Spring is the perfect time to give your home a good deep clean and to do some maintenance tasks that you may have been putting off. Now that spring is in full swing, it's time to get your Rhode Island home in order for the warmer weather ahead on the classic coast. Check out our five spring home maintenance tips to get your house ready for the season. 

After a long winter, your home may need some TLC both inside and out. Our experts at Bruno Painting have helped many homeowners in Rhode Island make improvements to their homes and have compiled the most common spring home maintenance tips to focus on this time of year. 

 

Spring home maintenance checklist

 

1. Start with a deep clean.

Spring is the perfect time to do a deep clean of your entire house. This means getting rid of all the dirt, dust, and grime that has built up over the winter months. Don't forget to clean those hard-to-reach places, like ceiling fans, high shelves, and under furniture.

Window washing and carpet cleaning are great ways to brighten up your home. Removing dander and pollen buildup in these areas helps clean the air in and around your home as well as reduce allergic reactions that many people experience throughout the season.

2. Check windows and doors for drafts.

check your doors spring home maintenance

Letting in the fresh air and natural light with clean windows will do wonders for your home. But too much air can make your home feel drafty and uncomfortable. Cold air can seep into your home through cracks and gaps in doors and windows. If you noticed these types of drafts near windows and doors over the winter months, this will need to be a top priority on your spring to-do list. 

Drafty windows and doors not only make your home less comfortable, but they can also drive up your energy bills. Unwanted openings in these areas can cause moisture to accumulate, which can lead to costly damage to your home. To help prevent drafts, check all your windows and doors for any gaps or cracks. Re-caulk these areas to keep moisture out and help your home stay clean and fresh.

3. Inspect gutters and downspouts.

Clogged gutters can lead to water damage on your roof, ceilings, and even walls. During the winter months, ice dams can form which cause damage to your gutters and roof. So, it's important to inspect and clean your gutters and downspouts both in the fall and again in the spring to keep your gutters clear.

To clean your gutters, use a ladder to remove any heavy debris by hand and rinse any remaining dirt with your garden hose. If you notice any damage to your gutters, be sure to get them repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

4. Give your HVAC system a tune-up. 

Your heating and cooling systems work hard all year long to keep your home comfortable. So, it's important to give it a tune-up before the summer heat sets in. This ensures that your system is running efficiently and can help prevent costly repairs down the road. 

In addition to scheduling an HVAC tune-up, replace the air filters every three months or so to keep your system working properly and maintain the air quality in your home for everyday living.

5. Don't forget about your outdoor space.

Now that the cold weather is mostly behind us, your outdoor space should be the focus of your attention.
Now is the time to start prepping your yard and garden for the warmer months ahead. This includes tasks like mowing the lawn, trimming bushes and trees, and planting flowers.

Once your greenery is ready for the sunshine, cleaning your home’s exterior is the perfect way to boost your curb appeal. This includes power washing your deck or patio, your exterior siding and gutters, and touching up your siding and trim with a fresh coat of paint. By taking care of these areas now, you can enjoy your outdoor space all summer long.

 

 

Following these simple tips can get your home ready for spring and enjoy the season worry-free. Use this checklist as a guide for things that you should do around your home this spring. 

Many homeowners in Rhode Island have spring cleaning projects well underway. If you are looking to make any home improvement updates this season or need a helping hand with making your home look its best, reach out to our team of professional carpenters and painters. 

Our team has been upholding and caring for surfaces and relationships since 2004. This spring, we’re happy to help boost your curb appeal and keep your home in top shape!

Cedar shake siding is a popular type of siding for homes in Rhode Island, especially on homes that are 10 years old or older. Homeowners enjoy the iconic look as it creates a unique finish and can add a rustic yet warm look to your home’s exterior. 

If you have cedar siding, it’s important to take care of it properly to ensure that it looks good and lasts for many years. From installation through its lifetime, caring for your cedar shakes will help you protect your investment. Here are a few tips on how to care for your cedar shingle siding.

 

What is Cedar Shake Siding?Siding Repair

Cedar shakes are a specific type of siding material that is found on the classic coast since colonial times. It is typically made of cedarwood, though other types of wood may be blended in, and comes in a variety of colors and sizes. 

Finish options for cedar shakes include stain and sealant or paint to create an even more unique look. When you properly care for your shake siding, it can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years or more. If you take excellent care of your cedar siding, it can last upwards of 20 years or more before needing to be replaced. 

 

Common Issues—Wear and Tear

Shingle siding is not immune to wear and tear and there are a few common issues that you may experience over time. Due to the nature of the natural material cedar shakes are made from, they are prone to require more maintenance than brick or artificial siding options, such as vinyl. 

As with any natural material, exposure to moisture will mean these surfaces are prone to moss, algae, and even mold growth. Cedarwood is a durable siding but can be a target of wood-boring insects. Traces of these insects such as termites, ants, and beetles seen around your home may be an indication that these insects are enjoying your siding as much as you are.

Other signs of wear and tear can be brought on by heat and dry conditions. Keep a watchful eye for cracked or warping shakes, especially on the sides of your home that are in the direct sunlight. It’s important to be aware of these issues and address them as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

 

 

How to Care for Shake SidingPower washing cedar shake siding rhode island

To keep your shingle siding looking its best, it’s important to clean it and care for it regularly. This includes both cleaning and maintenance tasks, such as checking for damage and repairing any issues that may arise. 

 

Clean Regularly

One of the most important things you can do to take care of your shingle siding is to clean it regularly. Washing your siding with a garden hose and dish soap is one way to maintain your cedar siding. This will help remove any dirt or debris that may have built up, and it will also help keep the siding looking its best.

A second way to clean your cedar shingles is to use oxygen bleach, which is nontoxic to trees, shrubs, and flowers. As a third option, you can power wash your cedar siding or hire a professional contractor to power wash it. To avoid damaging the cedar shingles, be sure the power washing equipment is used on its most gentle, lowest intensity settings and the appropriate mild detergents are used.

 

Keep Free From Moisture

Keeping your cedar shakes free from moisture accumulating on them is one of the best ways to prevent damage. To prevent moisture from accumulating on your home’s cedar siding, you can trim nearby trees and shrubs so there is enough distance for airflow. If there are any loose boards that may allow water to penetrate the siding, they should be nailed down or replaced with newly treated shakes. 

Treatments to protect from the elements, moisture, insects, and heat are available and will need to be applied every few years for effective protection. Additional measures such as painting can be an effective way to extend the life of your cedar shakes, but this can only be done when your siding is completely dry.

 

When to Call a Professional Painter for TouchupsCedar Shake Siding Rhode Island

Touchups and repairs for shingle siding can vary in price depending on the size and scope of the job. However, most repairs are relatively affordable, and it’s always better to address an issue sooner rather than later.

While some minor maintenance or repairs can be done on your own, any major repairs or updates should be done by your local licensed carpentry professional. If you need major updates like painting your cedar shakes or have found damage that has led to larger issues like wood rot, calling your preferred contractor is the best next step so you can avoid costly problems with your home. 

Cedar shake siding care and maintenance are important for your home’s integrity to ensure that it looks its absolute best and lasts for many years. By following these tips, you can keep your shingle siding looking great and free from damaging elements. 

 

Have you noticed your cedar shake siding not looking its best and in need of repair? It may be time to either clean or instead, completely update your home’s siding. Bruno Painting is here to help! With our team of expert painters and our carpentry division, we provide an all-in-one service to our clients. Get your complimentary exterior home update consultation and estimate from the experts at Bruno Painting today!

Boost your Rhode Island home's curb appeal

Homes with lots of character and beautiful finishes are seen commonly throughout Rhode Island. When you pull onto your street and take a first glance at your home, you should get a sense of joy because it looks lovely, well taken care of, and inviting. For others who may have recently moved in or who are otherwise behind schedule, this may not be the case. The first sight of your home as you approach may not give you such a feeling of happiness.

If your eye catches spots that need work, you may want to take steps to boost your home’s curb appeal. You can also schedule your home’s exterior updates during these colder months, in advance of when the work will be done as soon as the weather changes.

There are many options when you decide to improve the curb appeal for your Rhode Island home. The advantages of maintaining your curb appeal go beyond having an aesthetically pleasing house. Understanding the benefits, as well as how to accomplish a well-appointed home exterior will help you decide which updates you’d like to have done. Bruno Painting provides tips on how to boost your Rhode Island home’s curb appeal so each time you drive up to your home, you feel pleased, joyful, and happy.

 

What is Curb Appeal?

Curb appeal is how attractive a house (or building or property) is when looked at from the sidewalk. (Investopedia) Realtors use the phrase "curb appeal" more often than other types of professionals. However, curb appeal can be important outside of real estate.

 

Advantages of Boosting Your Curb Appeal

There are many advantages to boosting your curb appeal. If you want to sell your home this year, improving the exterior of your home can be a great start to the process. Improving your curb appeal can also boost your overall mood when you drive up to your home. If neither of those is enough to convince you, putting energy and resources toward giving your home better curb appeal could increase the value of your home!

 

Types of Curb Appeal for Your Rhode Island Home

Landscaping

One of the primary features contributing to your home’s curb appeal is landscaping. Many homeowners are surprised how different their home looks after it has been properly landscaped and maintained. With fresh mulch, flowering plants, and some well-appointed shrubs or trees, you can complete your landscaping projects to enhance the appearance of your home’s exterior space. Using plants to increase privacy and create a symmetrical look are ideal additions.

Some prefer to use plants to increase privacy and improve appearance. It's worth noting that plant selection should include options that will do well for the weather we see in Rhode Island. Find perennials that are native to our area, as well as evergreens. They will add touch of color all year round.

 

Exterior Cleanliness

boost curb appeal for your Rhode Island home

Is your home’s paint is in good condition but is a little dusty or dingy looking or simply needs a light sprucing up? There is no better way to make your surfaces look new than a good pressure washing. From siding to driveways to walkways, this is an instantaneous improvement to your curb appeal. Pressure washing cleans a variety of surfaces with ease by removing dirt, oil, and grime that builds up over time.

Another note from the experts: pressure washing can be done on your own. However, using an ill-fitted nozzle or the wrong cleaners for a surface can cause damage instead of improving your surfaces. Always consult with a professional if you are unsure what pressure washing method is best for your home.

 

Rotting Wood

Wood rot can greatly affect your home's curb appeal. Not only is it an eyesore, but if wood rot is left untreated, it can spread and cause even more damage to your home. Before you paint the exterior of your home, the wood rot will need to be repaired or, in some cases, replaced.

How do you know if you have wood rot? Look for pieces of wood that seem spongy or soft. They are at the beginning or intermediate stages of rot. Other signs of wood rot include paint chipping, paint peeling, wood splintering, or discoloration.  If you think your home may have wood rot, contact a professional painting or carpentry contractor to remedy these areas to protect your home from further damage.

 

Carpentry Work

carpentry work can help boost your Rhode Island home's curb appeal

Another feature related to your home’s curb appeal that can make a lasting impression is an inviting porch or a welcoming entryway. Home makeovers that include eaves, gables, or a full front porch can make any home a showstopper when it comes to curb appeal.

These types of updates require a trusted and skilled carpentry team that can work within the framework of other updates you want to make. One example is window and door updates. Installing windows, doors, and trim may seem like a possible DIY project. These are better left to carpentry professionals, however, who can provide high-quality craftsmanship that will last.

 

Painting

Boost your Rhode Island home's curb appeal with a coat of paint

As with any home improvement update, the most effective and impressive way to increase curb appeal is with a fresh coat of paint for your home’s exterior, windows, and doors. A paint update to a home with a lack-luster finish not only makes your property look more inviting but also helps protect your home from the elements.

Improving the curb appeal for your Rhode Island home is an important contribution. It can make your exterior look its best for your enjoyment, possibly get it ready to sell, or increase the value of your investment. Carpentry and painting updates are best done by professionals who understand your vision for the look of your home.

 

The painters and carpentry professionals at Bruno Painting in Rhode Island have been working diligently to prepare and plan for the upcoming exterior painting season. We are taking new clients who need assistance from full-service, experienced home improvement professionals. Contact us for more information about our range of services and how we can help you get the most joy from your home.

The Winter months are a time to enjoy the beautiful landscape in Portsmouth. From snowy sceneries to picturesque winter landscapes, there is much to appreciate. When pondering what to do this coming winter, consider booking professional carpentry services to upgrade your home and design your space to fit your needs.

Homeowners schedule carpentry services during the off-peak season of winter to secure off-season, oftentimes better, pricing for their projects. This may give customers an opportunity to get their carpentry work done without paying top dollar without compromising on quality. There are many carpentry projects that may be of interest to you to update your home. Homeowners choose many of these projects, not only to increase their enjoyment of their homes but also with the goal of increasing the value of their property.

 

Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen renovations are a common project among homeowners year-round as it has been proven to provide one of the best returns on investments (ROI). Your kitchen is the heart of your home, so taking care to update and improve your kitchen is a smart choice. Updates like new counters, backsplashes, flooring, and window treatments are all ideal updates to get the “biggest bang for your buck,” as well as the highest enjoyment from your kitchen.

Rhode Island Kitchen Remodel and Carpentry

Bathroom Remodel

Bathroom remodeling is something that many homeowners have done over the years in order to add value and convenience to their homes. Second, only to kitchen renovations, bathroom updates are a high ROI for any home. Many choose to update bathrooms that look dated with new flooring, vanities, tubs, and tile which make for a beautiful finish in a space that we spend time in every day.

Rhode Island Bathroom Remodel and Carpentry

Organization Updates

A well-organized home is one that exudes comfort and a sense of harmony. That is why so many have chosen to focus on areas of their homes that lend to keeping things tidy. With the help of custom closets, built-in shelving, and cabinets any home can feel as if an interior designer has revamped your space.

A closet remodeling project can be done quite easily and will help you stay organized. For smaller spaces, maximizing your storage space is especially important. Built-in shelving both in the bedroom and even in the living room can produce an elevated feel.

One of the easiest parts of home improvement is installing shelving in your closet or pantry. This increases your storage space while keeping your home organized. 

When thinking about organization, you may not think of cabinets immediately but they play a major role in everyday living.  A beautiful finish on kitchen cabinets can make your space feel more open and clean which is always an important factor in organizing your home.

 

 

Tiling Projects

One of the less common but equally important home carpentry projects homeowners consider is tiling. From backsplashes to basement and bathroom flooring, tile is a project requiring special skills. That is why professionals take great care and effort to complete them.

Rhode Island Tiling Remodel and Carpentry

Crown Molding and Wainscoting

When it comes to adding character and elegance to your home, nothing is more elegant than crown molding. While this may look extravagant and luxurious, many skilled carpenters can add this look to your home for a reasonable price. The added beauty and benefits of a finish cannot be understated in how this adds value to your home.

Wainscoting is another classic look you may see in homes in and around Portsmouth. Adding wainscoting to dining rooms and other spaces in your home can positively impact your home’s resale value. These aren't very difficult or expensive projects, but when done properly, they can make a dramatic difference.

 

The winter months provide time for Portsmouth homeowners to make improvements around the home. The first step towards any home interior project is hiring a trusted carpentry service that provides quality work. Hiring a company that offers carpentry along with other services like painting is a smart choice. 

The professional carpenters at Bruno Painting can complete all the services you need. Our team offers comprehensive services like kitchen and bathroom updates, tiling, shelving, and cabinetry. 

The best part of choosing Bruno Painting and Carpentry for your next home project is that you can work with one company to complete your project. We are the best all-in-one carpentry and painting contractor in Rhode Island. If you’ve been thinking about updating your home, take advantage of the services we offer this winter by scheduling your free consultation today.

If you own a home in Rhode Island, then you’re likely familiar with how damaging winter weather can be to your home. While we’re already into the colder months, there are still a few maintenance updates you can make to your home to make it more efficient. 

Although winter is often seen as a time of rest and resetting, it can also be a time for preparation. By taking care of some common issues now, Rhode Island homeowners can avoid costly repairs in the future. Here are some winter home maintenance tips to help keep your home in good condition. 

clean gutters home maintenance

Check and Clean your Roof and Gutters

One of the most important things you can do in preparation for winter is to check your roof and gutters. Make sure that all the shingles are in good condition, and that there are no leaks or cracks. If you notice any moss growing or discoloration on your roof, schedule a cleaning to remove this growth to avoid costly repairs.

Gutters should be free of any debris, so they can do the job of properly draining water away from your home. It's best to clean gutters on a dry, clear day; preferably after the wind has removed most of the leaves from nearby trees. You may want to consider hiring a professional to clean your gutters, especially if the weather makes it more dangerous to do it yourself. It is important to have these inspections done before temperatures drop below freezing, which can prevent water from consolidating and freezing in areas around your home that could cause severe damage.

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Service your Furnace and Chimney

Another home maintenance update to schedule in preparation for freezing temperatures is to clean your furnace and chimney. Having a clean furnace and flue will help avoid the risk of fire and ensure that you stay warm and get the most out of your heating system this winter. 

Heaters take on quite a large task during the winter months, so steps like changing the air filter, and ensuring that your humidifier is working properly will help keep your furnace running smoothly. It is recommended that you service your gas furnace at least once a year. Regular cleaning and maintenance can keep your furnace and the parts that commonly malfunction in their best shape.

A dirty or clogged chimney is a big fire risk during the winter months, especially when you are burning wood for heat. Make sure to have your chimney inspected before lighting a fire and make any necessary repairs right away. Foul-smelling air can often be an indicator of serious damage or neglect to your flue system. With this in mind, your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors should also be tested to ensure your home is kept safe while you enjoy your warm hearth.

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Winter Storm Home Prep

When a winter storm is expected, there are a few things you can do to help prepare your home. Make sure all the windows and doors are properly sealed, and stock up on food, water, and emergency supplies. If you have a fireplace, make sure you have plenty of wood to last through the storm in case you lose electricity or other means you have for heating your home. 

One of the biggest dangers of winter is the risk of frozen pipes. When the water in pipes freezes, it can expand and cause the pipe to burst. Take precautions to keep your pipes warm and have a back-up plan in case the heat does go out. Finally, be sure to keep an eye on the weather forecast, so you can take appropriate steps to protect your home.

Winters can be tough on your home, especially when it comes to weather-related issues. But by taking precautions and preparing now, you can avoid costly repairs in the future. By checking for damage and cracks in the roof, gutters, and other areas around your home, you can help keep your home in good condition.

It is important to make sure your home is properly stocked with food, medical, and other supplies. Also, make sure you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency. Be sure to take care of any issues with your chimney or furnace right away. By following these winter maintenance tips, your home will be ready to face the wintry weather.

Bruno Painting offers the following services to help your home look and feel its best all year round. 

Our team of professional painters and carpenters can help you get your home looking and operating its best this winter. We can also customize a home update package for your home’s unique needs. Schedule your free estimate today. We look forward to serving you!

 

Selling a home is a very involved process with many things to do in preparation, including sprucing up your home’s interior and exterior to make it more appealing to homebuyers. Your house may need something as simple as a fresh coat of paint or it may require a larger maintenance project to prepare it to sell. It’s best to have a clear plan of your projects, both large and small, that you intend to have completed when you prepare your house to sell.

Knowing what repairs and updates need to be done beforehand can help make the process easier. Bruno Painting provides this list of things to do to get your home ready for sale.   

Prepare your home to sell with great curb appeal

Choose the Right Color

Your home should be seen as a warm and inviting place to potential buyers. Painting your home a harmonious color can add to that effect. If your home needs a fresh coat of paint before you sell, you can consider neutral colors like off-white, light blue, gray, or yellow. Painting your house a neutral color will attract a wider range of potential buyers. Non-traditional colors may only appeal to a limited number of buyers.  

What defines ‘the right color’ is based on many factors. Is the house surrounded by woods and trees or is it a landscape characterized by lots of green grass and plants? Is your house close to the beach? Are you looking to make your house pop or are you wanting it to blend in?  

A color like red or yellow may stand out in the trees whereas a gray or green would blend in. If your home is close to the coast, you may want to look at painting it a shade of blue, gray, or taupe to match the landscape. 

Prepare your home to sell with repainted shutters

Additionally, the color of the shutters, doors, and trim can add to the enhanced curb appeal and buyer appeal. White trim and shutters on a blue or gray house really make them stand out. It also gives a fresh and crisp look to the home. If you decide to go with a nautical theme, darker blue or aqua would go perfectly with a lighter color of blue. The elements of your home can truly tie together the color palette you choose. 

Take Care of Repairs and Maintenance

If you are preparing to sell your home, the reality is that you may need to make some repairs. It can be something as simple as fixing a leaky faucet or something a little more complex, like replacing several boards on your deck. Once you figure out what projects need to be done, you can decide if you want to tackle each project on your own or if you need to hire someone to complete it. Some common repairs include a front door upgrade, window replacement, kitchen renovations, roof replacement, and bathroom renovations. 

Prepare your home to sell with repairs

Other things that may need to be done fit more in the maintenance category. It’s important to consider spaces that may need professional cleaning or power washing. Deep cleaning your home before putting it on the market can give it a crisp look. 

If you are still living in the house while trying to sell it, it’s essential to deep clean every part of your home including dusting the fans, polishing your appliances, and cleaning the windows inside and out. You’ll want to make sure much of the clutter is gone, especially if pictures are going to be taken or if you are having a showing. Keeping your home clean and decluttered is not a one-time project. This process will need to continue the entire time your house is on the market.  

Prepare your house to sell with enhanced curb appeal

Enhance Your Home By Adding Extra Curb Appeal

Whether buyers are looking at your home online or in person, the first thing they see is the outside and the surrounding areas. When your home is clean and well-taken care of on the outside, it can entice buyers to take a look inside. Adding things like flowers or a wreath on the door, trimming the shrubs, or edging the sidewalk can all add extra curb appeal to your home.

For the projects that cannot be done on your own, the experts at Bruno Painting Carpentry and Remodeling are here to get the job done for you. Our services range from interior and exterior painting, power washing, gutter cleaning, carpentry, deck additions or updates, and remodeling. 

Bruno Painting is here for everything your home needs. When you're ready to prepare your house to sell, our experts can give you advice on what your home needs to get ready to sell quickly. Bruno Painting is a highly trusted name all across Rhode Island. Our trained and certified employees are here to serve Portsmouth and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to find out how we can help you update your home or prep your home to sell.  

Summer is officially here and with it comes late nights and long weekends outside enjoying our incredible Rhode Island weather. Now more than ever our homes have become our central hub for work, play, and entertainment. However you enjoy your outdoor area, a great looking, well-maintained deck is essential for enjoying your view from your back deck.

Over time, decks begin to show signs of natural wear and tear that need to be addressed. Most importantly, taking care of your deck will help keep your home protected from damage. Thankfully, our experts at Bruno Painting have put together a list of signs to look for so you know when your deck needs to be repaired.

a deck being repaired by bruno painting in rhode island

Condition of Your Deck

The most common material for decks in Rhode Island is pressure-treated lumber. For many decades, this sturdy material was the default choice for builders on the classic coast. As with any natural building material, repeated exposure to the elements will cause wood to swell, split, crack, cup, and warp in humid, precipitous climates. Exposed screws or nails from splintering wood, fading or discolored boards, or boards that are soft and spongy to the touch are all clear signs that your deck needs to be repaired.

Deck railing and handrails are other common areas of your deck that require regular attention. Loose handrails can pose a serious hazard to you and your guests if left to weather and wear down over time. Railing is a key component to your deck’s aesthetic and to its function, most especially if you have a raised deck and the railing protects against a fall.

If your deck is attached to your home and has wood that is exposed, moisture can seep into joists, ledger boards, and siding of your home that is attached to your deck. This can ultimately expose your foundation to excessive moisture that may lead to larger issues such as mold, mildew, and decay. As long as your deck is cared for properly and regularly maintained over the years, your deck can support your home’s health, instead of causing damage to it. 

a faded deck is a sign that your deck needs to be repaired

Stain and Finish Peeling

A wooden deck shows obvious signs when it is time for a new coat of paint or stain. Previous coats of sealant will begin to fade and peel revealing exposed wood underneath. This can happen with heavy foot traffic, weather, and everyday life. 

Surfaces needing to be repainted or restained should be completely cleaned and dry before applying a stain. Due to the necessary drying time for stains, the forecast will need to call for clear, sunny days with warm temperatures and low humidity to allow the stain to set properly. Without these conditions, your stain may not bind properly and may need to be reapplied. 

Painting versus Staining

There are pros and cons to both painting and staining your deck. Some prefer stain because it allows the natural wood grain of your deck to show through. With stain, an all-in-one protective layer with a wood preservative is already incorporated. On the other hand, paint can provide an added layer of protection, as well as a different look and aesthetic.

Regular cleaning and treatment of your deck is a great way to extend the life of your deck. On average, decks are typically repainted or restained every two to three years. This can vary, though, depending on how much you utilize your deck space. 

a new deck by bruno painting rhode island contractors

Replace Your Wooden Deck

While pressure-treated wood is one of the more common materials for residential outdoor decking, many homeowners are opting for more durable, upscale alternatives such as exotic woods like ipe and tigerwood. Other homeowners are utilizing composite deck materials (sometimes referred to as ‘plastic wood’) to reduce deck maintenance needs and enjoy a more splinter-free deck experience.

When you see signs that your deck needs to be repaired, our experienced carpenters can remove your old decking and replace it with any of these newer materials. During our consultation with you, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of each type of decking material. This will allow you to choose what fits your design aesthetic and your budget.

Bruno Painting has been built on core values like integrity, humility, attitude, discipline, and excellence. These values are why the mission to uphold and care for surfaces and relationships is so important with every project and interaction our company has. We focus on building long-lasting relationships with our team and clients to provide the best service possible. No matter your home project, we desire to bring great service with trust, honesty, and dedication as if we were working on our own homes. Contact us today to set up a free estimate and let us transform your home this summer.

There’s an old Czech proverb that says, “A good neighbor increases the value of your property.” If you’re lucky, your neighbors will take good care of their homes. Your neighbors will appreciate you as a ‘good’ neighbor as well if you also take care of your home’s appearance. There are some excellent ways to improve your home's curb appeal, not only to make your home a more beautiful space for you to enjoy but also to increase the value of your property and maybe even the property of your neighbors.

curb appeal on a home thanks to Bruno Painting

While you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, many people do judge a home based on its outside appearance. A good-looking home with excellent curb appeal goes far in the real estate market. Drawing upon our decades of painting, remodeling, and carpentry experience, we've compiled our top 5 tips for you to increase your home's curb appeal.

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing is a quick, affordable, and satisfying way to clean your home’s exterior surfaces and brighten up your outdoor space. By using specialized nozzles, water or cleaning solution can penetrate through oil, dirt, pollutants, and other buildup on and around your home. 

Pressure washing is like a before and after makeover that allows your house, walkways, and the other hard surfaces around your home to look their absolute best. A word from the professionals — not all pressure washers are equal. If you are unsure which surfaces can be pressure washed or the best power nozzle to use, let a professional pressure wash your home, instead of doing it yourself. Using incorrect nozzles or power on surfaces not made for pressure washing can actually damage the surfaces, instead of cleaning them.

window treatments by Bruno Painting

Window Treatment

Caring for your windows

not only makes them look good but actually can prevent future damage from occurring. Simple steps like caulking and making repairs keeps your windows looking great and your home sealed and safe. These minor repairs can then be paired with window cleaning and updates.

Shutters and curtains that are bright and uniform will make your home look its best inside and out. Allowing natural light to flood into your home can make your home look more attractive and provide an upbeat space. In a day and age where most house hunters have initial searches via the web, good photos with well-kept windows can help sell homes.

Painting

A relatively inexpensive yet highly effective way to boost your curb appeal is by applying a new coat of paint. While exterior surfaces of homes found in Portsmouth and Newport are designed to withstand our harsh weather conditions, over time they begin to show signs of wear. One of the signs that your home’s exterior paint is wearing down is a dull, lackluster look.

Dull paint can make a home look as though it isn’t being cared for, which is something that potential homebuyers may avoid. For those not planning on selling their home soon, fresh paint not only looks good but also acts as a barrier of protection between the elements and your home. Reducing the risk of moisture and rot taking hold is just one of the many benefits of maintaining and painting your home. Another option to give your home improved curb appeal is repainting your front door a new color. Home exterior paint's lifespan varies depending on many factors but should be redone about every 5-7 years.

Bruno Painting fixes a roof

Roofing

One of the most overlooked areas that highly influences curb appeal is the condition of your roof. Signs that your roof may need work include loose or missing shingles, moss, or algae growth, and streaked or dingy spots. While these may be unappealing, they can also indicate damage beneath the surface which will need immediate attention. We recommend scheduling a contractor to come and inspect your roof to be sure there are no areas that need to be repaired or replaced.

 

Finishing Touches

You don’t need to have a green thumb to make your lawn and surrounding areas look great for curb appeal. Adding planters with bright flowers and long grasses can give your home that coveted coastal vibe. Mulch can be used near your foundation to reduce root growth and give your home a uniform base. Lighted paths and ornamental lights around your front entryway make a home look more appealing, well-cared for, and allow for your home’s curb appeal to be appreciated into the evening hours.

Bruno Painting increases curb appeal

Whether you are getting ready to sell your home or simply want to enjoy your home’s exterior, curb appeal is a mood-boosting, price-increasing, great way to make your home look and feel better. If you have already started working to increase your home’s curb appeal, or if you don’t know where to start, the experts at Bruno Painting can help you in making your home look its best! Upholding and caring for surfaces and relationships is at the heart of our top-quality work.

Spring is upon us. It represents a time of rebirth and fresh starts. As you make your plans for this season, be sure to include a refresh and reset of your home. Take the opportunity to evaluate the interior and exterior and prepare for the warmer days ahead. The experts at Bruno Painting have created a Spring Home Maintenance Checklist that goes beyond basic spring cleaning, detailing a variety of projects for homeowners. If you find you need a hand, Bruno Painting is here for you every step of the way!

Small Indoor Projects

It’s a good idea to take care of your interior projects during the cold and wet weather season. As soon as the weather breaks, many of us who’ve stayed inside because of the cold may find it difficult to spend time indoors working on and finishing up the projects we started. To ensure your interior projects are completed before the Spring weather arrives, check these small indoor projects to be sure your home’s interior is refreshed and ready.

Check Screen Doors and Windows

Inspect your screens to make sure there are no holes or gaps, especially since mosquito season is coming.

Check your window frames for the spring home maintenance checklist

Inspect Caulking Around Windows and Doors

Fluctuations in temperature and exposure to damp, humid air will break caulk down over time. Look for cracks, gaps, or discoloration around all windows and doors. If you’re unsure about the condition of the caulk, you can also gently pick at the edge; if it crumbles or easily separates, then the caulk needs to be replaced.

Safety First!

Every season you should test and dust all home safety products, including smoke, gas leak, and carbon monoxide detectors. Be sure you have backup batteries on hand. Nothing is more annoying than a smoke detector whose battery is low and then, not having the ability to change out the old battery right away.

Make sure your fire extinguishers are in good condition and haven’t expired. If your extinguisher requires professional inspection or recharge, contact the manufacturer or your local fire department for help.

Medium Indoor Projects

 Check for Leaks

Inspect faucets, under sinks, around dishwashers, and under and around washing machines for standing water or evidence of leaks. Look for discolored pipes, water spots, peeling paint, soft wood, mildew, or mold. Contact a contractor or plumber immediately if you suspect a leak.

Consider Upgrades

Check to make sure lighting, appliances, and other essentials are running effectively. Also, consider conducting an energy audit to evaluate your energy consumption. If replacements are necessary or would cut future utility costs, research the cost-benefit of newer energy-efficient models.

Replace Intake Filters

Plan to replace your central air filters every three months. New, unobstructed filters ensure your system is both running efficiently and pumping in cool, clean air.

Large Indoor Projects

Interior Painting

After spending winter inside, staring at the same walls, you may decide it’s time for an update. Check out our blog for some inspiration for your next painting or carpentry update.

interior painting for the spring home maintenance checklist

Check for Evidence of Termites

Termites are typically a nuisance between March and June. If you notice a large number of winged insects flying out of one location this spring, it’s time to call pest control experts. After the infestation is addressed, look for a contractor to replace the rotten wood and prevent future problems.

Small Outdoor Projects

As the weather breaks, there are several outdoor inspections you’ll want to make to ensure your home is in the best condition possible.

Inspect Roof

While inspecting a roof sounds like a task requiring a roofer, an initial roof inspection can be done relatively easily – no ladders required. Simply use binoculars or take a photo on a smartphone and zoom in to inspect your roof. You want to make sure there is no damage to your shingles, chimney, or vents. Take note of any debris or grime left over from the winter and contact us to wash your roof if needed.

Clean Outdoor AC Units  

Winter weather and disuse can lead to a buildup of dirt and debris on and around outdoor AC units. Make sure all sides of your unit are clear and free of debris or landscaping that might inhibit sufficient airflow. Use a broom or brush and a hose to clear accumulated dirt on the grates. 

Medium Outdoor Projects

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to rot, which can further snowball into multiple problems including bug infestations and rotten wood trim. Check this project off your list as quickly as possible to prevent problems from fall buildup and to prepare for spring rains.

A gutter that needs to be cleaned per the spring home maintenance checklist

Reseal Exterior Woodwork 

Utilize warmer spring days to reseal exterior wood such as fences, decks, and railing. Resealing every year or two will help your outdoor structures last longer and look better.

Large Outdoor Projects 

Exterior Painting

Winter is a great time to plan and Spring is a great time to schedule exterior painting projects. The fresh colors of Spring offer great inspiration for a new exterior color. Consider scheduling the painting projects for your Spring home maintenance checklist with your local residential painter now to beat the impending warm-weather rush.

exterior painting for the spring home maintenance checklist

Pressure Wash

After harsh winter weather, your patios, decks, driveways, walkways, outdoor furniture, and siding could all use a thorough cleaning. While your home is getting pressure washed, make note of any irregularities and address problems or damages before they grow.

Inspect Deck

Check decks and wooden walkways for loose nails, rotten boards, discoloration, and buildup of debris between boards. Routine care will extend both the life and beauty of big-ticket items like a deck. Simple care like hammering down loose nails or sweeping in between boards, up to larger tasks, such as replacing individual planks, can significantly increase a deck’s longevity.

 

Finally coming out of our winter hibernation can feel exciting, but that initial enthusiasm may wane when we start going over our spring to-do list. While a homeowner’s top priority is providing regular maintenance and care for their home, remember that you don’t have to do it alone. If your schedule is already full or you feel a project is beyond your ability, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We have expert designers, carpenters, and painters on staff to help you with all of your needs for your Spring home maintenance checklist.

At Bruno Painting our mission is “Upholding and Caring for Surfaces and Relationships.” Whether you need a team of excellent  painters or expert carpenters, we are ready to help you with all your home’s maintenance and updating needs!

Despite a global pandemic, the housing market boomed in 2020 and shows no signs of slowing in early 2021. People are selling their homes with gusto—the freedom to work from home has afforded many people location independence, while others have needed more square footage to accommodate life in quarantine.

With so many houses going up for sale, it is more important than ever to make sure your house looks its best in order to compete in today’s market. Before you and your real estate agent photograph and list your home, make sure you prepare your home to sell by doing the repairs, updates, and refreshments that will make it appealing to potential buyers.

 

To prepare home to sell, make the necessary repairs before listing.

Repair

No matter the age of your home, consider completing any major repairs that may be revealed during a home inspection. To prepare your home for sale, check out the roof, pipes, foundation, electrical, and other systems.

If you’re uncertain about what to look for, consider having a professional pre-sale home inspection to identify potential problems that could lower the value of your home or derail its sale. Completing pre-sale repairs allows you to list your home for top value with confidence. Be aware, however, that if any unwanted house conditions are found during this inspection, you’ll be responsible to share them on the Property Disclosure.

 

Updating your light fixtures is an easy way to prepare your home to sell.

Update

After making essential repairs, the next priority to prepare your home to sell is updating it to make it modern and inviting. The two areas potential buyers consider most when looking at a home are the kitchen and bathrooms, so focus on updates in those areas first.

For a kitchen update, small changes can create an entirely new look. Replacing cabinet knobs and pulls, refinishing wooden cabinets, or re-grouting tiles can quickly and relatively inexpensively upgrade a dated kitchen. You can also replace a worn kitchen faucet or install new light fixtures to help brighten and modernize the space.

In the bathroom, the same concept applies––you can make relatively inexpensive changes to achieve a new look. For an outdated bathroom, you may want to replace the vanity and toilet, or simply the toilet seat. You should also check the bathtub or shower to see whether refinishing, de-liming, or re-grouting would help them shine.

 

Refreshing your home with a new coat of paint is a great way to prepare your home to sell.

Refresh

Next, refresh your home with deep cleaning and painting. While you may not have the budget to complete expensive repairs or remodels, most sellers can add value and appeal to their home with this frugal step.

Plan to deep clean your entire house. Make sure to clean easy to ignore places like baseboards, light fixtures, and closets. Tackle the buildup on often-touched electrical faceplates and the hard water stains on shower doors. If possible, plan to get carpets and tiles professionally cleaned to make sure your house is looking its best. If your house has been painted in the last year, clean the walls to remove any scuffs or stains. If it's been longer than a year, repainting can make a big difference.

Painting is one of the least expensive ways to make your house look clean, refreshed, and inviting to buyers. If you decide to paint, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Choose a neutral palette so it’s easier for potential buyers to picture themselves in the space, rather than showcasing your personality through colors you like. Kitchens and bathrooms may have brighter accent colors paired with neutrals, but living rooms and bedrooms do better with softer, cozier colors such as tans, greys, and blues.
  2. If it is out of your budget to repaint the entire house, focus on main interest areas like the kitchen and entryway.
  3. Pay special attention to any area with damaged, peeling, or cracked paint, as this suggests there is significant damage to the drywall or structure of the house.
  4. Before painting, make sure to prep the area properly. Remove any nails or wall anchors, then fill any holes or cracks to give you a smooth painting surface. Make sure to cover the floors with drop cloths and to tape edges to give you a clean line.
  5. To ensure a job is done correctly and efficiently, you may want to hire a professional painter. You can have them do the whole project or split the tasks with them and have them focus on harder to paint areas like ceilings or trim.

 

Once you have followed these steps to prepare your home to sell, you’ll be ready for staging and photography. Working with a professional photographer will showcase the features and updates you have made to your home. Refreshed spaces and high-quality photos are especially important in 2021 as many buyers have come to rely heavily on online house tours to help them purchase a home.

No matter where you are in your home preparation process, we are here to help. Our mission at Bruno Painting is Upholding and Caring for Surfaces and Relationships. Our teams of professional painters and carpenters are eager to help you to get your home ready to sell for the highest return on your investment. Reach out to get an estimate for your painting, carpentry, and remodeling needs!

Case Study - Portsmouth Kitchen Remodel

Earlier this year, the Bruno Painting, Carpentry, and Remodeling teams completely remodeled a Portsmouth kitchen. The homeowners wanted to update and modernize their kitchen. In our initial consultation and estimate with our clients, we decided that a new layout with added features would be the best use of their space.

 

Initial Consultation

Before a Portsmouth Kitchen Remodel by Bruno Painting

To understand the homeowners’ needs, we asked them some important questions about their current kitchen, how it fit their family’s needs, and in what ways was it no longer a fit for their family’s needs. You can ask yourself these questions if you’re considering a kitchen remodel to help guide your renovation project.

  1. Does the flow of your kitchen make sense?

If you have an awkward layout or the configuration of your kitchen makes cooking more difficult than it should be, you may want to remodel. For those looking for added storage, updating your kitchen is an excellent method of improving the functionality and convenience of your kitchen. You may even be surprised at the increase in efficiency and how much extra time you’ll want to spend there, once your kitchen flows the way you want.

  1. Does your kitchen meet your needs?

For those with a growing family, you need a space that can adapt and change with your family. From family gatherings to distance learning, having the proper space is imperative.

  1. Is your kitchen outdated?

If you have grown accustomed to older appliances that don’t work the way they should or if you have linoleum flooring from when your home was first built, it may be time for an update. In fact, these old components may be more than just an eyesore. Reports have shown that outdated appliances are a common cause of house fires, and a majority of house fires start in the kitchen. Keeping your family safe by updating may be one of the best decisions you make all year.

  1. What is your budget for a kitchen remodel?

Some decide to change their kitchen’s appearance by sanding and repainting their cabinets and walls as a quick facelift for their kitchen space. This is a great option for those with a tighter budget and when the overall flow of a kitchen space still works. Additionally, if you’re thinking of selling your home soon (within the next year or so), a smaller update may be the way to go. According to Zillow, nationally the average ROI for a minor kitchen remodel is 81.1%!

If your budget has fewer or no limits, there are many ways to lean into a full-scale kitchen remodel, including adding new lighting, fixtures, countertops, a wine fridge, high-end appliances, an exquisite backsplash, and the list goes on. The sky is the limit.

Once we completed our initial consultation, the homeowners’ and our team determined that a major kitchen remodel was right for them. Our team got to work and over the course of 30 days, we completely changed the layout of the kitchen so that it felt more open, bright, and welcoming.

Gutting a Kitchen

For this particular home, the first step was to completely gut the kitchen. The cabinets and countertops were old and outdated so they and everything else was removed. In their place, our carpentry team built a floor to ceiling storage area next to the fridge, as well as a partial wall, to make the rooms feel separate yet open.

We took out the dividing wall to open the kitchen to the living room area, which makes hosting guests even more enjoyable. With the dividing wall removed, the tile in the kitchen didn’t fit the aesthetic of the entire space. Hardwood flooring that matched the living room was installed to give it a more modern look and to tie the two rooms together.

 

Installing New Appliances

With the new layout, we were able to install a new stove and sink in places that made the flow of the space ideal for these homeowners. These homeowners opted to use their existing refrigerator to reduce costs but chose to add a new dishwasher. Moving the sink and adding the dishwasher meant that the plumbing needed to be moved and updated as well. This welcomed update was carried out by our carpentry division who has skilled plumbers ready to make these types of adjustments.

The hood for the stove was an added feature that brings a modern feel to this space. In order to install the range hood, our carpentry team replaced the window that was there originally with a larger one over the sink. Some electrical rewiring was necessary to make the new arrangement work properly.

 

Final Touches

The island and hutch were chosen by the homeowners as a beautiful way to maximize storage space. The countertops were carefully selected to brighten the room and complete the modern look of this kitchen remodel.

You’ll notice the updates to the light fixtures truly pulls the remodel together. With recessed lighting installed over the sink and a modern chandelier over the island, the room is well lit into the night. Finally, some bright tile used as a backsplash for the stove and sink were installed.

Once all these updates were made, our painting team finished the space update with a fresh coat of paint on the walls and the kitchen remodel was complete!

The final product is a beautiful kitchen with great flow, lots of natural light, and an open-concept space.

Upholding & caring for surfaces and relationships since 2004 isn’t just our mission statement. It is our reminder to ourselves as well as our community that we are committed to excellence.

 

By caring for you and your home, we strive to make each of our clients feel like family. Reach out to discuss your remodeling project ideas and let us help you create the kitchen of your dreams.

Since you’ve been home more than usual, you may be more focused on your home and ways to improve it for all the time you and your family are spending there. You may be considering painting inside and out, changing out or painting your cabinets, or, if you’re really industrious, maybe knocking out a wall or two.

While you’re thinking over your choices, you may be asking yourself, “Which home renovation project will give me the highest ROI?”

In a perfect world, we could buy a bright yellow sofa pit with built-in cup holders, install over-the-top, clashing wallpaper just because we like the design, bring in ornate light fixtures, or get cabinet-front or avocado appliances to outfit our kitchens. Most of us, however, don’t. Why? Because tucked away, somewhere back in our minds is a concern about future resale. 

Excellent real estate agents astutely and continuously warn us about resale and trying to sell a house that has unusual décor choices. “Your blue carpeting is not good for resale,” I remember one agent saying with disdain. “And that backsplash tile, it’s … colorful,” she said choosing her words carefully.

If you don’t care about future resale then you may or may not care about ROI. You can tell right away when you see a house, who is not concerned and who, on the other hand, does consider resale value when making changes and updates to their home.

So, back to the questions, “Should I paint, decorate, remodel, or renovate?” and “Which Gives the Highest ROI?” The answer is that it really does depend on many factors, some in your control and some out of your control. 

Here are some factors to consider when you’re trying to decide what updates to do next for your home. As with all things in these unprecedented times, we’ll also consider the effects of COVID-19 on our home updating plans. 

Interior Decorating vs. Painting

Most of us are spending more time inside at home and because of that, you may have noticed that your mood is influenced by your surroundings more so than ever. We often attempt to control how a space makes us feel by updating furniture, adding light fixtures to brighten our space, and decorating to bring a positive vibe inside. 

For those that have the resources to furnish their home with new belongings every few years, this can be an enjoyable experience that provides you with a calmer, happier feeling. New furniture and interior decorating can influence your mood in positive ways. 

Interior decorating, however, can be expensive, whether or not you hire an interior designer to help you select your furnishings and colors. Because it can be a costly option, the ROI associated with decorating may not be as high as you’d like. 

On the one hand, you may love your home’s new look, but on the other hand, you may not gain the return on the investment it takes to get that new look. That’s where a relatively inexpensive painting project comes in. A new paint job can boost the mood inside your home and can accomplish this effect at a fraction of the price. 

And paint is so versatile because you can use it to accomplish many different goals. For example, if adding more light to your space is your goal, consider using warm/neutral colors to draw in natural light or cool colors to add a richness to your space. You can also change the colors of your rooms easier and more frequently than it may take to choose a new couch or bedroom set. 

Home Air Filtration Systems vs. Painting

With the coming Fall and Winter months, many homeowners spend extra time indoors and out of the cold fresh air. Having clean air inside the home, where allergens, mold, and cooking fumes exist, is important now today more than ever, as we consider the effects of the coronavirus, along with other pollutants. Some take the route of buying home air filtration systems for specific rooms. Others even go as far as to replace ductwork and dehumidifiers to improve air quality. So why paint when you could filter the air in your home instead?

There are few if any, downsides to investing in clean air for your home. The one problem is that most people don’t (or can’t) remove the underlying causes of the poor air quality so that even if you have a home air filtration system, it will have to continuously work to clear out the recurring toxins in your home’s interior air. 

Paint is a helpful tool in keeping dust and allergens to a minimum, which aids in improved air quality control. With the help of paint, individuals with allergies or asthma can breathe easier in your home. 

Walls and other surfaces of your home are typically made of materials that absorb moisture naturally. Over time these surfaces can become compromised which is when mold and other allergens take hold. Paint is designed to seal out moisture from porous surfaces and is the best way to prevent mold and damage during each hour you inhabit your home. 

Bottom line is that a home air filtration can be expensive and may or may not provide you with a solid return on your investment. Having your painter use low or no volatile organic compound (VOC) paints can help you improve your home’s air quality at a fraction of the cost. If having superb air quality is essential in your home, you may want to have both, a new air filtration system plus newly prepped and painted walls, painted with the highest quality, lowest VOCs available.

Remodeling vs. Painting

When homeowners think of improving their home, they may immediately assume a remodel is the best option. While this may be beneficial for some, not every homeowner has the time or resources to invest in remodeling. With all the benefits that come with remodeling, why paint? 

In short, painting is a much more cost-effective way to increase your home’s value. Not only is painting the least expensive way to increase the overall value of your home, but it is also effective for both interior and exterior gains. A professional paint job communicates to others that you’ve cared for and protected your home well. It also has shown to help homes to sell more quickly than homes that haven’t been repainted, and the painted homes are often selling for a higher asking price. The return on investment when it comes to painting vs. remodeling is no competition. Painting is the clear winner.

That said, there are many renovation or remodeling projects you can have done to your home that will provide many years of joy while you’re there, as well as add value to your home. The initial outlay may be more expensive than painting, but the return may be equal or better.

Our team of carpenters can take on any remodeling project you have, whether it’s in your mind or already on paper, drafted out in detail. We can discuss the details of your project and let you know what your potential return on investment (ROI) may be. 

Painting is not a cure-all to every homeowner’s desires, by any means, but there is immense value, both emotional and physical to a well-painted home. From interior to exterior, paint is designed to protect your home, to make it more enjoyable, and to keep you safe from unsafe toxins that may be hiding in your walls. The key is to find a professional painter who can help you make your home everything you’ve wanted and more. 

At Bruno Painting our mission is Upholding and Caring for Surfaces and Relationships. Our teams of professional painters and professional carpenters are eager to help you get your home looking how you want it to look, all while providing you the highest return on your investment.

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