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

Best Way to Protect a Deck

Having a wood or synthetic deck in Wisconsin can be a lot of maintenance! Our climate causes unique problems and an exterior wood/synthetic surface that is walked on, shoveled, power washed, and even air blown will cause coatings to wear and fail quickly if the proper product and preparation are neglected. Let’s dig a little deeper into what’s available, what kind of life expectancy you can expect, and what to look for when buying a deck coating. The expectations of the life of the coating, as well as the look of the product, will need to be determined before purchasing a deck paint or stain. You also need to determine what your deck is made of. Here are the different types of wood [...]

Best Way to Protect a Deck2019-02-13T19:00:27+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