(2) It's not that high... or is it? The height of your home can be a bit deceiving from the ground, and let's not forget about the challenge of trying to safely place a ladder on a garage roof to paint the side of the second story. Proper equipment, such as the correct ladders and ladder leveling tools required to safely perform the preparation and painting of high reach areas, can be very costly. Aside from these costs, if you have a fear of heights, painting a two story home yourself may not be the best choice.
(3) 'Paint is not always paint,' as some might say. Using a good quality paint is very important for multiple reasons, but let's look at the two most important. First and most importantly, using a high grade paint verses a low grade paint will increase the time in between repainting your home, saving you both time and money in the future. Second, and possibly of equal importance to many DIY home painters, higher grade paints provide better coverage per coat, reducing the time and cost needed to apply additional material to the surfaces being painted. Every paint manufacturer out there has a good, better, and best line of paint in their arsenal of coatings. It would be best to steer clear of the lower grade paint options, as they will not perform to most people's expectations. While it may save you a few dollars today, at some point in the near future, you will pay the price both in dollars and time spent repainting before you should have to.
(4) Let's not forget the physical aspect of this type of project. Applying paint on the exterior of your home can be hard on your body. 100% of painting projects require physical activity. Most exterior painting projects require extended periods of time on ladders (of course, we are not counting dog houses!). The project will also require you to stretch and bend your body in ways you may not have known were possible. While you may be in great shape, the repetitive nature of painting, stretching and climbing up & down ladders will take its toll on you physically. Be honest with yourself when considering your physical fitness level before committing yourself to completing such a major project on your own.
(5) So, the above information has not changed your mind: you have decided to do it on your own and skip the services of a professional painting contractor. We applaud your determination and hope everything turns out great for you. So one final friendly word of advice. All those cans of paint you just bought-- please, please please... do not use them one at a time. While you may have purchased them all at the same time, if you have, like most homeowners, decided on a color other than what the manufacture put in the can originally, it does not match!!!! Purchase a few empty five gallon buckets and "box" the material together to ensure the paint will all match once applied to the surface. "Boxing" paint is to mix it all together. Pour the gallons into one five gallon bucket and then from five to five until all paint has been mixed together thoroughly. This will blend the slight variations in color from can to can and produce a more uniform color for the finish coat.
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