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Repaint Your Home's Exterior Trim to Increase Visual Appeal, Especially Before Selling

Repaint Your Home's Exterior Trim to Increase Visual Appeal, Especially Before Selling

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June 23, 2010

Before listing your home for sale, consider one home renovation project to significantly increase its curb appeal--repainting the exterior trim, especially if it's flaking and looks shabby. Exterior trim, especially when well painted, makes a home stand out visually. Although this is a time-consuming task, it's also one that can make prospective buyers fall in love with your property at first sight.

Hiring a Painting Contractor

If your work schedule doesn't allow enough time to repaint the exterior trim--a job that easily can consumer two or three consecutive weekends for a large home--or you don't want to undertake the job because of the heights involved, contact a few painting contractors and get estimates on the job.

Tools Needed

If you do the job yourself, you may already own some of the necessary supplies:

  • 2-inch, 3-inch, and 4-inch brushes
  • Four-inch roller
  • Paint pan
  • Extension ladder
  • Masking tape or paint shield
  • Drop cloths

Painting Exterior Trim

First, remove flaking paint by gently scrubbing the trim pieces with a wire brush to expose bare wood. You can use a power washer to blast off old paint, too.

When painting, start high--fascia, gable-end rafters, etc.--and work your way down to the foundation. If you don't want to spend time masking around windows, use a paint shield. A roller speeds up the task, but you have to roll slowly enough to avoid flecking paint on the body of the house.

If you have a large home with intricate trim, consider hiring a painting contractor. Plan ahead for the expense of repainting. Although it won't significantly increase your home's value, it dramatically increases your home's charm and saleability.

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