A fresh coat of exterior paint is a terrific way to give your home a “face lift.” It repels weather, protects the investment you’ve made in your property, and adds curb appeal if you’ve decided to sell. Painting is a relatively simple do-it-yourself project the whole family can help with. And by inviting friends over, it becomes a social get-together that can be fun. But before you get out the brushes and paint, there are some steps you should take to prepare your house for painting. Following these easy “prep steps” will help make sure you wind up with beautiful results that also last a long time.