A fresh coat of exterior paint could liven up an old home

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A fresh coat of exterior paint could liven up an old home

 June 30, 2011
 
Real estate agents often press the importance of establishing a property's curb appeal when working with new home sellers. However, it can be difficult to make a home for sale eye-catching if its exterior paint is drab and derelict. A fresh coat of paint on a home's exterior can boost a property's curb appeal, giving home sellers an advantage even before a prospective home buyer walks in the front door. After all, 
first impressions are important, and an exterior paint job that sparkles - not literally, of course - could encourage one interested onlooker to buy a home.
 
Decide between a contractor or DIY
 
Homeowners could simply hire a contractor to handle the dirty work, though HouseLogic reports such a job could cost them between $4,000 and $6,000 if they live in a standard 2,000-square-foot, two-story home.  Doing the job themselves could be more cost effective, though according to HouseLogic, the process is not as simple as slapping on a new coat of paint. The surface will need to be washed, cleared of flaking paint and sanded first. Divots or holes should be filled and repaired, while a 
layer of primer will provide the top layer of paint a surface to adhere to. A quality paint should be used at first and covered with a layer of top coat, HouseLogic reports.
 
Those living in homes built before 1978 may also have to worry about lead paint, according to HouseLogic. While homeowners are not legally obligated to follow the Environmental Protection Agency's lead paint removal guidelines - professionals are - it still may be wise to consider a removal strategy. It may also be a smart idea to test for lead paint first and bring in a professional in these instances, HouseLogic reports.
 
Pick a home buyer-friendly color
 
Painting their home garishly won't do much for a home seller's curb appeal, according to AOL Real Estate. Home buyers are more likely to buy a home that's painted a neutral color, so home sellers are advised to lean that way when selecting a color. Some major paint manufacturers provide online color palettes that can make choosing a color easier, according to AOL Real Estate.
 
Pick the right type of paint
 
TLC reports it may be best to select a new paint type based off what was used before. If a home's exterior is covered in latex-based paint, it would be best to use a latex paint again. The same holds true for alkyd paints, also known as oil-based paints. If homeowners are unsure what type was used on their home before, TLC reports it may be best to go with an alkyd-based paint, since they are more durable. At the same time, alkyd paints can be more difficult to work with and dry quicker 
than latex paint, according to TLC.