If you take a few simple steps to prepare your Toronto home you can have a great painting experience! The painting experience can run very efficiently and be done with minimal inconvenience, however, there are things that you should do to make this a reality. In this post, I’ll give you a checklist of the things that should be done to prior to painting.
Ensure that your colours are chosen well in advance
Colours are tricky, they can look different on your walls than on the paint chips. Also, they can look different on various surfaces and at varying times of day.
What we recommend at CAM Painters is to have a colour consultation from an interior designer. We can even recommend interior designers based on your budget and location. A good interior designer will save a lot of time and frustration in the colour selection process, so it’s definitely a good investment!
READ MORE: 3 Reasons to have a colour consultation prior to painting your Toronto home
If you’re wanting to do colour selection yourself, at least buy some tester pots of the colours you’re thinking about so that you can test them on the walls. A rundown of the procedure is here:
Colour Selection 101 for your Toronto Home
We usually like to pick up colours a few days before the job starts. If you can prepare your final colour selections a week before the job starts, that would be best.
Arrange access to your home with us
Our hours of work are generally 8:30 to 4:30. We don’t need someone on site with us in order for us to do our work, but we do need access into your house. If you are not available, we have lock boxes that you can leave a house key in. If you’d prefer to meet us in the morning to let us in, that’s fine too.
Make arrangements for your pets
We are pet-friendly at CAM Painters, so if your dog or cat wants to say hello, that’s fine with us. However, once we start working it’s best if pets are not in our workspace for their own safety. It’s best if they can be shut off in another area of the house, so they don’t get into our tools or wet paint. Yes, we have had cats get wet paint on their paws and track it all over the floor!
Prepare your rooms for painting
This is not as daunting as it sounds. All we are asking is that you remove any small, fragile objects from the room and remove pictures from the walls. If you are planning on putting the picture back in the same place please leave the picture hook in the wall. If you are planning on repositioning or leaving off the wall altogether, please remove the picture hook and we’ll be sure to fill in the nail holes.
We don’t mind moving a couple of pieces of furniture per room, which we cover with plastic to make sure it’s protected.
There are a couple of items that we prefer not to move, which you should make arrangements for before the painting begins:
- Wall-mounted TVs
- Fridges – these can damage floors if the wheels don’t move freely, and fragile water lines can break too
- Washers & Dryers – brittle hoses and vent ducts can be damaged during moving
So if you can arrange for these items to be moved that would be great!
We at CAM Painters want to give you a great painting experience and if you follow these guidelines you can ensure that is what you get! Feel free to book a quote! We’d love to Transform your home with lasting beauty!
It’s that time of year! The time that everyone reflects on the past year and sets goals for the next.
How about setting some goals for taking care of your home in 2018? If you proactively take care of your home it will pay dividends down the road in terms of money savings and comfort.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started!
Don’t put off small maintenance items.
Changing your furnace filter is just one example. By changing your furnace filter on a regular basis you increase your overall comfort and lessen the chance of expensive furnace repairs in the future.
Keep an eye on the humidity in your home
Homes can get extremely dry in the winter months, so be sure to monitor the humidity in your home. I know of someone who’s place was so dry that all the glue in her wooden furniture dried out and it started falling apart!
Dryness can also affect your paint and wallpaper. Oh yes, if there’s not enough humidity the paste that holds wallpaper to walls can dry out and the seams in the wallpaper can open up. Also, if there’s not enough humidity in the home wooden trim can shift and open up cracks and gaps in the paint work.
A related tip..
Check the tops of your doors, door frames and window frames. Oftentimes these are missed or skipped by painters, however, it’s helpful to have them painted even though they’re generally not seen. If all sides of the wood are not painted as the more humid weather comes moisture can enter through the exposed surface and it can swell. This is the reason why when you shut a door it can feel tight at one time of year and loose at another.
How about some exterior paint-related tips?
Keep snow off your deck, front steps, window sills, basement window wells. Basically, if snow is sitting on a painted surface, it’s wise to clear it off. By removing the snow you not only protect the paint job, you also protect the wood underneath. Ice and snow build up can really take a toll on wood – even more so than a summer rain shower. When a rain shower comes, it generally passes in an hour or two. When snow comes, it stays for weeks on end.
This moisture issue is compounded by the wood expanding during the spring thaw too. As the wood expands the grain opens up, it can crack the paint and allow the melting snow to penetrate into the wood. The more moisture that gets into wood, the greater chance of wood rot and degradation.
Setting a goal for taking care of your home in 2018 can pay for itself in comfort and cost savings. It can also pay for a new paint job too!!! So why don’t you book a quote? CAM Painters would love to Transform your home with lasting beauty!
Unfortunately this is a more common experience in Toronto than it should be. Here’s how you can avoid this occurrence and find a reliable painter…
Here’s the backstory,
You found someone either through a recommendation of a friend, or perhaps on Facebook, or a lawn sign.
He seemed like a nice fellow when he met with you for the quote.
He gave you a price, you accepted it and booked in a start date.
The start date rolled around and no painter! No phone call, no text, no email – Nothing!!
Why would this happen in the first place?
First off, it’s very easy to call yourself a painting contractor.
Barriers to entry are very low, a vehicle, some brushes, rollers, roller trays and you can call yourself a painter. However, with such a low startup cost some people treat their “painting business” as a part-time hobby.
Many of these “painting contractors” will do cash only, so that they can avoid taxes and proper insurances, which places a lot of risk on the homeowner that hires them.
To sum it up, they don’t have much invested in the process, so it’s easy for them to quit on their customers and leave them high and dry.
How can you find a reliable painting contractor?
You can minimize the chance of this happening to you by doing your due diligence. How so?
Ask your painting contractor how many years they’ve been in business?
As a general rule of thumb, the more years someone has been in business, the more they are invested in the success of their business.
At CAM Painters, we’ve been in business for 16 years. We’ve invested thousands of dollars in equipment, so that we can provide a great customer experience.
READ MORE: Which painting contractor offers the best value for my Toronto home?
Look for reviews and testimonials
People will always say good things about themselves, sometimes they can even get a couple of other people to say good things about them.
Look for reliable contractors with lots of social proof:
They’ve got lots of Google reviews – not just one review from their mother! At CAM Painters we currently have over 20 5 star reviews and counting!
They’ve got video testimonials – and not just written testimonials because those can be fabricated. We’ve got a number of video testimonials both on our YouTube channel and our website
A reputable contractor will give a written proposal and back up their work with a written warranty
You want an agreement in writing, so that there is no gray area of “he said, she said”. At CAM Painters we have a written proposal that goes over every aspect of the job from start to finish.
A reliable contractor will offer a written warranty on their work. At CAM Painters we offer a 5 year written warranty on both interior and exterior projects, as well as one hour of free touch ups each year, so that your house always looks it’s best!
To sum it up…
If you do your due diligence when you select a painting contractor you can minimize surprises during the painting process, such as someone not showing up when they say they will, or any other myriad of missed promises.
At CAM Painters we strive to give an excellent painting experience from start to finish, so why don’t you book a quote? We’d be happy to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!
Let’s say you’re presented 2 painting quotes for your Toronto home, one half the price of the other. Which quote is the best value for your Toronto home?
Well, it all depends on what you value. Sometimes the cheapest price is not the best value, so let’s peel back the layers and see what you get when you hire CAM Painters.
You get peace of mind
CAM Painters uses employees, not subcontractors. Employees are covered under our WSIB insurance and general liability insurance.
What does this mean for you, the homeowner?
When WSIB insurance is in place that means if any painter is injured on your property, you are not liable.
When general liability insurance is in place that means that if any damage is done to your property, you are not liable for that either.
Therefore, if you want peace of mind throughout the painting experience, hire a painting contractor with WSIB and liability insurance in place.
During the painting experience
We have highly trained painters who love what they do! Not only that, we ask you what a great painting experience looks like to you. We want to make sure that you have a great painting experience from start to finish.
READ MORE: A Great Toronto Painting Experience Part 3: During the Project
After the project is complete
At CAM Painters we have a 5 year warranty & complementary service package for both interior and exterior projects.
Basically, this means that if any part of the project fails because of poor workmanship, we’ll come back and fix it free of charge. This warranty is in place from the day we finish to 5 years hence.
Our complimentary service package entitles our wonderful clients to one hour of free touch ups per year. We want your painting project to look top notch, so if you get any scuffs or other wear and tear our service package can take care of that for you.
At CAM Painters we believe that the value that you get from a paint job should exceed the value that you pay for a paint job. It is our desire to give our clients the maximum value and the best painting experience. Why don’t you book a quote and have CAM Painters transform your home with lasting beauty!
During the holidays you give gifts to relatives that you don’t really like – so how about giving a gift to your Toronto home?
Your Toronto home protects you from the harsh elements, keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. So why don’t you show it some love this holiday season? If your Toronto home could talk, I guarantee these things would be on it’s holiday wish list
A wallpapered powder room…
Much like you gals have a fancy scarf, or guys have a cool neck tie, your home wants a shot of colour and drama. In this case, a little pop of colour can go a long way, so try a bold patterned wallpaper in your powder room! Because it’s a small area you can make a very dramatic choice vs. Wallpapering the entire main floor, for example.
Or a few wallpapered accent walls
For the very same reasons listed above, accent walls are a great way to add a shot of colour and drama to an otherwise lifeless room. If you have reservations, start with the guest bedroom, or if you want to go all in, go for the master bedroom.
A painter for a day
Over time your house experiences some wear and tear. When that happens, it doesn’t necessarily need a full paint job from top to bottom, but just a freshening up. Why don’t you book a Painter for a Day? This program gives you a fully stocked professional painter for up to 8 hours to take care of those areas that need a little freshening up.
In fact, you could book a Painter for a Day before the relatives come over for the holidays, so that your home can look it’s best.
Conversely, I know some of you have rambunctious nieces and nephews! So maybe you want to book a Painter for a Day after the holidays, to fix the wear and tear that the little hooligans have inflicted on your home!
Read more about our Painter for a Day Program
A consult with an Interior Designer or Professional Organizer
If you’re not happy with your home, maybe you don’t need a new home, maybe all you need is to reorganize the way your home works for you.
If you have a consultation from an interior designer, maybe they can suggest some simple steps for you to enhance the look and/or the functionality of your home. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the stuff that’s lurking in your home, perhaps a professional organizer can help make your home less cluttered and more functional.
Hiring a professional is always wise, because the savings in time and aggravation more than pays for the service itself, and you reap the benefits for a long time after the consultation.
A final word on your home’s holiday wish list
Although this gift guide is not exhaustive, we have offered some suggestions to get you thinking about your home. I’d suggest that your home wants a splash of colour, to be well maintained and be organized, so that it works for you.
Why don’t you buy your home a gift and book a quote with CAM Painters, we’d love to Transform Your Home with Lasting Beauty!