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Painting in Your Home? Don’t Start Before Reading This.

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It’s often been said that one of the quickest ways to change the look of a room is to paint it and we’re in agreement.  However, the painting itself is anything but a quick process.  There’s nothing more frustrating than completing a home improvement project only to realize that glaring mistakes were made along the way that leave you with the choice of redoing the work or living with blemishes that become the focal point of a room.  Here are some tips on how to make your next home painting project a work of art.

Not Understanding the Differences Between Finishes- Common types of paint finishes are: satin, semi-gloss, gloss, eggshell & flat.  The differentiating factor between finishes is typically
luster and wash-ability.    In determining the paint finish you need, consider how the room is being used and the current condition of the walls that the paint is being applied to.

Being a Slave to Trends- In 2002, the color of the year was “true red” (think fire engine red).  This led to homeowners across the country painting their walls this color.  While this might have seemed like a brilliant idea at the time, we’re guessing that homeowners are spending a lot more time removing the color than they did applying it.  Have the foresight to consider how hard it’s going to be to remove a color prior to applying it and whether or not you’re better off sticking to a more neutral (AKA sellable) color.

Skipping Primer- Yes, primer is an additional step in the painting process.  If you’re impatient, it’s often tempting to skip it.  However, skimping on primer will lead to problems later such as: paint that looks blotchy and uneven, evidence of brush marks and flaking.  Do it right the first time and save the hassle (and cost) of redoing the job.

Foregoing Painter’s Tape- Applying painter’s tape can seem like a huge timewaster.  However, failure to use it can leave you with paint in areas you hadn’t planned on such as ceilings and trim.  This leads to further effort on your part to either clean or repaint over these areas.

Impulse Purchases- This is one time when an impulse purchase is unlikely to work in your favor, as there are many factors that determine what makes for a good paint choice, including your furniture, personal taste and the size of the room.  A great way to decide what color works for you is to visit a store and collect swatches of color you are attracted to and evaluate your feelings towards them as you hold them up against your walls.  If you’re tech savvy, there are several apps such as Wall Painter that allow you to take pictures of a room in your house and play around with paint colors until you find a color scheme that you like.

Treating Rooms as Individual Blocks Instead of Parts of a Whole- With so many homes having an open floor plan, this point is especially important.  While red and green are both beautiful
colors, we’re betting that if you put walls with those colors next to each other (even if they’re technically in two different rooms) your friends are going to dub your house the “Christmas house”.    

Taking for Granted that Your Walls are Clean- You’ll get professional looking results if you start with a clean palate.  Take the time to wash your walls prior to commencing your painting project.  You’ll be glad you did!

Unfavorable Conditions- Water-based paint takes longer to dry when the weather is full of moisture.  It’s not a bad idea for you to skip painting on a humid day so that you can achieve optimum results.

Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at to schedule a free in-home estimate.


Eradicating Unwanted Guests

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Cooler weather is upon us which means a season of unwanted guests.  (No, we’re not talking about a cousin Eddy situation like in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, though if you’ve got success stories, we’re all ears….)  This time of the year, opportunistic wild animals are looking for a cozy hideout and where better than your property?  Learn the dangers of animals in your home and what you can do to prevent and evict them.


Rarely what they appear to be in Bambi, deer can damage trees, plants and other vegetation on your property.  To top it off, deer have an amazing vertical and have been known to clear 9 foot fences.  If opening day is too far away, there are a few tactics to get them off of your property.  First, bear in mind that deer are intelligent creatures and your strategy needs to change every few weeks until they are gone because they soon catch on to you.  If you currently have a bird feeder in your yard, remove it because deer see it as an open invitation.  Soap can be strung and hung from trees, as the scent may drive them away.  Electronic deer repellants are available.  Devices are typically motion controlled and either put off noises, flashing lights or a combination of both.  Deer do not eat evergreens or lilacs; use these to line your property if you have a deer problem.

Signs You’ve Been Invaded: Plants with ripped edges, tree trunks with missing bark, and indentations in the ground where a deer has been laying.


If you’ve seen our ads, you know that squirrels are cute & loveable, oh and did we mention mischievous and highly capable of overstaying their welcome?  Squirrels often access homes through screen less vents & chimneys especially since they are capable of scaling tall buildings with the assistance of trees & telephone poles.  If you find yourself in this conundrum, call a licensed professional who can safely trap and remove the squirrel(s) before they harm your property or your family.

Prevent this problem from recurring by closing or restricting any openings on your home’s exterior.  Trim low hanging branches (anything 10 feet or lower) because this is often the area that squirrels nest.  Steer clear of trees with nuts and berries (and bird feeders too) because they all give this pest a reason to stay.  (Shameless plug—gutters filled with leaves, twigs and other debris, provide a “motel” for these rodents.  Install one-piece, seamless, LeafGuard Gutters to keep squirrels out and gutter cleaning at bay.  Visit to learn more.)

Signs You’ve Been Invaded: Skip the call to GhostBusters if you’re hearing noises coming from your attic or chimney.  An attic environment is similar to that of a hollowed out tree and the perfect place to raise their young.  Watch for ceilings with chewed holes or stains as they are signs you’ve got company.


Blame Walt Disney for giving these vermin a good name.  (BTW-did you know he was actually afraid of mice?).  The Houdini of the animal kingdom, mice can contort their bodies to fit into holes as small as ¼ inch.  If you find that your home is a haven to mice, don’t ignore the issue; a litter of mice can have up to 18 mice and a female can produce several litters in a year.  Prevent mice from entering your home by plugging any interior or exterior holes you find.  Make sure that your home’s exterior doors have no gaps underneath them.  Bait traps with peanut butter and set them in perpendicular pairs with the trigger end closest to the wall.

Signs You’ve Been Invaded: Rodent droppings, nests, torn food containers, shredded debris and scratching noises on your floors or in your walls.


The Zorro inspired mask that every raccoon has should be a sign that these critters are little rebels.  Like squirrels, if they are able to make their way into your homes, they’re likely to set up shop in your chimney or attic.  Because of the threat of rabies, we recommend that you allow a professional to assist you in the eradication process.  Prevent raccoons with a mesh screen around your chimney.  Secure garbage cans and keep pet food inside your home.

Signs You’ve Been Invaded: Looking for their next meal, raccoons often scour garbage cans.  Mud or scratch marks near vents, downspouts or corners can also be an indicator that there’s an intruder in your midst.  Noises (screaming, chirping or crying) near your fireplace or attic can also be a tip off that you’re not alone.

Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at to schedule a free in-home estimate.