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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