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Exterior Paint Condition Checklist for Sellers

The fact of the matter is not even a professional exterior painting contractor will find everything. Whether you’re purchasing or selling your home, don’t forget to take a look at the condition of the exterior. Check for damages and peeling paint. You don’t want these issues to arise if/ when someone is seriously considering purchasing your home. In some cases, these damages could keep the buyer from closing the deal. Getting the exterior of your home ready for showing is a lot of work. Especially, if it needs painting. But what are the indicators? How do I know if the exterior of my home needs to be re-painted?

Then to really keep you busy, you have to find a realtor, clean and stage it, and figure out a million other little things. Thankfully, we are here to help! Use this easy-to-follow checklist to learn when you may need the exterior of your home painted.

Exterior Painting Checklist

When you’re getting ready to sell your home the first thing you should do is check your exterior house paint. Curb appeal is more important than you would believe. You want potential buyers to fall in love at first sight.

We’ve put together a list of the most common trouble points on a home’s exterior and what to look for.

1. Shutters

A good place to start is by checking your shutters. Shutters offer a small area to get used to looking for rot, cracking, fading, or peeling paint.

Start by looking at the front of the home from a distance. You want to imagine you’re seeing them for the first time.

If the paint seems faded from a distance it’s definitely time to paint. Continue approaching and see how you feel as you get closer.

Look for any weather-related damages and check around the edges for any cracks. Once you know that the shutters themselves are in good condition see if there’s any blistering or peeling paint.

If you notice any issues or if you just want to spruce them up it’s a good idea to scrape and/or sand the current paint off and apply a new coat or sometimes two coats.

2. Front Door and Porches

The front door and porch is probably the most important single area of your home’s exterior. It’s the first thing prospective buyers see when they approach your home. These areas need to not only be clean but look fresh and crisp.

The front door of your home has to look impeccable. There shouldn’t be any marks or scuffs on it anywhere.

If the paint has started to fade or peel you need to get it taken care of straight away. Apply the same treatment to the rest of your porch that you did to your shutters.

Walk around the whole area. Look for fading, damaged spots, peeling paint, and anything else that needs to be touched up or redone.

If the paint is more than several years old it’s a good idea to go ahead and have it repainted or at least cleaned.

3. Exterior Siding

Your siding is the largest painted area of your home. When inspecting it you’ll need to be able to see things going all the way up to your roof and gutters.

This one isn’t as simple as looking for faded spots and peeling paint. However, you want all the siding on your home to look identical. This gives it a much more put-together look overall.

One thing to keep in mind is that a can of paint doesn’t last forever. You’ll get a different lifespan depending on what kind of paint you bought and what surface it was applied to.

You should expect to need a fresh coat every 4-8 years on average. However, this range heavily depends on the quality of the paint.

You also want to consider what color it’s currently painted. The most popular colors ten years ago are completely different from now. Make sure you present the best possible image of your home.

4. Window and Door Trim

Inspecting your window and door trim is another important part of your walkthrough. It involves looking for actual structural damage as well as simple fading.

If you have older wooden sills, brick molding, sashes, or noses on your windows, you need to check for signs of water damage. In many cases, the exterior paint could be intact. However, this is no indication that there’s no rot. Press on the areas to check for soft spots.

Look for small cracks and shifting in the frame and trim. This can indicate that water has infiltrated the frame and is slowly rotting it out from the inside.

Finger jointed trim is very problematic. Over time, the joints will inevitably come apart. Don’t worry, it will be obvious when it happens.

If you catch it early enough you can have the window sanded down and resealed. If the rot has advanced past a certain point you’re probably going to have to replace the window.

5. Peeling Paint

Peeling exterior house paint is one of the most common exterior issues. It has a number of potential causes but is usually pretty easy to correct.

One of the most common causes of peeling paint is a leaky gutter. As the water from your gutter goes down the side of the house moisture can get behind the actual paint film.

This is one of the reasons it’s so important to regularly clean and inspect your gutters. Even if you have a form of gutter protection, you should still check it for physical damage.

Over time this causes the paint to break away from the surface of the siding. Check for any signs of water damage or flow around your house.

You should also look for broken or loose caulking as it can allow water to get behind the paint.

If it’s just a small area that’s dry and free from mold or mildew, you can scrape the paint off and sand it down. Apply a good coat of caulking but if needed but you must prime it first. Once the caulking is totally dry you can apply a nice, even, and heavy coat of paint.

6. Deck Stain

Decks are one of the most valuable outdoor features on homes but they do require some upkeep. The stain on your deck helps protect the wood from water damage and makes it look really sharp.

The first thing you should do is pressure wash your deck. This removes any debris, grime, mold, or mildew. If the deck is really dirty it may require using a little more pressure or even blasting.

If your deck looks weathered or if the water is no longer beading up on the wood it’s time to apply another coat of stain. But don’t be too alarmed most decks lumber is pressure treated. Therefore, the wood is durable enough to resist moisture on its own to some degree. We just want it to look good!

As long as you properly stain your deck at regular intervals it will further its resistance to rot and damage for years to come.

Invest In Your Home’s Beauty

Sprucing up the siding and trim of your home is one of the best ways to add value when preparing to sell. Fresh exterior painting gives your home a newer and more modern look that shapes prospective buyers’ expectations.

If you’re getting ready to put your home on the market and you are looking for premium service, contact us today for a free exterior paint quote. We are the best contractor near you. We sever Raleigh, Cary, Apex, and other surrounding areas!

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