What does 3 days of freezing rain, in the middle of April have to do with? Well considering my phone hasn't stopped ringing for the last seventy two hours, I suppose it's the beginning of the real estate selling season in Halton. Ok so look potential customers, I'm easy and I'm flexible but I can't fit everything in all at once. So if your about to list give me a call, I will come over and do a walk through with you, and we can decide together whats most important to fix up. Yes holes in walls should not be over looked. Yes big nasty stains and black marks on kitchen ceiling should be cleaned up.
Obviously, because your not going to reap the benefit or long term pleasure of the paint work, your looking to minimize the overall expense. What I'm finding as I do walk throughs is some lower trafficked areas have held up well, and other high traffic areas, not so much. So if you have, the 'actual and original paint' we can cut corners and blend, saving money and time.
So heres a solution that seems to be working with these pre-sale homes. You cover the cost of paint and all materials, and I'm just billing my subcontractor and myself out at a flat daily rate. This way when you or your spouse or realtor change your mind and decide you need something else refinished at a moments notice, you will have a fairly good idea of what it's going to cost. Of course if you want those details your going to need to call me direct.
And yes in my humble opinion, homes that are showing as best in class will sell for top dollar, while homes that require work will be overlooked in this competitive market. I'm hearing this daily.
Sorry this is a short blog tonight, gotta work. Have a wonderful day, best wishes to you and your family and we hope to hear from you soon.
I thought it would be fun to try to provide you with some of my own personal market intelligence into the local real-estate market. For fair disclosure I do actively also write an email marketing blog that goes directly to approximately one thousand professional local realtors. It's incredible how many brokers actually call me looking for more insight into there marketing and advertising strategies. When I remind them I paint houses they always seem surprised. I suppose it's just always been an area of interest of mine. What I found most interesting was the two articles last week in the Toronto Star that discussed a large pool of pre-construction buyers in Oakville who purchased at the top of the market in spring of 2017. To summarize the first article, the long and short of it was, buyer beware, if your going to put all your eggs into one financial category in one particular market, especially when that market has witnessed unprecedented gains for years, there may be an inherent risk to that investment. Gone are the days when we can assume the market will continuously go straight up in one direction, and we can use our line of credits as ATM's to cover our day to day shortfalls. And sure enough the housing minister weighed in on the argument on the second article that followed a few days later, by stating, 'Oakville homebuyers purchased at their own risk'. My heart does go out to these potential homeowners, and some who I suppose were speculators. Many could loose upwards of $200,000 deposits, with the home builders still able to sue above and beyond this for any legal or financial losses they may sustain. Let me share a secret I read many years ago that related to the stock market. Irrational exuberance and speculation will always push the market higher that it's inherent value, and inversely drive it to lower lows before it stabilizes. I personally believe in the strong fundamentals for owning a property in the high growth GTA, but common sense and good banking practises must always rein supreme. We must always account for anomalies and unforeseen circumstances when making life altering financial decisions. That said, I believe the market is about to stabilize just in time for the spring sales rush, and we should be off and rolling for another successful painting year.
One of the greatest challenges we often face as painters is how to reach a difficult to reach but desired paint area safely. With some larger homes and also many stacked townhouses the builders have designed either a grand foyer or very high walkout area upstairs that may exceed twenty five feet. Reaching up twenty five to thirty feet isn't that great of a challenge unless you are scared of heights. The real dilemma we face is, can we get a ladder or scaffolding into the work area easily, and secondly is the area we are trying to get to have a flat footing. Many of these difficult spaces that require painting end up being only accessible from a set of winding stairs and such, making the level of difficulty much more challenging from a safety perspective. So as a homeowner you have to ask yourself is it worth the risk to attempt this myself, or just pay the problem away? I would argue it's an easy decision! Professional painters have two options in this situation, first is to very carefully build scaffolding that conforms to the shape of the stairwell or around the obstruction. Of course this is always a great option, but can be expensive and timely in nature to set up. The second option is a painters pole with a super long extension, some of which may reach upwards of 15 feet. So if I'm six feet plus my arm extension makes me eight feet. Now assume I stand five feet up on a six foot ladder. So eight feet plus five feet is of course thirteen feet, and add for the full fifteen feet of the pole, by golly gosh your up at twenty eight feet. But of course your thinking how do I manipulate a brush or a roller fifteen feet above my head? Very, very, very carefully my friend. Yup it's a viable strategy for painting those extreme areas. But obviously requires immense focus and skill and patience so as not to miss the painting mark bye a country mile. So in an ideal world, scaffolding is definitely the superior option for painting success, but when your desperate, you find a way to make it work. Kinda like life I guess. I've done it both ways, and actually final results are fairly well matched. So next time your passing bye one of those extreme areas, and wonder, how'd they paint that? you've got a better idea of the solutions available.
It's sure nice to look up when your outside and you see the milky way on a warm summer evening with your spouse. But who wants to look up when you've lived in the same home for over ten years and hate cleaning and dusting like the rest of us. Life always gets in the way and ceilings are always on the long list of priorities. Dust, hair, moisture, smoke, and are general DNA all end up on the ceiling at some point. And how unsightly are patches of discoloured paint due to moisture on pop corn ceilings? Extremely gross when rings of different colours and patterns begin to form and paint begins to flake. Well there are two solutions; first is remove the popcorn and flatten the ceilings, or paint the popcorn. The first option is my personal preference but costs can be prohibitive. It's also terribly messy and will most likely interfere with your family life for a period of time. People will say that the mess will be contained but in my estimation it can take over a month for the 'dust to finally settle'.
So I'm just going to focus on painting over the popcorn ceiling for this blog. When preparing to paint a ceiling, popcorn or not, one thing should be front and centre on your mind, drop clothes. There's nothing that puts your family heirlooms or valuable at more risk, than laying a fresh coat of paint on your ceiling. Like everything in life preventative action lessens future problems. With that in mind I begin by taping of the adjacent walls or in some cases crown moulding. We want to isolate the ceiling by blocking it off from any other areas that we don't want to unintentionally paint. If you have a smooth ceiling wipe it down with a rag and very gentle soap, if it's a popcorn ceiling then dust the area for preparation. This is a crucial step because ceilings are not like walls, and there not very forgiving and having to redo them will leave you very frustrated. After cleaning you will have prevented dust from being stuck in the nap roller and improve the overall outcome. We will assume your going to use a roller with an extension to paint. Many pros do use paint guns to spray, but I will cover this in another blog.
So you have your rollers, extension of at least thirty six inches, drop clothes, a large size pan and corresponding tray. The technique here is more important than painting walls where all your trying to do is get perfect coverage, so read carefully. When painting popcorn ceilings,we are going to fill our nap roller with a good amount of paint, and begin to
slowly roll in only one direction. The reason this is so imperative is that the flakes in the popcorn can easily come loose if we are pushing in more than one direction and cause a big ugly mess. So you complete each line to the other end of the ceiling, before turning around and coming back the other way. Don't press to hard and don't roll to fast because gravity doesn't like people painting ceilings lol. Follow through with this method and your sure to have a professional looking outcome to your painting.
Now you can sit down, look up, and enjoy being inside your home with your spouse as much as being outside. Ok it's not the milky way but its still going to be very pretty.
Today everything seems to be last minute. I woke up late, and then everything went wrong. It's like a snowball that keeps rolling down a hill that your just behind trying to catch up too. It gets bigger and bigger till it crashes. Damn, that hurt! It's proof that when were not prepared things can go terribly wrong. The reason Im telling you this, I got a call from Mr. X around mid-day. Mr. X says, I'm from Oakville, my house is 2500 square foot, it's 5 years old and my realtor says I need it painted by the weekend for showings! I actually replied, really? And he said yes done by Saturday morning, and I said well let's have a chat, you do realize it's Thursday right? He says is this possible, and I just responding probably not, which is something that I pride myself on never saying until I get a full assessment of the 'actual situation'. In other words getting my eyeballs on the walls. Being curious I asked Mr. X if I could come over and have a look, and he gladly obliged. When arriving at the address, I could tell it was a house in flux, the garage door was open and there was an enormous amount of contents from the house inside the garage. Mr. X greeted me at the door politely inviting me in. As I began to look around I noticed right away that the home had no primer on the walls. It hadn't been touched since the day the builder left. I continued my walk through and saw quite a bit of prep work was required, there was damage on the walls from moving furniture and active children. I thought in my head how on god's good earth do I break it to Mr. X that this job was going to require a lot more time and resources than he ever imagined. It's not that I don't want the job or appreciate the client, I definitely do! But when expectations are so far removed from reality, it just becomes impossible to satisfy the client. I decided to be forthright and say the price and the amount of time required to do the job properly. That's when he said, "but Im selling the property so it doesn't matter, can't you do it for cheaper" ? I explained that there was no way to cut corners on the job, there was taping and a complete coat of primer required or the job would turn out horribly wrong and there was a greater chance of offending potential buyers of the property. You have to understand this is a 1.5M dollar property! Now at the end of the day, I haven't heard back from Mr. X, but I can sleep well knowing I tried not only to educate the client, but get the job, bye offering a than reduced rate for my services. I do feel bad for Mr. X because I just don't think he was emotionally or financially prepared for the 'true cost" of the move. It's like that snowball your chasing down the hill, if your prepared it never leaves the edge, but when it runs, it goes real fast.
I wish him well because I've also gone through my share of moves over the last couple of years. Preparation and expectation is imperative. Construction, renovations and moving are not to be taken lightly!
What's in a paint quote anyways? I see a lot of other companies that don't even bother to give a proper quote, they just throw out a number and see if it sticks. Although that may be fine for some very tiny jobs, its very unprofessional, and may in some instances may hurt the customer experience and ultimately the paint company. Customers don't generally understand the full process, they have an idea of what they want and expect, but don't understand how your going to take them there. To match up customers desires and expectations with reality, everybody needs a concise game plan. So that the customer knows explicitly what there paying for, and the company providing the service knows what there doing and can refer back to the detailed quote at anytime during the process. If there's any type of dispute, both parties can refer back. Look I'm not saying a quote is based on science, largely is based on good guess work and comes from experience. Sometimes we get it a little wrong, and it benefits the client, and sometimes it benefits us. Standard practice for quoting is to list my company and the clients information, then I will complete a break down of hours of prep and paint. I will apply a per square foot charge, and will stipulate if paint is included or not. In addition, including key things in the notes area such as trim and baseboards or any other promises made. As a company with a conscience it's best business practices to at-least haven take the time too think things through for you and the customers. At the end of the day it should equal a win-win for the customer and the company providing the service. And as always, not all painting companies 'roll equally' so give us a call when you need an awesome painting company!
Ive been thinking a lot about life's purpose a lot the last week. I was watching some inspirational videos on Youtube, and it got me to thinking that I might be able to accomplish two things at once and enhance our service offering. What I will be implementing later in the day on our pricing page will easily outline this. To be honest it's just an idea and it may be geared more towards seniors and estate sales, but may have some wider reaching appeal.
Simply put were willing to delay our gratification for customers who may need our service the most. If a person needs to sell there property for whatever reason, but lacks the funds to 'spruce' it up, which includes complete paintwork and cleanup we will wait for payment until the property closes. Ive done some research on the idea, and the only painting companies that wait for payment are typically commercial painters on contract. This is different and more broad and open to the general public. The idea was born out of a conversation I had recently with a prominent local realtor. A client of there's, Ms. X. who managed to hold onto her property after a lengthy divorce, decided that she needed a new life and new scenery with her child. Her equity in that property was less than 25%. Her realtor advised her that she should really consider getting the house painted and carpets cleaned before listing, for maximum value. Not having money Ms. X headed to her local bank to secure a small sum of money for the necessary repairs. After speaking to her 'financial specialist' she realized that this was going to be an excrushiating process. And although she would ultimately get the funds she needed, it would waste precious time, especially listing in the brisk spring market. The delays and aggravation seemed like more than they were worth. But as we all know, in the end, financially speaking it's always worth it. Needless to say she got the money, got the repairs and sold her house.
But I would say, life should not be so complicated. So for the purpose of helping others, and greasing the wheels to speed up the process, if your short of funds and are selling your property or about to sell, we will help diminish the burden of securing alternative funds. I do hope on a personal level I'm able to help at-least one person, if not many with the idea. You will see the update shortly on my pricing page.
We all know the old saying in Realestate, it's location,location,location!
After years of being self-employed I've seen lot's of people come and go in any given industry, and that applies to the painting industry.
My point is with the advent of technology, 'anybody' can now an post ad on an internet billboard and be up and running as a business. I'm not saying there are not some great people behind those businesses, but much of the time there intent is just to make a little money and move on. That being said, I think most customers are at-least looking for accountability and good work from there paint contractor. One of the easiest way to pick through the weeds and find a great match for you is to verify that the business is local. If the business doesn't have a website and can't be found on a google search in your local area, you could be asking for trouble. Look for past reviews of the company and read them. Of course nobody's perfect, but has the company replied to a 'bad review' in a timely matter. Misunderstandings do happen between client and business quite often. That's why it's important to set expectations early on in the estimate phase. Make sure your getting an 'estimate' and it covers all the areas discussed with your house painter. Make sure the price you have agreed is iron clad, the last thing you need is any surprises. In conclusion when you verify a paint company on-line and read there reviews, and most importantly, 'location' your less likely to run into problems. A paint contractor like any other service business is less likely to want negative criticism when they can be held accountable especially in there own back yard. Common sense still makes for better business. And don't forget not everybody rolls equally, don't hesitate to call us for all your painting needs.
Thought this would be fun to share from Pinterest. It kind of funny that deep blues, including electric blues are making a huge come back this year. As I mentioned before 'blues' were ranked number #1 for overall ROI on home resales. Followed closely by all 'neutrals'. The worst performer was by far darker beiges & camel colours, which actually had a net 'negative effect' on ROI. I personally like the golds, bronze & black. Now with over 10,000+ colours in all the paint manufacturers catalogues theres plenty of room to play with so many possible variations.
Red- Evokes images of power, sophistication, fear & passion.
Blues- The opposite of Red, evokes relaxation, lowering blood pressure and calming
Greens- Green is easy, it's tied to the environment. Fresh, back to life,rebirth and all that surrounds us outside.
Yellow- Think the sun, happy joyous feelings, euphoria. All though most professionals agree that if it's overdone it can actually have a negative effect.
Orange- The sunniness of yellow with red's depth. Orange evokes action or movement & enthusiasm.
Black - Think regal, higher end. More sophistication, again to much of a good think is not good. Black for accents, not for entire spaces, has a dark side connotation also.
Pink- Physical tranquility, femininity, love and sexuality.
White- Think new, hygiene, clean, purity and sophistication.
So much literature has been written on this topic. Just trying to help you get the creative juices flowing. Colours can be fun and exciting, they can also be a real drag if you don't achieve the look you were going for. There are many colour visualizer software programs on-line that can aid in your decision making process. I personally recommend, Benjamin Moore's personal color viewer program. You can instantly pick any room in your house and view it in any of there offered colours.
In conclusion, if you know your painting you home or condominium to put it up for sale, think blues, and neutral colours. As I mentioned before they have the best ROI for re-sale properties. On the other hand if your painting simply to capture your own unique style or personality, I say just go for what makes you happiest.
And as always it matters who does the rolling! Keep us in mind for you for your next painting project.
Damaged walls come in all shapes and sizes. From the smallest scrape in the paint to replacing entire sheets of drywall. What I'm going to attempt to cover is small damage from the size of a ring to a larger area like the circumference of a Tim Horton coffee cup.
Ring size area of damage:
For a first class repair here's my recommendation. You can purchase a small piece of drywall at the hardware store for less than five dollars. Your only going to use a very small amount as a filler, but it's always handy to have in your garage. Cut off a small piece, peel off the outer paper, a push as much of the drywall material inside the damaged area trying to fill it. You will see videos online where people may use pieces of newspaper or something else, but these paper products don't have the strength to create a lasting repair. Place some repair screening mesh over the area, this can be purchased in rolls or packaged kits. Now your ready to put a very light coat of drywall compound over the damaged area. Let dry over night, sand with finer grit sanding block until desired finish is reached. Your next step is to primer the repaired area, then your ready to repaint.
Larger damage areas:
Do you still have the piece of damaged drywall? Is it still in one solid piece? If you don't then your going to have to make a trip over to the hardware store. Cut a piece of drywall to match the general shape of the damaged area. Your going to want the repair piece to be slightly smaller than the damaged area. If your lucky and have a wall joist behind the damaged area you can drill a drywall screw right through the repair piece you just cut and into the wall joist. If not you should use a small piece of wood and use it as a brace. In effect 3 drywall screws should secure it. One screw through the drywall patch into the centre of the wood, next the other two screws that will brace the wood in place, drilling the drywall. Be aware of live wires and other obstructions inside the wall. Once repair piece is firmly in place, my choice is a mixture of sheetrock and drywall compound to create a solid base coat. Use very sparingly, if you over apply you will have a heck of a time sanding down. Next use drywall compound to build out and blend to the surface of the wall. Apply coats as required and finish with fine sanding. Primer & paint till completed.