(WHAS11) -- If you're looking for a way to improve the curb appeal of your home a fresh coat of paint could be just what you're looking for.
Over time our home's exterior takes a beating from weather and moisture which makes re-painting more than a matter of aesthetics. Peeling paint allows water to seep into the wood and can cause the wood to rot. The first step in a quality exterior paint job is prepping to paint. And that starts with chemically cleaning, rinsing, scraping, sanding and caulking the surface.
“A lot of homeowners tend to tackle painting on their own, but keep in mind the most common mistakes made is not properly prepping before you paint. And a lot of times consumers underestimate the true work involved in prepping properly," said Angie Hicks from Angie’s List.
Painting your home can be a do-it-yourself job. It can instantly increase the value of a home that previous had an ugly color combination.
The cost of equipment, protecting surrounding areas and clean-up are all issues that may make hiring a professional the right choice for you.
"We do not rush the process. We are very thorough in our approach to the preparation. Depending on how many coats will be applied, we would put a coat on one day, wait and apply the next coat the following day," said painting contractor Andy Wagoner.
Prices will vary depending on the quality of pant, the size of your home, the difficulty of reaching all the surfaces. But if you’re looking for an average it's around $3,000.
According to Angie's List a good paint job should last 10 years.
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