5 Steps to Paint a House

Whether you need to freshen the paint on your home’s exterior or your kitchen needs a new color scheme, summertime is usually the best time of year to get it done. Summer months are warm enough to leave painted rooms well ventilated, and dry enough to avoid unexpected rain showers or windy days. Smaller paint projects can typically be handled by a skilled DIYer, but if you’re doing a major overhaul, you might want to consider these 5 steps to painting a house.

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Pick the right color. Painting your home (especially the exterior) is very time consuming, so be sure you do it right the first time! It’s best to plan for your summer paint projects well in advance to give yourself enough time to decide on a color scheme, as well as test a few different colors. There’s nothing worse than selecting a paint color that you think will be a mild plum, only to find that it’s more of a vibrant purple. Most paint stores have sample size containers you can purchase. Select 3-5 colors so you have plenty of choices.

Understand basic techniques. Most people don’t realize that painting your home requires multiple steps before the paint can be applied. You must first wash the walls (power wash exteriors), sand and scrape peeling or damaged paint, repair dry rot, prime and patch surfaces, and then apply the paint. Failing to properly prepare the walls can result in a low quality paint job.


During the planning phase, research painting techniques to learn the strategies professionals use to deliver top quality results. Proper research will help you realize whether or not you’re up to the challenge of painting your own house. If you’re not ready to take on such a large project, contact a painting contractor like Property Doctor for an estimate. Most contractors offer free estimates for painting projects.

Be prepared with the proper tools. So you’ve decided to move forward and paint your house on your own. The next step is to gather all the necessary tools and supplies you need to get the job done right. At the least, you will need cleaning supplies, a power washer (to clean the exterior dirt and grime), tools to scrape and sand peeling paint, materials and tools to repair damaged siding or drywall, paint primers and caulking, a paint sprayer (or variety of brushes), and of course the paint. When purchasing supplies, consult the store’s paint specialist to be sure you have all the materials and tools you need.

Plan for weather. Several days before you get started, monitor the weather. Exterior paint is best applied in temperatures that exceed 50 degrees F. Lower temperatures can cause problems with the paint’s ability to properly dry, and a strong rain or wind storm can flat ruin your hard work. Some paints can be used at lower temperatures, but you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s specifications before making the purchase.

Project Day(s). On the first day(s) of your painting project, focus on all the prep work. Depending on the condition of your home, this process can take 1-3 days. For best results, the paint should be applied to a clean surface in good repair, so don’t skip the prep work! If you’re applying exterior paint, start in the west and work your way east. You want to stay outside of the direct sun when possible.

If you have questions about planning your summer painting project, contact the Property Doctor.