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Now’s the Time to Paint if You Are Selling 

In the months leading up to selling your home, many homeowners create a list of projects that need to be done in order to make the property look nice and get the best price. Repairing things that are in need of fixing, updating old appliances, and remodeling dated areas are among some of the top things that make the list to fetch top dollar at sell time. Painting, a cost effective and majorly transformative measure, may be one of your best tools to increase your home’s value and improve aesthetics. 

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Increasing Value 

Realtors know that most home buyers are looking for turnkey homes. They do not want to put time and money into a home that they are most likely already paying top dollar for. Improvements, even small ones, can increase a home’s overall value. 

Consumer Reports says that enhancing your home’s exterior, including paint touch-ups, can boost home value by 2-5%. As for your return on investment of painting the numbers show that painting is well worth the cost, time, and effort. Painting the interior results in a 107 percent on the return on investment (ROI), and painting the exterior leads to a 55 percent ROI. 

Painting an entire house is not a small job. It will take days and special equipment including scaffolding and ladder extensions if you have a two story home. Choosing a professional painter can ensure that you have a team of experienced painters that will get a quality job done in an efficient manner. home and key

Increase Curb Appeal 

Although curb appeal is not an actual number you can see on your purchase and sale agreement for your home. It can, however, impact a home’s appeal. In a 2019 survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors, 66% of real estate professionals agreed that exterior paint is essential to a home’s curb appeal, and is a project that homeowners should complete prior to listing. have a major impact in the increase in value of your home. 

At first glance, your home should look well kept and clean. That first impression can go a long way to getting buyers to consider your home for purchase. Remember that many homes are previewed online first. Home buyers spend lots of time swiping over images and deciding within seconds if they want to consider attending an in-person viewing or open house. Realtors report that home buyers decide within mere seconds if the “look” of a home from a computer image is worth further investigation. 

The importance of making your home “buyer ready” is critical if you want to have multiple offers above your asking price. Contact our team for a free estimate and a color consultation. 

 

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Why Is Your Home’s Paint Peeling, Bubbling, and Fading? 

When was the last time you had the exterior of your home painted? If it has been a few years, or maybe longer, you may be facing some paint issues. Peeling, bubbling, and fading paint are some of the most common issues that homes in our area experience especially after several years of wear-and-tear in the New England climate. 

Today’s blog is taking a closer look at some of the issues that crop up with exterior paint and what you can do to prevent and treat the problems in the future. red peeling paint

Bubbling or Blistering 

One common problem that New Englanders see on their home’s exterior is bubbling or blistering paint. The bubbling is usually caused by a loss of adhesion and lifting of the paint film from the underlying surface. Direct sunlight for many hours a day, moisture or dampness that became trapped under the paint, or insufficient surface preparation can be at the root of this particular paint problem. 

One solution to this problem is to scrape away all the bubbling paint right down to the wood, sand and prime, then repaint the area. Make sure that all rough areas have been smoothed out and that you are using the right type of paint. 

Peeling 

Peeling paint is a very common paint problem that can be caused either by moisture or poor adhesion. In order to prevent this from happening to your home make sure the sub surface is prepared properly with adequate cleaning, scraping, and priming. 

Often peeling paint stems from bubbling or blistering paint not being taken care of initially. If you see paint beginning to blister, take care of the problem immediately before the paint can split away and start peeling. Peeling paint means your wood is no longer protected from the elements. 

Fading

A common problem that many homeowners notice is that the paint on their home seems to be fading or not as vibrant as it once was. Direct sunlight, harsh weather, and extreme temperature added to poor quality paint, all contribute to fading paint. Annual touch ups and choosing high quality paint may help your exterior paint remain vibrant for years to come. 

Talk to our team today about having the exterior of your home painted this season and have your home looking fresh and new. 

 

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Painting for Your Personality 

How would people describe your personality? Are you outgoing and like to be the center of attention? Or, are you more introspective and shy? Or possibly, are you one of the multitude of personality types that lie between the two? 

No matter what your personality is, your home is a great place to let it shine. From your choice of furnishings to the colors you paint the walls, your home is a place where you can truly be yourself. Let your color choices show off who you are. Start with the colors on your walls and ceiling. 

Anyone who has ever faced the arduous decision of what color palette to paint the interior of their home knows that the ultimate decision can be made a tiny bit easier if you go with your gut and what your personality is telling you. white walls

Traditionalist

Are you someone who gravitates toward classic looks and colors? If so, you may want to look at our portfolio in regard to traditional colors for your interior rooms. Neutrals, whites, and low key colors tend to allow for a classic look that can have major value when it comes time to sell the home. Look for classic pairings of colors like black and white, blue and green, or red and white. 

Funky & Creative 

Do you like to take risks and show off the daring side of yourself? If so, colors that are bolder and unique can really make a statement, especially in high traffic rooms such as the living room, kitchen, and entryway. Choose colors that energize you and bring out your creative spirit. Bright blues, deep greens, quirky purples, and eye-catching reds can show off your fun and one-of-a-kind spirit! fall leaves on a dirt road

Naturalists

Do you thrive on being outdoors? If so, your favorite colors may be the muted blues, greens, and yellows you see in the environment around you. Choosing those colors for your interior may help you bring the outside into your living spaces. Find your favorite wildflower or greenery and start hunting for your next color palette! 

Trendsetter

If you love all the new and fresh colors that come out annually, then you may be a trendsetter. Find out which colors are trending currently at Benjamin Moore colors and start your color transformation now. 

If you are planning to paint your home’s interior talk to our color specialists and paint technicians about what colors are right for your personality. Check out our portfolio pages and set up an appointment for a free estimate this season. 

 

Arbor Coat on the Deck: Beverly, MA Painting Contractors

Restoring Your Deck and Patio for the Season

This may not be the summer we all had envisioned for ourselves. In fact, this may be the summer of staying home, or at least staying more local due to the global pandemic. If you want to make the most of the warmer months, it may be time to get your deck and patio area in tip-top shape to entertain close friends and family. Here are a few tips for restoring your deck or patio area back to the splendor it once had. 

Stress on Your Deck

You don’t have to be a carpenter or contractor to know that the New England climate can be rough on outdoor structures including your deck or brick pavers. The snow, sleet, hail, wind, and salty air can really do some damage to wood decking as well as brick pavers. Every year homeowners should take steps to evaluate the condition of their deck as well as take steps to protect the surfaces from rot, decay, mold, mildew, and warping. Pavers should be regrouted and cleaned regularly as well. Deck Painting in Beverly, MA by Jerry Enos Painting Contractor

Evaluate First 

One of the first things homeowners should do when getting a deck or patio ready for the season is to do a thorough inspection of the structure. Check each board for rot, warping, and splintering. Mark those that will need repairs. Check rails, steps, and nails that could be sticking up. Each element should be repaired and evaluated for the level of refurbishing that will need to be completed. Don’t forget to inspect the underside of the deck as well as the foundation supports for rotting. 

Power Washing 

Once homeowners have inspected from the top to the bottom of their outdoor entertaining area, they may want to have a professional power washing completed that can remove the mold, mildew, dirt and debris. Our specialists can help you start fresh on the entertaining area. deck

Repairs 

From pounding down nails, to repairing loose railings, the safety of your deck is important not only for the overall look but also for the liability aspect. Be sure to have an experienced repair team take care of any structural issues and safety issues. 

Refinishing or Repainting 

Depending upon the type of deck or patio you have, you may want to consider having the wood sanded and refinished to look new and fresh. Your patio pavers may need some scrubbing and replacing of loosened stones as well. 

Our  multi-step process here at Jerry Enos Painting of stripping and sealing the wood will make your entertaining area look like new for years to come.

 

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Touch Ups for Your Home’s Exterior 

Now that the summer months are here, and the weather is finally cooperating, it’s time to start thinking about the exterior projects you want to get completed this season. Gardening, landscaping, and even painting projects are probably on your “To Do” list. Touching up the exterior of your home can not only add value to your home if you ever decide to sell, it can add some positive curb appeal, and protect your home from decay and rot. 

Take a quick walk around your home. What do you see? Do you have any fading, bubbling, or peeling paint? Do your shutters or gutters need some attention? How are the railings on your stairs and the entryway doors faring after the winter? 

Chances are there many small projects that you may want to tackle over the course of the next few weeks. After the stay-at-home orders of the past months, many of us have realized that our home’s have plenty of areas that could use some attention. Now is the time to start. entryway

Entryway Touch Ups 

Front doors and the walkway leading up to the entryway of any home is one of the first areas that catches the eye. Painting your front door a bold color to contrast with the main color of the house can make a huge difference. Plant some colorful blooms on the walkway or front steps to add some pops of color and your front walkway will look fresh and new. 

Some simple ways you can make your entryway look new is by switching out an old mailbox or repainting the one you have to look new. In addition to this small change you may want to add a front welcome mat, a newly painted street number, or even a new door knocker to make the entryway look cohesive. 

Add Landscaping Elements 

Greenery bushes, hardy shrubs, colorful mulch, and flowering elements can add some serious punch to your landscaping. These additions to your yard can take your landscaping up a notch without costing much. With each organic addition to your landscaping you create a multileveled look to a sometimes one dimensional yard. 

Be sure to plan out where you want to plant each organic element in accordance to how much sunlight or shade the planting will need. Ensure that the irrigation will reach your plantings for ease of watering. landscaping

Painting and Repairing

If your home has visible peeling, fading, or bubbling paint, you will want to scrape, sand, repair, and repaint the area. Taking the time to fix and paint these small changes can transform any home from dull and worn down to new and appealing. 

If your home needs some serious work on the exterior, talk to our team about getting a free quote and get started on your outdoor projects today. 

 

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Cabinet Repainting: A Home Value Booster 

Does this pandemic have you sitting around the house making mental lists of all the projects you would like to get started on? For many people, one of the most transformative ways to change up the look of a home’s interior is a paint project. In fact, one of the best projects to change up the look of a home and increase its value, is to refresh the look of a kitchen. Let’s take a look at how cabinet repainting could be the home project you are seeking! 

Renovating a typical kitchen can cost thousands of dollars and take months to complete. Not many homeowners have a budget or the time to take the room down to the studs and start fresh with new cabinets and appliances. Painting, however, can produce much of the same effect at a much lower price point. 

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What the Numbers Tell Us

According to national data reported by Remodeling Magazine, a minor kitchen remodel, like refreshing cabinets with paint, has one of the highest return on investments when looking at the cost of the project in relation to the overall value it adds to a home. Even seemingly innocuous elements like a cabinet door knob or pulls can add positive aesthetic features to a worn or dated kitchen. 

Real estate specialists also report that kitchen renovations are the most likely to increase a home’s value. According to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) 2019 Remodeling Impact Report, general kitchen upgrades come in as the number two most valued upgrade for a home going on the market. Most realtors will tell you that kitchens sell houses and a dated or tired looking kitchen can be a big turn off for buyers who want something turn-key. A fresh coat of paint and a new look for a kitchen can help give any kitchen a much needed facelift. 

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Kitchen Value Booster Tips 

If you can’t find the time or money in your budget for a complete renovation of your older looking kitchen, consider making a few cost effective changes that may help the overall look of your home. 

  • Choose a neutral color for the cabinets that will be universally acceptable to any home buyer. Safe colors tend to be whites, neutrals, greys, and blues. 
  • Change up all the hardware on each cabinet. Even this small task can make the kitchen look fresh and new. 
  • Paint the walls and ceiling and color that will appeal to a large group of home buyers. Classic yellows, greens, blues, and greys are good choices for a kitchen. 
  • Install a simple backsplash around the stove. 
  • Switch out the lighting hardware. 
  • Replace all switch plates, or at least clean them thoroughly. 
  • Replace dated sink hardware. 
  • Update the appliances such as the stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, and microwave. 
  • Clean the stove hood or replace when possible. 

Need help painting your kitchen cabinets? It happens to be one of our specialities and can make your kitchen look brand new to home buyers. Talk to our team today for a free quote. 

 

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Add a Pop of Color With Accent Walls

In this era of HGTV and weekend warriors taking on small projects within their homes, it is no doubt that one of the easiest and transformative ways to change the look of a room is to paint an accent wall. Even a subtle color change can shift the tone and mood of an entire room. A pop of color can refresh a room that was looking dated or worn. Take a look at some of our ideas for adding an accent wall in your bedroom, living room, or even the kitchen.fireplace color

A Shade Darker/Lighter

One of the easiest ways to change the overall feel of a room without making a major color shift is to choose a color that is either a little darker or lighter than the main color you are using for the room. For example, if you have a gray color palette in your living room, maybe paint the wall that contains your fireplace a darker shade of that same gray to create a focal point. Depending upon the main color palette you can easily coordinate the color without having to completely disrupt the rooms furnishings. That’s one of the joys of painting an accent way… minimal intrusion into a room.wall of windows

Contrasting Colors

Many kitchens have lots of cabinets and detailed architectural features that could use a color that contrasts or offsets the rest of the room.

For example, if you have a neutral color palette, choose a color that is on the opposite end of the color wheel to make it pop! For example, a room that is filled with blues may benefit from a pop of color in the purples, reds, or yellows.

Coordinating Colors

While contrasting colors are meant to be directly opposite in the color spectrum, choosing a coordinating color means choosing a color for your accent wall that works well and blends into the room in a seamless fashion.

For example, adding a new shade of neutral coloring to an already neutral room can make things look well matched. Or adding a deeper shade of blue to a lighter shade in the same color family can draw the eye to the darker area without taking away from the original color. Or maybe adding a green wall adjacent to the original blue will allow for coordination while still letting the accent wall be a bit different from the rest of the room.

Do you need assistance in choosing the right color for your accent wall? Take a look at our portfolio page and contact us for an estimate and a consultation with our color specialists.

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Achieve a Classic New England Look with Paint 

Do you own a historic home, or maybe just one that conjures up images of quintessential New England homes? Whether you live on the rocky shores of Maine, the sandy dunes of Cape Cod, or on the bustling streets of Boston, your home can take on that traditional look of a New England home with the transformative power of paint. 

Classic New England periods actually have a color palette. Think about the colors that remind you of the region and the homes that you encounter in the quaint villages and towns that dot the coastline of our region. The area is rich not only in history but in a traditional look that many homeowners are searching for when they paint either the interior or exterior of their homes. 

Yankee Magazine has dubbed the common color palette in our region as, “Shades of the Era.” Each time period, whether it is the First Period Colonial period, Federal/Greek Revival period, or the Victorian era, allowed for different color palettes to thrive. colonial home

First Period Colonial Period

In the First Period Colonial period, when New Englanders were first to revolt against the English monarch, the color palette was fairly simple. Many early houses were left unpainted to weather the elements. Leaded white (that would later turn yellow), black, and traditional barn red were common for residential homes. Color specialists often refer to the colors of this period as neutral drabs with the occasional pop of color. 

Federal/Greek Revival Period

During the late 1700s and early 1800s, our region went through a Federalist or Greek revival when it comes to color palettes. Post British independence caused many New Englanders to use brighter colors and paint trims lighter. During this time, soft colors were all the rage, including peaches and brighter pastels in shades of green, yellow, and blue according to the historians at Yankee Magazine.victorian home

Victorian Era

In the years following the Civil War, synthetics were introduced to the nascent paint industry, opening up a wider range of pigments and greater saturation. Color was used to play up exterior architectural elements, such as columns, dentils, and cornices. Often three to five colors would be used on a single house. For example, chocolate-brown trim could be paired with golden-yellow siding and a brighter accent, such as turquoise, on a porch ceiling.

Are you looking for a traditional New England color palette but aren’t sure what would work well with the style, size, and architectural details of your home. Take a look at our portfolio page and contact us for an estimate and a consultation with our color specialists. 

 

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How to Choose the Right Paint Brush 

Visit any home improvement store or hardware store and you will see entire displays of brushes of every variety, brand-name, and size. How do you choose the right one for your job? 

In last month’s blog we explored the features of paint rollers and how the length of nap is important to consider when painting the interior surfaces of your home. This month we will be taking a closer look at the characteristics of paint brushes including the size, style, and shape that can take your paint project from novice to professional. 

Try not to get overwhelmed with the wide assortment of brushes that are currently on the market. We suggest having a few types at your disposal as you go about your interior or exterior paint project. You will want to invest in a high quality angled brush and square brush in both small and larger sizes. flat brush

Brush Size 

One of the characteristics that you will want to consider when purchasing paint brushes is the sizes that are available. The size of the brush will determine the amount of coverage as well as the detail work that can be completed. Smaller brushes, such as 1-2 inch brushes, are great for painting window trim and detailed molding. “Cutting in” is much easier with a smaller brush that you can control. Medium sized brushes, measuring approximately three inches are good for doors and cabinets. And larger four inch brushes are great for painting large flat areas. 

Brush Shapes 

As we mentioned above, there are several brush shapes that you will be able to choose from when painting. Two of the more popular are square brushes and angled or chiseled brushes. Flat or square brushes are good for painting flat surfaces whereas angled brushes are better at getting into smaller areas and carefully cutting into edges and trim. paint brush and roller

Brush Components 

Every brush has bristles, but the makeup of those bristles will determine the type of paint you will be able to use with it. For example, polyester and blended-polyester bristles are good for painting with latex paints. Natural-bristle brushes, made with animal hair, are used for applying oil based paints, varnishes, shellac, polyurethane, and other oil base finishes.

As you begin to peruse the brush aisle in your hardware store be sure to look for high quality brushes. A good-quality brush holds more paint and applies it more evenly, which can save you time and help you get the results you want.

Are you starting a paint project in your home? Talk to our color specialists and expert paint teams to get the job done right the first time. Take a look at our portfolio page and contact us for a free estimate. 

 

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4 Things to Do Before Painting Your Home’s Exterior 

If you have decided that this summer is the time to have the exterior of your home painted, you have made a great choice. Summer is the perfect time to maintain the exterior of your home. The weather is usually cooperative, the humidity is in the right range for the curing(drying) of paint, and the longer days allow for optimal working hours. 

Before you hire a painting company, like our team here at Jerry Enos Painting, you may want to consider doing a few things before starting the project. Here are four things that you will want to add to your “To-Do” list prior to the start date. tools

Clean the Exterior Surfaces

Painting over a dirty surface will have disastrous consequences. It could lead to an inability of the paint to adhere to the surface and thus cause peeling, bubbling, and uneven adhesion. To prevent these from happening, it is smart to clean the exterior of your home prior to the beginning of your paint project. 

A few suggestions for cleaning include: power washing or pressure washing the exterior of the home, hand washing the detail areas like the trim, and scrubbing the window cases. Be sure to hire an experienced power washer as too much pressure directed at the wood siding can damage it. 

Repair Damaged Areas

While cleaning your home’s exterior, you may find that there are areas that need repair. Be sure to replace wood that is damaged to ensure that the paint will adhere when it is applied. Repair dents, warped wood, or railings that may be loose. Check the hinges of your shutters if you have them on the exterior of your home as well. Remember to look for damage caused by pests such as carpenter bees, carpenter ants, and termites.window

Re-Caulk or Reseal Windows 

Some homeowners find while inspecting the exterior, that their windows need some attention. Usually a cleaning and then caulking or sealing of the windows will help the overall appearance of the windows and will help with energy savings during heating and cooling seasons. 

Protect Surrounding Areas 

Just as you would cover floors and furnishings if you were painting the interior walls of your home, you should use sheets and tarps to cover bushes, shrubs, and exterior items that you want to avoid dripping paint onto outside your home. This is especially important if you are painting around patios, decks, and front walkways. Protect tender plant growth with mesh or wooden/plastic tenting. 

Are you getting ready to paint the exterior of your home? Consider taking these four steps to get ready for your project. Contact Jerry Enos Painting for professional help in refreshing your home with paint.