A fresh coat of paint on your Orlando 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. These do’s and don’ts will provide the knowledge you need to get the job done correctly and make sure that your rental property will continue to draw quality tenants.
DO take the time to remove the old paint from the rental property’s exterior. The professionals at Five Star Painting say that the prep work you do before you start to paint is the most important part of the process. You’ll have to figure out what type of paint your rental currently has and how old it is. The basis 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; suppose that 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 and think about which method is best suited for your specific property 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. Make sure to have extra paint for the touch-ups because, no matter how skilled you are, you will always need touch-ups. And if you’re planning to have more than one coat, have enough to be able 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 also apply a primer. At Five Star Painting, their specialists recommend this step for exterior surfaces because of the unique characteristic that primers have– that it will help seal exterior walls including newly repaired spots. On top of that, it will give the paint something to adhere to.
DON’T rush through the job. There are times where we can’t wait to get the job done that we do things prematurely. But you shouldn’t apply a primer or paint to an exterior too soon after paint removal. Exterior surfaces need time to dry completely before moving on to the next step, or else you’ll jeopardize the paint job. It may result in a look that is blotchy and unprofessional.
DO fix whatever needs to be fixed before repainting the exterior of your rental property. It may be as straightforward as power washing your siding, but you may be also required to sand the entire outside of the house and use a piece of cloth to wipe all surfaces down. Similar to painting an interior wall, you need to make sure your surface is clean and dry before any painting 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 sufficient time or experience to execute the job flawlessly, then think about 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 get Real Property Management South Orlando 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 superb teams in Orlando who can do top-quality exterior painting services at a reasonable price. If you want to know more about what we can do to serve you, don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 407-982-2000.
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