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    Default What do I do with the exterior of my house?

    Hello Folks!

    A lot of you are true experts and I really need some SOUND advice pronto, which is why I am asking my TOH friends.

    I am a middle aged woman, single, with a VERY limited income. The past 5 years have been very bad for me as the economy took my job in 2008 and although I got another job 9 months later, at less than $9 an hour I am making very little. I can only hope that things will get better for me and hold on.

    My house has lost a lot of paint and looks horrible and I have to get this fixed quickly. I am a believer in paint but it will be an expensive job. The original paint is in the grooves of the wood beyond a sc****rs reach and getting a painter to properly prep the house has been a joke.

    Because of my age, condition, and income, I am seriously considering vinyl siding. I know, I know, it is blasphemy, but do I have any other choices?

    So, what is MY best decision? Any tips or considerations? I appreciate any and all thoughts. Thanks.

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    Default Re: What do I do with the exterior of my house?

    You can save yourself a great deal of money by doing some or all of the prep work yourself. It doesn't take a PhD to run a wire brush and scr-aper or a caulking gun.

    The only paint that needs to be removed is what is loose and peeling. As long as the stuff in the grain and grooves of the wood is sound, leave it. You can spackle or caulk small holes easily enough, and you can caulk around trim, etc. Once that is done, all you need to do is get the paint on the wall, still not an impossible task for one person and limited tools, you just have to work smart by choosing one section of the house to do at a time.

    You'll likely need to prime first, if the existing paint is as bad as you say and you have a lot of bare wood.
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    Default Re: What do I do with the exterior of my house?

    You can also take your time painting. It doesn't need to be done all at once. WHile there will be very slight color differences between the coats, after a short while you wouldn't be able to tell and certainly can't be seen from a car moving 20mph.

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    Default Re: What do I do with the exterior of my house?

    Alright, here comes the part that I really did not want to reveal. My lawnmower died and the yard got overgrown (I got a new one at last!) and this happened to coincide with the insurance company survey of insurability. Sadly, because of the yard and the state of the paint on the house they cancelled my homeowner's insurance. To get it reinstated, I have to have the house painted or sided the letter that they sent said. I have congestive heart failure and it limits how much I can honestly do, so painting is a serious issue for me and doing any of it just isn't in the cards for me. So now you have the ugly truth as to why I am freaking out just a little, lol.

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    Default Re: What do I do with the exterior of my house?

    Frankly, you shouldn't be living in a single family home, consider renting an apt instead.

    Why? the upkeep is obviously too much for you.

    There is nothing wrong with renting, where you don't have to worry about the exterior.

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    Default Re: What do I do with the exterior of my house?

    Quote Originally Posted by dj1 View Post
    Frankly, you shouldn't be living in a single family home, consider renting an apt instead.

    Why? the upkeep is obviously too much for you.

    There is nothing wrong with renting, where you don't have to worry about the exterior.
    Renting or switching to a condo if you're financially able, for the same reason.

    As to making it work in your house, first, shop for new insurance with a different carrier, you should do this every year or two anyway. A new company may not require the paint, as long as the house is sound. This doesn't get your house painted or protected from the elements, but it does keep you insured.

    You might want to see if there is any assistance through your local municipality for low income/disabled homeowners. There are also charity groups who help in situations such as yours. Check with your local community college to see if they have a construction program, it's possible that they may take your paint work on as a teaching project for the students, while this wouldn't be a free program, it would be significantly less than hiring professionals, yet still get you a near professional job. Another option is to hire a few of the neighborhood kids to come do the prep work for you, then have a professional apply the coatings.

    My biggest suspicion is that whether you have vinyl siding installed or repaint, the cost will be about the same, however, you won't be hurting your homes value with paint.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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