Proper preparation for your Toronto home

Proper preparation for your Toronto home

If you want the paint work in your Toronto home to look the best it can, the preparation work that goes on before a can of paint is opened is critical to the finished product.

First thing, let’s define levels of preparation and what type of customer each is geared towards:

  • Level 1 “Good” – this is geared towards someone wanting just the basic level of preparation, maybe someone needing a quick turnaround, or perhaps the space that is being painted is one that isn’t of prime concern, or perhaps they just need the paint freshened up in order to put their house on the market
  • Level 2 “Better” – this is for a typical customer that wants decent workmanship, they want to have a great painting experience, they want their painted surfaces to look smoother than they do currently, but they don’t expect or necessarily need perfection.
  • Level 3 “Best” – this is for someone who demands the best and realizes that it takes time to achieve this level of finish.  These customers are typically interior designers and people that like to keep their homes immaculate.

So let’s go through the steps we use to properly prepare a typical interior paint job for painting:

Organization is key, we ensure that we have all the tools to properly tackle each job.  Proper tools ensure that things get done with maximum efficiency, and minimal disruption for the customer.

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Flooring and furniture is covered and protected.  We use either dropsheets or rolls 

 

of paper for flooring protection, depending on which is most appropriate for the situation.  Furniture is covered with clean plastic sheeting.

If we are painting things to a “good” level, then all that’s usually needed is a pole sand of the walls, and then a filling of all the visible holes and cracks.

If we are painting things to a “better” level, then we will pole sand the walls and ceiling, fill all the visible holes and cracks, but then in addition to that we will sand out sags and drips on the ceiling, walls and trim and we will fill in any noticeable divots or dents as well.preparation, Toronto house painting

If we are painting things to the “best” level, then things get a little crazy!  We like to put an LED light on an angle at every area that is to be painted, that way, we can see all the imperfections that are in the ceilings, walls and trim.  The angled light causes shadows to be cast by every little dent or bump, which we can then sand or fill.  

One consideration that we deal with in achieving a level 3 finish is that many of the walls in older Toronto homes have been at some time painted poorly – either by a do it yourselfer or a less than skilled painter.  These walls typically have a lot of drips, sags and excessive roller texture.  To make these walls smooth it takes a lot of work, which has to be accounted for in our timelines and our pricing.

When we sand the walls we use a power sander attached to a vacuum, to eliminate dust at the source.  No one likes dust and it’s best to eliminate it before it gets into the ventilation system and spreads throughout the house.

After we have done all this patching and filling and sanding, we still aren’t done the preparation work, we still have to prime certain areas, and do a little more filling and sanding, just to make sure that the surface is ready to paint.  However, when we do the preparation work right, then the painting goes relatively quick in comparison and the end result looks fantastic!

The difference in price from the good paint job to the best paint job can be more than double.  So when getting paint quotes be sure to compare apples to apples.  If someone has been quoted a level 1 paint job, but then expects a level 3 – frustration will result, both for them and their contractor!

In conclusion, as you can see, a lot goes into a paint job, even before a can of paint is opened.  In some situations more time goes in than other times.  I like to make sure that this is communicated to my potential clients as clearly as possible, so they know the value that they are getting when they use my services.  Why don’t you book a quote?  We’d be happy to Transform your home with lasting beauty!

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!

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!

 

What you can expect at the estimate for your Toronto home

What you can expect at the estimate for your Toronto home

 

My name is Craig Armstrong and I’ll be coming over to your place for the estimate.

First off, thank you for booking an estimate with CAM Painters!  We certainly appreciate the opportunity to give you a painting or wallpapering estimate for your home!

Here’s what you can expect:

We’ll arrive on time, time is valuable and you don’t want to waste it waiting around for someone to show up.

We’ll take off our shoes when we’re in your home.

We’ll ask specific questions so that we can customize the level of prep, and scope of work to your needs.

You’ll receive a detailed written quote – so you know exactly what you’re getting if you decide to move forward with our services.

Here’s how you can make our job easier:

Before we arrive make a list of all the areas you would like painted or wallpapered.

Go over this list with your spouse, or anyone else involved in the decision making process.

If there is more than one person involved in the decision making process, see if they can be at the estimate as well.  That way, if they have any questions I can address these directly which saves us all time and eliminates any misunderstanding.

Thanks again for booking an estimate with CAM Painters, I look forward to meeting you!

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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!

A Great Toronto Painting Experience Part 3:  During the Project

A Great Toronto Painting Experience Part 3: During the Project

When selecting a Toronto house painter you want a company that provides a great experience.  Here’s how we provide a great painting experience during the project.

Did you miss part 1 & 2?

Part 1:  A Great Painting Experience:  The Estimate

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

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At the Start of the Day

We arrive when we promise or we call.  Generally we arrive at 8:30 unless we schedule a different time due to your schedule.  If we are going to be more than 1 minute late we call, so that you don’t have to wonder where we are.

We check in with you when we arrive.  We want to advise you on what we’re planning on accomplishing for the day and we want to make sure that any questions or concerns that you may have are addressed in a timely manner.  If you’re not at home, we’ll send you a quick text or email with this information, just to keep you in the loop.

If there’s any way that we can make your painting experience a great one, let us know.  We want you to be a raving fan of our services!

At the End of the Day

We also check in with you at the end of the day.  We’d like you to know what we’ve accomplished during the day.  This also gives us a chance to let you know if there’s any areas that have wet paint and should be avoided.  Additionally we can advise you if there’s any areas that are complete so you are able to move Wallpaper Installation & Home Painters in Toronto - CAM Painters, during projectback in and use.  If you are not available we will text or email you this information.

Once again, if there’s any way that we can make your painting experience a great one, let us know.  We want you to be a raving fan of our services!

We want you to know what’s going on during the entire process

The reason why we check in with you during the project is that we want you to know what’s going on during the entire painting process so that there are no surprises.  Also, we want to deal with concerns as they come up, so that you are comfortable during the duration of the project.

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

If this sounds like a great painting experience to you why don’t you schedule a quote?  We’d love to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!