Repainting the exterior of your home is one of the most cost-effective home improvement projects you can undertake. It instantly gives your home a new look and makes it more aesthetically pleasing. A correctly done exterior residential painting can go a long way in improving your home’s curb appeal and significantly boosting its overall value.
If you live in the Washington Township area and plan to repaint your home soon, you have probably wondered how you can cut the costs on your upcoming project without compromising on quality. We’ve compiled several practical tips below to help you save money on your project, so read on:
Ask For Estimates From Multiple Professional Painting Contractors Before Hiring
If this is your first time repainting your home, you’re probably wondering where you’ll find a professional painting contractor for your project. You can start by asking your family, friends, and neighbors for recommendations. If they know someone who did an excellent job for them, they’ll recommend the contractor to you.
Alternatively, you can search online for professional painters in your local area. Once you find some, contact at least three of them and tell them about your upcoming exterior repainting project in detail. Ensure that the painters you contact are licensed, insured, and have several years of experience in the painting industry.
A professional painting contractor will pay you a visit in your home before he can give you a quote. A quote should specify the areas in your home that need to be repainted, and any repair work that may be required. Additionally, the types and number of products that will be used as well as the surface prep processes need to be specified. Take time to compare the estimates given before choosing one contractor. Always remember that the aim of comparing multiple estimates isn’t to get the cheapest one for the job, but to find one that provides the best value for your money.
Ask For A Written Contract
Once you narrow down to one painting contractor, ask him for a written contract detailing everything that will be done during the project. A written contract ensures that everyone sticks to the scope and budget of the project, and no unnecessary additional expenses are added along the way.
Repaint Your Home’s Exterior Regularly
Since your home’s exterior is exposed to all sorts of harsh weather elements, waiting for too long before you repaint will cost you more. If you wait until the paint starts to peel or flake, there will be additional labor costs associated with surface prep that you’ll have to pay for them. The additional charges and time will go towards extra paint scraping, caulking, sanding, priming and doing repairs.
As a rule of thumb, you should consider repainting before significant signs of wear and tear start to appear. A home that’s adequately maintained will need minimum surface preparation and at most two coat of paint during repainting. Regularly repainting will save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in the long run.
Buy Only High-Quality Paint
Buying cheap, low-quality paint for your upcoming exterior repainting project may seem like a good idea to save money. However, what you may not know is that these paints require more coats for adequate coverage, and they fade faster. If you want to keep your home looking good, you’ll have to pay the contractor to the redo the job more often, which will cost you lots of money in the long run. On the other hand, high-quality paints require very fewer coats, offer better coverage, and last much longer.
Take Advantage Of Wholesale Pricing and Slow Seasons
Some homeowners hire painting contractors to paint different parts of their homes at different times. This can be due to financial constraints or the weather elements affecting some parts of your home’s exterior more than others. However, doing this can be very costly for the painter, and most of the time, the costs are passed to you.
To save money, you may want to consider repainting your entire home’s exterior at once. Some painters give homeowners a discount for larger painting jobs, which you should take advantage of. You can also schedule your exterior repainting project during slow seasons when contractors run special promotions or charge lower rates.
Repainting the exterior of your home should be done regularly to keep it looking beautiful and improve its overall value. Just make sure you hire a professional painting contractor and use the above tips to cut costs in your next project.
If you need any help with your residential painting needs, Eason Painting would be more than happy to help. Our services are currently available in Macomb Township, Washington Township, Ray Township, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Romeo, Armada, Troy, Shelby Township, Harrison Township, Chesterfield, and Clinton Township, MI.
Call us today on 586-465-5081 to find out what creative ideas we have in store for you!