Having the exterior of your house painted is a major undertaking. The most common dilemma is how to choose the right colors but there are other important questions to consider. Understanding the dos and don’ts will set the path to a successful exterior paint job. Bottom line: Painting is the most cost-effective way to enhance your home’s curb appeal and to protect the exterior, so it’s worth your while to have it done right.

Start with a clean slate. Getting the surface ready is key to a successful paint project. Putty and caulk should be used to fill in any imperfections so that it’s smooth and free of cracks. The dull, shiny or glossy areas should be lightly sanded. A tool like a paint scraper or power washer will remove contamination like oil, mold, or rust.

Identify your palette. Take into consideration the materials on your house, such as roofing, brick, stone, or stucco. Earthy tones complement stone materials, while cooler shades coordinate well with wood finishes. Consider playing up architectural details. A house that features both vertical and horizontal siding could be painted in two tones. Or for a neutral house, coat doors, trim, and window mullions with bold colors. Think about your environment. Are you in a wooded area or out in the open? What have the neighbors done?

Choose the right paint. Our professionals will help you choose the correct paint for your house. Primer is important to bare wood. It adheres well to the paint and prevents it from peeling. It will also give the paint its truest color in the least amount of coats.

Check the weather forecast. The weather will affect how well the paint adheres to the surface. You shouldn’t have your house painted if the temperature is below 35 degrees.

Do annual maintenance. To extend the life between repaints, washing the house—or power washing, with care—and removing dust and cobwebs at least once a year will brighten up the appearance.