A fresh coat of paint on your Eureka 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 without first knowing a few important things. We’ve gathered these do’s and don’ts to help you know what is needed to do the job right. This would make sure that your rental property will keep on attracting the quality tenants you wish to have.

DO take the time to remove the old paint from the rental property’s exterior. The pros over at Five Star Painting say that the prep work you do before you start to paint is the most important part of the process. It is essential that you figure out what type of paint your rental currently has and how old it is. The reason 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; for example, if 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 study which method is best for your particular 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. Get a little bit more than what seems to be all you need. There will be some touch-ups and you will need that extra paint. Or if you’re going to do more than one coat, make sure to have enough to paint the entire surface twice. A good quality exterior paint is also very important. Don’t use cheap paint because it will start peeling or fading right away, and all your hard work will be wasted.

DO seal all surfaces and caulk where necessary, and then apply a primer. At Five Star Painting, their experts recommend this step for exterior surfaces. This is because the primer will help seal exterior walls, including newly repaired spots. It also gives 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 it looking blotchy and unprofessional.

DO make all the necessary repairs to the exterior of your rental property before repainting. It may be something like power washing your siding, but depending on the situation, you may have to sand the entire outside of the house and wipe all surfaces down with a cloth. Similar to painting an interior wall, you need to make sure your surface is clean and dry before any painting can begin.

DON’T let time and money be wasted by doing an exterior painting job without first getting the right knowledge and acquiring the 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. A botched exterior paint job will result in a greater expense than any amount you’d spend on professionals.

DO get Real Property Management Humboldt 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 first-rate shops in Eureka who offer quality exterior painting services at a fair price. Feel free to contact us online or by phone at 707-444-3835. We’ll be glad to answer any of your questions.