How To Pick A Painting Contractor

Repainting a home is not an easy task. A quality painting contractor can make this experience a pleasant one. Inviting a painter into your home involves some degree of trust. Proper research before you schedule your painting estimate will enable you to make a wise decision you will appreciate. As a perquisite, make sure the painting contractor is properly licensed, insured, and current.

Quality painting contractors will not overlook details leaving the job incomplete. Details you may not notice until months later. Details like caulking and painting window return behind curtains. Moving and painting behind the refrigerator, behind toilets, inside showers, and around furniture. Do your research, and you can have a pleasant painting experience.

Your research should begin well before you pick up the phone to make contact.

Use a referral service. These companies pre-screen and certify the contractors they recommend. There are some internet referral services and services you can contact by phone.

Go to their site to see if it is professionally written and well-organized.

Check the photos provided. Are the painters professionally dressed? Are the painters using the proper tools and equipment?

You are ready to make contact once you decide who to call.

Be alert when you speak with the painting company. Do they make helpful suggestions? Are they knowledgeable about paint products, manufacturers, and sheen? Some contractors are forceful and sales oriented, more interested in closing a deal and not very informative. Unfortunately, this is revealed during a phone conversation and deciding against scheduling a painting estimate from them at this point may seem rude – it’s not. You have a home and bank account to protect. Cut him off if the painting contractor is sales aggressive and interested in just closing a deal.

Next, comes the estimate.

Professional painting contractors in Airdrie will take precisely written measurements using foot counters and calculators. Written measurements tell a painting contractor how much material will be needed and how many hours will be needed. Be wary of contractors who “eyeball” or skim over the work to be painted; they can become problematic. You’ll hear complaints later about how much material the house took. “The walls were thirsty” is a common complaint of painting contractors who do not use precise measurements when writing a painting estimate.

Now, make your final check of all the information you have collected. In case the contractors are all reliable and they are proposing to accomplish the job in essentially the same way with the same quality of materials, their bids should be relatively close in price. If they are not, you require to ask yourself why one of the bids is significantly higher or lower than the others

Quality painting contractors will be honest and forthcoming trusting in their experience to sway your decision, not sales pitches. Ask questions about their calculations. How much do you charge per wall square foot, per door, per lineal foot of base or crown mold? How many gallons of paint will you need? How long will the job take? When can you start? Quality painting contractors will provide a written estimate immediately after calculating the measurements. Sales minded contractors will “get back to you,” using that as another opportunity to “push” you into a commitment.


7 Home Improvement Ideas

7 Home Improvement Ideas

You will find different types of the home improvement ideas. When some prefer minimalistic designs, others focus on the designs that increase the usability of the home and require less maintenance. In addition to the above, they focus on some affordable ideas. If you are looking for such ideas, you can consider the following seven.

Carpenter measuring kitchen cabinets

Remodel your kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of your home and you spend a decent amount of time in your kitchen on a daily basis. Therefore, you need an eye-friendly design and the one that can help you to improve your performance. Moreover, the design should go well with the other interior décor of your home. Make sure that appliances can match well with other interiors. Besides, ensure that all the things are easily accessible while being in the kitchen. Make it easy, beautiful, and well-decorated.

Deck Addition

The deck can enhance the beauty of any home and can increase the value of the property as well. If you spend your evenings at home and love spending your vacation in your home, then this is the best thing that you can think of while remodeling your home. Many people think that it is an expensive addition. But if you want an affordable option, you can also get one. You just need to choose the right material and design.


A modern home without proper insulation will not attract the attention of the buyers. It will also not create a good impression. Therefore, make sure that your home has proper insulation. You just need to upgrade some system to save energy and it will ultimately reduce your energy cost. You can consider adding extra insulation to your attic, basement, and around doors and indoors. You might need to spend upfront, but if you will consider the overall benefits, you will find it worth spending.

Bathroom Addition

If your home has one bathroom and you have many people to use it, then you can consider to adding a new bathroom. You can consider the space of the underutilized and extra rooms. If you do not have the space for adding a new bathroom, then you can do some changes to increase the usability of the existing one. You can avoid any extra storing spaces that will limit the usage spaces.

Energy efficient windows

You can also consider energy efficient windows. Some of these windows come with eye-catching designs that will enhance the look of your home interior and exterior and will serve a great interest by cutting your energy bill cost. Moreover, it will increase the value of your property.

Smart features

You need to add some smart features like security cameras, monitoring systems, and the developed locks to ensure the safety of your home and family. It will also get appreciation from the future buyers.

Quick fixes

While considering home remodeling, you will have to check all the areas thoroughly to find out any leak, damage, and wood rots. Any damage or leak can affect the construction. You need to check the damages and fix them to avoid such possibility.

All these ideas can make your home a better place to live in. You just need to go through the requirements before deciding any changes.

My New Blog

My basis for signing up to wordpress and starting this new blog is to hopefully create some new clientele for my side business.  I do all types of home improvement work from carpentry, plumbing and even painting.  I am a true jack of all trades.  I do not to electrical however because I cannot pull the permits as you need to be a journeyman.  I will be talking  about home improvement on my blog and everything that goes along with it. Please follow along and join in the fun!