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True Cost Of Deferred Maintenance

Deferred Maintenance: What Saving Money Will Really Cost You

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In today’s financial climate, homeowners are looking for any way possible to save money. There are plenty of ways to trim down a budget, and most are good ideas. Some, however, will cost you far more than you will ever save; deferred maintenance is one of the most costly choices a homeowner can make.


What is Deferred Maintenance?

Deferred Maintenance is a real estate term that essentially means to put off repairs and upkeep in a home or business as a way to save money. Many people will decide to leave the cracking driveway or foundation for a few more years, ignore noisy appliances or leaky faucets until after the next family vacation or holiday, and so on.  Some homeowners will leave common annoyances in their homes for the next homeowner to deal with. And while this may seem like a smart idea for your wallet in the sort term, putting off repair work and maintenance in your home is not a good option for down the road.

Is Deferring Maintenance the Right Choice for My Home?

Many homeowners choose to wait until they are ready to sell their home to fix long-term problems or perform routine upkeep. Unfortunately, putting off a project or update can have many negative effects on your home and your budget. For starters, when you try to sell your home, it will need to be appraised. And appraisers really look to see not only the condition your home is in, but if it has been maintained and taken care of during the years you owned it. The appraisal will increase on an average home that has been well- maintained and repaired as problems arose. And a home’s value (and potential profit) will go down with each and every facelift and repair that was neglected in the life of your home. From drafty or broken windows  to chips in the bedroom wall paint, weeds in the flower beds and cracked floor tiles, all of these little issues will bring down the price you can get for your home.

When you find a buyer for your home, you will then be subject to a home inspection. An inspector will come by and look at all of the different areas of your home- windows, plumbing, electrical, walls, foundation, roof, attic, HVAC, etc. They will write up a report for the homebuyer with all the problems they found that need to be taken care of so that the homebuyer isn’t stuck with surprise costs down the road. Not to mention that homebuyers want the place they are moving into to be ready for them- if you don’t fix the problem at the time it occurs, you will surely pay for it in thousands of dollars-off the asking price when you go to sell, or with immediate repairs/ replacements out of your pocket to complete the sale.

Even if you don’t plan on selling your home anytime soon, deferring the maintenance and repairs around your house is costly. There is a great price difference between fixing a leaky pipe under the sink immediately and delaying the fix only to find that the entire drain system now needs to be removed and replaced, as well as the floor of the cabinet and even the wall behind the vanity due to wet, rotten wood or mold. Replacing a floor, appliance, wall, or system can be multiple times more costly as repairing it quickly before more damage is done. And replacement jobs take more time than repair jobs do, which adds to the cost of labor for what should have been a small fix.

Don’t forget…all these increased costs will multiply when the repair is involving an entire system rather than one part of the home, especially electrical and mechanical systems. In these areas, a minor repair can become a major problem if the issues are not dealt with quickly.

When you have a bunch of small fixes, annoying drips from your faucet or chipping paint, don’t put off until tomorrow what can be fixed today. You will put some money into your home in the present but will save yourself huge headaches and costs in the future.

Make home maintenance easy with the help of your local General Contractor. Professional contractors like Lossing Construction in Olympia are great for budget friendly solutions for all the fixes your home needs today!

Allowing Your Tenant To Paint Pros and Cons

allowing Your Tenant TO PAINT: PROS and CONS

It’s a lot of work to maintain a rental property. As a landlord, you probably understand how important it is to keep your rental property attractive. An attractive property has the ‘wow’ factor that will attract maximum rent – and good tenants.


One way to ensure the property looks appealing to prospective tenants is to paint it prior to them moving in. Majority of landlords go for neutral paint colors. This is essentially because neutral colors are always popular, timeless, and appropriate for many decorating styles.

However, some renters prefer more vibrant and interesting colors. So, what should you do if your tenant requests to change the paint color?

Well, before deciding what to do, a professional real estate and property management company Rogue Real Estate Sales in Medford, shares with us the pros and cons that go along with allowing your tenants to paint.

The Pros of Allowing Your Tenants to Paint Your Rental

It is amazing what paint does to a place. A fresh coat of paint can completely transform a room. Usually, when a tenant wants to paint their rental, they are looking to put in an accent color wall in the main living room or they just want to liven up a child’s bedroom.

Here are some reasons why it may be worthwhile:

•Allowing tenants to create a space of their own will make them happy. And as a landlord, you probably know that happy tenants mean long-term investment returns.

•The freedom it brings attracts quality tenants. Very few landlords allow their tenants to paint their rentals. If you allow this, it will undoubtedly make your property highly desirable to prospective tenants.

•It can act as an incentive to good tenants. If you have a tenant with clean habits and a proven history of on-time payments, consider allowing them to paint their units if they wish so. Finding good tenants isn’t always an easy walk in the park.

•Tenants may rent longer. Allowing your tenants to paint may give them a greater feeling of ownership about the place and treat the rental as more of a home. Consequently, they may rent for a longer period.

 

The Cons of Allowing Your Tenants to Paint Your Rental

Allowing your tenants to paint has some pitfalls. Here is why it may not be worthwhile:

•The tenant may use the wrong paint. The wrong paint can leave your property looking worse than ever.

•The tenant may use an incorrect technique. Examples of painting techniques include glazing, sgraffito, dry brushing, and underpainting.

•The tenant can get some paint on the ceiling, trim and floor. This will lead to unnecessary repairs.

•The tenant can choose a unique and unpopular color.

•It may mean more work for you when the lease period comes to an end. This is because the new color must be primed first, then painted over to match the initial color once again. If you didn’t have a paint policy, this may mean an added cost for you.

Luckily, you can prevent these pitfalls by simply putting some conditions. Such conditions are as follows.

•Let your tenant know that they must always seek permission first. Let your tenant know that it’s a lease violation to make changes on your property without your consent.

•Make them pay for all (or some) of it. You could buy the materials and let the tenant contribute their time and labor. That is, as long as they do a good job. Repainting between tenancies is a standard practice. If you have a good tenant and you pick a good paint, repainting every year may become unnecessary. You may only need to repaint your home every three to five years.

•Put it in writing. Before allowing your tenants to paint, get a written agreement. The agreement, among other things, should stipulate if and how the tenants are reimbursed if they pay for labor and materials.

•Clearly define the standard and share what the consequences would be if they don’t meet that standard. The standard could be as simple as placing a deposit with you, or as extensive as contracting professional painters themselves at the end of the tenancy. The standard should also address the paint color. Tenants can choose really strange colors if you allow them to do this. So, let them know what is okay and what is not.

•Specify what, in the space, you’ll let your renters paint. Renters can sometimes get ambitious with their painting. If you have special features in your unit (i.e. crown molding, brick walls, wood paneling), this could be at your very hefty expense.

A coat of paint is typically much cheaper than a vacant rental property. The right answer is really up to every individual landlord and can vary depending on their location, quality of rental, and preference.

If you choose to allow your tenants to paint, make sure you have a written agreement. Among other things, the agreement should stipulate who pays for it, what space tenants can paint, who bears any resulting liabilities, and the amount of paint deposit if any.

Cost Plus Contracting 101

COST PLUS CONTRACTING 101

Cost Plus Contracting Explained

Building or renovating a home can be a huge project, and is never taken lightly by the homeowners who are embarking on it. So much depends on finding the right team to work alongside the owners, designers, architects, and all the contractors who have a hand in making a dream home a reality. And while a project of this magnitude (whether it be a custom built home, a kitchen renovation, or a deck addition) is expected to have a decent price tag, so often homeowners are left in unfinished despair by unexpected costs, surprise disasters hidden behind a wall, or worse, untrustworthy construction “experts” that swindle homeowners and pad the building costs. This can turn a dream project into a money pit nightmare, but there are ways to prevent this from happening to you.

Build Your Dream Using the Cost Plus Model

Lossing Construction has not only an exceptional satisfaction rate, but a great billing model to keep their homeowners in the know and aware of each and every cost associated with their dream home project. The Cost Plus Contracting Model is an easy effective way for people renovating, adding onto, or building a new custom home to know what they are paying for every step of the way.

Here’s how:

Imagine you are planning a kitchen renovation, and your neighbor recommends Lossing Construction to you for your project. Her kitchen is gorgeous, so you give them a call. Lossing Construction takes the time to go over your plans and vision (it is your kitchen, after all) and gives their input into what they have seen be successful in the past- their decades of experience suddenly become yours. They will come along side of you and oversee all construction, and hire only the best sub-contractors to do your work.

While this service is great, a lot of other companies can boast this as well. Here is where Lossing Construction is different: you will see all of the costs associated with each sub-contractor- all the labor charges and costs for all materials with none of the hidden fees.

Plumbers, cabinet installers, painters (Lossing has you covered here), floor installers and tile layers may all be needed to bring your kitchen to perfection, and all have their own necessary materials and costs to go with them. No worries - you hired the team at Lossing Construction, remember? Their unique transparency method is revolutionary.

Homeowners can know exactly what the cost of their project is and why, with no mysteries or unknown charges slipped in. Lossing Construction charges a flat percentage for their contracting work, with no padding or inflating sub-contractor fees, and the job is done with no questions or budget headaches for the homeowner.

All you are left with is a clear-cut renovation plan and bill, and one amazing kitchen (or deck, or addition, or Master Bathroom….). If you can dream it, Lossing Construction can build it. Honestly and transparently.

Choosing a contractor you can trust to come into your house and transform it into the home of your dreams is the most important decision you will make in regards to your renovation or addition. (This is even more true if you are building a custom home from the ground up.) It can also be the easiest decision, if you choose Lossing Construction and their Cost Plus Contracting Model for all of your home building and construction needs.

Contact Lossing Construction today, and sleep better tonight knowing your renovation is in honest hands.

5 Ways To Build A Sustainable Home

Top 5 ways to build a sustainable Home

Sustainable Home

Being eco-friendly in today’s world is more important than ever. Everyday practices and purchases can leave a lasting impact on our world. The list of small changes that have an effect on our environment for the better grows daily, but what about big changes? How can someone build a great home while leaving a small impact on our environment?

Check out these five ways to build a sustainable home that is family, budget, and eco-friendly…(your grandchildren will thank you):

Smaller is Better

Consider building a smaller home than what you originally planned. Being wise about utilizing often-wasted space will save you time, money, and make a smaller environmental footprint on the world. Built-in storage can save you on floor space in bedrooms, and hidden nooks and closets will give you the most bang for your buck in having lots of storage space with less costly square footage. Also consider building up rather than building out. This will condense the area that you need to heat and cool into  more narrow space, and could give you the height needed to utilize sunroofs and solar energy. Also, the smaller your roof, the less heat can escape from it.

Sustainable for the Win

When choosing resources for your new home build, sustainability is the winner, every time. Using renewable resources like wood, bamboo, cork, and linoleum can greatly reduce the impact your home has on the environment. All are naturally produced and can be sustainably harvested (look for suppliers who practice sustainable planting techniques), and can be recycled when they are no longer being used in your home. Consider these options for framing, walls, and even flooring. Reusing or repurposing materials from dealers and scrap yards will also keep your build eco-friendly and could save you money.

Smart Thermostat

In the past, energy efficient thermostats were only available in upscale homes; they are now an accessible, eco-friendly appliance in homes everywhere. The high programmability of these devices can control the heating and cooling in your home based on the time of day, time of year, and your family’s schedule. This not only keeps down energy costs, it reduces energy consumption and production and leaves a positive mark on the environment. Some thermostats will even work with “smart home” technology and are voice activated or app controlled, which means the settings can be changed even when you are away from home.

Coolest Roof in Town

When building a sustainable, eco-friendly home, do not overlook your roof’s “coolness”, referring to the roofing materials you choose, which can greatly reduce the environmental footprint of your home. Some roofing materials can cool faster at night than others and can even deflect the energy from the sun on a hot day. These products both reduce your energy costs and are eco-friendly. Ask your builder about utilizing metal, slate, tile, or terra cotta, which will not only look great but ensure your roof is keeping your house cool in all the right ways. While these materials may be more costly upfront, the energy and environmental benefits will make up for it in the long run.

The Right Windows

A great way to create a “green” home and keep it environmentally friendly and sustainable is to choose the right windows. There are many different window options on the market today that claim to be energy efficient and will save you money. Energy- Star windows are relatively new and may be even more eco-friendly than the newest double paned versions on the market right now. Check with your builder for the best options in your budget to keep the outside air out and even control the heat from the sun as it streams in.

Building a home can be an exciting and daunting experience. Putting these five tips into practice will ensure that your home is energy efficient, eco-friendly, and will have a lasting positive environmental impact for years to come. Sustainable home building is possible. Speak with an expert at Lossing Construction to get you started on your dream green home today!

Creative Ways To Spruce Up Your Guest Room

CREATIVE WAYS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR GUEST ROOM

Creative Guest Room Refresh

Having out of town guests visit your neck of the woods can be an exciting adventure. Their stay is sure to be filled with seeing favorite places, creating new memories, and introducing them to all the things you love most about where you call home.

On the flip side, it can also be very stressful on you and your family when your space just isn’t guest-worthy. Here are some tips for sprucing up a guest room to give your company a visit they won’t soon forget.

A Fresh Coat of Paint

The most affordable way to spruce up a guest room is by painting it. Brightening up the walls with a fresh coat of paint will make the space feel new and welcoming, and creative tricks like painting the ceiling a lighter color than the walls will make a typically small space feel roomy and inviting.

Picking colors that are best for your space is vital when sprucing up a guest room.  The ambiance, atmosphere, and ‘feel’ of a room correlate strongly to the color on the walls and can greatly affect the mood of those staying there. Check out these common emotion- color combinations to determine which color is right for your guest room.

  • Blue- Blue often makes a space feel calm, tranquil, and inviting. It can also help with sleep. Consider hues that give the feel of a peaceful ocean scene or sky scape.
  • Green- Green has a feeling of relaxation and is a naturally peaceful color. It can be used to stabilize other colors paired with it.
  • Yellow- Yellow is a bright and friendly color, bringing feelings of happiness and sunshine into a space.
  • Purple- Purple can feel luxurious and noble, but can also render sadness as it is the color of mourning. Consider lighter hues of this color, or use rich deep purples as accents.
  • Red- Red is a color of passion and love but also can lead to feelings of anger when paired with other dark colors. When using the color of love, decorate with lighter accents.
  • White- White is a bright and clean feeling color that makes a space feel larger than it is. It can also be difficult to keep clean, so keep in mind how often the room will be used, and by whom.

Reorganizing Furniture

Changing the layout of the furniture in your guest room or even swapping some basic pieces with furniture from another room can completely change the look and feel for your guests. Consider moving the bed to a different side of the room, interchanging the dresser or night stand with one in another room, or removing some extra pieces all together to open up the space for your visitors.

Adding More Light

A great way to change the look of your space is to add more light. Simply put, items and walls look different under different lighting. Adding some floor or table lamps, installing a lit ceiling fan, or even putting in recessed lighting can completely alter how a room looks to your guests. You can give a room a bright and cheerful look or a romantic country-cottage feel just by adjusting the lighting.

Changing your Decor

Of course, changing the decor in your guest room will certainly spruce up that space for your visitors. Freshening up bedding, replacing window treatments and curtains, and adding or changing floor rugs will make the old seem new. Decorate with personal touches like a shelf with books and pictures, freshly cut flowers, and inviting throw pillows and lush accent blankets to make any space feel like a home away from home.

Sprucing up a guest room into a relaxing retreat can be a fun weekend project that makes a lasting impression on your guests. Don’t be afraid to have fun and take some risks - your visitors will thank you!

For more tips and help for creating a beautiful guest room, or to learn about our decades of experiencing in interior home painting, contact the experts at Lossing Construction.

Using Paint To Enhance The Size Of Your Room

Paint Enhance Room Size

USING PAINT TO ENHANCE THE SIZE OF YOUR ROOM

Are you living in a smaller city apartment or have a smaller sized room in a spacious home and are wondering how to enhance the “size” of the room using paint? By selecting the right paint colors for the wall, trim, and even the ceiling, you can trick the eye and mind into making the room feel bigger and look bigger.

Different colors of paint will change how a room is perceived by its inhabitants; where darker colors can help large rooms feel more intimate and smaller, lighter colors help make walls “recede”, helping cramped rooms appear roomy and more inviting. In addition, top a smaller room off with a specific ceiling color and you can enhance the room’s spaciousness even further.

Using Color to Make Rooms Feel Bigger

The lighter the color of your paint, the larger and more inviting your room will seem. Create an airy and expansive room environment by sticking with soft tones of off-whites, and very pale blues or greens. When choosing the shade for your walls, also choose accompanying shades for your trim and ceiling. By selecting an even lighter shade than your wall colors for molding and trim, the wall will seem further back to the eye, opening up the room. Last, add an even lighter shade to the ceiling to make the height of the ceilings look bigger.

Paint Stripes

Trick the Eye Using Painted Stripes

Painting stripes on walls is one of the oldest tricks in the book that can alter the shape of a room. If you want walls to seem taller, stick with vertical stripes, and switch to horizontal stripes if you need the room to feel longer. Also, stick with painting two walls only with stripes, as four can seem overwhelming. Depending on your personality, you can choose

more subtle contrasting colors such as a very pale gray next to a pearl/iridescent off white, or do something bolder such as black next to white, shown above.

Other Tricks to Make Rooms Looks Bigger

Renovating with paint will be one of your easiest and cheapest options for making a room or space look bigger. In addition to using light colors, or incorporating stripes, consider choosing one accent wall and painting it in a bold color to create an optical illusion. Depending on your personality, subtle colors can work too in helping trick the eye to the actual size of the room. Other tips that you can use in addition to paint include:

Paint Tricks
  • Lighting - Lighting can be another powerful tool in creating the feel of a larger space. While increasing natural lighting through the use of sheer window curtains is one of the simplest ways to let natural light flow in, sometimes a room doesn’t have a great view. In this case, add unique lighting fixtures and lamps that offer bright and powerful light.
  • Mirror - Mirrors are another effective method to creating more “space” in your room. Consider placing mirrors on the walls, especially near windows or areas of natural light.
  • Decluttering - Make a commitment to getting rid of any clutter, which will help the room look open and more organized. Also, remove any larger area rugs to help create the illusion of more floor space.
  •  To learn more about sprucing up your home with the use of paint and enhancing the “size” of your rooms, reach out to the expert team at Lossing Construction.

    Home Improvements That Pay Off

    Partially Painted Wall After Drywall Repair

    HOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT PAY OFF

    If you are looking for an easy and affordable way to update and spruce up your home, applying fresh paint to a variety of rooms is a wise option. Interior painting can change the style of your home while modernizing it and also potentially increasing its value, if you plan to sell it down the road. In fact, a 2012 Home Gain Seller Survey shared that updating the interior paint in your home can result in a 107 percent return on investment. The survey also estimated that sellers spent an average of $967 on interior painting costs and reaped an extra $2,001 in value when their home sold.

    Fresh Paint Tips & Tricks

    Before making a drastic change that can actually cost you more in the long run, its good to familiarize yourself with some tips and tricks when it comes to interior painting. To get started, consider kitchens, bathrooms and entryways before bedrooms, especially if you desire a good ROI when selling your home. These are typically ‘first impression’ areas to potential buyers.

    Next, consider your color palette. To make smaller rooms appear larger, use pastel or lighter colors. In addition, paint the trim the same color as the walls in order to make the room appear even bigger. If you happen to have an extremely large room that you are hoping can appear cozy, opt for warm or darker hues.

    When choosing colors, try to steer clear of painting everything white, which can make the home appear cold, stark and uninviting to visitors or buyers. Try oatmeal, light beige, pale taupe or neutral tones. Also, adding various shades of blue when completing your interior painting project can not only make your home look more appealing, it also can offer a great ROI if you plan to sell at some point.

    A recent Zillow analysis of more than 32,000 photos of homes that sold in 2017 shared that homes that had fresh paint in light blue or gray/blue shades typically sold for more than $5,000 above asking price. You can add pops of these colors in your kitchen and powder rooms. When it comes to bedrooms, shades of blue that were most popular include cadet blue and light cerulean, which according to the same Zillow survey, increased the sale price by $2,000.

    Grey-blues are also popular when it comes to the overall exterior of your home, and a variety of blue shades for the front door has also become a well-liked trend.

    While painting is probably the easiest home improvement project to quickly update the look of your home, there are other endeavors to consider (if you want a more dramatic change). Minor kitchen and bathroom remodels, converting an attic into a useable space, or adding on a porch or deck can also change the look and feel of your home.

    No matter what home improvement endeavor you are about the make, why not let the construction experts at Lossing Construction help. We are a family owned and operated team with decades of experience. Our passion is to create long-lasting relationships with our clients by providing top-tier construction services from our team of honest, drug-free, and background checked employees.

    Call us today at 360-870-6612 to learn how an interior painting job or other type of home improvement project can help you update and beautify your home!


    References:
    Zillow
    Homegain

    Six Signs To Siding Repair Or Replace Your Siding

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    Six Signs Your SIding Needs to BE Repaired or REPLACED

    Owning property can mean regular upkeep and staying on top of numerous areas of the house, both inside and outside. Some homeowners, however, may forget to regularly check the siding of their home if they are preoccupied with other projects around the house. Home siding, whether it is wood siding or not, won’t last forever. For a variety of reasons, siding can crack, warp, and lose its integrity, eventually leading to costly repairs.

    Keeping a close eye on your home’s siding not only maintains the value, energy efficiency, and safety of your entire home, but it can also keep you aware of any potential issues before a major siding repair project is necessary.

    Not sure if your home is in need of siding repair, or possibly siding replacement? Here are six signs to look out for:

    • Cracks or Peels – Over time, you may notice that your home’s siding is showing signs of cracking or peeling. In addition to aging your home visually, these types of issues mean that moisture has made its way into the siding. At this point, if you forego siding repair, your home could be at risk for mold issues and water damage. If you have wood siding on your home and notice a chalky residue in certain areas of the siding, this indicates you are already dealing with some level of wood rot, moisture penetration or mold damage.
    • Warping – If you are planning to check your home’s siding in the near future, you will want to keep an eye out for warping issues. If warping occurs in any area of your siding, then you know the siding isn’t up to par. Warping can be caused by your siding’s surface, or because of a bigger issue dealing with the structure of your property.
      For homeowners with wood siding, be sure to carry a sharp object like a screwdriver with you when assessing your home for warping. If you see a warped area of siding, slide the screwdriver under the siding area and see how firm/solid the boards are. If they feel soft and easily shifted, there is likely decay that is in need of siding repair or siding replacement.
    • Areas of Mold – If you notice any signs of mold on your home’s siding, there is an issue with your siding that needs to be quickly addressed. The presence of mold indicates there has been some level of water permeation and damage, which can wreak havoc on the interior and exterior of your home. In addition to structural damage, mold can also cause illness.
      Not addressing this issue can lead to costly mold remediation down the line; be sure to speak to an experienced contractor about siding replacement in cases of mold.
    • Damage from Mother Nature – Depending on what area of the country you live in, damage from nature can also occur on your home’s siding. If your area experiences hail, snow, regular rain, high winds or other type of harsh weather, it is crucial to inspect your siding after regularly.
    • Critters, insects, etc. – Weather isn’t the only thing that can cause the need for siding repair or replacement. Squirrels, woodpeckers, insects, rodents and more can create damage to your home’s siding. Thoroughly inspecting your siding for any signs of critters or insects can make you aware of the problem before costly siding repairs are necessary.
    • Home interior issues – Signs that your siding isn’t doing its job and may be in need of siding repair or replacement can be found on the walls in your home’s interior. Notice an area of your wall that constantly has peeling wallpaper or paint? This may be caused by water infiltration getting through because of damaged or warped siding.

    If you are unsure if an area of your home’s siding is damaged, warped, cracking or experiencing destruction from wildlife/nature, let the experienced contractors at Lossing Construction inspect it for you. With decades of experience as trusted contractors in the Pacific Northwest, the honest and skilled team at Lossing Construction can let you know if siding needs to be repair or replaced.

    Or, if you have questions about overall siding replacement or other popular questions, check out Lossing Construction’s recent article, Questions to Ask Your Contractor About Siding.

    Speak with someone about your home at Lossing Construction today by calling 360-870-6612.

    Six Questions To Ask Your Siding Contractor

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    Six IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR SIDING CONTRACTOR

    1.  Can my siding be repaired or does it need to be replaced?

    Your home's siding is the main thing protecting it from the harsh elements (especially water) here in the Northwest. If your siding is failing, your home might be getting damaged every time it rains. Water damage to your interior's drywall and insulation needs to be repaired and at first can be hard to detect.

    Some forms of damage can be hidden and are only seen by removing the siding. Rotting wood is the worst kind of hidden damage. Typically this occurs after years of moisture contact between the siding and the wooden frame of your home.

    An experienced contractor can show you areas that can be repaired or if the siding is failing and needs to be completely replaced.

    A good siding contractor will:

    Look for areas and signs of failure. Depending on the siding material and it's maintenance over the years, siding can start to deteriorate and show it's age. Vinyl siding often will warp, and crack. Wood siding can start to rot from continued exposure to moisture.

    Check for missing, exposed or rusty nails. Nails aren’t supposed to pop out after they are set, this can be a sign your siding has been expanding or contracting due to weather. If you notice nails are missing, that’s a sign that your siding could quite literally fall off. A good siding job will use stainless steel nails that do not rust.

    Look for signs of insects or rodents. Homes with wood siding could have either small rodents or termites that chew their way into the walls through your home's siding.

    In the Northwest we are no strangers to rain and unfortunately, moisture can create some of the worst damage to your home's siding. Check for signs of wood rot and mold. If you see mold on the inside of your home, it could be a sign that your siding needs to be replaced.


    2.  What siding materials are best for my home?

    There are a number of things to consider when deciding on the right siding that would be best for your home. Things like how much insulation may be required, maintenance involved to care for the type of siding, and of course, how much the materials and installation will cost. Having a discussion with a professional siding contractor will help you figure this out.

    Some siding materials such as wood require much more maintenance and upkeep than others. Then there are other siding materials that can be a little more expensive up front, but won’t require the maintenance like fiber cement siding.

    If you don’t need additional insulation, enjoy the look and aesthetic of real wood, and don't mind the maintenance, wood is a great choice. 


    3.  What will my home look like after the new siding is installed?


    It can be tough to picture how your home will look after a new siding job. Sometimes it can help to look at other homes that have already installed the same type of siding, but houses won’t give you a clear picture of how the siding will match your roof or your neighbor’s houses.

    James Hardie, currently the leader in fiber cement siding, offers a resource guide for color selection based on your roof, your trim, and even the feelings a warmer or cooler might inspire.



    4.  Can it match my neighborhoods’ color palette?


    While you’re siding selection and color will be personal you will want to be sure to adhere to your neighborhood's approved color schemes.

    A good siding contractor can help you match your siding materials to the general theme and aesthetic that surrounds your home.



    5.  How long should I expect it to take?


    A great siding contractor can give you a very accurate estimate on how long your project will take. They will provide the potential variables that could come up after they start and the time frame required. Their contracting experience helps them accurately calculate the job based on the size and architecture of your house, and the materials you’ve decided to use.



    6.  How much will it cost?


    Finally, this is one of if not the most important question you can ask. For a free estimate and likely more information than you ever expected to know about your job, contact us and we’ll come out and take a look, answer your questions, and provide an honest estimate and quote for your new siding job.


    Painting Infographic

    Painting Infographic

    PAINTING INFOGRaPHIC

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    We thought this infographic would be useful to all the professional painters out there. 
    Sometimes it can be hard to put some of the most important things we do into words. The proof is in the finished product but few understand what goes into to each and every job and why the work professional painters do always looks so good.

    Attention to details in the prep work and taking the necessary time to do all the prep work required for an outstanding job.  There is no substitute for quality and if it is not done right the first time you have to go back and do it again.

    Also painting materials are so often taken for granted. Professional paints and stains as well as tools: brushes, rollers, prep and cleaning supplies costs are included in the bill of materials. Many do-it-yourselfers (diy'ers) are shocked when they learn the costs of quality painting tools.

    Then there is delivery, removal and disposal of any excess supplies. Professional workmanship shows and is on display throughout the job from beginning to completion all the way to responsibly disposing of waste materials.

    Painting professionals make transforming your room or whole home easier than you thought possible.