What Is at the Top Of Your Home Improvement Project List?

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Refinish the wood floors in the kitchen and the entryway.
Restain the kitchen cabinets.
Replace the carpet in the whole house.
Replace the moisture damaged linoleum in the upstairs Jack-and-Jill bathroom.
Tear down and rebuild the deck.
Create a plan and finish the basement.
Repaint the entire interior of the home.
The list is long, extensive, and expensive. Everything on it, however, is necessary. Unfortunately, in the 19 years that you have been in your home you have many of the small home maintenance projects slide. And while you have managed to build up quite a bit of equity in your home, it is definitely not in the shape that is should be. With a growing list of repairs and replacement projects, you have decided to prioritize. With an effort to get the most bang for your buck and to inspire you to continue working your way down the list, you have decided to start with the two items that will have the greatest impact: replacing the carpet and repainting the entire interior. A call to the painting contractor has them scheduled to come in and attack their portion of the project before the new carpet arrives and is installed.
Painting Contractors Help Refresh the Interior of Even the Most Neglected Homes
As a busy homeowner it is easy to fall behind on the tasks that need to be completed around the home. From outside deck maintenance to inside painting jobs, the role of homeowner takes a lot of work. Perhaps that is why the most attentive homeowners realize that hiring painting contractors can create an instant new look for your home. And while some may think that the paint jobs around their house are easy enough to handle on their own, the most wise decision is to hire a painting contractor and a team of professionals to make sure that the results last and are worth the investment.
Residential and commercial painters have the right equipment and the right tools to create a professional look. Although homeowners may be able to handle small tasks like repainting the stairs into the garage, it simply makes more sense to hire professionals for the jobs that require a variety of ladders and other task specific tools.
Nearly 316,200 people working as professional painters or painting contractors in America and the employment of painters is projected to grow 20% between the years 2012 and 2022. If the growth goes as expected, this will make the painting industry projections faster than the average for all other occupations. Perhaps the reason that this career is seeing so much growth is that it makes a complicated task seem simple and manageable. And as anyone who has ever attempted to complete even the simplest of painting tasks, the secret to success is understanding the secrets of the trade and having the right tools for the job.
Consider, for example, some of the methods that professional contractors use:

  • Preparation is key. Although many individual homeowners may take short cuts to get a painting job done quickly, the experts know the importance of preparation. For example, taking the time to sand levels outs spackle or joint-compound patches, as well as flattening ridges around nail holes. Additionally, filling gaps with a paintable acrylic-latex caulk can help eliminate drafts and make trim look even better than new. All of these tasks take time, but the end result is well worth the extra effort.
  • Select the right paint. Did you know that tinted primer does a better job of covering the existing paint color than plain primer? This one simple tip allows your finish coat to be more vibrant and, in some cases, can require fewer coats. After the primer selection, it is also important to understand the purpose and impact of different kinds of top coats. For example, glossier paints are more stain-resistant and are easier to keep clean.
  • Tool of the trade. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of having the best tools for every painting project. For instance, professional painters use extenders when painting drywall, woodwork, cabinets, and doors. They also prefer five gallon buckets with a roller grid over any kind of roller pans. These buckets hold more paint, and rarely tip.
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