Summer is a great time to refurbish and refresh your properties both business and home. Sometimes this only involves cleaning and painting the exterior to give it ‘curb-friendly’ appeal. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to sell it. The point is you are creating a point of pride for yourself and your family with your residential and commercial neighbors appreciating the efforts.
If you are throwing in some remodeling prior to painting what follows are some suggestions that should help you pay homage to the importance of being eco-friendly in today’s sensitive environment.
• Go all out. Begin by having your home inspected by experts in the field of environmentally friendly homes and businesses. Energy efficiency is one of the most important considerations and there are many professionals who can come in and advise you of upgrades and changes that will save you money in the end. The same is true of keeping your indoor environment as free of pollutants as possible. You want your home (and business) to be a safe haven for your loved ones and customers. Attending to the environmental safety by getting advice and collaborating with professionals who are knowledgeable in this field is an essential start to your summer projects.
• Are you a fan of some of the most upscale retailers who use recycled materials to create their furniture and home good products? Then you should be willing to take that upscale taste to a new level by considering the use of recycled materials when you are refurbishing and upgrading your home and business. Not only is this an environmentally-friendly approach to renewing your property but it is cost effective as well. Recycled products can cost a quarter of what the price of new materials go for. Speak with your contractor in advance and make the use of recycled materials a priority.
• Choose paints that are environmentally friendly when you begin to address the updating of your interior and exterior surfaces. Low VOC refers to volatile organic compounds that are not harmful to the environment and humans. Many painters now use this type of paint exclusively in their work and recommend it to their customers. It can also be described as ‘organic’ paint and should be your first choice when painting your home.
Finally, recycle the materials you remove and/or use in your upgrading process. The less materials going to the dump or being discarded the better for the environment. Need advice on your summer painting project?