Home Improvement: Tips On Working With Contractors

Hiring a contractor for home improvement projects is the better alternative than DIYs in most cases, as this can ensure that the job is done effectively and efficiently. However, there are incidences when selecting the wrong contractor can also lead to substandard work, delays, and, worst, legal issues.

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To choose and create a good working relationship with the right contractor, here are some tips:

  • Check the contractor’s qualifications. If the contractor holds a license, which he could only attain after passing an exam, it is evidence of his knowledge in his craft and building codes. Also, it is better if he is a member of certain organizations, such as the Building Industry Association (BIA) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), that bind him to a strict code of ethics.
    Agree on expectations and sign a detailed contract. A contract spells out everything and sets every expectation and parameters, even the most minute details. It not just serves as protection for both the homeowner and the contractor, it also assures the quality of the job.
    Connect with the contractor. In any project, communication is key to ensure the home improvement work is running smoothly. Creating a connection with the contractor can open clear communication lines with the contractor, foremen, and the workers.
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Steve Silvers owns Paint Squad, a California-based leader in the home improvement and painting industries. He is also a family man, sports fan, and wine enthusiast. For more articles about home improvement, follow this Facebook account.


Disastrous Mistakes When Painting a Home

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A lot of home owners are tempted to turn interior painting into a DIY endeavor. Although professional painters are highly recommended, home owners can still hack it. They just need to be careful, and avoid making the following mistakes that could end up costing them time and money.

Prep time separates most non-professional painters from the pros. More often than not, people with little-to-no experience painting homes forget to clean walls, scrape off peels and cracks, apply painter’s tape, and wait for patching compound to dry.

Purchasing low quality brushes and roller covers just won’t cut it, even if the home owners have the highest-quality paints in the world. Another benefit of high-end brushes and roller covers is the coverage they provide, which helps owners save on paint.

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Starting without primer can be a big problem since it covers surface flaws and allows for a smooth finish that lasts. The only time when paint can be mixed with primer is when the old surface had been painted once before, and has a flat, non-glossy finish.

Dipping the brush too deep into the paint is wasteful. Instead, peohttp://www.canoesongs.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/painting-mistakes.jpgple can plunge the brush a third of the way, and it’ll have enough paint.

Painting without direction is also a sign of an immature painter. Pros know that the ceiling is the proper place to start, before moving downward. This allows for a smoother finish than if you start anywhere else.

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Choosing The Appropriate Paint Finish For Your Home

Besides color, one of the many considerations to make when painting is selecting the right finish. Paint finishes come in three types. Each of them comes with their own unique effects and maintenance requirements, thus making them appropriate for different kinds of paint jobs.

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Matte paints provide a relatively simple, nonreflective finish and display color well regardless of the lighting conditions. Their flat, light-absorbing appearance is good for hiding imperfections such as uneven textures, joints, and patches. These finishes, however, are not particularly durable or particularly resistant to staining, necessitating careful cleanups. A flat finish is ideal for rooms that require a velvety, old world feel and is recommended for ceilings, accent walls, and low-traffic walls.

Glossy finishes are the most durable, holding well against humidity and is relatively easy to clean. This makes it the perfect choice for high-maintenance or high traffic rooms prone to dirtying such as bathrooms and kitchens, as well as for items like doors and moldings. However, because of its shiny, reflective appearance, it readily calls to the viewers’ attention all flaws within the surface. Thus, areas with gloss finishes should be carefully prepared beforehand, and the paint carefully applied.

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A good compromise paint is eggshell or low-luster satin. They provide the same appeal and have the superficial finish of a flat paint job from a distance but have the durability of a full gloss paint job. Although their low-luster sheen still requires careful preparation and a good base, their balance makes them ideal for many rooms.

The founder and head of Paint Squad, Steve Silvers, understands the importance of proper prep work and paint selection to deliver the best finish to any room. For more updates on paint choices in interior and exterior remodeling works, visit this page.