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3 Tips for Springtime Exterior Painting

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Spring is a great time protect your biggest investment and take a good look at your home’s exterior.

Sealing and painting your exterior is inexpensive in most cases, but goes a long way  to maintain the integrity and visual appeal of your home. Depending on the age of your paint job, some simple caulking and touch-up painting could even do the trick.

Keep reading for 3 quick and helpful tips about touching up your home’s exterior.

1) Play Home Inspector

If you are a do-it-yourselfer, I encourage you to put on your “home-inspector” glasses and visually inspect your home. It is easy to find area of your home that could use some simple TLC.

A common issue that everyone in San Diego faces is wood rot. This comes from the sun beating down on wood trim and seasonal moisture causing paint failure. Not only can this damage your woodwork, but it can create a hotbed for termites as well.

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2) Keep a Consistent Schedule

Depending on the quality of preparation work and paint, you should look at repainting every 3 to 5 years.  A new paint job is much more economical then having to replace wood trim or the potential structural damages a failing paint can cause.

3) Ask For Help

Not everyone is good at DIY projects or has the time to spare, and that’s ok. There plenty of licensed, bonded and insured painting contractors to choose from.

Not time to repaint your exterior? Check out our other suggestions for springtime home spruce-ups.

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Gregg Cantor, a third generation contractor and owner of Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel has successfully remodeled thousands of homes in San Diego County. Gregg's is experienced in all phases of construction and home remodeling including design development, project management, best building practices, code requirements, and contract law. He also writes articles for examiner.com and is co-host of The Home Pro Show Saturday's at 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on A.M.600 KOGO San Diego. Follow Gregg's posts.

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