative way…to be known as the “pink house” – instead you want the paint job to beautify your home. There are many things to do before the transformation can take place. What are some things to consider when painting the exterior of your home?

Whether you hope to accomplish this paint job yourself, or you plan to hire a contractor, you need to make sure the following things are discussed, planned for and/or included in your bid.Yellow House

Prep Work

The worst part of the painting experience, but probably the most important, is what happens before the painting ever begins. Are there woodpecker holes in your siding, rotted siding or damaged door trim and window sills? These problems need to be replaced or repaired before any painting begins. Sanding and scraping to ensure the surface is clean and smooth is also a must.

Color Choices

Are you going with the same color palette or are you up for something new? Using the same color will take less time, paint and money. But changing the color can really make a giant difference in the curb appeal of your home. Before you pick a new color, consider the following:

  • How will a new color work with your roofing, sidewalk and driveway? How will it work with your plantings and surroundings? What about your neighbors? You don’t want it to be like every other house on the block, but it shouldn’t stand out like a sore thumb either.
  • Dark colors can make a home appear smaller and dark colors absorb more heat. Lighter colors tend to make a home look a touch bigger and reflect heat. Is that something for you to consider as well?
  • Painting a new color will cost you more in terms of time, paint and money and will require proper priming as well.


Will you spray the paint or brush it on? Many contractors opt to use the spray method since it is far quicker and easier. But using a brush has its benefits, as a brush coat tends to last longer. Once again there is a price differential, as spraying is cheaper in both labor and paint costs. Brushing uses more paint and takes longer (which means more money).

General Considerations

Make sure you pay attention to the materials of your home when making any paint decisions, as some products work better on wood, vinyl or metal siding, or stucco. And there IS a difference in the quality of brands of paints, so don’t skimp on this decision as painting a home is so much work and money – you want your paint job to last.

Maintaining the exterior of your home is one of the joys of home ownership. A new coat of paint is an important way to protect your home from insects, weather and damage. It’s also a great way to beautify your entire outdoor space – things will look cleaner and fresher. Do the job properly and you will be able to enjoy your new look for many years to come.

The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® is the largest trade association in the state with more than 17,000 members. MNAR is the voice for real estate in Minnesota.

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