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What to Know When Considering an Exterior Home Painting Project

Aug 26, 2008
Painting the outside of any building can be an especially tedious process. The vast majority of home owners keel over when they even begin to hear the first half of what it takes to complete a project of this sort.

Exterior home painting should not be taken lightly. If you are planning on carrying out this task, there are a few things that you should definitely know before entering the dungeon.

Before you begin the project, it is vital that you are entirely prepared. You will want to know what kind of materials will be needed, the volume of those materials that will be necessary, the time frame you should set aside to complete the project, and how many people (if any) will be helping you.

The list

To be on the safe side, I would recommend that you do quite a bit of research before you make any major purchases. Before you begin the exterior home painting process, it might be best if you spoke with an expert and got a clear picture of what all you will need.

To give you a head start, I will list a few of the basic supplies here; however, I will not go into how much of each supply you will need. This is because I cannot accurately account for the answer to this question. The answer depends on a number of variables.

* Brushes
* Paint Rollers
* Paint Roller Pans
* Masking Tape
* Paint (God help you if you forget this item)
* Floor Mats/Tarps

The Variables

Now, for the remainder of the things to consider when planning to execute an exterior home painting.

A.) Time Frame

The time frame should be created with extreme caution. You never know exactly how long it is going to take you to complete a project of this nature. There are a number of governing factors to keep in mind; factors such as unexpected weather conditions and human errors.

B.) Who's Helping?

Contrary to most people's expectations, this plays an important role in planning the project that lies ahead of you. In order to lay out a semi-accurate time line for completion, it is important to discover who the serious candidates are out of everyone that SAYS they will help you but then mysteriously disappear when it comes time to get down to business.

In reality, if you can nail down these factors then you have a fair shot at hammering out a successful exterior home painting. I say "fair" because even if you get every single detail pinned down as accurately as possible, you still must take into account the fact that you are by no means a professional. Professionals get paid more because they are GREAT at what they do. As with sports, just because you know how to swing a bat does not mean you stand a chance in the big leagues.

However, if you have time, patience and money to spend at leisure then give it a go. What the hey; even if you fall short on the exterior home painting you can always dish out the cash to have a pro polish off the job. However, if you do not have extra time or money and you have a short fuse then it might be in the best interest of your mental health to just pay a pro from the gate.
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