By Larry Collins

With spring looming shortly, you may be thinking about tackling some outdoor tasks. Exterior residential painting is one of the most common tasks people intend to do during the spring. I say intend because more times than not, the project does not get completed. It is no one's fault, it's a wonderful idea really, but people simply find it to be too overwhelming which it undoubtedly is. The spring is indeed a wonderful time to get a project such as exterior residential painting Ventura county accomplished because of the beautiful sunny weather and warm temperatures.

This is a professional who paints exterior and interior walls, the trim, and porches on a home. Professional residential paint contractors have specialized knowledge in knowing what the right types of paint to use for a job along with adding details to the paint job such as borders or texturing.

Even the slightest change in the shade of a color can dramatically alter the appearance of your house, so it's important to get it right the first time. There are a million options out there for you to choose from, too, so the decision may not be as cut and dry as you think. Still, there are some simple things you can do to help narrow your selections.

You will also need brushes, rollers, or better yet a paint sprayer to get the best, most professional looking results. These are not cheap and really what else are you going to use it for? You will also need to thoroughly wash the outside of your house before you ever attempt to paint it. This requires a pressure washer, not a simple garden hose - that simply will not get the dirt and grime off - it will only make it wet dirt and grime.

There are benefits of hiring residential paint contractors instead of the homeowner doing all the painting. In addition to there being less painting for the homeowner the contractor has the special equipment and tools that can help the job go faster, the paint job will have a more professional look to it, and the contractor may have employees to help with the work.

It might seem counter-intuitive at first, but you'll want to go with more than one color. A completely monotone house is going to look a bit strange as if a child conceived of the design. Choose at least one accent colors for certain parts of the house, and everything will look much better. Of course, doing this means you have to pick colors which are complementary to each other. Bad contrasts don't work with outfits, and they don't work in residential painting. If you aren't good with matching colors, see a professional and have them make some recommendations.

When you enter a home that has been cared for by the hands of professionals the quality of the work is immediately evident. A DIY job can never have the polish or shine of a professional project completed by dedicated experts of their craft. Painting is about more than just covering up imperfections or adding a splash of color.

Using an expert exterior housing paint contractor may be the best option if you are under time or other restrictions. It is more than a one-day job. Take your time. Do your prep work and remember primer must be high quality or the topcoat will not look the way you would like it to and may ultimately peel and get you back to square one, something you do not want happening.

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