A fresh coat of paint on your Palm Bay rental property’s exterior can get you higher rents, higher property values, and better curb appeal. But don’t jump into your first exterior paint job yet! There are a few important things that you need to know first. We’ve assembled a list of do’s and don’ts that can help you learn what you need to do the job correctly. This ensures that the quality tenants you want for your rental property would remain attracted to it.
DO take the time to remove the old paint from the rental property’s exterior. The professionals at Five Star Painting say that the prep work you do before you start to paint is the most important part of the process. It’s necessary that you figure out what type of paint your rental currently has and how old it is. The idea behind this is that any paint dating from 1978 or before has lead in it and can make you sick if you just start scraping away. Another consideration is the building material of the exterior; to illustrate, if your home has asbestos siding, you may need a professional to do the job.
There are several different ways to remove old and peeling paint, from scraping or power washing to chemicals to heat guns. Take the time to research the different methods available so you could choose the one best suited for your particular property. Then buy the right tools to get the job done faster and easier.
DON’T forget to measure carefully to ensure you have enough paint to finish the job properly. See to it that you have extra for touch-ups, or if you intend to do more than one coat, make sure the paint you have is sufficient to coat the entire surface twice. A good quality exterior paint is also very important. Don’t use cheap paint. Peeling or fading occurs almost instantly with low-quality paint, and the hard work and time you put in will all be wasted.
DO seal all surfaces and caulk where necessary, and also apply a primer. At Five Star Painting, their specialists recommend this step for exterior surfaces because of the unique characteristic that primers have– that it will help seal exterior walls including newly repaired spots. On top of that, it will give the paint something to adhere to.
DON’T rush through the job. Many people want to finish the paint job immediately so they apply a primer or paint to an exterior too soon after paint removal. Exterior surfaces need time to dry completely before moving on to the next step, or you’ll be putting the paint job on the line. It might appear blotchy and unprofessional.
DO fix whatever needs to be fixed before repainting the exterior of your rental property. It may be a simple job such as power washing your siding, but you may also need to sand the entire outside of the house– depending on the conditions and material of the exterior– and then wipe all surfaces down with a cloth. Just the same as painting an interior wall, a clean and dry surface is required before any painting can begin.
DON’T waste precious time and money by rushing to do an exterior painting job without first acquiring the relevant knowledge and learning the skills. If you don’t have enough time or experience to be able to the job right, think about hiring professionals to do it instead. A botched exterior paint job will end up costing you more than if you paid someone to do it for you from the get-go.
DO select Real Property Management Brevard to do the job for you. Instead of spending all that time and hassle trying to DIY the project, our team of experts has connections with superb teams in Palm Bay who can do top-quality exterior painting services at a reasonable price. If you want to know more about what we can do to serve you, don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 321-610-8022.
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