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How to Get Your Home Exterior Ready for Summer

June 22, 20245 min read

“Getting your home summer-ready doesn't have to be a daunting task.”


Summer is now here, and you may be thinking how to get your home's exterior in top shape. Whether you're planning a big barbecue, hosting a family reunion, or just want your house to look its best, Zoab Painting is here to help. We are Des Moines’ trusted local painting company, and we know a thing or two about making homes shine.

Here are 8 Tips to help you get your home ready for the summer weather and activities.

Start with a Thorough Cleaning

Before you start thinking about painting or repairs, it should probably be cleaned. Over the winter and spring, dirt, grime, and mildew can build up on your siding and deck. Here's how to tackle it:

  • Power Washing: Renting or buying a power washer is a good option and  can make quick work of dirty siding and decks. But be careful with the pressure setting to avoid damaging your home.

  • Scrubbing: A good old-fashioned scrub with soap and water can do wonders. Careful on the ladders and consider using a long-handled brush to reach high spots.

  • Gutter Cleaning: Gutters can do some nasty damage if they are not maintained properly. Clean gutters prevent water damage so keep them clean.

A clean surface not only looks great but also ensures that any paint or treatments you apply will adhere properly. If you are looking to paint your home, strongly consider pressure washing as part of the package.

Inspect and Repair

Once your home is clean, it’s time to inspect for any damage. Winter weather can be cruel to exteriors, so look closely for:

  • Cracked or Peeling Paint: Peeling paint isn’t just an eyesore; it can expose your home to the dreaded moisture, leading to wood rot and other issues.

  • Wood Rot: Check typical wood surfaces like decks, window sills, and trim for signs of rot. Replace any damaged wood to keep it from spreading.

  • Damaged Siding: Look for cracks or holes in your siding. Again, moisture can be a big problem. Get these damages repaired as soon as possible. It’s not just for appearance.

If you find any significant issues, consider reaching out to a professional for repairs. Zoab Painting can help with all your painting and minor repair needs.

Choose Your Colors Wisely

Summer is a great time to refresh your home’s exterior with a new coat of paint. When choosing colors, think about:

  • Neighborhood Aesthetics: Take a look around your neighborhood. You want your home to stand out, but not clash with the surrounding homes.

  • Climate Considerations: Light colors reflect some heat, keeping your home cooler in the summer. Darker colors tend to absorb heat and can make your home warmer.

  • Trends vs. Timeless: While it might be tempting to go something trendy, remember that you’ll be living with this choice for several years. Timeless colors often have better long-term appeal. Here's a good place to start when choosing colors.

Prep for Painting

If you’re planning to paint on your own, preparation is crucial to ensure a long-lasting coat. Here’s how to get started:

  • Scrape and Sand: Remove any loose or peeling paint by scraping and sanding the surface until it’s smooth. A putty knife comes in real handy here.

  • Prime: Use a high-quality primer as your first coat. Priming helps the paint adhere better and provides a uniform base for your topcoat.

  • Protect: Cover windows, doors, and any areas you don’t want painted with painter’s tape and plastic sheeting.

A more thorough explanation can be found in this article.

Paint Like a Pro

Quality tools and techniques make all the difference. Here are some tips:

  • Quality Paint: Please invest in high-quality exterior paint. It may cost more upfront, but it lasts longer and looks better.

  • Proper Tools: Use brushes and rollers designed for exterior painting. Consider renting a paint sprayer for large areas to save time and create a more uniform look.

  • Technique: Apply paint in even coats. Start from the top and work your way down to avoid drips and streaks. Keep a damp rag handy for mistakes.

If this sounds like a lot of work, don’t worry—Zoab Painting is just a call away. Our professional painters can handle everything from start to finish while you relax in your home.

Don't Forget the Details

Little details can make a big difference in your home’s curb appeal:

  • Trim and Accents: Painting trim and accents in contrasting colors can add a pop and highlight your home’s architectural features. White trim works well with most modern exterior paint choices.

  • Doors and Shutters: A unique front door is a great way to add a bit of your own personality to the home. 

  • Hardware: Consider updating or cleaning hardware like door handles, house numbers, and light fixtures.

Feel free to check out our Common Questions blog for other tips on DIY paint projects.

Landscaping Touch-Ups

A beautiful paint job deserves an equally beautiful landscape. Here are some quick landscaping tips:

  • Mulching: Fresh mulch in flower beds not only looks great but also helps retain moisture and suppress weeds.

  • Pruning: Trim overgrown bushes and trees to keep them healthy and tidy.

  • Planting: Add some colorful flowers or plants to boost your home’s appeal. Choose native plants that thrive in Iowa’s climate for low-maintenance beauty.

Decks and Fences

Decks and fences are often overlooked but can significantly impact your home’s overall appearance:

  • Staining and Sealing: Clean your deck and fence, then apply a stain or sealant to protect the wood and enhance its natural beauty.

  • Repairs: Fix any loose boards or nails to ensure safety and longevity.


Getting your home summer-ready doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these tips and a little elbow grease, your home will be the envy of the neighborhood. If you need a helping hand, Zoab Painting is here for you. From professional exterior painting to minor repairs, our friendly and skilled team has you covered.

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Contact Zoab Painting today for a free estimate and let us help you make your home shine this summer! Call us at (844) 722-4888 or visit our website at

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