Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Adding Warmth

Many new homes and apartments are painted a basic white. This can make a home feel cold and impersonal. A good way to add warmth and personality is to add color. In this picture we painted all white walls a Sherwin William Townhouse Tan Eggshell. Accent walls can also add color and personality to your home! Check back to see how! Contact RC Painting for more information on transforming your home!

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Honor our Servicemen

Last year I learned of Homes for our Troops, a nationwide non profit group that helps adapt older or build new homes for our servicemen injured in the line of duty. I thought it would be a great way to show our support and signed our company up. A local resident, Travis Woods is having a home built in our area so I was contacted. Next week, June 22-26 is the "Build Brigade"! Volunteers from the area will frame the walls and put the trusses and roof on in 3 days! That is going to an incredible task! I will be helping in the registration tent and will try and get some pictures. Check back for updates! If you are in the Cedar City, Utah area and would like to donate food for the volunteers next week, please contact me!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

In my last (and first) blog I talked about choosing a painting contractor, rereading it I realize I had omitted some things that might help a homeowner. How do you even find someone to call?
You can look in the yellow pages, close your eyes and pick at random.
You can wait until you see a flyer, lettered vehicle or mailer.
Plenty of good painting contractors use these methods. Some work mostly by word of mouth and these painters can be harder to find. If you are looking for a painter (or a plumber, electrician or roofer, etc.) there are several options.
Call the local Homebuilders Association for your town, in Cedar City, see the BIA.
Call your local paint supply store, not the big box stores, but a store that sells nothing but quality paint, like Sherwin Williams or Jones Paint and Glass, your town may have others. Ask the manager at the paint store who he can recommend.
Friends and neighbors can know a good painter, ask around.
The internet can help you too! Google "painters in my city" and look at their websites.
When you do search, you will find many companies like Service Magic or Reliable Remodeler. These are "Lead Service Generator Services". There is a lot of controversy concerning these companies. They work by charging contractors a set price for each lead. You are the lead! When you submit your name and project, they send your information to the contractors who have paid. Sometimes they sell your name to many contractors! They have no control over quality of contractor. Look for a local painter that has local references!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

So you want to hire a contractor?

So you want to hire a contractor?

Talk with several contractors and get quotes from each. Ask about
insurance and licensing.

Determine what will be done for each type area (any wood trim,
stucco, aluminum siding, walls of each room,
etc.) for:

- surface preparation

- priming; what primer (type and brand) will be used

- finish coat: type and brand, where the brand fits into the
manufacturer's line (premium, first, second,
economy, contractor's,
etc.) how many coats

For exterior work, what will be done to protect plantings; for interior work, what will be
done in regards to moving
furniture, protecting furniture

When will the work be started? And finished? How many painters will be working on the
job? What will the remedy be if the job is not completed on time?

What is the warranty on the work? Length of time, what type failures are covered, what
is the remedy if there is a paint failure?

Get names of previous customers from each contractor as references, and contact
them to get their recommendation.

Note whether the contractor was courteous and businesslike, punctual with appointments
or in returning phone calls, quality-oriented, experienced ,and generally interested in doing
business with you.

Then, take into account the information on each contractor and the asking price, to make an informed decision on which one to choose for your job.