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Choosing colors that sell homes

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Conventional wisdom says it’s “location, location, location” when you’re looking to buy a home. However, that statement might take on an entirely different hue when it comes to selling one. In a competitive housing market, it’s important to seize every advantage. Can exterior color make a difference? That is the million-dollar question. “True, location is an important … More

PRO PICKS: 5 pros on their favorite pressure washers

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Paint pros know the importance of a clean surface—and the value of a trusty pressure washer. Pressure washers come in handy for tasks like prepping decks, siding, and other large surfaces. Noticeable debris, dirt and stains wash away in no time. So we asked five pros to share their recommendations on these hard-working machines. 1 FROM OUR PRO: Craig Hardcastle, … More

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Take the Long View

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Many entrepreneurs start a business because they suffer from what author Michael Gerber terms in his book, The E Myth, as ‘entrepreneurial seizures,’ meaning they’re really good at what they do and think they could run their own business better than their boss—or they want the freedom of owning their own business. So you start a painting business and you go along for a few … More

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Q: How Does Offering Tiered Service Pricing Work for Your Business?

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A: First, in order to develop my system, I had to learn everything I could about estimating. It was important to pay attention to how many man-hours it took to complete the painting process. So I kept a log sheet for every job I’ve ever done: what I did, when I did it, how long it took. After a few years, I could look at a potential project and estimate that a high-quality … More