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 Types of Siding are Paintable?

As a professional painting company, it is important to approach all jobs with a consistent and replicable approach. While consistency is incredibly important it is also very import to recognize that each job will be unique and require the expertise to get the job done correctly. A significant element of expertise involves using the correct product and application for the type of material being painted.  For most houses the siding will be the largest surface area of the home but what type of siding can be painted? What type of siding does my home have? Houses are sided in a wide range of products, wood, metal, vinyl, composites, brick, stone, and even asphalt or old-style asbestos.  Once the type of material is identified [...]

What Types of Siding are Paintable?2019-02-01T18:56:18+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 Company2019-05-13T21:52:48+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

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

Can I Paint My House Myself?

It is not uncommon for home owners to want to put in some sweat equity. Painting your own house can provide such an opportunity. You might not be a master carpenter, an expert mason, or a qualified architect, but the thought of painting doesn’t feel too intimidating to many home owners. Sounds easy right? Purchase some paint and minimal equipment and your almost ready to go…right?  Well, just because you can doesn’t mean you should…but maybe. The first thing to determine is what type of painting is required, interior or exterior?  Most commonly, exterior painting will require more advanced knowledge of the painting process, different materials, specialized equipment, and perhaps heights or dangerous situations.  Few things can shake a “do it yourselfers” confidence [...]

Can I Paint My House Myself?2018-12-21T17:24:17+00:00

What are the pros and cons of using paint and primer in one?

With the constant media influence on certain paint products and how they are advertised, we become increasingly dependent and confused on what we are actually purchasing. Consumers that tackle do-it-yourself projects want value and they want it fast and easy. Should I buy paint and primer in one? It turns out, you don’t need to buy a separate primer. You can skip the priming step and your project will be done faster. Let me shed some light on this and explain what you are buying and why or why not it’s a value and/or a good choice. What is paint and primer in one? It’s a high quality, interior or exterior paint that has increased adhesion and stain blocking capability. Most high-quality interior [...]

What are the pros and cons of using paint and primer in one?2018-12-14T14:17:39+00:00