home renovation, painting jobs, interior,exterior painting
Written by Colleen Kalil

5 Signs That Your Entire Home Needs A Renovation

Renovating your home can be stressful for you and your wallet. If the overall quality of your home is deteriorating, then it’s time to plan your next remodeling project. Here are some ways to tell when it’s time to have your home renovated.

Your Roof Is Leaking

It’s not fun to hear water dripping late at night or to wake up to brown water stains on your ceiling. Leaks in your roof can mean the roof is old and has rotted away. It could also mean that the roofer you hired didn’t do a good job. Either way, your roof needs to be replaced.

Do you still have popcorn ceilings from decades past? Then your ceilings are due for an update as well. Popcorn ceilings are more susceptible to leaks and water stains than other types of ceilings.

The Paint On Your Walls Is Chipping

Another clue that your home needs renovating is when the interior paint starts to chip. Many factors affect your walls such as dirt and the chemicals you use. Apply a fresh layer of paint to your walls on the inside and exterior of your home. Touch up your cabinets, drawers, and other areas in your kitchen and bathrooms.

Outdated Paint Colors

Outdated colors are one of the most noticeable signs that your home needs a renovation. You don’t want your home to look like it came out of a bad 80’s movie. Consider using timeless colors such as black, white, and gray. More homeowners are now choosing timeless palettes that add a very modern or minimalist look but still looks trendy.

The Plumbing Literally Stinks

When your bathroom smells like an old bathroom, then you know you have plumbing problems. It’s time to replace those old and rusty fixtures with modern fixtures that conserve water and express your sense of style. You should also replace the toilet’s wax seal and fix any other leaks that exist.

Your Entire Home Feels Outdated

If you’re seeing a lot of vintage finishes inside and outside your home, then it’s time to start a remodeling project to update it. Older homes may have brass or gold door handles or gold finishes everywhere. The bathrooms may have gold fixtures and faucets.

You can do this project yourself without the help of a contractor. You can replace your fixtures inexpensively thanks to home improvement stores and online websites. New fans and light fixtures can be easily found too. It’ll probably cost you less than $400 to make some of these improvements.

If you feel it’s time for a remodeling project, contact University Painters today. We can update the interior and exterior of your home to your liking.

Home Painter,Interior Painting,Carpentry
Written by Josh Jablon

10 Things to Do After Moving In: A Checklist

Moving into a new home can be a very stressful process, but you can make this process easier by having a checklist of what needs to be done during each phase. To help you out, we’ve collected 10 must-have items for your move-in checklist.

  1. Change the Locks

This should be your number one priority. You have no idea how many keys the previous owners may have given out, so taking the time to change the locks can save you a lot of worry. And if one isn’t already installed, consider getting in touch with a local home security company friendly with new home buyers

  1. Change Filters

Lots of common household appliances have filters which regularly need to be changed, like oven vents, furnaces, and air conditioners. The best thing you can do is to change them all as soon as you move in, and mark the date on a calendar so you know when they will need to be changed again. For extra convenience, make a note on your phone about what size filters each of your appliances need.

  1. Clean House

Another important thing to do as soon as you move in is to give it a good clean. The previous owners probably (hopefully!) cleaned before moving out, but lots of dust and dirt can get in while bringing in boxes and furniture.

  1. Unpack Essentials

Unpacking can be overwhelming, so focus on essentials first and then go from there. Make it easier with the essentials labeled and prepared beforehand. Such essentials include clothes, toiletries, and bedding.

  1. Find Fuse Box and Main Water Line

The house or apartment will be new to you, so you may not know exactly where the fuse box or main water line is. You need to know where they are so you find them both quickly in case of emergency. 

  1. Connect Appliances

Hook up your refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, washer/dryer, and any other major appliances as soon as you move in. This is always easier to do before you add the clutter of your other possessions.

  1. Change Address

Important communications like utility bills are usually received via mail. Changing your address right away can prevent accidentally skipping a payment. While you are at it, change the address in online accounts for companies like Amazon so you’re ready to go. 

  1. Greet Neighbors

It is always polite to greet your neighbors when you move into the neighborhood. It doesn’t have to be a big deal—even the traditional plate of cookies is optional—just knock on their door and introduce yourself!

  1. Get Your Bearings

Take some time to look around the area and see what you have available. Also take time to look for nearby healthcare providers to keep in mind in case of emergency.

  1. Paint

Before you have your furniture placed and possessions unpacked, you have the perfect opportunity to get out the paint! The previous owners likely painted every room white or in some other neutral to help it sell, but now that you’re here, it’s time to brand the house with your personal style. Even if bright colors or accent walls aren’t really your thing, Poised Taupe is better than white any day.