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Jun 29

5 Tips on How To Get the Best Quote from Your Painter

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Paint Roller

Ever wonder if you could’ve gotten that extra $500 off of a contracting job? How about $1000? Or more?

Seems strange that we’d be offering this information. We know. But we want to help you bring your masterpiece to life, and make it a hassle-free process for you.

After doing as much work as we have, we’re comfortable sharing a few tips on how to get the best possible quote when looking to get a painting estimate so you can get over the hump of the decision and spend more time enjoying your new space.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Flexibility

If you can, don’t set a hard deadline. Often times, deadlines mean pulling painters off of some jobs to accommodate hours or paying overtime, which can increase the rates to cover costs. If you work flexibly with your painter, they will book themselves when they are free because it is easier for them (and subsequently, cheaper for you!) You can also get a lower rate by booking in the winter (the slow season).

2. Make Room to Paint

The most time consuming part of any paint job, funny enough, isn’t actually painting. It’s the prep time. Taping, cleaning, laying drop sheets and other necessary tasks need to happen so the painter can begin work. Moving or covering furniture or articles in a room only adds to the time, which increases billing hours (not to mention involves some risk to your belongings!) If you can, clear the space before the painter begins, or cover any furniture or articles that can’t be moved to save time. You can also go so far as to take off closet doors, electrical covers, shelving, etc. Mention this up front at the time of the quote, and ask if this will get you a discount!

3. Up the Volume

If you’re just doing a feature wall, or one room, consider adding additional walls or additional rooms. The booking process is already done, so they’ve already invested in the office end. When the painter gets on site and gets set up, that process also wouldn’t have to happen again since his materials are on site. Since this is already done, you only have to cover the prep and paint in a new area – half of the issue is already out of the way, so the cost would be considerably reduced by doing it all at once as opposed to separate bookings.

4.  Have Them Choose the Brand

Many times, a painting contractor will have arrangements for wholesale or discounted purchases from particular suppliers. When this is the case, they can probably get a much cheaper price by using the supplier they have an agreement with – as long as it meets your quality standard, work with them to get a proper colour match and you’ll have an opportunity for a lower rate. If you are concerned about the quality of that brand, ask about the different levels of paint quality offered by their supplier’s brand. If you aren’t satisfied, it’s okay to choose your own brand, but you may incur a higher rate because they aren’t getting it at a discounted rate.

5. Have Options for Payment

Consider this – the contractor’s biggest fear is completing a job and not being able to pay their painters because they didn’t get payment for the job. You can find a discount here by easing this fear for them by offering a deposit to show commitment, and a post dated cheque for the balance due. Ask if this will impact the price at the time of the quote. They’ll feel more comfortable, the painters will be at ease and enjoy their work (probably getting you a more professional look!) and you’ll save on the end cost, as well.

 

In the end, it’s about finding ways to make their job easier – if you can find ways to deliver them service to smooth out the process, you’ll reduce their costs and effort, and that’s worth a couple extra bucks in your pocket!

Give us a call today at 204-691-6264 or send us an e-mail at production@stratfordprice.com to find out what we can do for you.

Mar 18

Drywall Repair: Fixing Water Damage

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Drywall Repair: Fixing Water Damage

We repaired the water damage on this drywall ceiling.  It is important to us to always complete extensive preparation before painting.  We will properly repair any damaged surfaces in order to ensure that they last long rather than cover them up with a quick fix.  Request your free painting/drywall repair estimate today!

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Mar 16

Painting Rental Properties

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Painting Rental Properties

Do you have a rental property that needs painting? We regularly paint many rental properties for our clients as tenants are constantly coming and going. We are also a member of the PPMA.  We offer services and packages that help make the lives of property managers much easier by meeting all of their needs. Request your free estimate today!20150316_150003

Mar 12

PPMA 2015 Suite Living Trade Show

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PPMA 2015 Suite Living Trade Show

It was exciting for us to participate in the PPMA Suite Living Trade Show this week for another consecutive year.  It was a pleasure seeing old friends and making many new ones as well.  We showed the new packages that we have to offer as well as the new innovative technology that we are adopting in order to lower costs for our clients.   Thank you to the PPMA and congratulations to our prize winners of painting gift certificates!  We look forward to participating in the trade show again next year!

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Mar 11

Interior Painting: Adding Feature Walls

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We were very please to provide interior painting for these delightful homeowners on their entire house including the walls, ceilings, and trim.  It really added some style when adding feature walls in their living room, kitchen, and bedroom.

Mar 09

Painting for Habitat for Humanity

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Last week we were privileged with the opportunity to donate our painting services to the PPMA home build for Habitat for Humanity.  Our team is thankful to be able to help a family in need that overcame many obstacles and experienced many hardships to make their move to Canada.  We are extremely excited for them to move into their brand new home!20150309_135144

 

Sep 26

Painting Supplies Checklist

By admin | blog

With these handy tools within reach your painting job will be a breeze!

Tape Measure

Measure the walls first so you know how much paint to buy. Generally 1 gallon of paint covers 400 square feet.

Primer

Use primer with a stain blocker before starting to paint.

Stirrer

Usually comes with any paint purchase. Always stir your paint before applying!

Pouring Spout

Attach the spout to the can of paint and eliminate any mess while pouring.

Five-gallon Bucket

For big jobs which require multiple cans of paint, keep the colour consistent by mixing all the cans of paint into a large bucket.

 Screen

Place this inside the bucket to wipe any excess paint off the roller.

Roller Tray

For smaller projects, use a sturdy plastic or metal tray.

Tray Liner

A disposable paint-tray liner will save you lots of clean-up time once the job is complete.

Roller Cover

For the best finish use a ⅜-inch nap.

Angled Sash Paintbrush

Use a two-inch angled brush when painting trim to give you more control.

Blue Painter’s Tape

This is essential for making sure you don’t get paint on your trim.

 Drop Cloths

Use plastic coverings to protect furniture and reusable canvas drop cloths on the floor, as they are less slippery than plastic.

Hole Filler

To dab into small holes in the wall before you paint.

Screwdriver

Use a screwdriver to loosen up any ceiling plates or switch plates for light fixtures.

Sponge

Wash the walls before priming with dish detergent and water.


For more advice on how you can use paint to freshen up your home, contact us at admin@stratfordprice.com or call us at (204) 691-6264.

Sep 15

How to Create Clean Edges on Interior Walls

By admin | blog

One of the easiest ways to make your house look like a home is by repainting the walls to suit your style. Many people assume that painting is a messy yet easy process, and as a result wind up with paint splotches on the floor, ceiling and trim. However, by following these easy steps you can ensure that your end result is one that impress both you and your guests:

1. Clear the Room

If you are unable to remove everything from the room, push all items to the middle and cover them with an old sheet. Also remove any pictures or nails from the wall that you do not want painted.

2. Use drywall spackle to fix bigger holes, or painter’s putty to fill in nail holes

Make sure to take extra time to fill holes in the walls, as they are more obvious once they’ve been painted over.

3. Wipe off trim edges with a damp cloth so the tape will adhere to a clean surface

Wiping off any dust will ensure the tape stays in place.

4. Use painter’s tape to mask off all trim

Tape slowly and carefully, leaving a small gap between the edge of the tape and the wall surface to be painted; about a 1/16” to 1/18” gap will do. Remember to take your time -the finished product will only be as good as the prep you put into it!

5. Use 2” tape to mask off the ceiling along the walls

Use the same gap listed in step 4 to ensure that if you are a bit sloppy with the roller, that your ceiling won’t have paint spots on it afterward.

6. Using paintable caulk, caulk along the edges that you just taped

Note: ensure that it is paintable caulk! Use your fingertip to wipe the caulk edge so that it is a very thin film over the edge of the tape into the corner of the wall and trim. This will stop the paint from seeping under the tape and gives the room a superior clean edge. This is the difference between a passable paint job and an exceptional one.

7. Optional: using a paper hand masker, which combines a roll of making paper and a roll of tape so that you can cover a wider area to protect from paint splatter

Again, this is optional, but saves clean up time. If you chose to do this step, the 1” tape along the trim and 2” tape along the ceiling will do.

8. Let the Caulk Dry for 20 Minutes

Use this time to lay out tarps and ensure that all furniture is covered.

9. Brush

Using your brush, brush in the borders of the walls to the taped edges.

10. Using a roller and rolling pan, carefully paint the walls

Don’t roll too quickly, or the roller will send paint drops flying everywhere. Be slow and careful, and be sure to take extra care when painting near the ceiling.

11. Wait, then paint again

Check the manufacturer’s instructions to see how long your paint needs to set, then repaint over the first coat. Be sure to take your time!

12. Let the paint dry overnight

Do not pull the tape off immediately! Letting the paint dry fully lessens the elasticity of paint build-up along the edges.

13. Remove the tape by pulling it at a 90 degree angle from the trim surface

This will allow the point of release to act like a single point rather than over a longer area. If you find that the tape is pulling up and stretching the paint it means that your caulk wasn’t applied thinly enough. If you encounter this issue, use a razor blade to get past the build-up.

By following these simple instructions you will find yourself with a painted room that will look clean, professional, and will drastically improve the look of your home.

For more advice on how you can use paint to freshen up your home, contact us at admin@stratfordprice.com or call us at (204) 691-6264.

Sep 10

10 Tips for Picking the Perfect Paint Color

By admin | blog

So you’ve decided that you want to paint, but how do you decide which color to use?

When considering your options, remember that color amounts to 60% of our response to an object or place. This is called “color psychology” and is something that we need to keep in mind when we choose colors for our homes. Below are a few tips to help you figure out which colors work best for you and your space”

1. Start small
If you aren’t sure where to begin with color, choose a hallway, bathroom or accent wall to experiment with. Draw inspiration from a favourite color from artwork, a rub, dishes or a piece of furniture as the main color or accent.

2. What is the “mood” of the room?
When picking a color, think about the “mood” of the room: do you want your bedroom to feel restful or dramatic? Do you want your dining room to be sociable or formal? Do you want a child’s room to be active and exciting or orderly?

Soft, cool colors and neutrals create a quieter feeling and brighter colors add drama; warmer colors with brighter contrasts make a room feel more sociable; and children’s rooms can easily become overwhelming with the use of bright colors.

3. Consider your lighting
When picking your paint chips be sure to use a light box (located in the paint store) to test how paint chips react to light.

Natural daylight shows the truest color, incandescent lighting brings out warm tones and yellows, and fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone. So for instance a strong color might be too bright when used on all walls, or next to a large window.

4. Learn the Color Terms
Here is a quick summary of what you should know:

  • Hue is what a color is called. Red is the hue; blue is the hue.
  • The value of the hue is how light or dark it is.
  • Saturation refers to how dominant the hue is. Going from red to pink, the red hue becomes less dominant.
  • Intensity is the brilliance of the color. The pure colors such as red are more intense than the combined colors such as yellow-green. A stronger intense color usually has a more dominant hue.

A more active space should have a stronger, more intense color. Very light colors can feel bright and stark when they cover all surfaces in a room. However, two or more medium-light, closely related pastels can create a luminous effect when used in the same room.

5. Test Your Color Choice
If you’re still unsure, paint poster board or a large area of a wall. Be creative! Use strong, vivid colors or deep neutrals like chocolate brown or olive green as main or accent colors, or add color to the ceiling -tinted ceilings can dramatically change the look of a room.

6. Use Decorative Finishes to Add Depth
Use visual textures to add interesting touches and make a space feel more personal. Some examples of reflective metals are mica, copper, pewter, bronze, and antiquated silver and gold.

7. Consider the View From Another Room
Think of walls as panes of color and see how they interact by viewing one room from another adjacent room. Think of the flow of a room like a composition: when you’re in one room you’ll going to see a piece of another room through it.

8. Follow the Color Wheel
A small color wheel is a great reference tool which illustrates the visual temperature of a color. For example, draw a line from the yellow-green mark on the color wheel all the way down to red-violet and you’ll see that all the colors on the left are warm and all the colors on the right are cool. This will give you a better idea of which color combinations work well together.

9. Use Monochromatic Color Schemes
Use contrasting paint finishes to create bold or subtle variations within a color group. For example, try using a single color in different finishes for walls and trim in a single space. Be creative!

10. Use Different Paint Finishes
A single color used on walls and trim takes on a whole new personality when applied in different finishes. For example, paint walls and trim the same color but use an eggshell (matte and less reflective) finish on the walls and a semi gloss on the trim. The color will appear slightly different on each surface. This is a great way to create a cohesive look in rooms with many windows and doors with very little wall area.

For more advice on how you can use paint to freshen up your home, contact us at admin@stratfordprice.com or call us at (204) 691-6264.

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