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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When Should I Use Primer for my Toronto Home?

When Should I Use Primer for my Toronto Home?

Many paints are advertised as paint and primer in one, however there are still situations where you’ll want to use a separate primer for your Toronto home, we’ll go through them in detail here…

Any Situation Where Adhesion is a Concern

There are primers that are specifically designed to adhere to glossy surfaces.  A couple of our favorite high adhesion primers are Sherwin Williams Multi-Purpose Water-Based Acrylic-Alkyd Primer and Benjamin Moore Advance Primer

Think of it like this:

If you have a glossy floor and you put a cloth on top of it, slides easily, doesn’t it?

Put that same cloth on top of a slab of unfinished concrete, doesn’t slide so easy, right?

It’s analogous to paint:primer, toronto house painter, interior painting, exterior painting, wallpaper installation

Paint has trouble adhering to glossy surfaces, so there needs to be an intermediate step.  We accomplish this by deglossing the surface by sanding, by priming the surface with a high adhesion primer, or by doing both.  This is especially necessary when dealing with oil paint, so please read:

How do I know if the paint in my Toronto home is oil or latex?

Sealing out Stains

Many stains will bleed through latex paint, so a stain sealer is needed.  Stains include pen marks (shame on you for drawing on your walls), mildew, water stains, knots in wood, nicotine, etc.  A good shellac-based primer will seal these monstrosities out and allow you to topcoat with your choice of paint.  One of our favorite shellac-based primer/sealers is Zinsser BIN, it’s like the Buckley’s of paint, “it smells awful, but it works!”  Please use a respirator with shellac-based paintprimer, toronto house painter, interior painting, exterior painting, wallpaper installation

Big Colour Changes

There are high-hide primers that streamline the task of big colour changes.  If you are going from a mid-tone colour to an off-white using a high-hiding white primer is a great idea.  High-hiding primer is cheaper than most finish coats, and it hides better than most finish coats.

Conversely, If you are painting a deep or intense colour, getting a grey primer will make the job that much easier.  A good paint store will be able to advise you what shade of grey to use under the finish coat.

Porous Surfaces

A primer will soak into a surface better than a finish coat, so it’s advised to use a primer over new drywall and new drywall patch.  Too often finish coat won’t penetrate deep enough into a drywall patch and that area will end up peeling over time, so if we use primer we can prevent that.

Are there any situations where I can use a “paint and primer in one” product?

Sure, if the surface is

  • cleanprimer, deep colour with grey primer underneath, toronto house painter, interior painting, exterior painting, wallpaper installation
  • not too glossy
  • there’s not a big colour change
  • no stains
  • not much patching – maybe a couple of nail holes and that’s it

If this sounds like your painting project then a “paint and primer in one” product is a great choice.

 

A Great Toronto Painting Experience Part 4:  At the End of the Project

A Great Toronto Painting Experience Part 4: At the End of the Project

It’s our goal to ensure you have a great painting experience throughout the painting of your Toronto home.  Here’s how we ensure a great experience at the end of your project.

Did you miss part 1-3?

Part 1:  A Great Painting Experience:  The Estimate

Part 2:  A Great Painting Experience:  The Pre-Job Walk

Part 3:  A Great Painting Experience:  During the Project

The day before completion

end of project, Toronto house paintersWe like to ensure no minor touch ups are missed, so the day before completion we look everything over and mark any touch ups with painters tape, so that none are missed during the last day.  Also, we put together a to-do list so that we can ensure that none of the fine details are missed.

If there’s anything you’d like us to address before the end of the job letting us know the day before completion helps us to budget the time for it on the day of completion.

We’ll also review the invoice with you, so you can be prepared with a cheque on the final day.  If you’re not available in person, we’ll text or email you this information.

The day of completion

On the day of completion we’ll go through our to-do list and painters tape touch ups.

We do a full clean up of the areas we were working in, including removing our garbage.  We’ll leave you any left over paint for future touch ups, labelled by room, of course.end of project, Toronto house painters

We’ll walk the job and ensure that everything looks great!

We’ll thank you for your business!

We want you to have a great experience from start to end!

We want you to have a great experience from start to finish, so why don’t you start by scheduling a quote?  We’d love to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!