Painting the exterior of your house can be an extremely easy task--if you take the proper steps ahead of time. You can't simply slap a new coat of paint over the existing paint that is on your house. It will take quite a few hours of labor on your part to paint your house, but you will save yourself a bundle of money. If you are looking for any painting accessories or ladders, check out Home Depot and Little Giant Ladder Systems. Remember, the best way to save money on the home improvement products that those merchants sell is to use coupon codes.

1. Power Washing

It is crucial that you remove any loose paint before you start painting your house. The fastest and easiest way to remove loose paint from your house is to use a power washer. If you do not own a power washer, you can rent one at a local home improvement store. To use a power washer, simply connect a garden hose to the power washer and get to work. Power washers feature a motor that is designed to increase the pressure of the water that is going into the machine. Of course, the power washer is not going to remove every bit of loose paint, so you will need to follow up with a hand scraper.

2. Sanding

Sanding your house before painting is the most labor-intensive step of the preparation process. However, it is also the most important step. You need to properly prepare your house before you start painting it. If you leave loose paint or rough patches on your house, the new coat of paint is not going to stick well, which means your house won't look as nicely as it should. It is very important that you remove all loose paint with the power washer and hand scraper before you start sanding. Once all loose paint has been removed, you will need to use sandpaper and a sanding block to smooth out any rough patches that you can feel on the exterior of your house. It is not recommended that you use a power sander for this step because you may sand off more than you want to with that device.

3. Cleaning

Now that your house has been power washed and sanded, you are ready to clean your house. Before you start cleaning your house, remove any storm windows, window screens and other objects that you don't want painted. If you still have your power washer, you can use that for this step. Simply spray your house down with water using a wide spread fan tip. If not, you will need to clean your house with a car wash brush. The purpose of cleaning your house with water is to remove any loose debris that you don't want getting trapped under the paint. Wait at least one day for your house to dry before you begin painting it.