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7 Things You Should Know About House Painters

Now that its summer, you’ve had a chance to look around your property. If you’ve noticed peeling paint in one area and faded colors in another, the next chore on your list may be to hire a house painter. But where do you begin? You could check out the name you found in the coupon mailer you received yesterday. Or call the number on the sign down in your neighbors yard – he had his painted last week, so they may a good resource.

But how do you know? How should you find the right house painter for the job?

1. The worst way to judge a paint company is by price. There can be a huge difference in a painters’ ability, skill level, knowledge, and professionalism. If a painting company has been around for years, they know what it takes to complete a job effectively, and will quote it as such. Inexperience painters may quote low, only to come back with more corrections once you’ve started the process. Or worse, cut back on the overall quality of the job and give you a painting service that will need to be repaired and/or repainted again in a short period of time. 7 Things You Should Know About House Painters

2. Trust your instincts. How fast did a sales representative get back to you if you left a message or an email? How did they handle your initial meeting? Did you get quotes in a timely manner? Did you connect with the painter? Doubts during the initial phase should clus you in to professionalism. Always go with your instincts and look for a professional that is backed by experience and expresses that in a way you are comfortable with.

3.What type of paint do they use? As a professional painter, we have access to a variety of paints, from cheap to expensive, from consumer grade to commercial grade. An inexperienced painter or one who is trying to make a buck or two over the summer will rely on buying consumer grade paints at the cheapest price possible – not necessarily the best paint for your home or the conditions.

4. How long will the job take? Painting companies vary in how they approach the job. Some come in as a single painter; some bring an entire team. Some spend a day or two on prep work before they get into the paint. Ask your questions early, especially if you have a deadline or an event that you want your house back and looking as good as new.

5. Where do you spend your time? For some painters, they immediately put brush to your walls and finish as quickly as possible. Others powerwash, scrape, tape, cover and only dip the brush into the paint can when your home is in top shape. If they don’t understand the importance of creating the perfect canvas before they start painting, you might want to talk with another painter.

6. What about cleanup? I’m sure you can remember the paint job of your neighbor down the street. You found blue tape and paper in your yard night after night. And when they finished up for the night, they simply left, with trash and equipment strewn from one side to the other. And on the final day, bags of trash and cans of empty paint were left on the sidewalk waiting for the homeowner to dispose. Anything is possible – make sure you ask so you aren’t surprised along the way.

7. What about problems? Get an inexperienced painter and you may end up with more problems than when you began? Mold. Mildew. Glossy surfaces. New wallboards. Stains. Discolored areas. Previously painted areas. Wallpapered surfaces. Lead. In many cases its not as easy as putting roller or paintbrush to the wall. In some cases you have to correct problem areas first.

Will your paint job be handled in the right manner?


Painting A Kitchen – Choosing The Perfect Kitchen Paint Colors

Whether you are completely remodeling your kitchen, or just making a few changes to give it a fresh new look, a coat of paint can go a long way in making your kitchen say WOW.

While certain things can make your kitchen more functional – upgrading to a gas stove, or adding two ovens instead of one – the overall style is what will make your home inviting to all that enter. Do you prefer a modern, minimalist look? Or is a contemporary style more in line with your tastes?

Your style dictates your final selections, and it can also help you when choosing your final colors and décor. Country kitchens will lead you down one path, while a traditional kitchen path will lead you down a different one. Painting A Kitchen – Choosing The Perfect Kitchen Paint Colors

Country kitchens have a focus on rustic and vintage. They have a comfortable lived in look that is warm and inviting to all that enter. They have a hand made feel that showcases your style and your history. They cater to natural beauty, with touches of color throughout. Country kitchens work well with warm, soft colors throughout. Don’t be afraid to paint the cabinets or wood furniture light colors – greens, yellows and blues – to give it even more charm.

A traditional kitchen provides a sense of comfort and nostalgia. It’s a classic design that you’ll find from one generation to the next, from old homes to sophisticated renovations. Traditional often means symmetry, uniformity and a sense of tranquility. Calm colors in all shades of white and pastels work well to leave the room feeling light and airy.

Contemporary kitchens provide a clean, linear look and feel with slight impacts from the traditional line. You may see wood cabinets with chrome vents and appliances. You’ll also find neutral paints with darker toned accents to pop color into the room to provide a rich and elegant effect. Walls may be kept whites or pastels with accents in the backsplash tiles. Or one focus wall may be painted a deep, jewel toned red with the rest of the kitchen a soft eggshell white.

Modern kitchens take clean and linear designs to the max. Its easy to find sleek, grey toned cabinets and appliances offset with a bold colored wall. Décor and “extras” may be kept at a minimum to put the accent on the brightly colored accent wall. While primary and bold color choices work well, don’t overwhelm the visual senses by going crazy with the color. Use it sparingly – like the wall behind glass cabinets, or the backsplash area – and give your room depth.


House Painting To Impress Future Buyers

House Painting To Impress Future Buyers

Ready to put your house on the market?

Before you tap the sign into your front yard, make sure it is ready for potential buyers. This means looking at it through the eyes of a potential buyer – from the top of your home to the bottom – and making any changes you deem necessary. This may include repairs, staging, cleaning and even painting.

While the inside is what creates a home, it’s the outside they’ll remember most. The last thing you want people to remember your home buy is:

“The house with the terrible color” or “The house that needed paint”

Giving your home a brand new look with a fresh coat of paint is a great way to impress future buyers. When buyers drive up to your home, you want them to like what they see – your home. A beautiful, new paint job is an easy way to accomplish this. Here are a few tips to help you dress – or in this case, paint – your home for success.

Choose the right type of paint. Pay attention to the paint and make sure you use paint that is designed for home exteriors. Try not to cut corners – you want your home’s paint job to stand up under all types of weather conditions, so it always looks its best.

Choose a neutral color for your home. You will put buyers off if you use a custom color because they may not have similar tastes. Instead of buying a home they will have to repaint, they will simply move on to another home.

Prepare the surface for painting. This includes sanding and cleaning the surface before ever picking up a brush. Prepping your home to be painted will ensure that the paint job looks professional and beautiful.

Make sure you finish painting your home as soon as possible. This includes taking care of all touch-ups and finishing touches. You want buyers to see a home that is complete and ready to move in – not one that has an incomplete paint job.

And in today’s market, if you desire to move fast to take advantage of this crazy buyers market, the ideal choice may be to hire a professional to paint the exterior of your home for you. You’ll get a professional job in a fraction of the time … and have the ability to move on to your new home – and new lifestyle – even faster.


Why Paint Removal Is Just As Important As Painting

Why Paint Removal Is Just As Important As Painting

When you are ready to add a fresh coat of paint to your home, it is essential that you prepare the surface before you paint. Prepping the surface for painting will ensure that the new paint looks beautiful. Failure to prep the surface will result in a paint job that looks amateur and unappealing – it will diminish the beauty of your home, and it will not have the long-lasting results that you want.

Before you tackle painting your home, make sure you prepare the surface for a beautiful, finished product.

You will know that the surface needs prepping if the old paint is flaking off, peeling off, or chalking off when you rub your hand across it. Stripping the old paint off the surface is the best way to prep the surface. This can be accomplished through sanding or sandblasting the surface. Sandblasting works best on hard surfaces, such as concrete and metal, because it can be damaging to more fragile surfaces.

Other ways of removing old paint and prepping the surface include power-washing and chemical strippers. Power-washing utilizes high-pressure water to remove the old paint. Power-washing is best for the surfaces of homes because it is less damaging than sandblasting. Take care when using a power-washer. The high-pressure water comes out quite harder and faster than most people expect. Take your time and use caution to ensure that you do not damage your home.

Chemical strippers will remove the paint from the surface, but they require much more caution. You must make sure you wear the appropriate protective equipment to ensure your safety. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter to remove the old paint and keep yourself safe. Failure to wear protective clothing and follow the instructions could result in burns on your skin or other injuries.

If you are ever in doubt, you may want to hire a professional to remove the old paint for you. They have the tools needed to save you time and money, and make the entire process more efficient all the way around.


Choosing A Bold Wall Color

Choosing A Bold Wall Color

You walk into the room and the color pops. Or maybe its calm and soothing.

The color of your walls is one of the first things noticeable to all that enter. And luckily color is also the easiest thing to change when it comes to your decorating and remodeling.

Using bold wall color can make things exciting, and give each room its own distinct personality. A deep hue is great at bringing out the small details of the room as well as creating an ambiance unique to its situation.

Maybe you’ve avoided deep colors in the past because the thought of applying something dark and bold leaves you nervous. How will you coordinate it with the décor in the room? What if it overpowers the space?

Before you make a bold selection – or resort back to reapplying the white out of frustration – take this few things into consideration.

First, consider the mood you are trying to create. A bold color in the kitchen may create an atmosphere of energy – perfect for your early morning breakfasts before you head out for your busy day. But that same color might not be the best choice for your bedroom. Instead, a bold green can evoke a soothing and calming feeling, perfect for relaxing in the evening.

Next, take into account the size of the room and the placement of windows. Is there a lot of light in the room? Does the room feel large or small, depending on the décor and the placement of the furniture? A bold color choice with a warm tone can give a room an intimate and cozy feeling. Make the shade more vibrant, and it can add dimension to the room. Choose a cooler shade and it can help to “push” the walls out and give life to a smaller room.

Thirdly, don’t decide on your paint color in a quick manner. Do a little research first. Choose a variety of paint sample swatches and place them in the room you will be painting. Look at the color in morning and evening light. Look at it in the middle of the day with sunlight streaming in, and late at night with only the lamps on for light. Which one holds your interest? Also match up with any décor you’ll be using in the room to see if it’s a complementary shade.

And when you have a question, consult with your painting professional as well. They see paint every day, and can make suggestions based on what other clients have used in their homes.