It isn’t as simple as it looks, but one task that pretty much anyone can do on their house is painting. If your household has not been painted in awhile, you know that a painting project is often a challenge. If you perform the appropriate prep work and you make the time, you will be able to save some money carrying it out yourself. You should hire someone to do the job for you, if you need to take off from your job to do it.

After years, the paint on your wall is likely to either start to fade or peel. The only immediate solution is to get a paint scraper and scrape off the peeling paint. In case your house is really old, you could have several coats of paint, which will compound the problem. It can be a lot more challenging if the layer of paint below was oil-based. After you’re done scraping the paint from the walls, you’ll either need to putty holes in the wall if it’s wood or spackle if it is drywall then sand it down. Once you have completed this process, wash off the dust and let it dry. Make sure you wait about 24 hours to fully dry.

On the list of bigger issues with older homes is from moisture build-up. Paint will begin to crack if you have condensation as well as leaks. This really is prevalent in the bathrooms where there is extreme moisture along with mold and mildew. Even though this is typically a bathroom problem, it can happen in other parts of the house. Should you have a leak or hedges that are too close to your house, you will experience paint cracks. When your paint happens to be cracking due to moisture build-up, you will need a different solution. If the paint cracking happens to be inside, you will need to make a solution of one part bleach and three parts water to stop the mildew buildup. If it is on the exterior of the house, you just wash it with a pressure washer and the solution that comes with it.

Another problem that has to have a painter, is when the color is fading, which normally happens on the exterior. Such a thing happens usually outside the home where there is direct sunlight practically for the whole day. To avert this problem, steer clear of bright colors, or bold ones, like red. If you want colors that feature prominently, try ones that tend to be golden or with a ruddy tone.

To help keep your home looking nice, don’t ever let it get into that bad of shape. You need to take some time to repaint every few years and deal with any leaks as soon as they happen.