The exterior of our house is as important as the interior.
Therefore it is imperative that the exterior of our house looks as good as the interior. It is common to see people taking a quick glance as they pass by houses lined along the pavements. I am sure most of you do it! Well as a matter of fact, the exterior of the house stands as a testimony of your interior. Hence, if you have still not done much to the exterior of your house, its time you do it.
Following are some of the ways to a sparkling exterior:
If you decide to paint the exterior of your house make sure that you use paints from reputed companies and use proper painting kits and quality tools. The following article is provided to you as an alternative to hiring professionals like us. We’re here to help and it’s not always about tooting our own horn. If you really wanted to give it your best shot, this is what you could do if you’ve got all the time in the world.
Any old paint that has been there on the walls should be scrubbed clean or if you want to do it the right way, power washed. Don’t take our word for it, here’s an informative article about prepping your house for painting here. You can also check with the paint manufacturing companies whether their paints contain lead (though you’d be hard pressed to find any these days since Government has limited domestic paint us at .5% since 1991) So you should be sweet.
“If you really wanted to give it your best shot, this is what you could do if you’ve got all the time in the world.”
It is important to have a clean surface before you begin with the painting work. For example, we would effectively employ a pressure wash, which is efficient for cleaning exteriors, in fact, should be the only way. If you do end up wanting to do it yourself, you will need more than your average garden hose. While using household detergent, one can also use about a quarter of household bleach along with water… this is the “Macgyver” way if you want to gamble on results.
The next step is to find out whether the exteriors have any area that needs repairing. It is also advisable to remove all traces of old chalk and the doors and the windows need to be sealed. All old putty is to be removed (do not be lazy… this has to be done). Ensure that you use glazing. If you have a small garden around the vicinity of your house then it is important to cover all the shrubs and the flowerbeds with a cloth so that you can protect them.
Once the painting task is over you can maintain the exteriors by taking out some time on weekends to clean it with the help of a quality nozzle and a stepladder. Dry leaves, twigs and bird droppings often accumulate on the porches so make sure you make it a monthly cleaning ritual.
The windows can be made sparkling clean with the help of a damp cloth or vinegar. This should also be done on a regular basis. Get some help and clear the rain gutters, which often get clogged due to dry leaves so that they function properly during the monsoon.
“the exterior of your house just as important as the interior. In terms of keeping up appearances, don’t let one bring the other down”
Lastly use some innovative ideas and get some décor done. Think of the exterior of your house just as important as the interior. In terms of keeping up appearances, don’t let one bring the other down in the overall home-experience. For ideas, you could check out many home publications or even right now on our Architecture blog posts.
Just remember, we’re only a phone call away and with prices starting at only $120, that’s not much for peace of mind and a guaranteed quality job!