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.

 

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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!

3 Tips to get the best value when painting your Toronto home

3 Tips to get the best value when painting your Toronto home

The cost of painting a Toronto home can vary widely, however, there are some ways to get the best value from your painting contractor, and here’s how….

Most of these suggestions come down to proper planning.  If you can make your painting contractor’s job more easy, so that they can get it done in less time, then there should be a savings for you.Toronto house painters, best value, CAM Painters

Plan ahead

Just as I was writing this blog post I got a call for wallpaper installation, which would take the better part of a week, based on what he told me.  The person wanted me to come and do an estimate today (Sat Aug 12th).  I proceeded to ask when he was hoping for the work to start and he said he needed it to start on Monday Aug 14th, 2 days later!  This is a recipe for frustration!  The chances of finding a reputable wallpaper installer who happens to have a week-long opening 2 days after looking at a job is very low, to say the least!

If you call a painting contractor and expect him to do the job on short notice, chances are that to accommodate you they have to move other jobs around and inconvenience some of their other clients.  This creates extra work for the painting contractor and they usually charge a premium for last minute work.

In order to be on the safe side it’s wise to start gathering quotes at least a month before you actually want the work done, that way you can have a good chance of getting the time that you want.

If you can be flexible with timing you’ll get the best value

If you are able to be patient, it can pay dividends!  Painting in Toronto tends to be busy in the summer and slower in the winter.  If you have interior painting to do and can wait until the slower winter months, you can generally get the best value.  

Here at CAM Painters if you book work for the slower months of December through March we’ll throw in some items for free to reward you for your patience.  Say, for example we’re painting your entire room (ceiling, walls and all the trim), we’ll give you the baseboard in that room for free.  best value, moving furniture, toronto house painter

Ensure that we have good access to the areas we’re painting

Another way to make sure you get the best value for your painting dollar is to ensure that we have clear access to the areas that we’re painting.  Painting before moving in is always ideal, feel free to read about all the advantages here.  

Empty rooms are the most ideal, however, not always practical if you’re residing in the home.  However, the better cleared out the room is, the more efficient and less time it takes to paint.  In terms of a furnished room, all the furniture should be moved to the centre of the room, so that there is at least 5 or 6 feet around the walls, and all pictures, etc. taken off the walls.  If you, the client, does this work, you save the cost of having us do it, if we have to do all the work of moving your belongings then we have to charge for it.

In conclusion

As you can see, with some proper planning and a little bit of effort on your part, it’s possible to keep the cost of your painting project low, without compromising at all on workmanship or durability.

Why don’t you have CAM Painters over for a quote?  We’d be happy to transform your home with lasting beauty!

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

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

Are your children scared of going down in the basement?  Do you jokingly call your basement a dungeon?  If you own an older Toronto home, chances are you have dark panelled walls in the basement.  

Dark walls, combined with small basement windows and limited light make for a really dark living space!  How can you make your basement more light and inviting?  Here are a few ideas

Install more lighting.

Add a few more fixtures, whether that means installing pot lights, or just using brighter bulbs in your existing fixtures.

Rip out your old walls and install drywall

Obviously the best solution for your basement walls is to install new drywall, this give your home the most up to date look, however, let’s weigh the pros and cons:

Pros:  You end up with smooth painted walls

Cons:  It’s both the most expensive and the most time-consuming option

Paint your panelling

Did you know that you can paint that dark panelling in your basement?  What’s involved?  First you’ll need to make sure that the surface is clean.  Use a primer that offers good adhesion, one of our favorites for this application is Sherwin Williams Extreme Bond Primer, or XIM UMA both of which are designed to stick to glossy and smooth surfaces such as panelling.

Pros:  Very economical and you can paint it whatever colour you choose

Cons:  You still have the ridges from the old panelling

Wallpaper your panelling

Once your panelling is primed you can have wallpaper installed over the top of it.  In general, thicker wallpaper will work better in this situation that a thinner wallpaper would because the thicker paper hides surface imperfections better.

Pros:  You don’t have to install new drywall to achieve smooth walls

Cons:  The panelling needs to have been installed properly in the first place.  If there are bumps, especially where the panels join, this could show through the finished product.

In conclusion

There is hope for your dark dungeon-like basement!  If you’d like to paint or wallpaper your panelled basement walls why don’t you book a quote?  We’d be happy to transform your basement 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.

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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!