If you are getting ready to paint the outside of your home, there are specific preparation steps that you can take to ensure that the outside of your home looks as professional as possible.
#1 Clean the Exterior
Start by washing the exterior of your home. You can use a spray attachment on a garden hose, or you can use a pressure washer. If you use a pressure washer, use the lowest pressure setting possible to clean up your home.
If there are area where dirt or mildew have built-up, you may want to use a scrub brush to clean away the dirt. Scrub the area with some soap and water, and rinse it clean. There shouldn't be any dirt that you encounter that you can't get rid of using one of the methods above.
To save time, you can hire a professional pressure washer to clean the outside of your home.
#2 Get Rid of Loose Paint
Next, you want to get rid of loose paint. You want to apply the new paint to a smooth surface. You can use a scraper to remove loose paint. As you remove lose paint, be sure to protect yourself from getting paint scraps in your eyes or breathing it in by wearing a mask and goggles.
#3 Sand Away Tough Spots
After that, you are going to want to get rid of any tough spots on the outside of your home. You need a smooth application for your paint. Use a sander to get rid of rough spots. If you only have a few rough spots on the outside of your home, you can hand sand the areas. If you have a lot of rough areas to sand down, you'll want to use an electrical sander to get the job done in a timely manner.
#4 Take Care of the Dings & Holes
Finally, if you have any dings or holes on your walls, you are going to want to fill them in using patching putty or a patching compound. Fill in the holes, and then sand them down when the compound dries. If you find any rot, you are going to want to bring in a professional to remove and address it. Rot can spread, and painting over it will not stop it from spreading; you'll need to remove the rot.
You need to take the time to prepare your home before you paint it if you want it to look as professional as possible. Contact a house painting company for more help.