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Front Door Painting - Feature on Houzz.com

Posted by Michael Murray on Jul 18, 2018 8:10:28 PM
Painting a front door is a DIY project that won't take much more than a weekend with proper planning. We recently contributed to an article featured on Houzz.com on how to do just that. It is pretty humbling to be featured along with some of the other top painting companies in the USA. 
There are a lot of great tips from what products to use and the steps and technique to achieve a great result to choosing the perfect color. Hope this helps with your next front door painting project!
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7 Questions About Paint Colors with The Voice of Color, PPG Paints

Posted by Michael Murray on Mar 17, 2018 10:13:02 PM

We recently wrote an article about the 2018 paint colors of the year but I wanted to better understand the process of how a color is selected and what affect it has on sales. I reached out to the Voice of Color, PPG Paints, to learn about how they selected Black Flame as the color of the year as well as ask for any tips they have on selecting paint colors for your home. Dee Schlotter, PPG Paints Senior Color Marketing Manager, was kind enough to answer my questions and provide great insight on the process.

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Topics: Painting Tips, Color of the Year

Hardwood Floor Refinishing with Alex of Natural Choice Hardwood Floors

Posted by Michael Murray on Feb 25, 2018 4:41:41 PM

We are lucky to be able to work in many beautiful old homes such as in Lakewood, Shaker Heights or Ohio City. While we know what a difference a professional paint job can do in an older home, there is one project that may even make for a more dramatic transformation.... Refinishing old hardwood floors! In 2017 we worked on a few homes where the floors were being re-done at the same time by Alex Oster and his team at Natural Choice Hardwood FloorsI caught up with Alex to talk about his company as well as the process and price for getting hardwood floors refinished.

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Community Spotlight: Building; A Family Business with Gertz Building Company

Posted by Michael Murray on Jan 29, 2018 3:04:53 PM

I recently had an opportunity to catch up with Ben Gertz of Gertz Building Company out of Bay Village to learn about his family business as well as the home building and renovation industry. I first met Ben about a year ago when we were both completing the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Tri-C. 

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Topics: Bay Village

Hiring a Real Estate Agent. Spotlight on Pete Formica of Keller Williams

Posted by Michael Murray on Dec 4, 2017 10:37:19 PM

Buying or selling a home can be an intimidating and often overwhelming experience. This is why you need not just an experienced professional but a team of real estate professionals on your side. I was recently able to talk with a friend of mine, Pete Formica, a licensed Real Estate Agent and the Team Leader for Keller Williams' Safe Harbor Team. He has been a licensed agent since 2000 and has worked through the ups and downs of the market over the past decade and half. 

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Moving Soon? Company Spotlight: Moving Ahead Services

Posted by Michael Murray on Nov 28, 2017 8:09:52 PM

Moving your belongings should be an exciting time (moving to a new home, a new community, etc) but for most it is a task that brings extreme vitriol. Moving from one home to another can be so stressful but luckily you can hire a professional moving company to make things a lot easier. Hiring the right company is the difficult part but if done correctly it will make moving a lot easier and you won't even need to beg everyone you know to come over with the promise of beer and pizza!

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Seasonal Yard Work Spotlight

Posted by Michael Murray on Sep 19, 2017 4:15:54 PM

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Joe Work, the owner of Seasonal Yard Work, based in Avon, OH. I first learned about Seasonal Yard Work a few years ago when I was looking for a company to provide Fall aeration and lawn mowing at my home and I became a customer.

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Fall Home Maintenance Tips 2017

Posted by Michael Murray on Sep 19, 2017 3:34:09 PM

This Friday, September 22, 2017 is the first day of fall and as the seasons change there are a handful of important things to do as a homeowner to make sure your home is ready for the winter and following spring and summer. 

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How to Seal Concrete and Why it is Important

Posted by Michael Murray on Sep 19, 2017 1:14:41 PM

When thinking about exterior home maintenance and curb appeal most homeowners are missing an important large area of their home; their concrete. You concrete driveway and walkways are extremely expensive to replace and because they are such large surfaces they dramatically affect the curb appeal of your property. Applying a concrete sealant periodically to your concrete not only will keep the concrete looking great but it will significantly extend its life. In this article, I will explain not only why it is so important but also how to go about doing it yourself if you choose to do so. At the end I will also share how much we charge to seal concrete driveways and walkways in case you want to hire a professional.

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Topics: Painting Tips, Concrete & Driveways

House Painters in Berea Bring a Bold Transformation

Posted by Michael Murray on Sep 16, 2017 8:44:28 AM

A team of our house painters in Berea was working hard this week to transform an older home with a bold new color pallette. We helped this homeowner select colors by providing a color consultation and painting samples up on the house.

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Topics: Exterior Painting, Strongsville

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