‘Kerb appeal’ is the buzz word realtors use to describe how attractive property looks to both potential tenants or buyers, as well as your neighbors.
A house which is looking dull and shabby with flaky, tired paint isn’t attractive, and creates a negative impression, regardless of how unfair that may be.
So we know it’s important for a property to look as good outside as it does inside, so it shouldn’t be a difficult fix, right?
Few people without experience or training would attempt to fix a problem with their car’s engine or saw down a towering monster of a tree in their yard, so why would they even think about painting the exterior of their home?
Even the keenest amateur decorator is going to find there’s a huge difference between tackling an interior revamp and making a professional job of the outside of a house.
There’s a reason why people train for years to qualify as a painter and decorator, and this is why you really need to consider talking to experts if you are planning to paint the exterior of your home.
Let’s look a bit closer at exactly what kind of benefits hiring professionals will offer.
Benefit #1 – Expert house painters know about preparation
There isn’t much point in slapping some paint on the exterior of your home and calling it a day.
Before you even begin to tackle the job ahead a professional painter will inspect the property closely, looking for anything which needs to be repaired or treated before thoroughly cleaning the surfaces to be painted – only then can the decorating really begin.
Typical fixes include windows which are rotting, have badly flaking paint, or need to be re-caulked.
Caulking may seem pretty straightforward, but it can be problematic if you choose caulk which is not flexible or designed to be painted over.
Benefit #2 – Professionals have safety training and knowledge
The decorators may not be able to fix these problematic things themselves but they are likely to have contacts who can.
This is the best route as tasks like removing paint can involve dangerous chemicals, while some new paints applied may give off fumes which can harm both people and any pets which are around.
Older homes may even have lead paint to be removed – which is a tricky job in itself…
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