Exterior Painting, Home Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Why You Should Remodel Your Home In The Summer

Summer is the best time to remodel your home. Not only is the weather nice enough for you to open the windows, but you have plenty of free time on your hands. It’s easy to ignore the little projects that you need to get done in the winter.

Remodeling can be costly and many homeowners would rather move than renovate their home. If you’re not happy with your home, you may want to decide if renovating is right for you. While most would rather move, most homeowners agree that summer is the best time to start a home remodeling project

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interior painting, home painters,paints
Written by Colleen Kalil

Ways To Freshen Your Living Room While Sticking To A Budget

Spring is here and you may want to freshen up your home. Maybe a remodeling project isn’t in your future right now and that’s okay. You don’t have to completely overhaul your living room. If you want a new look, you can freshen up your living room while sticking to your budget.

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interior painting, home painters, paints
Written by Colleen Kalil

How To Make Your Attic Look More Like A Room

Turning your attic into a room is a great way to expand your home without the added expense of an addition. An attic can pose many challenges when it comes to creating a spacious and comfortable area. Most attics have limited light and feature slanted ceilings and walls that make them feel cramped. However, the trick is to work with your attic’s features rather than fighting them. 

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interior painting, home painting, University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Signs That Mean Your Bedroom Needs A Makeover

Your bedroom is the place where you relax and unwind but it may be time for you to update your room if you no longer feel the zest it used to have. Here are some of the things you need to check out to see if it’s time for a room makeover:

Clutter

Has your bedroom become a dumping ground for old books and magazines, worn-out clothing items and virtually useless collections? Clutter can prevent you from relaxing in what should be your sanctuary at home, so take time to declutter and get rid of things that are no longer useful.

Windows

A gloomy room can deflate your spirits so consider lightening things up if your room is on the dark side. Go for sheer curtains instead of blackout blinds. Adding a new curtain pole may help improve the look of your room.

Beddings

It may be time to buy new pillows if you are sleeping on old and flattened ones. Plump, new pillows are not just beneficial to your health. They can also make your bed look more enticing. Consider accessorizing your bed using cushions and throws to make it look more inviting.

Furniture

Worn-out and old-fashioned furniture can be expensive to replace but there are other ways to give them a new life. Give the old furniture some love with sanding and re-painting. You may also want to replace the old knobs and handles.

Lighting

You can update you room by simply changing the lights. Ceiling lights can brighten up a dull space as well as serve as an attractive feature. Feature mirrors are a great way to reflect light in your room.

Flooring

Threadbare carpets are an eyesore. Rugs are an inexpensive option instead of re-carpeting if you are on a tight budget.  For your worn floor boards, check if they are suitable for sanding, varnishing, or painting.

Peeling and faded wallpaper and paint can drag down the look of your room so if these characterize your walls, it is time to get decorating. A feature wall using a large piece of art or wallpaper is a great way to modernize your room. Neutral colors on your wall will allow you to make easy changes when your mood strikes.

Should you decide to give your room a new color, avoid sloppy painting jobs by entrusting this work to an experienced professional. Contact us at University Painters for a free estimate of the painting jobs you have in mind.

home painters, repairs , maintenance
Written by Josh Jablon

Home Issues That Homeowners Should Not Ignore

Homeowners do not have to fix minor cosmetic issues around the house right away but it is important to know how to identify problems that need to be addressed as soon as possible. Here are some of them:

Pest Damage

Many homeowners think that pest infestations are a mere annoyance but rats and termites do not just bring germs and other pathogens into your home. They can also cause tremendous amount of physical damage to your home in a short period of time.

Water Leaks

Figures from the United States Geological Survey agency show that a slow leak can cost a family more than $200 a year in wasted water. Besides wasting money on your utility bill, water leaks will damage virtually everything that it touches.

Broken Garage Door

A broken garage door can pose a safety risk to your family. Thieves can easily break in if you have an unfixed garage door. A garage door that does not close all the way also gives easier access to pests.

Damage To The Roof

A damaged roof can decrease the value of your property. It can also result in structural problems when rainstorms occur. Homeowners need to check the roof and the attic for signs of water damage at least twice a year.

Frayed Wires

Many homeowners ignore repairing damaged wiring unless they run into important home appliances such as the refrigerator. Frayed wires are unfortunately one of the most common causes of house fires. The condition can create short circuits that may possibly escalate into a fire hazard.

Flaking Paint

Colors can transform your house into a home. Adding an extra coat of paint will not only increase the value of your property, it can also improve insulation and protect the structure of your home.

Peeling paint is a common problem for ceilings and bathroom walls because of possible water leaks and high humidity. Flaking paint can be an eyesore in what could be an attractive bathroom but there is another reason why peeling paint warrants attention: areas with flaking paints serve as a prime breeding ground for disease-causing bacteria and mildew.

If your home was built before 1978, it likely used lead-based paint so it’s a good idea to hire a professional who can handle the repair. University Painters can provide you with the professional painting services that you need. Contact us today to learn how we can help you with your painting issues in your home.

Home Painter, Interior Painting
Written by Josh Jablon

How To Create A Color Scheme For Your Home

Choosing a color scheme for your home may seem a difficult task but this is doable when you know how to simplify things. Here are some tips that can help you pick the best paint colors for your house.

Find A Base Color

Start with just one room, which ideally serves as a focal point in your home or the first room that people see when they enter your house. Once you have chosen the room, consider the colors of the items there. Find one color that you love and use this as your base color.

Build Your Palette

You can start building your palette once you designate your base color. Using a color wheel and a paint deck, create three color schemes: complementary, monochrome and neutral. A complementary color scheme includes colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. A monochrome palette will have several colors that are similar to your base color. Use the paint deck to find the base then choose three colors around it to produce a balanced palette. A neutral scheme allows your base color to stand out as a dynamic focal point.

Consider How Colors Impact You

Colors have enormous effect on how people feel so make sure you consider how the colors you choose impact you. Ensure that the colors you choose for a particular room match the goals you want to accomplish there. The color blue, for instance, relaxes people so it is best used in bedrooms where you want to rest after a busy day.

Try The Colors Out

Before getting an entire room painted, test out the paint colors that you plan to use. You also need to be aware that the color or finish may look totally different on different sides of the room because of lighting. Experts advise painting two coats of large swatches in a light corner and in a dark corner then look at them at different times of the day.

A new color scheme can give your home a new look. To get the best results, consider hiring experienced painting service providers. They can provide you with expert advice on color schemes and guarantee a hassle-free and clean painting job. University Painters has years of experience painting houses, offices and condominiums.  Contact us to get a free estimate for a painting job you have in mind.

Home Painter , Painting ,Carpentry,
Written by Josh Jablon

Paint With Colors That Can Increase The Value Of Your Home

It was thought that houses sell better with neutral colors such as eggshell, white and taupe. Findings of a new study, however, revealed that you may want to be a little bolder when it comes to selecting paint colors.

Bathroom

Real estate site Zillow.com analyzed more than 32,000 images of sold homes and found that those with the shades of powder blue and periwinkle, particularly in the bathroom, sold for $5,440 more on average. Homes with white or off-white bathrooms, on the other hand, sold for about  $4,035 less.

Dining Room

Blue hues also appear to increase home value in other rooms. Homes with dining rooms painted in blue-gray, slate blue and navy blue paired with distressed white shiplap finishes were sold for nearly $2,000 more on average while those with red-painted dining rooms sold for  $2,031 less on average.

Kitchen

Homes with blue gray and soft gray blue tones in the kitchen sold for around $1,800 more while those with yellow hues like straw yellow and marigold sold for $820 less on average.

Bedroom

Homes with blue bedrooms sold for $1,856 more on average while those with pink, which is often found in kids’ rooms, sold for $208 less on average.

Living Room

Homes with a brown living room sold for $1,809 more on average while those with blue sold for $820 less on average.

Exterior Of The House

Exterior colors also matter. Those with exterior colors of gray and brown sold for $1,526 more on average while those with brown exteriors sold for $1,970 less on average.

Painting the house or a room or two is considered one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways home sellers can make their property more sellable.

If you’re planning on selling your home, you may want to consider making some color changes in a few rooms so the property becomes more appealing to prospective buyers.

University Painters can provide you with professional painting services that can help boost the value of your home. We have been painting homes, offices and condominiums since 1990 and we can guarantee you quality services. We will be happy to assist you in giving your home a color makeover.

Home Painters, Interior painting
Written by Josh Jablon

Paint Colors That Can Increase The Value Of Your Home

The colors of your home and rooms are among the things you need to consider if you’re planning to sell your home at a good price.

It was thought that houses sell better with neutral colors such as eggshell, white and taupe. Findings of a new study, however, revealed that you may want to be a little bolder when it comes to selecting paint colors.

Bathroom

Real estate site Zillow.com analyzed more than 32,000 images of sold homes and found that those with the shades of powder blue and periwinkle, particularly in the bathroom, sold for $5,440 more on average. Homes with white or off-white bathrooms, on the other hand, sold for about  $4,035 less.

Dining Room

Blue hues also appear to increase home value in other rooms. Homes with dining rooms painted in blue-gray, slate blue and navy blue paired with distressed white shiplap finishes were sold for nearly $2,000 more on average while those with red-painted dining rooms sold for  $2,031 less on average.

Kitchen

Homes with blue gray and soft gray blue tones in the kitchen sold for around $1,800 more while those with yellow hues like straw yellow and marigold sold for $820 less on average.

Bedroom

Homes with blue bedrooms sold for $1,856 more on average while those with pink, which is often found in kids’ rooms, sold for $208 less on average.

Living Room

Homes with a brown living room sold for $1,809 more on average while those with blue sold for $820 less on average.

Exterior Of The House

Exterior colors also matter. Those with exterior colors of gray and brown sold for $1,526 more on average while those with brown exteriors sold for $1,970 less on average.

Painting the house or a room or two is considered one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways home sellers can make their property more sellable.

If you’re planning on selling your home, you may want to consider making some color changes in a few rooms so the property becomes more appealing to prospective buyers.

University Painters can provide you with professional painting services that can help boost the value of your home. We have been painting homes, offices and condominiums since 1990 and we can guarantee you quality services. We will be happy to assist you in giving your home a color makeover.

painters, exterior painting
Written by Josh Jablon

Home Improvement Ideas That Can Increase The Value Of Your House

You do not need to spend large amounts of money to make your house market ready. Here are some simple things you can do on a weekend to help increase the value of your home.

Declutter

It will be hard for you to show the true beauty of your home if personal items are all over the place. Your goal is to let your prospective buyers see themselves in the house and this will be challenging if your personal things such as pictures, small trinkets, and your children’s toys are everywhere. Consider removing these things before putting your house on the market.

Change Your Hardware

Your home may look old and outdated because of the dated faucets, cabinet knobs, and door handles. Switching out the old hardware with new ones is an inexpensive way of updating your home. Go for hardware that is natural and mainstream but ensure you follow the overall design scheme and architecture of your house.

Landscape The Yard

Those bushes and weedy grasses outside could be the reason why your home won’t be a magnet for potential buyers. Experts said that more than 90 percent of home buyers start looking for houses to buy online. This means that photographs and the appearance of your property are everything. Make sure to trim the grass regularly and consider adding plants and flowers.

Do Minor Repairs

Fixing broken faucets and changing old light bulbs may appear to be small acts but these can significantly increase the value of your home. Nothing could be worse than showing your house to a potential buyer only to discover a light bulb is burnt out when you attempt to turn it on.

Check your house for bulbs that do not work and faucets that do not run. You should also check for door knobs that do not turn and then fix everything that needs fixing. No one wants to purchase a house that appears not to have been cared for.

Paint Your House

Many experts agree that giving your home a fresh paint job is an inexpensive and easy way to upgrade the house. Neutral colors like white and beige are recommended for inside and outside. Make sure that all areas such as the crown molding and trims are also painted.

Hiring a professional to do the painting job will help ensure your house will get an extra clean look. University Painters can provide you with a thorough painting job that can help improve the value of your home. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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.

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