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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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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. 

 

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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.  

 

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Benefits of Exterior Painting For Your Home 

Experienced homeowners know that regular maintenance on a home can add years to the lifespan of the structure while also adding value when it comes time to sell. Modernizing electric panels, improving the plumbing, upgrading appliances, and maintaining the landscaping are just a few ways to increase value to a home. 

One method of increasing the value and the overall health of a home that may be overlooked by many homeowners is exterior painting. Let’s look at how painting the exterior of your home has many benefits that will pay off now and later on down the road. home and key

Increasing Your Home Value

Any renovation in your home will most definitely increase your home’s overall value, especially when it comes time to sell. Kitchen and bath upgrades tend to be top on the list of home renovations that bring in the best return on investment (ROI). 

Exterior painting of a residential home is actually high on the list as well. Take this study in a U.S. News and World Report article. It was found that, depending upon the size and style of home, a major kitchen renovation can yield about a 65% return on investment. That’s great news. But guess what? An exterior paint job, given its cost effectiveness to create a major transformation, can produce a return on investment of up to 140%! 

Enhance Curb Appeal 

Paint is one of the most transformative projects you can undertake in any home. It can make a worn and tired exterior look fresh and new. Scraping peeling paint, replacing rotting wood, and giving a pop of color can give your home an appealing look which will create a positive first impression for neighbors and passerbyers. new home

Protecting Your Home 

Wood siding, such as the kind found on many New England homes, is extremely susceptible to issues such as mold, mildew, rot, and pests. If the wood siding on a home is exposed to the elements for any length of time, these issues could quickly develop and become large problems that may take quite a bit of time, energy, and money to remediate. By applying a fresh coat of paint and repairing any planks that are experiencing bubbling, peeling, or rotting wood, you will protect your home for years to come. 

Keep in mind that many pests such as carpenter bees, carpenter ants, and termites love to find exposed wood to nest in, and tunnel through. The more a homeowner maintains a healthy coat of paint on a home’s exterior, the less chance it will have of attracting these nuisance and damaging pests. 

Does your home need some tender loving care this summer season? Let our team know and we will be happy to schedule an appointment for a free estimate. 

 

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How Epoxy Can Enhance Your Business Space

What does the interior of your office look like? Do you have an easy to maintain space that allows for spills to be cleaned quickly? Do you see high traffic in certain areas? Are your floors and surface areas durable and strong? If you can’t answer yes to these questions, you may want to consider epoxy flooring for your business regardless of your industry. 

Most businesses in the commercial field use some sort of polymer-based flooring to make clean up easy, ensure durability, and for cost-effectiveness. What you may not realize is that more and more companies, and small or medium-sized businesses, are headed in this direction, regardless of their field. 

Here’s why. storefront

Easy Maintenance

Small and medium-size businesses need to be aware of the ease of maintenance of their office spaces. For example, the effort and cost to replace wood floors, carpeting, or laminate can be exorbitant. 

Installing epoxy flooring for your business can make daily maintenance extremely simple. An epoxy floor is quite different from most of the prominent flooring alternatives that are out there. With simple regular cleaning, epoxy floors can continue to look good for years to come. 

The seamless surface of epoxy flooring is exceptionally easy to clean and maintain. It is impervious to harsh chemicals, spills don’t stain, and it repels mold and mildew. The impenetrable coating also repels oil, grease, and water. Dust, dirt, and grime easily wipe up with warm water and soap.  

Highly Durable 

Regardless of your industry, epoxy lasts a long time and continues to look amazing even years after installation. If your office sees high traffic, uses heavy machinery, or just wants a new look, our installation of epoxy flooring can help. 

Non-porous epoxy resin is stain, scuff, scratch resistant, heat resistant, impact resistant, and fully sealed from moisture. Thus, epoxy resin creates a highly durable floor with unparalleled strength. Add these facts to the potential to choose a color that suits your purposes and your office could have a shining, impeccable look for years and years with little maintenance or extra costs. 

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Cost Effective

How often do you need to replace the carpeting, linoleum, tile, or wood on the floor of your business? Epoxy floors are typically offered at affordable costs. Add that to the fact that epoxy flooring lasts longer than a typical commercial flooring used in many small or medium sized businesses and you have yourself a winner. 

Aesthetics 

Epoxy is unique in that it keeps its shine and can be installed a wide variety of patterns and colors. Choose the style you like depending upon your business brand or color palettes. Epoxy is one of the most attractive flooring systems available. 

Is your business considering replacing the floors? Talk to our specialists about what benefits epoxy could have for your business. 

 

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Weekend Warrior Projects for the Spring

If you’re an HGTV junkie and love spending your weekends sprucing up your home and yard, you may be looking for projects that can improve the aesthetic look and overall health of your home. 

Being a weekend warrior means that you’re looking for something to improve your home that can be done in a short timeframe such as a weekend or two (or less). Here are a few projects that may satisfy both criteria of being a quick project and transformative. decking

Deck Rehab 

Now that the weather is improving with each day, and the sun sets later, you may be thinking about when you can throw your first outdoor entertaining party. Before you can set that date, you will want to check your deck to be sure it is set to go. 

Deck rehab means checking for splintering wood, areas that need restaining, nails that need pounding down, and loose or damaged boards. 

Spring is a great time to contact our team to power wash, clean, and reseal your deck to get it ready for spring and summer entertaining. Before you consider replacing your deck, call our team to see if we can restore it back to its original splendor. This means we can strip it, replace damaged wood, put on a layer of stain or paint, and weatherproof it so you can enjoy your outdoor entertaining for many more years to come. doorway

Entryway Refresh 

One of the first places that catches the attention of passerbyers and neighbors, is your entryway and front door. Spend a weekend focusing on your front as a way of making a great first impression and sprucing up your house, all at the same time. 

Painting the front door is a perfect place to start. Depending upon the color of the rest of your home’s exterior, you could choose an accent color that makes your front entry pop. One trending color right now in our area is red! The bright, happy color can really make a front door stand out against a white home! 

Add some potted plants to your walkway, clean up the steps with a fresh coat of white or gray paint and your front door has a whole new look. 

As an added pick-me-up install a new light fixture, a modern house number, or a new mailbox just for fun! garage door

Garage Doors and Shutters 

We spend a lot of time talking about color palettes and accent colors for the interior of homes, but did you know that you have several places where an accent color outdoors can make your home look finished and well coordinated? 

Many weekend warriors are choosing to paint their garage doors and shutters, if they have them, in order to coordinate with the color of their front door. These easy changes can be done a little at a time or all in one weekend. The matching or coordinating color scheme can have such a positive effect on your home’s overall look. 

Do you need help with some of your weekend warrior projects?? Call the team at Jerry Enos Painting for professional and experienced painters who can help you transform your home. 

 

Workspace Painting 

How many hours do you spend at your desk working every day? Eight, maybe ten hours? If so, then your workspace, whether at home or in the office, is where you spend the largest chunk of your day. Shouldn’t that space be appealing? Today’s blog will examine how paint can liven up your workspace, keep it brand centric, and create a positive work environment. 

Your workspace needs to be a productive and welcoming environment. It should look clean, organized, and above all, professional. To achieve this, you will need to channel your inner designer and plan for a work area that checks all of those boxes. 

A Welcoming Work Environment 

No matter whether your office has a store front location or one in a bonus room in your home, it should be welcoming for you, employees, and clients. We recommend a color that is conducive to productivity such as blue to evoke feelings of intellectuality, green for getting back to nature, yellow for radiating positivity, or even an accent color of red, for action. Whatever color you choose, be sure to have it professionally painted so that your space will look well-cared for and maintained. 

Stay “On Brand” 

Keep in mind that many businesses are trying to raise brand awareness. If this is the case in your business, you may want to consider talking to our color specialists who can help you choose a color palette that is true to your brand. For example, if your website, logo, and products incorporate a certain color, you will want that hue to be spotlighted in your work environment. It does not need to be a main color but should at least be an accent color that shows forethought in design of your workspace. 

Improve Team Morale 

Not all offices experience a modern, clean look. There is nothing that can bring down morale like a dirty or dated looking office space. If the paint or wallpaper appears old or worn, you may be sending the wrong message to clients and employees about the health and strength of your company. A fresh coat of paint, in a color that suits who you are as a business, can lift morale and create a positive feeling from all who enter the space. 

The number one component that can transform a workspace at a cost-effective rate is paint. A fresh coat can bring new life to a space and invigorate your business. Talk to our team today about how you can start fresh this business year. Call us to schedule an appointment. 

 

Stepping Up your Fall Curb Appeal 

It’s hard to believe that summer is quickly drawing to a close and soon the leaves will begin to change color and eventually fall. If you are considering selling your home this autumn, you will want to take advantage of the spectacular colors Mother Nature will be displaying. For those of you contemplating fall as the time to place your house on the market, let’s talk about a few ways to step up your curb appeal, specifically for that season. 

Play with Color 

Being in New England means that home buyers are counting on finding a home that fits our region. Regardless of the color of the leaves on the trees in your yard, you can play up the color changes in your flower boxes, along your front walkway, and at your entryway. Use hardy mums in colors of red, yellow, orange, and purple to make the area pop. 

Freshen Up the Exterior of your Home

Like they say, home buyers know within seconds if they want to investigate a house further. That means that from the time the potential buyers pull up to your home to the time they walk up the front walkway, they have decided if they will even consider your home for purchase. And that is before they have even set foot inside! That means your home needs to give off a great first impression. A fresh coat of paint can make the difference between a potential homebuyer stepping inside and one who drives away without giving your home a second thought. 

Up Your Landscaping Game 

By fall your lawn and bushes have reached their peak of growth, so be sure to have a professional team of landscapers do a clean up right before you put the house on the market. A neatly manicured lawn and garden shows terrific curb appeal. Make sure to have the gutters cleaned and any small repairs done that may send out red flags to buyers. 

Add Some Details 

Homebuyers love everything new and fresh. Add some new items that make the outside of your home shine. For example, buy a new mailbox, replace the lights, add new hardware, and invest in some new house numbers in coordinating metallic finishes. 

Are you trying to sell your home and are looking for a way to make it stand out from your neighbors’? Paint can really do the trick. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more. 

 

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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.

 

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.