Should I paint my house before I sell?

The U.S. real estate market has been on a steady uptick since its devastating crash in 2008. Some segments of the market have even made a full recovery. Even though the Real estate market is good, many people still ask themselves the question, “Do I want to spend additional money on my home prior to listing it for sale?” Most Realtors will suggest painting your home, or at least partially painting, prior to listing. Of all the possible home improvements, painting generally will provide the best value for your dollar. A paint brush isn’t a magic wand, however in a competitive market, making your house as appealing as possible to the widest range of potential buyers is the best way to sell fastest [...]

Should I paint my house before I sell?2019-03-14T16:14:14+00:00

How to Paint Over Painted or Stained Woodwork

Painting over previously painted or stained woodwork can be quite the project. There are several steps that need to be taken to ensure a quality finished product. The first decision to be made is whether to do it yourself or hire a professional contractor. A great deal of money can be saved by doing it yourself, but it can also turn into a nightmare with less than satisfactory results. Here are some general guidelines to consider when undertaking this project. Scraping Older woodwork may have layers of paint or varnish that you may need to remove before you can paint. If you leave these layers alone and just paint over them, you can end up with uneven surfaces. Proper preparation before painting old [...]

How to Paint Over Painted or Stained Woodwork2019-02-20T17:42:38+00:00

What is the Best Color for a Ceiling?

When picking a color for your ceiling, first look at the shape of the room. Is it an open concept with a ceiling that spans more than one room or an individual room with its own ceiling? Is there height variation or is it flat? The shape of the room will determine the best options for you. Many people are under the assumption that ceilings must be white and this isn’t always the case. White is a simple and safe way to go. If you enjoy changing your wall colors often or have a difficult ceiling to paint than white or a shade of white is usually best. Otherwise, you’ll want to paint your ceiling with each color change. The ceiling is the [...]

What is the Best Color for a Ceiling?2019-02-08T19:37:52+00:00

Eight Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Painting Company

The decision to hire a painting company is a very important one and taking a few moments to read the following information could save you both money and frustration by avoiding a bad experience.  The fact is, painters range in the quality of services they provide, and there are many inexperienced, unlicensed and unqualified people and companies that masquerade as professional painters. Many homeowners are so focused on “how much” that they never even consider anything else. This can lead them to hire the wrong company, leading to a costly and frustrating experience. The following questions to ask will assist you in making the smart choice and will go a long way in providing you with the ammunition to separate the professional contractors from [...]

Eight Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Painting Company2019-01-25T18:54:35+00:00

Can You Use Interior Paint, Outside?

People often wonder if they can use exterior paint, inside and interior paint, outside. The answer can be a little complex. These are the guidelines for where to use interior and exterior paint products.  Interior paints – The products that are classified as “interior” have certain characteristics that work well in an interior environment. Some are low odor, some are more spatter resistant. Some cover better and some have additives to make them flow and level. The interior classified products are strictly for interior use only. They lack the heavy duty mildewcide and chemicals that exterior paints contain to withstand rain, snow and heat/cold. They would break down quickly in an exterior environment and would fade and chalk quickly. They also lack the [...]

Can You Use Interior Paint, Outside?2019-01-15T16:44:45+00:00

VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in Paint

What are VOCs? Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands (EPA, Environmental Protection Agency "Volatile Organic Compounds' Impact on Indoor Air Quality" 2017). Sources of VOCs There are many sources of VOCs besides paint. Also found in cleaning supplies, building materials, aerosol sprays, pesticides, permanent markers and so much more. The Environmental Protection Agency has a full list of products containing VOCs on their website. The biggest contributor of VOCs in paint [...]

VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in Paint2019-01-10T16:12:11+00:00

Tips For Hiring A Painting Company

Hiring a contractor can be a big investment of time, money, and emotion. We have all heard stories of contractors who have turned into total nightmares. Projects can go way over budget, take far longer than expected, or just don’t meet the quality standards you expected to pay for. Not all contractors are created equal and yes, price does often reflect quality. With these two facts in mind, the following tips can help ensure a contractor that is a good fit for your project and your personality. Get referrals There is often no better recommendation than that of a past customer. Talk to friends, neighbors, or even internet testimonials. Please keep in mind internet testimonials are often cherry picked or all together fictitious. [...]

Tips For Hiring A Painting Company2019-01-07T17:27:26+00:00

How to Repair Drywall Damage

Drywall is relatively simple to install and easy to repair. It's also easy to repair badly, which can leave a lumpy mess that declares "shoddy" to anyone who enters the room. Depending on your level of aptitude, this may be something to leave to the pros. Performing quality drywall repairs takes a specific level of skill that is only obtained through years of practical experience. With that said, here are few points to consider when faced with drywall damage. Thin is Better It's best to do a repair with three or four thin coats of compound--if possible leaving sanding for just the last coat. Let each coat dry adequately before applying the next one. Also, the most important thing with a repair is [...]

How to Repair Drywall Damage2019-01-03T20:53:20+00:00

Is Expensive Paint Worth the Cost?

In today’s world there are many choices when it comes to paint products and how they are advertised. Which ones are the best? What products will last the longest? These are a couple of questions that are brought up when making the decision. It can be confusing and frustrating if you don’t have the right guidance before making a purchase. I will go into detail in answering these questions and highlighting the information that is most important. EXTERIOR PAINT. EXPENSIVE VS BUDGET? In general, most major paint manufacturers have products that work and have stood the test of time. They wouldn’t be in business if the products often failed and had poor results. The products are made up of similar components with minor [...]

Is Expensive Paint Worth the Cost?2018-12-31T14:22:43+00:00

Picking a Color for your Home Office

A home office; a place where journeys are planned, numbers are analyzed and the place to get things done. The key to picking an office color is in the psychology of color. Blue is classified as the most productive color. It is also calming in low saturation which is a great way to feel when doing your taxes! This color is best for accountants, paying bills, organizing finances, ect. Bloggers, writers, and creative thinkers may not benefit as much with blue in their space. Yellow would be a better choice. Yellows stimulate emotion and is a cheerful and energetic color. This can certainly aid in your creativity. The color intensity plays a big role in your final choice as a low saturation will have a calming effect regardless [...]

Picking a Color for your Home Office2018-12-21T17:05:41+00:00