Ivy, Mold and Southern Exposure

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After paying thousands of dollars to have your house painted, what can you do to make the job last as long as possible? Harold Jagoda of J and D Painting warns to keep ivy off of your house because it can destroy about anything. Also trim back nearby trees. They can bring on mold prematurely and once you see mold, it's time to paint.

Finally, pay special attention to the southern exposure. That side takes a beating from the elements, so if you touch it up every few years, Harold says you'll lengthen the time the job lasts by 4-5 years.