Hiring House Painting Professional Services

Hiring House Painting Professional Services

With a professional, homeowners know they are getting the very best the field has to offer. Trained in the ins and outs of the craft, these professional contractors will be able to provide a level of service unmatched by even the more savvy amateur painters. When it comes to paining, homeowners should stop at nothing to ensure their paint job is the best on the block.

A house painting contractor will help to ensure that homeowners get the most out of their painting projects. A well-painted house will turn any remodeling endeavor into a beautiful creation. The exterior painting of a house will do wonders to improve the quality of the rest of the projects in a remodel. This ensures that things come together nicely and the work that went into creating the remodel is put to good use. With a house painting contractor, homeowners know they are in good hands and are able to sit back and relax a bit.

They may also choose to focus on other projects that may not need the expertise and training of a professional. Handling these smaller tasks may help to get things moving faster and get the remodel done as quickly as possible. When things are moving forward like this, the homeowner is able to enjoy the finished product sooner. A house painting contractor will help to ensure the exterior painting, one of the most important aspects of any home improvement endeavor, is done right and in a timely fashion. After all, nobody enjoys delays to their project.

When to hire pro to paint your house?

If your home needs painting services, you may be wondering if this is a home improvement task you should take on yourself. While you definitely could save some money doing it yourself, there are times when it is definitely best to leave that job to the pros. Before you get out there and start that painting job on your own, here is a look at some of the times when you should just pay the extra money and allow the pros to take the job over.

You Have a Very Tall Home

One time when you may want to leave the house painting to the pros is when you have a very tall home. While a one story home isn’t that difficult to paint yourself, if you have a two or three story home, this can get a lot more difficult for do-it-yourselfers. Very tall homes can be difficult to paint and can require the use of scaffolding, which you don’t have. Don’t try just getting out there on a ladder and doing the job. This is one time a pro should be hired to take care of the job.

Intricate Designs

Are there intricate designs on your home? This is another time that you may want to let the pros take over the painting job. If you have a home that is very ornate, all those nooks and crannies can be difficult to reach with just a ladder. The right equipment is needed to deal with delicate detailing, especially if it is pretty high up. You probably do not have the patience to deal with intricate designs either, so just go ahead and pay someone to do this.

Difficult Prep Work

Take a look at your home and figure out how much prep work is needed before a paint job can even be done. You may have mildew, wood rot, cracked window panes, glaze that is crumbling, and more. If you have these problems, you’ll need more time to complete the job on your own and you may not even be able to take care of all these things yourself. This is when a pro can definitely help out. A professional painter can take care of this difficult prep work for you when they do the paint job.

Homes with Lead Paint

If you have a home that has lead paint on it, this is one more time when it’s a job best left for the pros. Homes that were build back before 1978 may have lead paint on them. There are special procedures for removing and handling this type of paint, so allow the pros to take care of it for you so you don’t expose yourself to the dangers that this type of paint can have.

5 Things to Know Before Hiring A Home Improvement Contractor

5 Things to Know Before Hiring A Home Improvement Contractor

You’ve got a big home improvement project in mind, which you think would be best handled by a professional. Before you sign on that dotted line, take some time to read through this post to see if your chosen contractor meets the criteria.

Identify the project

Clearly identify the home improvement project you want done. Take the time to do your own research on the current range of estimated costs. Writing down the specific things you want the contractor to do also helps particularly during the initial discussion process.

Inquire and get bids from different contractors

Ask your family, friends, and colleagues for their recommendations. Do appropriate background checks with regards to their service to guarantee that they won’t leave you high and dry.

I would recommend that you get estimated bids from at least 4 contractors for the cost and duration of the project. This will allow you to better compare their services and determine if they will be able to deliver within your desired time frame.

Set boundaries for the working hours and job site

Provide the contractor with a set of ground rules that should be followed. If the workers need to have access to your home, require the contractor to provide you with a background check and list of authorized workers assigned to the project.

Get the final project cost

Now that you’ve chosen the contractor for your home improvement project, ask them for a final breakdown of the project cost. In the event that you were charged a proposal bid fee, make sure that this gets deducted from the final cost unless otherwise stated in the proposal bid contract.

Pay attention to the final contract details

As they say, it’s all in the details. Your final contract is binding so be sure that you have read it thoroughly and that all your verbal agreements are written in ink. Don’t be afraid to inform the contractor if you find something written in the contract that is different from what you agreed upon. 

How to Create an Accent Tile Backsplash Using Dollar Store Gems

How to Create an Accent Tile Backsplash Using Dollar Store Gems

Learning how to create a beautiful accent tile backsplash on your bathroom or kitchen sink using dollar store gems is quite easy and budget-friendly.

You’ll need:

Bags of gems available in dollar stores
Grout
Grout applicator
Clean dry cloth or rag
Clean wet cloth or rag
Rubber gloves

Procedure:

Purchase 2 or more bags of dollar store gems in the color that you want, depending on the size of the area you’ll be decorating.

The grout you’ll be purchasing can be ready-to-apply or if you are on a budget, you can choose one that requires you to prepare it on your own. In case you didn’t purchase ready-to-apply grout, simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions and you’re good.

Prepare the surface are where you will be applying the grout by making sure that it is free of grease and dust.

Wear the rubber gloves.

Using the grout applicator, evenly apply a thin amount of grout on the wall making sure that it can firmly hold the gems. If you are not sure of the thickness, apply a small amount of grout on the tile with your desired thickness then attach 1-2 gems by firmly pressing them onto the grout.

Continue applying the grout and the gems one section at a time. Take note that there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to the pattern. You are only limited by your imagination.

Once you have completely covered the area that you wish to decorate, allow it to dry for 1-2 hours.

Reapply the grout, making sure that all spaces in-between the gems are covered. Leave it to partially dry for 30 minutes.

Using a clean wet cloth, gently wipe the excess grout so the gems will show through.

Congratulations! You’re all done, and you now have a beautiful sink accent in either your bathroom or kitchen. 

Wood Cabinets – How to Strip and Stain

Wood Cabinets – How to Strip and Stain

You can easily spend a weekend to give your wood cabinets a fresh look by following these simple steps.

Materials needed

Paint stripper
Wood stain
Paint brush, 1-1/2 inch
Sponge
Metal scraper or putty knife
Drop cloth
Sandpaper, 100-grit attached to a hand block
Clean disposable cloth or rag
Rubber gloves
Screwdriver
Safety goggles
Particulate mask
Replacement handles (optional)

Procedure

Place drop cloth in a well-ventilated area.

Remove all the cabinet doors and drawers. Using the screwdriver, remove the hardware from the cabinet doors and drawers. Place all items on top of the drop cloth.

Wear the rubber gloves, safety goggles, and particulate mask.

Paint a light coat of the stripper paint onto the front of the drawer, cabinet face, or front of the cabinet door. Don’t apply the stripper paint to everything all at once. Do this one at a time.

Allow the stripper paint to work its magic for 10-15 minutes before gently removing the original lacquer with the metal scraper. Work in one direction.

Once all of the lacquer has been removed, sand the surfaces using sandpaper.

To obtain a consistent look, re-sand the surfaces making sure that you are sanding parallel to the wood grain. If the stain you chose is lighter than the existing stain, you would need to sand of the stain as well.

Apply the stain to the cabinets using a sponge, one area at a time, to achieve a wet look. Wipe off excess using a dry cloth.

Allow the stain to dry for about 1-2 hours.

If you plan to change the cabinet door and front drawer handles, it would best to do this after the stain has completely dried and before you re-attach the doors to the cabinet.

Don’t worry about the insides of your drawers or cabinet. You can skip refinishing those since they will not be on display unlike the cabinet face, cabinet door, and front drawer.