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5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Old Man Winter is heading our way whether we like it or not, so it’s high time to prepare for his arrival and the upcoming holidays. Fall is the perfect time to take stock of your home and make a handy checklist of tasks necessary to keep it in tip-top shape during the winter. Not sure [...]

By | 2017-07-24T11:59:44+00:00 November 21st, 2016|House Maintaince|0 Comments

What’s the Deal With Lead and Paint?

If your home was built earlier than 1978, it probably contains lead paint. The same goes for vintage children’s toys, furniture and shelves purchased at flea markets or found in grandma’s attic. Lead-based paint was banned federally in 1978,  with some states instituting an earlier ban, but it was widely used throughout the United States [...]

By | 2016-11-02T20:10:49+00:00 November 7th, 2016|House Maintaince, Painting Tips|0 Comments

5 Reasons You Should Hire a Pro to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

As you look around your kitchen, you might realize that you're tired of the hum-drum cabinets that have been staring back at you for years. Wouldn't it be nice to spruce them up with a little paint? Paint covers many sins, as the saying goes, and that includes scratches in the finish of your wood [...]

By | 2017-07-24T11:59:44+00:00 October 13th, 2016|New Projects, Painting Tips, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Clean or Replace? Signs Your Gutters Need More than a Good Scrubbing

The smell of fall is in the air — crisp, cooler weather, pumpkin spice and ripe apples. Fall is also the time when many families decide to kick off a few home improvement projects as the hot summer sun is finally ready to give it a rest. Keeping up with home maintenance projects such as [...]

By | 2016-09-26T14:50:51+00:00 September 29th, 2016|House Maintaince|0 Comments

Get Your Man Cave Ready for Football Season

Watching football with friends is one of the great joys of adult life, but when you have to do it in the living room with your kids (and significant other) tripping over you, walking in front of the screen and generally driving you crazy … well, some of the enjoyment just melts away. Even if [...]

By | 2017-07-24T11:59:44+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

School’s Starting! Get Ready with These Great Tips for Your Family

Summertime is fun time, and getting back into the grind of the school year can be tough on parents and kids alike. From ditching midnight bedtimes to being more structured with your time, it can be difficult to pop back into the swing of things. Here are a few tips that can help make this [...]

By | 2016-08-24T15:04:29+00:00 August 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Deck Maintenance Tips for the End of Summer

Late summer is the perfect time to throw a barbecue or get-together on your deck. There’s nothing quite like firing up the grill on a warm late summer day and enjoying some delicious food and good company. As you plan for your next gathering, make sure you do a little deck maintenance to get your deck [...]

By | 2017-07-24T11:59:44+00:00 August 9th, 2016|House Maintaince|0 Comments

How to Select the Right Sheen for Your Next Painting Project

Picking the right colors for your next interior painting project is only the first step of the process. To make your walls look truly amazing, you’ll have to select just the right paint sheen (or finish) for your needs. The level of sheen in your paint can affect a variety of things such as the cost [...]

By | 2017-07-24T11:59:44+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Painting Tips|0 Comments

5 Great Ways to Extend the Life of Your Interior and Exterior Paint

Painting your home can be a time-consuming project, so the last thing you want to do is have a problem with your paint job soon after you finish it! Keeping your paint looking good longer not only saves you time, but it can also save you money as well. Just as there are different types [...]

By | 2017-07-24T11:59:44+00:00 July 5th, 2016|House Maintaince, Painting Tips|0 Comments

Keep Your Home Fresh With the Hottest New Color Trends for 2016

There are few things that can change the personality of your home as quickly, effectively and inexpensively as adding a fresh coat of paint. From the bright and lively to the ultra-clean look, changing your interior paint color to one of 2016's trendy new colors can take your outlook from flat to fabulous in no [...]

By | 2017-07-24T11:59:44+00:00 June 20th, 2016|Painting Tips, What Paint to Use|0 Comments