A fresh coat of paint on your Pasadena rental property’s exterior can get you higher rents, higher property values, and better curb appeal. But don’t rush into your first exterior paint job. There are some important things that you must know before you begin painting. We’ve compiled some do’s and don’ts that can give you the information needed to do the job right and make sure the quality tenants you want will continue to be interested in your rental property.
DO take the time to remove the old paint from the rental property’s exterior. Five Star Painting, a business that does high-quality painting services, have professionals in their team that say that the prep work you do before you start to paint is the most important part of the process. It is essential that you figure out what type of paint your rental currently has and how old it is. The explanation for 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; as an example, 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 determine which method is advised for your property– considering all its characteristics– and 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. Get a little bit more than what seems to be all you need. There will be some touch-ups and you will need that extra paint. Or if you’re going to do more than one coat, make sure to have enough to paint the entire surface twice. A good quality exterior paint is also very important. Don’t use cheap paint because peeling or fading happens almost immediately with low-quality paint, and all the effort and hard work will be wasted.
DO seal all surfaces and caulk where necessary, and then apply a primer. The experts at Five Star Painting recommend this step for exterior surfaces since the primer will help seal exterior walls, including newly repaired spots. In addition to that, it gives the paint something to adhere to.
DON’T rush through the job and attempt to apply a primer or paint to an exterior right after paint removal. Exterior surfaces need time to dry completely before moving on to the next step, or you’ll compromise the paint job. It may end up looking blotchy and unprofessional.
DO repair all that needs fixing before repainting your rental property’s exterior. It may be as simple as power washing your siding, but you may also have to sand the entire outside of the house and wipe all surfaces down with a rag. It’s the same thing for an interior wall, painting it requires a clean and dry surface before you can begin.
DON’T waste both time and money by doing an exterior painting job without the correct knowledge and skills. If you don’t have the extra time or experience required to perform the job correctly, consider hiring professionals to do it for you. Fixing up a botched exterior paint job is certainly more expensive than the cost of getting a professional to do it for you.
DO employ Real Property Management East San Gabriel Valley 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 the best people in Pasadena who can give quality exterior painting services at a reasonable price. To know more about what we can do for you, please contact us online or give us a ring at 626-600-2884.
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