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What both new and experienced home buyers want in renovations

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The recently published 2017 Houzz & Home survey offers overall good news for pros, and some very specific information that could be key to winning new work. According to Nino Sitchinava, principal economist at Houzz.com, “Over half of 100,000 homeowners surveyed by Houzz planned to continue or start renovations in 2017, and planned to spend an average of $27,300— a 4% … More

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Create a Business That Serves You

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If you are like most painting business owners, you put immense effort into your business. You serve customers well and you take care of your workers. But you, like many others, forget to serve the most important person in your business: You. Think about when you started your business. You probably started out with the idea your business would provide you financial … More

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The art & science of selling your painting business

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Maybe it was a passing mention that someone was interested in buying your company. Perhaps health concerns have you thinking of an exit. Or is it a nagging feeling that you’re just done? Whatever the reason, if you’re thinking of selling your painting business, know that it’s a journey that’s not for the fainthearted. About 80% of businesses listed for sale don’t sell, says … More

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The impact of color on home sales

Using color to drive faster sales

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When it comes to selling a home, first impressions matter. While the right color choices can have a potential buyer falling in love, a wrong color can leave them shaking their head and running for the door. According to Svenja Gudell, Zillow chief economist, “A fresh coat of paint is an easy and affordable way to improve a home’s appearance before listing. But if you want to … More

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ASK A PRO: Q: What are some driving forces behind color choices for an architect?

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A:  A lot of what drives color choice has to do with the type of project we’re working on. For example, we do a lot of work for K-12 schools and colleges. We’re often asked to paint using a school’s colors, so the project is personalized. In commercial settings, companies often want to use their logo colors. Also in those settings, as well senior living or memory care … More

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Ask a Pro: Q: How do you handle yard work with regards to painting?

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A: Our contract reads as follows: Please have all trees, bushes, shrubs and flower beds trimmed back to a minimum of one foot from the house on all sides to allow for proper and safe access during prep and painting, and to ensure fresh paintwork is not damaged once completed. Please also remove lawn ornaments, planters, fountains, lights (where possible) that may be a hazard to … More

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THE inPAINT INTERVIEW: A PROFESSIONAL PAINTER

YEARS IN THE MAKING: How one painting pro found his niche

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A focus on residential repainting and exceeding customer expectations. The path to success wasn’t always easy for Dalton Tomlinson, professional painter and owner of Supreme Painting, based in Fort Worth, TX. His experience, which spans more than 30 years, had its fair share of challenges and setbacks—along with opportunities for growth—which ultimately landed him where he … More

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Reputation matters: making the most of your online image

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If there’s anyone that understands the power of online reviews, it’s the folks at Yelp.com Emily Washcovick, a manager of local business outreach at Yelp.com, says that 78% of consumers turn to online review sites when choosing a local business. LOOK BEYOND THE STARS According to Washcovick, review sites have evolved dramatically over the past few years from being a … More

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Background Checks and Drug Screenings

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Finding the right employees can be a challenge— and laws, rules and regulations make the process even more complex. Pre-hire background checks and drug testing are highly regulated areas, with oversight from federal agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), not to mention what’s required by your local, county and … More

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The Paint Store Experience. Big Boxes. Independent Stores. Manufacturer Stores.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re painting a powder room or all 100 floors of a high-rise, no job gets started before the paint and supplies are purchased. And while most paint stores—brand manufacturers, independents, and big boxes—carry the basics, many pros prefer to give their business to just one type. Here’s a look at some of the reasons why: MANUFACTURED SOLUTIONS A … More