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Do contractors use phones any more

january 3, 2018

   Alot of our work comes from other contractors not answering their phones. We hate to hear the phone ring more than three times. If that phone rings over three times someone will get in trouble in our office. 

     When you are the first to answer that phone. It makes the customer feel like they are not stranded in the dessert by them self. They also will be more reluctant with giving you the project. 

      If we pay our people to sit at their desk. Then nothing is more important than answering that phone. I hate to say it but my wife made up this rule. It can prove to be a the reason we have pulled in huge jobs. 

     If we hire someone that continue to break this rule. After three write ups they are gone. It sounds harsh but we enjoy doing what we do . Plus if the business fails we fail. So if anyone is even considering a office position with us remember this rule, you will be OK. Oh and don't think cause you are good at what you do that you are a exception to the rule either. this is our rule. As long as we've done this it's never been the problem. the person not answering the phone was. 

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How to handle a constantly complaining customer.

January 14, 2018

Some contractors may say run as fast as you can. Other contractors may say i am better than the last guy. I say face any issue you have head on. our company believes the term the customer is always right. 

       when you run away from a head ache customer. you just save your self the head ache. You can't make money running from your problems either. Running is still a good option either way when you know you do trash work. Or if you are person with a short fuse. I have done jobs at cost not making a dime off people like this as well.

        Don't try to talk bad about the last guy. unless you are Mr perfect. It will bite you in your butt. A true complainer will still find a problem with you. PATIENTS is the key listen. Try to talk as little as possible listen to the problem. If every guy has been a disaster, then that means they are the problem. 

      If you please them you will please their family as well. Everyone they know has heard every complain you have heard. quite frankly they are tired of hearing their crap. But the true complainer will glorify you to them like a broken record if you manage to get every thing done just they like. wait it's not over! cause they will call you back for something else. every time you must be perfect with in their wishes or you will be attacked by their complaints. the key is talk about every step. aggravate them with a million questions. Ask for everything. Never assume they like you, and you will always stay safe.

   At the end of the day the customer is always right. Even when they are wrong they are right. As a example a contractor is going to buy a house. but it needs repair, stuff he knows how to do. He ask the agent to find a inspector to just pass the house so he would not have to get the 20,000 rehab loan on top of his mortgage. The agent refused, saying she cant do it. then told him her husband can do the work who was a licensed contractor. The guy fired the agent, got another agent and close the deal. Even though the agent was right. The customers rights comes before the agents. That's what we believe at wmcamechanical.net 

     

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Would you be better off with out the architect.

january 15, 2018

Would you be better off without the architect on your project? Is money the biggest reason for you making this decision. Or have you brought a design from online. 

       Some may say yes, to that first question i say no. It may not seem like it but the architect plays a critical role in the building process. They don't just design. they also follow the building laws that are established for our safety. All builders work better when they have prints. But with that said who do they call when they run into a problem. you guessed right the architect. 

        If money is the biggest reason for making the decision. Then i am here to tell you, that's the wrong way to think. 2500.00 might be alot of money. because you never get to see the behind the scene arguments, between the builder and the architect. You didnt know the architect refuse to sign off on the job unless the builder did it his way. If you didn't have the architect, and you were unhappy with the way the job came out in the end. Then guess what you can't sue the builder because he did the job. if the architect designed trash then you can sue him for a faulty design. The builder will always say i did what they asked me to do. He will pawn his faulty work off on the home owner every time. But the architect can't do this, cause it will ruin his business. 

    when you buy designs online you have to be very careful to. As a example a house that's designed in Florida requires hurricane safety precautions. which cost more money. But it would not need to be used in Scranton, pa. That is one simple way how i can explain it without going to crazy. Every area have different building precautions put in place to preserve the structure, and human life. a local architect knows and understands these dangers. they also incorporate these aspects into their design.    

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Do expensive tools make a contractor better.

January 19, 2018

     There are tons of tools on the market. Will a cheap tool do the same job as a expensive tool? would it be worth it to purchase the tools to do the job? Or would you be better off hiring someone? 

        Tons of tool don't make a contractor better in my opinion. He/she can buy as many tools as they would like. But not understanding how to use them can prove to be a huge problem. For example i have a 18 volt dewalt cordless impact drill. which is designed for commercial use. It cost somewhere around 100 dollars used, to 200 new. Well my father in law brought some mickey mouse brand from target. Which was designed for momentary use. Not to use it all day. he dropped it off a ladder and it cracked it. He will tell you that hey it still works. Oh i forgot its 24 volts. Which would mean its stronger. But the battery dies super fast. I use my dewalt to take of the lug nut on my vehicle. His mickey mouse brand drill might get one nut off. Then the thing dies. 

      while building a deck. We started with both drills with two batteries. By the end of the project we were only using the dewalt. The mickey mouse drill was charging more than it was working. If it was a employee it would be fired. But every since that day he loves and respects dewalt. 

           As a general contractor you are asked to do tons of things. which you have the option of working with your trusted sub contractors. But a small repair that needs to be done like a hole in drywall. Well you can repair it rather cheaply, with the purchase of cheap tools. You need a Spackle knife or two, joint compound mud, drywall screws, and tape. Oh and don't forget the drywall. mickey mouse drills are OK for this repair.  The reason i say this is maybe the sub contractor is schedule to make several thousand every day. he would loose money to do the job for 400.00. 

   Now if someone came to me and asked about a job with several hundred boards of drywall to be installed. I will install them. But i would work closely with my plaster guy. To get the job done. I have all the tools but on a new construction project of this magnitude i would want perfection. plus it does not matter if i have the best tools or not. my plaster guy is the best at what he does. When i plaster i have to lightly sand. When he do it, sanding is not required.  So even though the tools are cheap to purchase in this situation. The overall look always will come out better hiring my plaster sub. Remember jack of all trades  are masters of none. 

      Cheap tools are good for one time use, or for hobbyist. But if you plan on doing the work everyday do yourself a favor, buy a commercial grade tool. A twenty dollar drill every two weeks is a phone bill. Don't get laughed at because of your mickey mouse tools. 

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What to look for when hiring a general contractor. 

MARCH 4, 2018

   When looking for a general contractor. The first thing a consumer has to look for, is someone who has no problem showing you insurance. A contractor who does not mind showing pictures of old work they have done. I would also look at their response time to all my inquiry's. 

    Look as simple as i can put it, professionals want you to feel comfortable thru out the process. Once a homeowner see's a insurance policy, it will allow them to relax a little. Because they know that right wrong or draw they should be fine. unless their house is worth one million, and the policy is worth one thousand. i know i kinda went a little over the bar. but i want you to see a big gap to give you a good idea of whats is wrong. 

       Some guys may say they have insurance, but at the end of the day. they will not show you a policy to save their life. they will beat around the bush on this topic. to me if you are going to beat around the bush with a topic like this. Then you will beat around the bush on a job completion date AS WELL.     

         A picture is worth a million words. See here someone can sell you a dream with words all they like. Pictures only reflect reality. They also tell you that you are dealing with a person who is serious about what they are doing. Oh remember that without insurance the pictures are worthless. 

    Some contractors respond back to your inquiry right away. Some take a huge amount of time to respond back. I believe neither is necessarily bad. quick responses either indicate a well ran machine. Or it could indicate a thirsty contractor who was just staring at the phone. both could potentially be good contractors just depend on the time you are calling. To kinda gauge how busy they are, set a appointment. See how soon they have time to put you first. If your project needs to be rushed then don't set your self up for a train wreck. by choosing someone who dont have time for you before the project even starts. 

  

             

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Can a vinyl fence protect your yard from animals and pest.

Febraury 13, 2018

    Can a Vinyl Fence Protect Your Yard From Animals & Pests?

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There are a many reasons to keep pests and wild animals out of your yard. Whether you are protecting your flowers, a vegetable garden, or you simply do not want stray dogs wandering through your property, a vinyl fence might be the solution you are looking for.

If you are concerned about rabbits, deer, gophers, moles, possums, raccoons, or neighborhood pets, it is important to know that a vinyl fence combines durability with style, offering protection while enhancing the appearance of your property. Vinyl fences can protect your yard in many different ways.

What makes a vinyl fence a good form of protection against animals and pests?

Durability. One of the appeals of a vinyl fence is its durability. Because these fences are sturdy and impact-resistant, vinyl fencing can protect your yard against larger animals without becoming damaged or needing to be replaced.

Height. A standard fence is usually six feet tall. Vinyl fences can be built as tall as twelve feet, which will keep out animals that can jump or climb.

Harder to climb. Wood fences become rough over time, offering the traction that climbing animals need to gain access to your yard. Even a new wooden fence is easier for an animal to climb than vinyl, which is much smoother and offers very little for animals to grip. This will make it much harder for animals like cats, raccoons and squirrels to reach your garden.

Longevity. because vinyl is not susceptible to water damage, rot, warping, or termites, it has the potential to last for decades. The entire fence maintains its durability. You will not find yourself replacing one portion of the fence earlier than another just because it receives less light.

If your primary reason for getting a fence is protection from animals, it is easy to accessorize vinyl fencing with extra security features. Additional protection can come from any of the following:

Nets or webbing. You can reinforce your fence with a net that prevents even small animals from slipping through the posts.

Digging boards. It can be hard to guard your property against digging animals like moles, rabbits or dogs. Adding length to the bottom of your fence through digging boards will ensure that these animals do not tunnel underneath your fence.

Electric wire. For larger, more serious animals, you may want to consider electrifying your fence. By installing a dedicated power source and a wire around the top of your fence perimeter, you can keep out deer and other large pests.

If you are not sure what animals are getting into your yard and causing damage, consider setting up a motion sensor camera to monitor your yard. No matter what pest you are facing, vinyl fencing offers a great solution for yard protection.

  

 

  

             

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Our Latest Blog Entry

JANUARY 23, 2018

    How do you feel when you come home. Do you walk in and complain about how you love your home, or do you you complain. Do you get a warm and clean feeling, or is it a dull i wish i was not here. Your home should give you security. But also a piece of mind.

        I rush home everyday from work. I'd rather be in my house than any where else. Everything is set up just the way i like it. i love the color that we choose to paint our walls. i love our wood floors. Its like when i am home, i am in my heaven. 

           If i was to walk in and complain everyday. Then i would set a mission for myself. To change the things i hate. or if that is not feasible. i would move to a better place. i don't care if i am renting or i owe. i will leave misery in a minute. Only way i stay would be my wife or kids convince me they love the area. 

             People who feel more relaxed and comfortable at home are able to be more productive. Basically it's like saying if you sleep good at night you work better during the day. You become a little more attentive to your surroundings as well. Best of all you will be able to work more efficient.

       One lady i once knew owned her home. she was a RN nurse. she took care of patients in their home. So little by little her house required repairs. She put the repairs off because she was never there. When she retired she had to leave the clients house. She quickly realized that the house was in total dis repair. Which caused her to be miserable. She ended up putting the house up for sale way below market value because of how bad it was. 

       Someone once said to me that a house only gives to you in the final sale of it. I beg to differ. I feel it provides you with security. This security allows you to focus on more positive things that are going on in your life. I would rather sleep in a nice house with locked doors. than sleep in the streets under a over pass.

      You can't pay enough for a piece of mind. Sylvester Stallone has written some of his best scripts in his bathroom. A lot of people thinks its weird but this is where he feels  comfortable. With the quite clean forbidden area of his house he was able to gather his thoughts and produce. He said that no one in his family will bothers him while he is there. Hell if he was my father i would either. 

  

 

  

             

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Do you need an Architect for your Remodeling project?

Febraury 14, 2018

    

  

  

Architects polish the look of a remodel. But design professionals add thousands to your bottom line. When does it pay to hire an architect? Here’s a guide.

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A licensed architect will give polish to your remodeling job. But professionalism comes at a cost, and hiring a credentialed designer may not be necessary.

Here’s how to decide if an architect is right for your remodel.

What an Architect Does

Architects are highly trained in building design, engineering, and ergonomics. At the outset of a remodeling project, an architect will examine your house, listen to your dreams and needs, and then provide solutions and approximate building costs.

Once you’ve settled on a design, the professional can work up simple floor plans or complete blueprints, help select a contractor, work with a structural engineer for permitting, and spot check or oversee construction to ensure it’s being done according to plan.

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Costs

Per hour: $50 to $150

Percentage of project cost: 5% to 20%

Flat fee: $5,000 to $20,000 on a $100,000 job

Most professionals are willing to negotiate fees on remodeling projects. They might agree to a flat fee for the design and blueprints, and a per-hour fee for site inspections and design changes after construction has begun.

Advantages

The bigger the remodeling job and the more valuable the house, the more you need a professional.

“Any time you’re changing the exterior of the building, making significant alterations to the floor plan inside, or spending more than 5% of the value of the house, you want an architect,” says Stamford, Conn., construction manager William Harke.

Both architects and contractors can save you money through the creative use of space and materials. But the two professionals often solve problems differently. In a nutshell:

Contractors typically look for an efficient and logical solution, but not necessarily the most innovative or aesthetically pleasing approach.

Architects typically propose solutions that add visual appeal, and complement and flow into the rest of the house.

Trimming Costs

If your budget is tight, and your project is simple, hire an architect who’s just starting out. His fees will be commensurate with his experience—a mixed blessing.

Or you can hire a draftsman, who can create technical drawings for half the price, but does not have the design and engineering expertise. You’ll save some money, but ultimately you’ll have to pay for an architect and a structural engineer to approve the design before your local building authority will issue a permit.

If you can spot quality construction yourself, limit your design professional to the design and blueprint phases, typically for 5% to 10% of the total project cost. If you don’t know a beam from a stud, you’re wise to pay your architect to inspect ongoing construction, called site visits.

Site visits typically are included in your design professional’s contract: He, too, has a vested interest in making sure construction reflects his design. But you don’t need an architect to check each nail or screw, running up fees. A couple of site visits—after framing is completed and during punch-up—are all that’s necessary for a typical addition or remodel.           

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STORM DAMAGE

April 12, 2018

  Natural disasters can bring out the best in people, neighborhoods and communities as they work together to repair and rebuild. Unfortunately, such disasters can also bring out the worst: Unscrupulous contractors who take advantage of storm victims’ urgent need for help. With the potential for millions of homes along the East Coast to have been damaged by a Hurricane , it’s critical to make sure you don’t suffer further losses at the hands of unlicensed contractors. If you are in need of help with any of the following, read on:

Water damage

Water removal

Roof repair

Siding repair

Home restoration

Storm damage repair

Insurance claim repair

Tree removal

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WHAT IS A “QUALIFIED” CONTRACTOR?

Any contractor you’re thinking of hiring to work on your home should have proper licensing, proper liability insurance, and up-to-date worker’s compensation insurance in order to be considered minimally qualified.

Insurance coverage is essential to protecting you in case the contractor damages your home or gets injured on your property. Don’t assume your homeowner’s insurance will protect you from this risk, since your policy may not include coverage for people working on your home.

Licensing proves that the contractor is allowed to work in your city or town, and has met standards that pertain to his or her industry or specialty. A licensed contractor will know the building codes in your area and be able to obtain the permits needed to do the work. At best, an unlicensed contractor may not have the skills or experience to properly do the work; at worst, your homeowner’s insurance policy could be voided if a claim is made because of the unlicensed contractor’s inferior work.

An important note: It’s not enough for a contractor to tell you he or she has the necessary licensing and insurance to do the work. Ask for proof, and check with the insurance provider and licensing authority to confirm that everything is up to date and in good standing.

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An exclusive three-year warranty on workmanship. The expert contractors in our network stand behind their work with an exceptional warranty. Other contractor referral services may offer a warranty, but it may only cover a small percentage of what you paid for the work.

We confirm our contractors’ credentials. We have a stringent application process that includes vetting our contractors’ insurance and licensing and ensuring they meet tough industry standards. All contractors and their employees must also pass a criminal background check.

We verify financial stability and experience. We go beyond other referral services to ensure that our network contractors have a clean history of paying their suppliers, employees, and subcontractors. We also verify that contractors have proven experience in their individual fields of expertise.

The insurance industry relies on us. For more than 20 years, we’ve worked with insurance companies to provide repairs for damages and restoration work. We can serve the needs of Contractor Connection customers from the initial claim to completed repairs.

No-hassle contractor selection. You’ll save time by not having to call multiple contractors or verify their qualifications. Our matching service is free — you pay only for the work your contractor performs.

Online tracking of your project. You can monitor the progress of your repairs or restoration on our online project tracker.

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6 reasons to use a general contractor

April 12, 2018

  Most homeowners think about renovations sooner or later. Unless you have good handle on home improvement, you’ll probably hire someone to do the work for you. That’s where things can get tricky. Who do you hire, and how do you know whether he’s reputable?

A professional contractor is always the right choice, and for many reasons. He’s licensed and insured, and he probably has a list of references that you can check. Because that’s not enough, here are 6 more reasons to go with a pro:

#1: Experience with Projects Like Yours

It’s true that there’s no other home quite like yours, but there are common threads among most renovation projects. For bathrooms, kitchens, home additions, and anything else that you might want, a professional contractor has years of experience working with the home systems and materials to do the job right.

#2: Professional Connections with Vendors

Every home project comes with a materials and supplies list, and that’s where a lot of your budget goes. If you work with a professional contractor, chances are he has connections that can save you money. A contractor may have vendor accounts with discounted pricing or he might get discounts because he buys from certain vendors fairly often. Either way, his savings is passed on to you, which means your budget can stretch more.

#3: Skills in Different Areas of Home Improvement

Along with experience comes expertise, and that’s something that can only be learned with time in the industry. A professional contractor has framed a wall, installed a subfloor, hung doors and windows and mounted kitchen cabinets in many other homes. He knows the pitfalls to watch out for, which tools and materials work best, and the right way to perform each aspect of your project.

#4: Safety That Protects You and Your Home

Safety is a top concern among all professional contractors. It means that a job is done right, and it also helps prevent injuries and property damage. A contractor knows the local and international code, and will obtain the right permits for the job. That means you can count on the work to be code compliant. He understands OSHA regulations, so he and his crew will maintain a safe work environment that doesn’t damage your home.

#5: Respect for Your Property

A big complaint with homeowners is when workers make a mess and then leave the mess once the work is done. Some track in dirt, leave lunch wrappers lying around, drop nails, leave sawdust and any number of other annoyances. Some of those annoyances can also be hazards. A professional contractor respects your home, and he never leaves a mess for you to clean up.

#6: Overall Money Savings

Aside from saving money on materials and supplies, there’s a bigger way that a professional contractor saves you money. A job well done is money well spent. But a job that’s half-done or one where the work is performed poorly can cost you double in the long run, once you factor in replacements and repairs. A contractor gets it right the first time. And if there’s a problem with his work, you’re not stuck footing the bill to correct it.

There aren’t any real reasons not to hire a professional contractor, but every aspect of your project is a reason why you should. You’ve spent time and energy, not to mention budgeting, to bring your home improvement dreams to life. Put it in the hands of a pro, and you won’t be disappointed.

Are you in the market for a contractor to handle your project? Contractor Connection can help. Request a free estimate, and we’ll help connect you with an experienced professional in your area.

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kitchen remodeling

April 12, 2018

   Kitchen remodeling can be one of the most intimidating home remodeling projects, and many people live with outdated or inconvenient kitchens for years out of fear of the upheaval and expense of remodeling. It can be a big job, but with the right kitchen remodeling contractors, you can stick to your budget and schedule while minimizing disruption.

Many myths have grown up around renovation contractors and what you should and shouldn’t do with a kitchen remodeling job. It’s important to separate myth from fact so you can make your kitchen remodeling decisions based on sound information. Here are 5 kitchen remodeling myths to be aware of.

1. You Should Spend a Certain Percentage of Your Home’s Value on Kitchen Remodeling

The truth is, there are different degrees of remodeling, and this is what determines how much you should spend. If you only want new lighting and wall covering, you clearly don’t need to spend as much as you would if you wanted new cabinets, countertops, and appliances as well. You’ll probably end up spending somewhere between 5% and 15% of your home’s value for kitchen remodeling once you determine what you most want to change about your kitchen. Renovation contractors can do anything from a cosmetic renovation to a complete overhaul, and it’s up to you where your remodeling job falls on that spectrum.

2. I Can DIY My Kitchen Remodel

Many people don’t realize how big a kitchen remodeling job can be, and how critical it is that it’s done correctly. Not only must your kitchen be safe, it should harmonize with the rest of your home and ideally add value to it. Unfortunately, some people think that because they know how to put together flat-pack furniture from IKEA they can DIY a kitchen remodeling job, but that’s simply not the case. Outstanding kitchen remodeling contractors don’t come cheap, but the ones with loyal clients are the ones that do things correctly the first time.

3. Kitchens Should Be Remodeled in Accordance With the Latest Trends

Kitchens should be remodeled in accordance with your needs. If you plan on staying in your home indefinitely, you should remodel in accordance with how you use your kitchen. If you plan on selling your home within the next few years, you’ll want to talk to kitchen remodeling contractors about how you can change your kitchen to make your home appealing to buyers. If there’s a trend you particularly like, use it, but don’t plan an entire kitchen renovation around what’s “hot” right now. It may look horribly dated in a few years.

4. We’ll Figure the Lighting Out Later

Lighting never is an afterthought, and this is particularly true of the kitchen. When you consider renovation contractors, ask about their experience in lighting renovations. Before construction begins on your kitchen renovation, at least narrow down your lighting selections and choose carefully. The best kitchen remodeling contractors understand how a kitchen should be lit and know that leaving lighting until the end of the project risks having to go low-end to stay in budget, or settle for lighting that isn’t ideal. Lighting is one of the most important things in making any room “work,” so consider it carefully, from the beginning.

5. If We’re Over Budget, We’ll Install a Cheaper Floor

The floor of your kitchen has to be right to tie everything together, and trying to cut corners by putting in a cheaper floor (perhaps so you can buy higher-end cabinets) is never a good idea. Floors are much more than just another kitchen surface, and going cheaper to stay within budget often ends up backfiring, when you want to rip it back out again after a year or two. Like lighting, flooring is essential to the overall look and feel of your kitchen, so it should be carefully considered from the very beginning.

Perhaps the biggest myth kitchen remodeling contractors see is that kitchen remodeling is by definition going to be “too expensive.” That is not necessarily the case, particularly when you factor in the increased enjoyment you’ll get from a kitchen that’s aesthetically pleasing and provides you with the storage, work surfaces, and appliances you need to enjoy the many hours your family spends there.

Ask about credentials, contact former clients, and make sure you have a good rapport with the remodeling contractor you choose. A great kitchen makeover takes time, but with the right materials and the right contractor, it can give your house a terrific new look and feel.Categories: Kitchen Remodeling

  

             

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5 Tips to selecting a residential painting company in the Pennsylvania. 

April 14, 2018

   

             If you are starting to notice wear and tear on your wall, perhaps it is time for new paint. A wall overhaul will not only make your home’s interior more beautiful, it will also help protect your walls from elements that may damage it like pests, moisture, and others. However, with the myriad of residential painting companies that Pennsylvania has, you may find it difficult and confusing to make the right choice. You have to make sure that who you’re choosing will deliver your desired results.

The following tips will help you select an excellent residential painting company in Pennsylvania:

1. Search the Web and Read Reviews

You can easily find residential painting companies through the internet. It will provide you with a lot of options when looking for painting companies offering services in your area. However, you need to filter them out and choose the firms who will most likely offer you the best results. This is where reviews play an important role. Read reviews from people who these firms have served in the past. It will give you a good insight of their services.

2. Ask for Recommendations from Friends and Family

Chances are, you may know someone who hired the services of painting companies before. You can ask family and friends for recommendations of good firms serving in your area or within pennsylvania. If they would just give you a list of those who did not do a good job, at least you already know who to avoid.

3. Check for Permits and Certifications

To ensure that who you are contracting has the necessary permits and credentials to perform the service in your area, check them out. The Better Business Bureau provides a list of legitimate contractors who have been serving in your area for quite some time. As well, look for certifications that these firms have the right staff who will do the job accurately and efficiently.

4. Speak to Each Candidate

If you already have a short list of some firms you are eyeing to hire, do not hesitate to call them and talk to them directly. A reputable company will be willing to accommodate your questions and answer your queries. Discuss with them your desired project and notice who provides convincing responses. As well, do not hesitate to ask for quotations, inquire on service details, and other questions relevant to the project.

5. Make a Contract in Person and Review It

Once you already have a residential painting company of your choice, make sure to discuss, as comprehensively as possible, all the details you want to include in the project. As well, see to it that you review the contract to make sure that every agreed point is stipulated. This will help you avoid future problems with your contractor.

With the right residential painting company, you can be sure that you will get the results you want and you will gain peace of mind because you know your home is in good hands.

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Secrets to a cheap bathroom remodel. 

April 14, 2018

   

            Contrary to popular opinion, the cheap bathroom remodel is absolutely attainable.

It can be difficult to wrap your mind around this because we have become numb to mid-to-high five-figure bathroom remodels that begin by ripping everything down to the studs. For these, ​everything must be tossed and replaced by the most premium materials.

Bathroom remodeling is second only to kitchen remodeling in terms of pain, misery, dust, cost, and unmet-timetables.

Given the sickeningly high cost of bathroom remodeling, it pays to think outside the box.

The quick, easy, and cheap bathroom remodel detailed here and will not make you the star of cocktail conversations because you won't be able to brag about how you had to take out a second mortgage to afford the remodel. Instead, you'll have lots of money left over to spend on other parts of the house--or other parts of your life.

In the end, you will have a clean, bright, and functional bathroom. And more money in your bank account than homeowners who went the expensive route.

Cover and Re-Surface Instead of Replace

Briefly: If the material still works, fix it up and reuse it.

This is the guiding principle of any surface-level renovation, with the caveat that you never want to cover anything because it needs to be replaced.

For example, in bathrooms, there is no better way to cover up the lower portion of walls than with easy-to-install wainscot.

Kitchen Remodeling Guide

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Wainscot is a pre-fab board that extends as high as 48" and eliminates the need to fix any unfortunate wall dings and minor holes. But should that wallboard be speckled with mold and mildew, the last thing you want to do is cover it up. Unfortunately, you need to track down the source, stop it, and replace affected portions of wallboard.

Search for Low-Cost Substitutes

Briefly: Often, cheap alternatives look amazingly like the real thing.

More and more, the less expensive alternatives are looking as good as the originals. Instead of real wood plank flooring, try luxury vinyl flooring. You only think you want that radiant-heat granite floor. But that purchase alone will blow your entire remodel budget.

Old-school vinyl is gone; things have changed. Vinyl now looks better than ever, with innovations such as luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) and plank vinyl that look fantastic.

Refinish Tub Instead of Replacing It

Briefly: Consider total replacement of your bathtub to be the last thing you try. Instead, try relining or refinishing.

Bathtub or shower refinishing is a prime example of "cover, not replace." If the problem is mainly cosmetic--a yellowed surface and some cracks and nicks--you can refinish your shower or bathtub.

Alternatively, bathtub and shower liners--a staple of infomercials--are not as cheap as they seem. Never a permanent fix, they will carry you through a few years. Liners require professional installation. Refinishing, instead, is cheaper and looks better.

Install a Pre-Fab Shower Rather Than a Tiled Shower

Briefly: Pre-fabricated shower units generally are cheaper than tiled showers.

Have you decided that your tub or shower is beyond refinishing? The absolutely most expensive option is hiring tradesmen to build a unit out of tile from scratch.

Instead, consider pre-fabricated shower units. If you absolutely must have that tiled shower, fusing a poly shower pan with the tile saves some hassle and a little bit of cost.

Install Your Own Toilet

Briefly: Save a few hundred dollars by installing your own toilet.

Do not call in the plumber to switch out the old toilet. Install your toilet yourself. It is much easier than you can imagine, the hardest part being physically moving the toilet into place. For that, get a cheap hand truck or enlist the services of a friend.

Paint Portions of Your Interior By Yourself

Briefly: Interior painting can be accomplished by even the least skilled DIYer.

Do not use a painter. For whole-house painting, you may want to consider hiring a professional painter--due to the large scale.

But consider how little painting you need to do in bathrooms: walls are taken up with mirrors, showers, tile, bathtubs. In the end, you only have a few square feet to paint. You can paint this by yourself in two days.

Resist the Urge to Move Major Plumbing

Briefly: Save money by leaving toilet and bathing facilities where they are.

Do not move plumbing if at all humanly possible. Moving water supply and/or drainage immediately drives up the cost of any remodel project. If you want to move it, then pay close attention to the next step...

Consider Doing Some Plumbing By Yourself

Briefly: Innovations like PEX plumbing pipes make it easier for homeowners to do their own plumbing.

If you hate calling upon the services of a plumber for remodeling work, stop for a minute and ask yourself if you possibly can do the plumbing by yourself.

Moving the sewer line: maybe not. Moving the sink supply and drain lines a few feet: sure.

With the advent of Tinkertoy-like PEX plumbing pipes and push-in Sharkbite fittings, even the least confident DIY plumber can do light plumbing tasks for a pittance.

If your notion of plumbing work is still rooted in the days of soldering copper pipes with an open flame (or even worse, working with galvanized pipes), give this one some extra thought. You just might find out that PEX and push-in fittings are perfect for your needs.

Install Your Own Bathroom Vanity and Top

Briefly: Bathroom vanities and tops practically come assembled for you.

Because bathrooms are small, it is possible for you to buy nearly or fully assembled bathroom vanity units and vanity tops and have them in place within a couple of hours.

Vanity units come in certain sizes ranging from 24 inches to 60 inches wide. Coordinating tops (counters) can be purchased that even have sinks fused into them--no sink installation and caulking woes!

Design Your Bathroom Yourself

Briefly: While bathroom designers are great, they also can break your bathroom remodel budget; consider doing it yourself.

Whole-house remodels, additions, and kitchens can benefit from the expertise of a qualified designer. But what about bathrooms?

If you need to save money it is possible to design your own. One factor in your favor is that you are not moving fixtures around (see previous advice on this).

Bathroom designers are good at not just the "pretty stuff" but at powering through difficult logistical problems (door clearances, etc.).

So, half of your design burden is instantly lifted. You are left with a few of the more fun aspects of bathroom design:

Choosing bathroom paint colors

Picking bathroom tile

Making bathroom floor style choices

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Choosing bedroom color

April 18, 2018

   

            ​Painting the most sacred place in the home can often be very tricky. The bedroom is room guests do not have a direct access to, unlike other places in the home. It is generally a place of rest and relaxation, and as such, it should be filled with painting colors that are soothing and very calm. It is especially important in toddler bedrooms to have cool colors to help contribute to a good night’s sleep. That being said; the bedroom is also a personal room, thus, it shouldn’t be made to look like some drab dungeon. A touch of flair can be added to spice up the temperature.

​If you feel at ease with crazy and bright interior paint colors, it won’t be a bad idea if you use them as you see fit. Staying in the bedroom can sometimes be dull and boring, as it is not a room entirely dedicated to sleeping and relaxation. One may want to convert a portion of the room into some kind of study or to watch movies before going to bed.

​Often times, this dullness is because of the painting color preference of the bedroom. As such, it is necessary to add flair to the bedroom to make it livelier. There are certain factors to consider when choosing paint colors to add flair to your bedroom.

One of these factors is the mood or environment you want to create in your bedroom. What picture pops up in your head when you wake up each morning or each time you walk into your bedroom? Artistic?

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​The deep blue color of the Ocean or the sky-blue color of the sky? The Beach? There are people who even want their bedrooms to look like a Music Studio. Whatever color theme you decide to go for will be hinged on the environment you want to create in your bedroom. You can browse through decorating magazines or consult a painting company. Many painting contractors have catalogs of bedroom colors and painting schemes to decide which one best suit your mood. There is nothing wrong with using a guide to help choose interior colors.

Another factor to consider when making the choice of bedroom color is the size of your room. Is it small or large? Generally, a wider and more open appearance is created when lighter shades of color are used to paint the room. On the other hand, if you have a large room, darker and warmer shades ( charcoal grey or ocean blue) will make the room cozy by closing in the open space.

​Another factor is the direction your house is facing. This goes a long way to determine the amount of natural light entering your bedroom. Depending on the number and size of windows, a northward-facing house will receive more light than a south-ward facing one for example. Natural light makes a small room look larger.

Therefore, your choice of bedroom color should thus be compatible with the intensity of light entering the room.

You should also think about the available bedroom accessories and furniture in your room. What colors will complement them? What colors will make them enhance the picture you want to create in your room?

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Whatever mood you want to create in your bedroom, WMCA professional painting contractor has dedicated professional painters that are available to help add that flair to your bedroom. Consult us today.