Before You Paint Your Space Make Sure to Avoid These 9 Common Mistakes

Are you looking for a way to upgrade a room without renovating? Try some paint. It’s a simple, cost-effective way to make your space feel brand new. Just try to avoid these common painting mistakes.

1. Small Samples

Can you really get a good idea of what a shade will look like on your walls with only an itty-bitty swatch?

Can a tiny swatch paint the picture of what your room will look like? Not really. It’s a better idea to pick a big sample or better yet, a tester can. This can give you a better idea of how the new paint will look.

Check it after it dries, and during different times of day to see how it looks under different lights.

Colour swatches book. Rainbow sample colors catalogue - 9 common painting mistakes2. Not Comparing Finishes

The finish you choose should match the purpose of the room.

You might feel uneasy about using shiny semi-gloss, but it’s more durable than flat or matte. It’s also more moisture-resistant, which makes it perfect for bathrooms and kitchens.

But flat and matte finishes still allow for easy touch-ups, so hang onto them for busy places like foyers/entrances, hallways, stairways, and kids’ spaces.

Think about the room’s undertones. Colors can look off kilter with the wrong pairings — a pink undertone with a yellow one, for example — so consider everything else in your space when choosing paint.

This includes counters, cabinets, metals, natural textures such as stone accents, and last but not least, flooring. A mahogany hardwood might look strange when paired with a cool gray paint. Make sure things tie together when you paint.

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Contractor Tips: What To Fix Before Selling Your Home

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Kitchen upgrades can add considerable value to your home.

Residential homeowners who are putting their Montgomery and Bucks County homes up for sale are often faced with the question: should I fix that? While some repairs are required for the sale of a house, others are optional, and some will not benefit the seller. Check out these 9 tips to see how you can get the most added value when selling your home.

1. Give your home a facelift with new paint! Be sure to stick to updated neutrals. Avoid colors that are too bright or too dark. Subtle, neutral colors are best. Buyers want to be able to envision their own style in their potential new home.

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How to Hire a Commercial Construction Contractor

SBC131029-01_HiringAContractorFinding the best contractor for your project is often the most challenging part of the construction process for a home or business owner. It’s important to not rush the process. Take the time to interview potential commercial contractors, talk to previous clients, and ask as many questions as possible to determine if they are the right fit for you. These eight tips will help get you on the right track to a successful construction project.

1. Ask friends and family members for recommendations.

You may be surprised at how many people you know have worked with good or bad contractors on projects of their own. This process will give you a good starting point and will also give you a list of contractors you would like to look into or avoid. Firsthand knowledge of a contractor from a trusted friend can be a great deal of help in picking out a contractor.

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