Monthly Archives: July 2019

Make Your Storefront Standout

In this digital age that we live in, more and more companies are no longer based in traditional storefronts. This is especially true considering the copious amounts of online shopping available. Consumers have many options that do not involve heading to a store to find the services or products they need.

That’s why, if you do have a storefront, you need to make it stand out and welcome your customers. How do you do that? Here are a few ideas to help make your storefront look its best and encourage clients or consumers to take a look at what your company is offering.

Consider Your Brand Color Palette

What colors do consumers associate with your brand? What colors are integral to your logo or website? Use those colors to help create brand awareness on your storefront as well. For example, use versions of your color palette on the building if possible. When consumers enter your store, they should be greeted with colors that they link to your brand, products, and services. This doesn’t mean paint every wall red if your logo contains red, but use it as an accent color or as a unifying theme around your office, store, or business. A cohesive color palette shows that you think ahead and stand behind your brand 100%!

Display Your Products

Depending upon your industry, you may want to use the windows in your storefront to showcase some of your products. Don’t go crazy jamming items in a window, but rather pick a few items that are special and rotate the display regularly so that something new and fresh is out there weekly.

Lighting Considerations

Be sure you are using proper lighting that makes your products shine. In other words, no fluorescent lighting but rather minimalistic spotlighting to showcase an item is great for a front window display.

Cleanliness

Drawing attention to your storefront can easily be done with the right paint color, lighting and displays. Unfortunately if the windows are dirty or there is trash, leaves, or debris outside your store, you have a problem. Be sure to regularly wash and clean the outside of your store as you don’t want to compete between a mess and your products for passersby attention.

Does your storefront need help? We can complete a power wash of the building, scrape, prime, and paint the exterior to make your business look shiny and new. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Does Your Kitchen Need a Facelift?

If you saw the title of this blog and immediately gave a sigh and said, “Yes!” then you will want to continue reading. Many homeowners do not have a huge budget to remodel a kitchen and, therefore, start getting creative to make it appear that their kitchen is newer. If you are not in the position to spend thousands of dollars on a large kitchen remodel but want to give the heart of your home a facelift, here are a few refresh ideas.

Paint the Cabinets

Make your old, dated cabinets look like new again with a coat of paint in the color of your choosing. This trend is catching on as replacing existing cabinets in a kitchen is one of the most expensive upgrades. Jerry Enos Painting has years of experience prepping, priming, and painting existing cabinets to make the entire kitchen look like it was just redone! Add some new hardware to the handles and voila, your kitchen has an instant facelift for a fraction of the cost.

New Appliances

While not quite as cost effective as painting your existing cabinetry, replacing older appliances with energy efficient ones (in a uniform color) can not only give your kitchen a new look but can save you money on energy in the long run.

Add a Backsplash

One great way to add color and detail to your kitchen is by adding tile backsplash. This is usually a fairly inexpensive project that many homeowners are able to do on their own. Add backsplash to the area behind the stove or sink to make cleanups easy and just add a little something special to your kitchen.

Let There Be Light

Another simple way to make your kitchen space look refreshed is to switch out the lighting. Change out the pendant light you have over the table or sink. Add inexpensive strip lighting under your cabinets for a soft night time glow. Lighting can make a room look more open and add character to a room.

Are you looking to give your kitchen a facelift? Jerry Enos Painting can help get you started with paint projects on the cabinets, walls, or ceiling. Let us know what mood you are aiming for and we can even have one of our color consultants discuss a color palette with you. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Move-In Makeover for First Time Homebuyers

Buying a home can be both thrilling and nerve wracking at the same time! But now that you have finally taken the leap and decided to become a homeowner, you probably have a million questions about which project or projects you should tackle first. As painting professionals we have seen many new homeowners get overwhelmed with the never ending list of “Home Projects.”

The first thing to do is to evaluate what you want to do to make the house yours, and what you need to do to make the house livable. Those are two totally different things, keep in mind. During the home buying process, you hopefully had an inspection that will give you a good place to start. The inspection report should tell you if there are any safety concerns such as an electrical panel that needs updating, plumbing that should be repaired, or a roof that is nearing the end of its life. These are the items that you should include on the “need” to fix vs. the “want” to update.

Once any safety concerns have been repaired or updated, now is when you can have fun making over your home to fit your personality and lifestyle. Here are some suggestions that may be helpful.

Create a Priority List

Top on that list is obviously the items listed above that need to be completed in order for your home to be a safe living environment. Then, start brainstorming a list of things you would love to do to the house. This could include remodeling the kitchen or perhaps creating a man cave in the basement. Once the list is made, decide which items take priority. This may depend on your budget, time, and a dozen other factors.

Create a Budget

It may be hard to figure out what the cost will be for each item on your list, but you can at least rank them by least expensive projects to most expensive. This gives you an idea that maybe if your budget is tight your first year, that you conquer the smaller projects before you start on the larger renovations. Some homeowners split their list into small vs. large projects and try to complete the ones they can on their own to save money.

Complete Some Projects Before Move-In Day

Many homeowners get the chance to do some of their makeover before they even move in to their new home. It really is an ideal time to refinish or install hardwood floors, get rid of that popcorn ceiling, and paint each room the color you are envisioning. This will give you a rare opportunity to access the rooms without the bother of moving furnishings and all of your personal belongings. It is so nice to start decorating your home with a freshly painted canvas in the color palette that speaks to you personally.

Consider ROI

When checking off the items on your list in your new home, it is important to take into consideration the return you will get on your investment. Bathroom and kitchen remodels are great for increasing the value of your home and are always a smart choice. Projects such as adding smart home technology and energy efficient items such as appliances, heating and air conditioning systems, and windows are also a great way to start getting a return right away in smaller utility bills.

Do you have an ever-growing list of things you want to do when you get into your new home? Let us take care of your painting needs both inside and out. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Boost Your Curb Appeal with Paint

In the world of real estate, the phrase curb appeal is thrown around quite a bit. Realtors encourage home sellers to boost their curb appeal to hook home buyers when they attend an open house or just happen to be driving by.

What is it exactly that gives a house curb appeal? What are the best improvements that can be made to ensure that the first impression your home gives is a positive one? Today, we will be exploring how a few changes and paint projects can give your home the curb appeal that will attract home buyers to your property.

Curb appeal really speaks to the first impression that a home buyer gets of your property the first time they lay eyes on it. In fact, real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran once stated that, “Home buyers decide if they want to purchase a home in the first eight seconds on the property.” That gives homeowners precious little time to make that initial positive impression.

What can homeowners do to boost their curb appeal? More importantly, what will give them the most bang for their buck when it comes to those improvements?

Exterior Painting

Home buyers take in the whole house when they set eyes on it. The maintenance of the outside of the house tells them quite a bit about the care for the home itself. If home buyers see peeling or dirty paint they will be immediately turned off. No home buyer wants to start the “What needs fixing” list before they even enter the home. A fresh coat of paint can make a home look new, vibrant, and well cared for. The ROI for exterior paint is almost priceless in respect to the impression it will have on the potential buyers.

Spruce Up the Front Door

The entryway to the home should be pristine and the front door itself should be a welcoming color. We suggest a fresh coat of paint on the door, new hardware for the doorknob, and maybe add a door knocker in the same metallic tone. You may even want to purchase some new house numbers that can make a front door really pop! It really is important to add nice touches and details that will appeal to the buyers.

Add Color with Plants

Add a splash of color to your walkway by planting some blooms that will boost your curb appeal. No room for planting in the ground? No problem, put a few potted plants on your steps in bright colors that send a welcoming message.

Garage Door and Porch

If you are lucky enough to have a home that has a garage or porch, be sure to repair any loose steps, railings, or problems before your open house. Garage doors should be newly painted and checked to make sure it opens easily. Porches should be staged with chairs and small tables so prospective homebuyers can envision themselves sitting outside enjoying a beverage or cocktail in their new home.

Walkways and Driveways

Repaving or using brick pavers may be out of the budget for home sellers, but a quick refresh with a power wash can bring the walkways and driveway back to life! You would be amazed at how much dirt and grime can build up over the years.

Landscaping

Can’t afford a professional landscaping project? Just make sure your yard is mowed and free of debris like kids toys, sticks, or stray items. A freshly cut lawn can look amazing. Add some mulch to your flower beds and your yard will suddenly have a cleaner appearance that will catch the eye of home buyers.

Need your home painted or power washed as you prepare to sell it? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

Benefits of Priming

Painting is a process that requires patience, attention to detail, and a keen eye. Sometimes that process can seem too drawn out for do-it-yourselfers. Skipping steps is always a temptation to get to the project finished faster. Prepping, priming, and making surface repairs are all important steps in order to get that professional looking paint job you want.

One step that many homeowners tend to skip in order to get the job done fast is priming the walls before painting. This is a critical step that can save you money, make the end product look richer and, believe it or not, can save you time and money in the long run. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of priming for your next paint project.

Better Coverage and Color

During any interior or exterior paint project, owners are looking for the new paint to cover the old paint and do it in a way that allows the new color to appear rich and vibrant. While it may be tempting to just use several coats of the chosen color, primer will do a better job of covering the old color. It will also keep the old color from “bleeding through.” By priming first, the new color will be vibrant and beautiful. In addition, primers are formulated in such a way that the main color will be more adhesive and cover more of the wall smoothly and evenly when a primer is used.

Blocks Stains

Just like a coat of primer can keep a previous paint from bleeding through, it can also completely cover stains that may be left over from water damage, scuff marks, or even smoke stains. This allows painters to start with a clean slate when applying the newly chosen color.

Saves Time and Money

It may be hard for novice painters to believe, but skipping the priming step on a paint project will actually cost you time and money in the long run. Not only is primer formulated to help the paint be adhesive, but it also seals the surface which translates into less paint being needed. This means you may not need multiple coats of your final color, thus saving you time and money!

Keep in mind that primer also thwarts common paint problems like cracking, peeling and blistering. This translates into your color lasting longer without needed touch ups or repainting.

Are you considering a painting project but need guidance? Talk to our crew about what you are looking for and we can give you a free estimate as well as let you sit back and enjoy the end product rather than doing all the work. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.