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Warnings Signs Your Home May Need a Fresh Coat of Paint

For the typical American, their home is their single greatest asset. It makes sense, then, that a home deserves regular maintenance and care to keep it in good working condition, from the electrical elements, to the heating elements, and all the appliances in between. Painting the exterior of your home is also one such chore that should be done every few years. For many homeowners, painting their home is not high on their list of things they want to accomplish this outdoor season. Unfortunately, homes have a funny way of showing when they need attention. Here are a few warning signs that you should consider painting your home’s exterior sooner rather than later.

 

  • Chipping or Peeling Paint – One of biggest red flags that your home needs some TLC is that the paint is beginning to bubble, chip, and peel. This is often a sign that the wood underneath has begun to rot and should be removed and replaced. Unprotected wood tends to absorb the water in the air or that comes down as precipitation. That absorption then causes the wood to soften, swell and, eventually, decay. Chips and peels are your home’s way of telling you that it may need some repairs.
  • Fading Paint – While it’s not as obvious as chipping and peeling, fading paint is another way that your home is telling you it needs a refresh. Fading paint can happen due to sun exposure, and it often happens more rapidly to darker paints. It can also indicate a problem with vapor barrier, so you would do well have this looked at by a professional who can evaluate your home.
  • Caulking Issues – The caulk around your windows, doors, and flashing can lose its elasticity. This is fairly common in New England, as the caulking needs to expand and contract given the quick-changing temperatures and environmental conditions. Consider calling in the pros to evaluate this issue and see if it needs replacement or repair.

 

Is your home sending you a message that it may be time to paint? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

4 Tips to Help Homeowners Choose an Exterior Paint Palette

Are you a decisive person or do you like to mull over things for a while before making any decisions? Deciding on a paint color for the exterior of a home can be one of those decisions that make you stop and really think. After all, the reality is that you will have to live with the color for years to come. To make the decision-making process a little easier, here are 4 tips from our experts.

  1. What Do You Want? If your home is not in a historical district or regulated by homeowner association bylaws, then you can basically choose whatever you want for an exterior color. The first thing you should consider is what YOU want. Do you like softer colors or darker tones? Are you in love with a shade that you have seen in nature, such as a green or blue? Think about what overall visual effect you want and go with it!
  2. Consider Your Home’s Environment – Plan your color around the elements of your home that you can not easily change such as color of roofing shingles, stonework, chimney color, walkways, and driveways. If there are other color elements that you would like to help blend in, then take those into consideration as well.
  3. Consider Architecture – If your home is a craftsman, Federalist, Queen Anne, or other style that has lots of architectural elements that you would like to highlight, then consider choosing a focal color and a couple of accent colors. Colors that are complementary can help bring out the architectural elements nicely.
  4. Consider Neighboring Homes – What are the colors of the homes immediately next to or adjacent to your home? If they are similar to a color you are considering, you may want to go a shade darker or lighter to distinguish your home from the surrounding homes. If all the homes in your area are light in color palette, do you really want to go super dark or would you rather blend in?

Do you need help choosing a beautiful exterior shade for your home? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more about our consultation services that can help you find the right color for you and your home.

Benefits of Painting the Exterior of your Home

Now that summer is in full swing, it is time for homeowners to think about tackling that “To Do” list of property chores such as cleaning out the garage, washing out the gutters, and deciding if this is the time to paint the exterior surfaces of your home. Homeowners sometimes wonder if they can put it off for just one more year and avoid the cost and headache that painting can sometimes be. That is where Jerry Enos Painting can help. Exterior painting is one of the most cost effective renovations that has both aesthetic and functional benefits. Let our team of professionals take on your painting “To Do” list, and you will see the benefits immediately. Here are just some of the ways that painting will benefit your home.

 

  • Aesthetics – Obviously a fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference in the look of any home. Think of how uplifting if would be to pull into your driveway every evening and see a home that has had a recent facelift. No more peeling areas, mildew stains, or fading areas will be seen – just a fresh coat of your favorite color.
  • Curb Appeal – If you are considering selling your home, think about the curb appeal benefits of exterior paint. A new paint job sends the message to home buyers that the home is cared for inside and out. It also takes an expense off the home buyer’s list of renovations they may want to complete. Realtors also report that a freshly painted home can increase a home’s value!
  • Protection Against the Elements – Painting can increase the lifespan of a home’s siding. New England homes deal with rain, snow, wind, sleet, hail, salty ocean water, and sea air constantly. Paint can serve as a sealant for the wood so these elements won’t impact the integrity of your home’s exterior surfaces. For example, unprotected wood is more susceptible to water damage. Unprotected wood can absorb water and cause it to soften, swell and, eventually, decay.
  • Identification and Resolution of a Pest Problem – Carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and termites love tunneling out and hollowing out the wood of homes in our area. Paint can help seal off exposed areas that are prone to damage from these pests. In addition, during the painting process our team can identify any pest problems and inform homeowners so they can resolve it before the damage becomes extensive.

 

If you are considering crossing painting off your “To Do” list this summer, call Jerry Enos Painting for a free estimate. We can help your home reap the benefits! Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Father’s Day Garage Makeover

With Father’s Day just around the corner, some of you may be thinking about what to get dear-old-dad. If your dad is a “tinkerer” and enjoys spending lots of time repairing or rehabbing household items in your garage, may we suggest a Father’s Day Garage Makeover. Jerry Enos Painting can help you not only choose a color palette that can make his work space amazing, but also suggest an epoxy flooring that provides many benefits. Here are a few of our ideas for your garage makeover.

 

  • Epoxy Flooring – If your dad works with many materials, especially those that can spill, stain, or damage a traditional concrete garage floor, then epoxy may be a smart choice. A custom epoxy floor is extremely durable, makes for easy clean up, and has many different finishing options that are non-skid for safety. Most people think of epoxy as being used on warehouse floors, airport hangars, and hospitals due to its fire resistance, easy maintenance, and durability, but more and more homeowners are choosing to use these in their personal workshops as well.
  • Interior Painting – A garage or workshop tends to be dark or lacking in color. Make your dad’s workshop “pop” with color and brighten his day! We can work with you to choose a color that can compliment the surrounding area and make his workshop an extension of your home.
  • Places for Knick-Knacks a Do-Dads – Every workshop needs places to hang tools and equipment. Make your dad’s day even more special by carving out a space just for him where every item has a storage area!

 

Looking for that extra special and unique gift for your dad this year? Talk to the experts at Jerry Enos Painting about how we can help complete a Garage Makeover this Father’s Day. Whether it is paint or epoxy flooring, we can help! Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Choosing an Exterior Color That is Right for You

When it comes time to paint your home, many people will chime in about a color they have seen or a color to avoid. All these well-meaning people may have good ideas or points, but you are the one who will need to live with the color day-in and day-out. You need to choose what is right for you and for the type of home you have. Here are a few tips from our experts on how to choose an exterior color that is right for you.

 

  • Do Your Research – This could mean different things for different people but we suggest starting by looking online for exterior colors that you love. Our portfolio page has several inspirational homes that could get you started. For others, it may mean going for a drive and seeing what home colors look nice to you or simply make you happy.
  • Home Style and Size  – Whether your home is a Queen Anne, a Cape Cod, or a tiny bungalow, it has distinguishing characteristics that you will want to take into consideration when deciding on colors. Look at the trim, turrets, or architectural items that you would like to highlight in a complementary or coordinating color. Look at homes that are similar in style and size to your home and adjust your color choices accordingly.
  • Test It Out – Always try out a color on your home so you can see just how it will look. This is especially true to see how the light changes the overall look of the color.
  • Ask a Professional – At Jerry Enos Painting, we offer the services of a color consultant who can help you choose a color that you will be pleased with for years to come.

 

Do you need help choosing an exterior color for your home? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more about our painting services.

 

New Homeowner? When Should You Paint Your New Pad?

Congratulations on your new home! Big or small, old or new, this home is all yours. Now it is time to put your personal stamp on it, and one of the best ways to transform a home is through paint! But the question remains, if your are a new homeowner: should you move in and see how your furnishings look in the space before painting or paint before you move in? Here are some points to consider that may help you either way.

 

Paint Before Moving In

  • Many homeowners believe it is a no brainer to paint while the space is empty and there are no items to move around or potentially drip on.
  • Chances are that you will be doing some repairs, cleaning, and modifying of the home before you move in anyway so why not add painting to that list. What’s one more thing?
  • Paint can sometimes create a smell that homeowners do not want to live with, so painting before you move in means that the smell will have a chance to dissipate.
  • Starting fresh in a home with colors that are all your own can be a relief and can make the house feel and look more like a home to you once you do move in.
  • If the home has dated wallpaper, paint techniques, or colors that make you cringe, you may want to have that taken care of before move in day.

 

Paint After You Move In

  • Many interior designers recommend waiting to paint until you have moved into your new home. The reason is based on the idea that homeowners will need to see how their furnishings look in the space and what colors they will want to pop in a room. This is especially true for homeowners who plan to buy new furniture when they move in.
  • For homeowners who have trouble deciding on a color palette, waiting until they have been in the home may be a good choice. Waiting can give a homeowner a chance to see what light the room has and how different a color may look depending upon the time of day or the weather outside.
  • Many homeowners find that the list of repairs, home improvements, and moving chores are enough to keep them busy. Painting may need to be something that waits until things have calmed down. Remember, buying a house is pretty stressful.

 

Whether you want to paint before you move in or wait until after, Jerry Enos Painting can help you make your house a home with fresh paint in every room and on your home’s exterior. Call us at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more about our painting services.

 

Selling Your Home? Should You Paint Before You Move?

Spring is the peak time for the residential real estate market. It is a time when homes are put on the market so families can sell, move, and get re-established before the kids go back to school in the fall. It is also a good time for moving just based on the weather alone. (No worries about a blizzard in June!) So, many homeowners looking at selling their home ask the question, “Should we paint now?”

 

In short, the answer is yes!

 

Paint is definitely one of the most cost-effective and quickest ways to transform a home. If you want to impress potential home buyers, then painting may be the way to go. Here are a few reasons why you should paint your home’s interior and exterior before you put up that “For Sale” sign on the front lawn.

 

  • A freshly painted home looks newer. Even if you have a much older home, paint can make everything look fresh and new.
  • A freshly painted home has a high return on investment (ROI). Realtors report that homeowners make back instantly the amount they spent on painting just due to the positive impression a new coat of paint can give a home.
  • A home that once had a color palette that was unique to the homeowners can now be painted in neutrals that tend to appeal to a wider group of people. And that is what you want when selling your home – to entice as many people to consider buying your home
  • A new coat of neutral paint can help potential buyers envision their belongings in your home. If they can picture their “stuff” in the home, they are far more likely to consider putting in an offer on it.
  • Painting several rooms can help a home have a cohesive look, as each room will coordinate or complement the others in color palette.
  • If your home has dated wallpaper, a paint project can quickly take years off your home and bring it into this decade with modern colors.
  • Most home buyers consider how “move-in-ready” a home is before placing an offer. If your home is newly painted that is one more thing off the to-do list.
  • A newly painted exterior can create curb appeal that may make house hunters stop at your home to see what’s inside.

 

Selling this spring? Let Jerry Enos Painting professionally paint your home’s interior and/or exterior surfaces to give you a boost in the competitive real estate market. Call us at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more about our painting services.

Four Things to Consider Before You Start a Paint Project at Your Home

Some of us are “weekend warriors” who love to start projects on a Friday and spend the entire weekend engrossed in it until Sunday rolls around when we find ourselves exhausted and only halfway through a project. Painting is one such project that homeowners tend to think they can quickly bang out a room or two in just a weekend. If you are one of these hard working folks who insists on going it alone, here are some things to consider the next time you want to start a paint project at your home.

 

  1. Check the Forecast – Not every weekend is a good weekend to paint. Try to schedule this particular homeowner chore on weekends that will be rain-free and the relative humidity will be fairly low – between 40-70%. Humid, wet days are not the best time for drying and curing of paint on your home’s surfaces. While it may seem ideal that you are stuck indoors anyway if it is raining, so why not paint – do not do it.. The adhesion quality and drying time may be poor if it is not done properly.
  2. Plan for Prep Time – Many homeowners jump right into a painting project without leaving time for preparing the room. For instance, a room that will be painted should be free and clear of furniture, if possible. Walls and other surfaces should be wiped down and thoroughly cleaned. Nail holes and blemishes on the wall should be repaired, filled, and sanded. Outlet covers should be removed. All of these things take time and energy.
  3. Know the Room – Do you know the size of the room and how much primer and paint will be needed to complete the job? Do you need special paint to cover stains or markings on the ceiling? Take your measurements ahead of time to gather all needed tools such as brushes, rollers, floor coverings, tape, and paint pans in advance. Consider tricky areas such as built-ins, fireplaces, or crevices that may slow you down or require a different tool.
  4. Take Your Time – Rushing through painting a room can have disastrous consequences including: spilled paint, drips, incomplete coverage areas, messy cut-ins and the list goes on. Plan that the amount of time you think it will take and then add on some “just in case” time for unforeseen events.

 

If all of this does not appeal to you, then it is time to call in the professionals. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more about our painting services.

Signs It is Time to Paint the Exterior of Your Home

Are you the type of homeowner who lives by a schedule; when to mow the grass, when to plant the garden, and when it is time to trim the shrubs? Sometimes the passage of a certain amount of time is a good indicator that a chore is due to be done. There are other times when our property gives us visible signs that a homeowner duty is coming due yet again. This is true of painting the exterior of your home. While most wood homes can go 3-7 years between paintings there are factors such as the condition of the wood, exposure to the elements, and quality of the last paint job to keep in mind. Do you see signs that it is time to paint the exterior of your home?

Here is what to look for…

  • Signs of Wear and Tear – Depending upon what side of your home gets the most direct sunlight for the largest portion of the day, wear-and-tear may occur at different rates. Look for bubbling paint that is getting ready to crack or chip away. Look for paint that may have been put on too heavily and is peeling away. Both of these are indicators that it may be close to time to have a professional scrape, prime, and repaint your home’s exterior.
  • Signs of Cracking – One of the more common places for paint to begin to degrade is around the caulking areas near windows and doors. These areas can be especially vulnerable to peeling once the cracking begins.
  • Signs of Dry Rot or Mold – Are the boards of your home’s exterior beginning to have small gaps or spaces between them? This may be an indicator of dry rot. Are the boards soft to the touch or show signs of rot around windows or overhangs? These are also indicators that it is time to repair and repaint.
  • Time Passing – When was the last time you had your home power washed, scraped, sanded, and painted? If you can’t remember and you think that the color is beginning to fade or not look as vibrant or fresh as it once did, then it may be time to call Jerry Enos Painting to schedule our services soon.

Painting the exterior of your home is not just for aesthetic purposes; it is also to protect your home’s exterior surfaces against the ravages of nature, especially in the northeast. The wood and other surfaces need regular maintenance so that your home stays in good repair. If you see any of these signs that your house may need to be painted, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

5 Ideas for a Springtime Refresh for your Home

The days are getting longer and the temperature is slowly rising! Spring is in the air. For many homeowners, that means spring cleaning indoors and getting outdoor entertaining ready. At Jerry Enos Painting we offer a number of services that can jump start your outdoor season. Here are 5 springtime refresh ideas that can make your home ready for the warm breezes of spring and summer.

 

  1. Entryway Refresh – Your front door and entryway area is one location that homeowners and visitors see often! Change up the color of your front door or add new furnishing to the front porch. Nothing can lift your spirits more that having a pleasant and welcoming entryway area.
  2. New Exterior Paint – Spring is a great time to consider painting the exterior of your home. Fading, peeling, bubbling, chipping, and worn surfaces can be given a fresh look with a thorough cleaning, scraping, and new coat of paint. Stay with the same color you love or choose something new. Paint can transform the whole look of your home.
  3. Create an Outdoor Room – Spring is a wonderful time to be outdoors more often. If you love entertaining and grilling, consider carving out a new outdoor entertaining space. Refresh your deck or patio with a power wash or create a “room” with patio furniture.
  4. Flower Boxes – Annual and perennial flowers are a perfect way to liven up the landscape around your home. A splash of color can put a smile on anyone’s face so mount some freshly painted flower boxes and get planting.
  5. Accent Wall – If you are looking to refresh the indoors but don’t have a lot of time, think about an accent wall in your living room, dining room, or kitchen. A complimentary color or coordinating color can completely change the look of your home’s interior.

 

Jerry Enos Painting offers interior and exterior paint, power washing, and deck refinishing to help you refresh your home this spring. Call Jerry Enos at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.