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I'm currently fixing my house to sell and have re-caulked the window frames and painted them and now see that the seems in the wood siding are all showing. Do the seams need to be re-caulked and painted or should I just leave it? It doesn't look bad, but as I'm fixing it is something else that I noticed. The house was built in 2000 and there is mildew on the back bottom side of the house behind the bushes that could use a coat of paint.....but man that is a lot of work.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 

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No pics sorry and yes I'm fairly certain the last time it was painted was when it was built. The power washing has also chipped some bits off and if I'm going to touch up the bits that are worn or damaged from mildew it sounds like I should probably paint the entire house. Dang. Lots of work and two story, fortunately the front is brick. Thank you.
 

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If you are about to sell it, then paint it. Even if you hire it out it makes a big difference.
 

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If I don't paint it do I still need to re-caulk the seams? Will they leak?
Do I need to remove the old caulking or can I just caulk over the old? It is fairly flat.
 

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You can caulk over old caulk if it hasn't built up much and you have a sound surface. Unless your caulk matches the paint 100%, and it never does, you may need to paint anyways.
 

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1. Your paint is chipping, cracking, or fading.
2. It's been 10 years or longer.
3. Your wife hates the color.

#3 is why we are going to paint our house soon - maybe our 'Fall project'. I liked it 7 years ago, but now...not so much.
 

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You need to take care of the mildew problem. Use a good fungicide paint on it, after washing it down thoroughly with a bleach solution. It will be a lot of work, but it'll help the resale value.
Remember, at selling time, things like this aren't expenses, they are investments.:thumbsup:
 
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