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Save money on exterior paint job

5 tasks to complete before hiring contractor

If you've been thinking of an exterior paint job for your home this summer, you may have already been talking with painting contractors and getting some estimates. Ideally, you can put the entire project in the hands of the contractor, but you may be thinking that that's out of your budget. Rather than put off that much-needed paint job, you might want to consider a compromise between a contractor and some sweat equity by doing part of the work yourself. Depending on how much time and energy you have available, there are actually several different things you can undertake on your painting project that will save you some money. Most require only basic tools and materials, and the skills needed are well within the reach of most homeowners. Basic exterior cleaning and prep work Before the house can be painted, there's a lot of prep work to be done, and that equals labor dollars that you're paying the contractor for. All of the patio furniture and other items around the outside...