How is painting your Toronto home like buying a pair of shoes?

How is painting your Toronto home like buying a pair of shoes?

So you’re thinking about painting your Toronto home?  Selecting a painter can be very similar to selecting a pair of shoes!  How so, you ask?  Well, it’s all about shoes that are a good fit, that are appropriate for the situation you’re facing and within your budget.

 

Are your shoes a good fit?Toronto house painting, buying shoes

Everyone’s feet are different.  A shoe that feels comfortable on one person might be uncomfortable on another.  

Similarly, you might feel comfortable with a particular painting contractor.  Maybe they relate to you better than another.  It’s important to have a painting contractor that you feel comfortable communicating with, and who communicates with you in a timely manner.

 

Are your shoes appropriate for the situation?

You wouldn’t wear running shoes to a business meeting, nor would you go for a jog wearing dress shoes!  It’s the same with painting!  

Some painting projects require “dress shoes”; You want the project to look great with a flawless finish.

Some painting projects require “running shoes”;  You need the project to be finished in the most efficient time frame possible.

Some painting projects require “hiking shoes”;  You need the project to be durable in adverse conditions.

Toronto house painting, buying shoesSome painting projects might require a combination of stipulations, or maybe something different altogether.  It’s important to be clear on your needs from the beginning so that you can select a painting contractor that is skilled and experienced in delivering what you require.

Budget

Just as the price of shoes vary, so does the price of painting projects. In general, if you spend more money on a pair of shoes, you can expect a greater degree of durability, technology or style. It’s similar with painting projects, the more you spend, in general, the higher the quality of paint, and the level of craftsmanship.

In painting, there is a truism:  Toronto house painters, buying shoes

  • Efficiency
  • Quality
  • Low Price

A consumer must make a decision as to their priorities, because a customer can only choose two.  If a client wants efficiency and low price, they automatically choose to not have quality.  If a client wants efficiency and quality, they can’t choose low price.

In conclusion

As with selecting shoes, selecting a painting contractor needs care to ensure that there is a right fit, appropriateness and budget.  If you’d like to see if CAM Painters is the right “pair of shoes” for you why don’t you book a quote?  We’d be happy to transform your home with lasting beauty!

Selling your Toronto home?  These painting projects give the best bang for the buck!

Selling your Toronto home? These painting projects give the best bang for the buck!

So you’re thinking of selling your Toronto home, here are some painting projects that can pay big dividends in resale value!  Obviously, if you can paint the place from top to bottom that would be the best for commanding top dollar in the real estate market, but that’s not always feasible.  So here are our top picks for bang-for-buck projects when selling your Toronto home

Paint any area that is looking old or deterioratedselling toronto home

You want people’s first impressions to be that your home is clean and well kept, so if things are looking a little old and tired, freshen those up first.  If the house is clean and fresh prospective buyers will assume that you’ve taken care of the place and be more willing to put in an offer.  If you have some leftover paint that’s less than a year old feel free to use it to freshen things up.  If it’s over a year old, it’s best to get some new paint.

Paint your wood panelling

If you have an older home, it might have dark wood panelling.  If the panelling is painted a light colour it can really make the space look bigger and more open.  This is especially helpful in basements which typically have very small windows and limited natural light.

Here’s a blog post on the how-tos of panelling painting:

What can I do with the wall panelling in the basement of my Toronto home?

Paint your kitchen cabinetsselling toronto home

There’s no quicker way to update the look of your kitchen than painting the kitchen cabinets.  This is way more economical than cabinet replacement in most cases.  At the same time you can update the hardware (door handles and drawer pulls) too.  With painting your kitchen cabinets the colour options are limitless.

Here’s a blog post on how we paint kitchen cabinets:

Paint or Renovate? What’s Best for the Kitchen in Your Toronto Home?

Paint your railings

selling toronto home, toronto house painter, interior painting, exterior painting, wallpaper installationMany people have dated stair railings in their Toronto home, these can updated with some paint!  If you still have varnished railings in a dated lighter finish, you can transform them with a sophisticated 2-tone colour scheme as you can see in the blog listed below:

Toronto Home Stair Railing Transformation Project Guide

Painting can make the difference in selling your Toronto home

Many real estate agents will tell you that painting is one of the best things that you can do so that your house will sell quickly and for the best price.  If you’d rather let us do the painting for you why don’t you book a quote?  We’d be happy to transform your home with lasting beauty!

Just bought a Toronto home?  Paint it before moving in!

Just bought a Toronto home? Paint it before moving in!

Buying a home is an exciting time!  Your offer has been accepted, the deposit has been paid, the papers have been signed!  Now what?  Before moving in, it’s the perfect time to paint your new house!

Advantages to painting your Toronto home before moving in

Even if the house has been recently painted by the former owners, chances are that the colours they have chosen, while probably nice colours, are not exactly what you want.  You want your colours to harmonize with your furniture and your own tastes, it’s your home now, why not make it your own?

First off, what are the advantages to painting a house before moving in?

paint before moving, Toronto house painter, interior paintingBefore furniture and everything else is brought in, the painter will have clear access to all areas of the house.  Because there is no furniture to move, painters can get more done in less time, which results in a lower cost to the homeowner.

Also, there is no disruption to a homeowner and their family.  When we paint a house where people currently reside, we need access in to certain rooms at certain times.  Although we minimize disruptions through proper planning, there are lots of items for people to move, closets need to be emptied, for example.  When painting before the move in, none of these disruptions exist.

We have painted many houses before the homeowner moves in and here are some tips to make the experience as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible:

Be sure to plan ahead

The summer months tend to be very busy for people moving in to and out of houses.  As such, movers, paint before moving, Toronto house painterspainters and other contractors can book up quickly.  If you’re going to move in these busy months it’s wise to plan and book these services far in advance.  Conversely, you could plan your move in a less busy time of year and have easier access into a contractor’s schedule.

Use your visits wisely

Most times the purchaser gets 2 or 3 visits before the closing date.  This is a perfect time to have a painting contractor in to look at the place and quote on your painting needs.  CAM Painters offers online booking, but we realize that the visit needs to be coordinated with many different parties; the current homeowner, their real estate agent, you, your real estate agent, among others.  Therefore, give us a call or email and we will do our best to prioritize your appointment time, given these circumstances.

READ MORE:  A Great Painting Experience Part 1:  The Estimate

Using one of your visits to get other trades in is a good idea as well.  If you’re looking for recommendations CAM Painters has a carefully curated network of trusted trades that we’d be happy to share with you.

Be sure to plan enough time between closing and move in

paint before moving, toronto house painter, interior painting, exterior painting, wallpaper installationRenovating, remodelling, painting and cleaning take time and it’s wise to plan enough time for these to be completed before your move in date.  The last thing that you want is painters still painting while the movers are trying to move in your furniture.  It’s wise to have an extra 20-25% of slack in the schedule to account for any unforeseen circumstances or any additional extra things you might want done.

Also, it’s best to coordinate the work so that only one trade is working in your house at a time.  Many trades need clear access in your home to make sure things are done efficiently and properly, if not, one trade can easily disrupt the workflow of another.

Final Thoughts

Getting the painting done in your Toronto home between closing and moving in is an ideal time.  Why don’t you book a quote with CAM Painters?  Remember, if a convenient time isn’t listed, give us a call or email and we’d be happy to accommodate you!  CAM Painters will Transform your new home with lasting beauty!

 

Can you paint metal soffit and eaves in Toronto?

Can you paint metal soffit and eaves in Toronto?

Many Toronto homeowners want to update the colour of their soffit and eaves, however, they’re not sure if they can paint over prefinished metal.  The answer is YES!  Painting is the most economical way to update the look of your soffit, eaves and downspout.

 

First thing…

Why would you want to paint your soffit & eaves?

 

The factory finish is wearing off.

 Although factory finished paint will generally last longer than anything site-finished, it will eventually fade or wear off.  The soffit, eaves and downspout are still structurally sound, it’s just that they aren’t looking so good aesthetically speaking. Putting fresh coats of paint is a great way to extend the life of the soffit

 

You want to change the colour.  soffit, Toronto house painters, exterior painting

Painting is the easiest way to change the colour of soffit and eaves.  An advantage is that you’re not limited to the colour options of an eavestrough manufacturer, you can custom match virtually any colour you’d like.

 

What’s the process for painting soffit and eaves?

 

First, we need to make sure the surface is clean. This can be accomplished by a pressure wash, or even just a spray and wipe with a commercial cleaning solution.

 

Next, we use a DTM acrylic.  DTM stands for Direct To Metal, and, as you probably guessed, it’s formulated to go directly on top of metal with no priming needed.  Another advantage of the DTM Acrylic is that the water-based formula is designed to withstand extremes in temperature, much better than the old oil metal paints we used to have to use years ago. Metal expands and contracts with changes in weather and latex paint is flexible which allows it to expand and contract with the substrate, which the old oil metal paints we used to use could not.

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In conclusion

If you are looking to update or refresh the look of your metal prefinished soffit, eaves and downspout, why don’t you have it painted?  It’s durable, economical and offers the most variety of colour.  Why don’t you book a quote for your project today?  We’d love to transform your home with lasting beauty!

Is more expensive paint worth it for my Toronto home?

Is more expensive paint worth it for my Toronto home?

What’s the difference between a cheap paint and an expensive paint?  When you go in to any paint store in Toronto the choices are overwhelming.  Multiply that by the number of different paint brands available in the city and choosing paint becomes quite a task!  Prices can range from $25/gallon to over $100/gallon which further confuses the issue, are the high end paints really worth the extra cost?

In general, the more expensive a paint is, the better it will perform.  More expensive paint generally has more additives in it for better coverage, adhesion and durability.  And since paint is generally less than 20% of the cost of a project, it’s better to spend a little extra in this area to ensure that the money you’re spending on labour is getting the best ROI.  But first…

How do we choose which paint to use on your painting project?

expensive paint, top quality paint, Toronto house painterWe like to work with brands that have the best customer service

It’s important to us that we receive the best possible customer service from the paint brands we deal with, so we select brands who assign us a personal sales rep, or have excellent in-store advice.  There are many different options available and expert advice from the manufacturer ensures that we get proper primers and paints for the surfaces we are painting.  Currently, we like to use Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore, not that there aren’t good quality paints other than these in the marketplace, we just like the level of service we get from these 2 manufacturers.

What are the advantages of quality paint?

More expensive paint offers better adhesion

Lower quality paint has difficulty adhering to certain surfaces.  Painting over any old oil paint or any type of glossy surface is prone to failure if a lower quality paint is used.  High quality paints and primers are able to bind on to these surfaces without chipping or peeling.  In conjunction with the paint manufacturer, we specify the best paint system for the surface whether that’s a coat of primer, then paint, or just a light sand and then a high quality paint.

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expensive paint, Toronto home painterMore expensive paint gives better coverage

When changing colours, it always makes sense to use a top quality paint.  These paints offer better coverage, or hide, meaning that the colour will look solid in fewer coats.  If a surface can be properly covered in 2 coats instead of 3, the extra cost of the product is more than made up for in the savings of labour.

More expensive paint gives exceptional durability

Let’s face it, if you’re planning on staying in your home for a while, you’d rather get 8 years out of a paint job, rather than 4.  In terms of exterior painting, a high quality paint can withstand weather extremes and moisture penetration better than a lower quality paint.  In terms of interior, a high quality paint can resist scuffs, dings from vacuums, cleaning solvents, etc. better than a lower quality paint.  All of this contributes to not having to paint your place as often, which saves you money in the long run.

Front door, Toronto House painting, exterior paintingIn conclusion

These are the benefits of using top quality paint.  It will add on to the price of your painting project, but in the long run, it will give you a better looking, more durable paint job.  I would advise that when you are looking for a painting contractor to paint your Toronto home, consider only those that use high quality paints.  CAM Painters always uses top quality paint for these reasons exaclty.

If you’d like a quote, feel free to book online, we’d love to Transform your home with lasting beauty!

Great painter hiring is essential for a great Toronto painting experience!

Great painter hiring is essential for a great Toronto painting experience!

How do we ensure that you have a great painting experience for your Toronto home?  We have a system to hire and train painters who, as a result, will give you a great painting experience!painter hiring, Toronto house painting

Before the interviews

Before we start the interview process we advertise through multiple avenues to make sure we have a good supply of candidates.  We also network through social media and our spheres of influence to see if any potential candidates can be found there.  Our hiring philosophy is that we want more candidates than we need so that we can choose the best.  In fact, we like to go through at least 40 candidates to find one hire.

At the interview

When we interview we not only focus on technical knowledge we focus on character.  In fact, during the interview 90% of our questions deal with character and 10% focus on technical knowledge.  Why, you ask?  Technical knowledge can be trained, but character cannot.painter hiring, Toronto house painters

We want you to feel comfortable with the painters working in your home and hiring for character is the main way we ensure you have a great painting experience.

After the interview

Candidates that we think could be a good fit are called back.  Are they immediately offered a position?  NO!  We call to let them know that we are going to be checking their references.  We check 3 references for each potential candidate.  Anyone can say good things about themselves on an interview, but it carries more weight when others can say good things about you as well.

We realize that our fine painters are going to be working in your home, so as an extra precaution we do a background check as well.  We want you to have complete peace of mind while we are working in your home.

The orientation processpainter hiring, Toronto house painting

Once we decide to take on a new painter the process is just starting.  We have specific ways and systems for doing things, so even an experienced painter will need training in these areas.

For example, we use project management software and apps to make sure that the job runs smoothly and that no detail is missed.  So a new hire needs to get up to speed with that.

Also, our new hires are placed with more seasoned staff, so that they can get used to our processes and methodologies.

Some closing thoughts on painter hiring…

We are committed to giving our customer a great painting experience, so this mission guides us and influences who we hire and how we train.  We want you to be comfortable with who is working in and around your home and we want to train painters to give you the best experience possible.

Why don’t you book a quote?  We’d love to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!

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