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There are so many aspects of home maintenance to keep track of when you are a homeowner. Exterior home maintenance can seem obvious: cleaning out gutters, power washing siding, or replacing roofing. Interior maintenance, we often think of just needing a fresh coat of paint or maybe fixing a leaky pipe now and then. However, there are other common home interior issues worth keeping an eye out for as a homeowner! Here are a few of the most common interior issues we are asked to fix and how to spot them in your own home.

 

Wood Rot

One of the most common issues we see in Rhode Island homes is wood rot. Wood rot is decay caused by fungal growth in damp wood. When timber becomes damp enough to have 20% or more moisture content and isn't able to dry out quickly or is repeatedly dampened, it creates the ideal conditions for wood-eating fungi.

wood rot is a common interior issue

Wood rot is most commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens, and attics or basements. Anywhere moisture levels are higher in your home is at higher risk for wood rot.

To see if you have wood rot, take a good look at the visible wood in your home. Look for:

If you’re still unsure, the easiest way to test for wood rot is to take a screwdriver and press it against an area you are testing. If it sinks in easily, you likely have wood rot.

How do you solve a problem of wood rot? Contact a professional carpenter or contractor and consult them! Our common course for repair is either removing the rotted wood entirely and replacing it with new lumber or replacing sections that have rotted and filling gaps with epoxy or a similar material.

 

Old Wood

Old wood can be an eye-sore, as well as dangerous if left alone. Some wood can be noticeably outdated and make your home feel old. On the other hand, old wood may not be as visually noticeable, but can be as structurally insecure.

Old wood can be a structural risk depending on the wood piece’s location and purpose. While wood can last a very long time, sometimes up to 150 years, older homes (like the ones we have in the Northeast) can have wood items that have come close to the end of their sturdiness.

old wood can be a common interior issue

Places to look for older wood are stairs, overhead beams, and other wood surfaces that are not as visible, like cabinet interiors. If wood is splitting or cracked, that can be a tell-tale sign of age. Creaky stairs can be sign of structural issues underneath and might be something to investigate further if you begin to hear that noise.

 

Plaster Cracks

Another issue we see in homes are plaster cracks. Plaster cracks are an incredibly normal occurrence in homes. Plaster walls respond to inevitable foundation shifts and climate changes, and they can begin to crack. Everyday life, with its bumps and bangs, also takes its toll on plaster walls.

Certain areas, such as above and beside doorways and windows, are classic areas where cracking occurs. Nearly all homes with plaster walls will eventually develop window and door cracks. Repairing these cracks is essential, as leaving these areas unfixed can result in severe structural issues. An early sign can be that a door becomes unable to close because of the shift in the doorframe. Though the repair is a relatively simple and common process, you’ll want a professional to handle it since any mistake can give way to further damage.

 

Awkward Spaces

If you have awkward spaces in your home, such as gaps underneath stairs, carpentry projects can fill those spaces! We have done projects that utilize that free space with carpentry work, including under-the-stairs cabinets, breakfast nooks, mudroom built-ins, and kitchen islands. If spaces in your home feel like they are lacking or empty, an addition of any of the above can make the area feel complete.

common interior issues awkward space

If you notice that some areas in your home feel off or empty, but you don’t have any idea how to fix it, consult with a professional contractor! They can help you come up with some creative ideas to utilize those spaces that need a little something more.

Your home is so important since it acts as the barrier between you and the outdoors. Our goal is to help you maintain it and keep it in top shape. Tackling any of these issues as they appear in your house will increase the longevity of the home, as well as make sure everything is structurally sound. If you think that your home might have one (or more) of these issues, contact us! As professional painters and carpenters in Rhode Island, we are here to help with any common (or uncommon) interior home issues you may have.

As we begin to enjoy the cooler months, many people start to think about getting ready for the holidays with thoughts going to planning our friend and family gatherings. With Covid on a seemingly less intrusive course, many are planning to open their homes once again to visitors to celebrate the wonders of the upcoming seasons, but are wondering when to repaint their home's interior.

Questions you may be asking yourself include … Is my home ready to entertain for the holidays? What can I do to get my home ready for the holidays? Whether you’re getting your home ready to entertain, simply want to refresh it for your own enjoyment, or if selling your home is in your plans, an interior paint job is a relatively inexpensive way to update your home. Understanding when you should repaint your home's interior will help you get past whether you should or shouldn’t and onto the color and sheen selection, arguably the most enjoyable part of the process.

The Current Paint is Outdated or Drab

The simplest way to know when your home’s interior should be repainted is when you look at a space in your home and it no longer makes you happy to be in it. The color may be drab, out of style, or just doesn’t please you.

Large, often-used spaces, such as your kitchen, should feel pleasing to you and to your guests. Having just the right color, shade, and sheen in these spaces makes a big difference in the enjoyment you get when spending lots of time in them. Don’t overlook powder rooms, laundry areas, and foyers, as those spaces either introduce your home to visitors or are used by you more than you think. Having your home fully color planned so there is a great flow from one area to another can further help you enjoy the overall look and feel of your home.

an outdated color can show that your interior needs to be repainted

 

There are Surface Imperfections You Can’t Clean

Another way to know when your home’s interior should be repainted is to inspect the paint finish to look for any imperfections, such as marks or scrapes you cannot clean off, peeling, or fading. You see the interior of your home almost every day, and sometimes those imperfections seem normal, but they’re not.

 

A More Serious Condition is Affecting the Finish

When your existing paint finish begins to fail, it is time to call your trusted, local paint contractor to come over and inspect the interior of your home. Interior paint imperfections may be a sign of unwanted water, mold, or other even less welcome issues.

Your professional painter will be able to diagnose the cause of the imperfections, but they’ll also be able to resolve the problems correctly so your home’s integrity is intact. If mold is present, your professional painter will likely call in a mold remediation specialist to take care of the problem.

when should you repaint your home's interior

The work necessary to take care of a paint imperfection may be extensive and can include scraping, spackling, filling, priming, and other steps you may or may not be able to handle on your own. Either way, we recommend letting our painting and carpentry experts take a look to be sure you have nothing serious going on behind your walls.

Aside from the aesthetic importance of beautifully finished wall and trim surfaces, it is a health hazard if water seeps and creates damage. Because we’re close to water and have our share of wet weather, having an annual or biannual inspection of your home’s interior and exterior is a good idea.

You Want a New Color

Finally, even if you’ve recently painted a room, an area, or the entire house, if you simply want another color or set of colors to adorn your walls, that is a perfectly good reason to do so. Whereas some people prefer to see the same colors (and ask us to repaint their walls in the exact same colors, which is perfectly okay), you may be the type of person who thrives on change or loves to have the latest trending colors surrounding them at home.

when to repaint your home's interior

 

We’re happy to oblige and help you repaint your home’s interior regardless of your reasons for wanting it to be done. Our team of experienced carpenters can help fix most imperfections you may have in your walls or trim, and our experienced painters will give your home’s interior the smooth and beautiful paint finish in the colors you carefully and lovingly select.

Getting ready for the holidays is an act of love. It’s about preparing to welcome others into your home to spend precious moments that last a lifetime. We’re here to help you with all of your carpentry and painting needs. Reach out if you’re in the Rhode Island area. We look forward to serving you!

By now, your home is likely decorated for the upcoming fall holidays and soon enough we will be experiencing all the beauty that fall and winter bring to the classic coast. Fall is a great time to take care of home maintenance tasks that you might not have had time for during the summer but still need to be addressed before winter settles in. 

This fall home maintenance checklist includes tasks that should be done once or twice a year and can help make sure your house stays in good shape all year long. While there are many tasks that can be done in the coming months, the following are some we found to be the most important to prepare your home for winter in Rhode Island.

Exterior home maintenance

Exterior Home Maintenance

Staying warm indoors begins with ensuring your home’s exterior is properly sealed. Here are the major areas to inspect for weak points in your home’s exterior.

Roof Repairs

Roofs are one of the most important aspects that protect your home. Any loose or missing shingles can lead to leaks, which can be detrimental during freezing conditions. Damage to your roof almost certainly guarantees problems elsewhere in your house as well since water may get into places it shouldn't be like attics, electrical wires, and pipes. Make sure you always have a licensed professional inspect this vital area of any structure because they'll know when something needs attention.

sealing windows is part of home maintenance

Caulking or Sealing

Caulking and sealing are important to prevent air from escaping, water intrusion, and heat loss. This is most important for areas around pipes and your foundation. Look for areas around windows where the weather meets wood frames to keep moisture and drafts out. Proper seals on doors can also keep heating costs down. A simple inspection for airflow in these areas will let you know if there is an issue that needs to be remediated. 

Siding and Paint

Your home is an investment and it deserves the best protection. Siding and paint on your exterior are great barriers to protect your home. If you notice signs of damage on your exterior paint, then there could be issues with its underlying material or substrate that needs some help in order to stay healthy. Inspecting for signs that current surfaces are no longer protected can reveal a few tell-tale clues: peeling, blistering, or cracks can mean there's an underlying material that needs to be repaired.

Interior Home Maintenance

Once your exterior surfaces are addressed, turning indoors to make sure your home is warm and safe all winter long is of the utmost importance. Here are our top tips to ensure the interior of your home is ready for the winter season.

Interior Fireplace Maintenance is important for safety

Chimney Cleaning

As the leaves change and fall, it's time to have your chimney cleaned. A clean fireplace can provide you with many cozy nights around the hearth. During cleaning be sure to inspect for cracks or signs of water damage. This will not only help you to protect yourself but also can prevent costly repairs should anything arise later down the road. Depending on your chimney, you should have it professionally swept every 50-70 burns or at least once a year.

Heater Maintenance

The simplest way to help keep your furnace in its optimal state through winter is through regular filter changes. Air quality has always been an important factor in keeping homes safe. By changing your air filters every 3 months, your furnace will continue to provide optimal air quality inside your home, without having any negative impact on performance. Be sure to also turn on your humidifier so that your air isn’t overly dry. Cold weather conditions demand more of our furnaces, so having your heater inspected this fall can help avoid breakdowns. 

And the final step to preparing your home for winter is getting an estimate from a contractor if you think any repairs need to be made before winter arrives. This will give you plenty of time and ensure that all necessary repairs are completed in time for colder weather. Make sure they're reputable by checking reviews online or asking friends and family members who they’ve worked with in the past.

Bruno Painting has worked hard to uphold and care for surfaces and relationships since 2004. Our mission to serve Rhode Island homeowners with our knowledge and expertise is exactly why so many people trust us to help keep their homes safe and warm. If you need help getting your home ready for winter, or you have a painting, carpentry, or remodeling project you’re considering, contact us today!

Choosing a paint color can be a complicated process. It's easy to get overwhelmed by all the different options and colors available at your local home improvement store. It seems as if every brand has shades and hues that are just slightly different than the next. Here to help make the color choice a little easier are these simple steps from the experts at Bruno Painting. 

We'll show you how paint color can change your mood as well as providing some tips on how to choose the right one for your home. Plus, find out how to use paint colors effectively throughout your house so that every room is not just aesthetically pleasing but also filled with the energy you want.

Choosing a Paint color can affect your mood

 

Science behind color

It is no secret that many Rhode Islanders have been spending more time at home creating the perfect spaces that emote feelings of calm, happiness, or whatever it is you want to feel in your home. From decor to lighting to wall paint, how a room is colored and designed will have an impact on how you feel.

Psychologists have confirmed this theory that color affects not just your mood, but how your mind and body will respond to its surroundings. Choosing different colors for the different rooms of your home can boost creativity and productivity, encourage calm and tranquility, and even energize and uplift your mood. There is no wrong choice when it comes to color choice because it all depends on how you want yourself and others to feel when you are in your home. The question you need to ask yourself is ‘how do you want to feel in your space?’ 

To Feel Vibrant and Bold

For homes that feel full of life and excitement choosing red tones can be the perfect match. Red is a bold, vibrant color that excites and stimulates the body, which is why it is typically found in the kitchen and even in workout rooms. 

Vibrant and bold interior paint color

To Feel Soothed or Calm

Evoking a soothing, calming feel in certain spaces can help make your home a welcoming retreat. Since some spaces work well when they feel safe and welcoming, like a bedroom or a reading nook, use colors in those spots that help create that sense of peace. 

Green, blue, and certain pink tones can help create this balance of tranquility and a soothing feel. These colors can be incorporated into bedrooms, bathrooms, or any space you’d like to have a peaceful, Zen-like feeling.

To Feel Creative, Energized, and Productive

For a burst of creativity and to feel inspired, orange may be a great option. Representing feelings of happiness and innovation, orange is a striking color that can wake up your senses and help you tackle any task. 

Similarly, yellows can stimulate the mind and even improve metabolism. A bright yellow can excite the senses, making us feel awake and ready to seize the day. These colors do best in home offices and children’s playrooms.

Colors affect your mood interior painting

To Feel Emotion

Some spaces need a little drama. For areas that you want to evoke a deeper emotion or a sea of relaxation, blues and purples may be a good choice. Blue is a versatile color that is found in almost every home in the U.S. It has proven to help with concentration and even lower heart rates because of its calming effects. Purples can also encourage a relaxed atmosphere, but also lends to a more dramatic flair which can be an impressive and unique approach. Use these colors in family rooms, home theaters, or dining rooms to add flair and intensity.

sophisticated paint color interior painting bruno painting

To Feel Grounded or Sophisticated

For a more modern, elegant feel in your home, neutrals are the perfect touch. If you desire to feel more down-to-earth, non-muddy browns and taupes are a good choice. Taupe brings about a sense of stability that can be both comforting and calming. 

For a hint of elegance or sophistication, greys and blacks can achieve this feeling. The colors create a sleek and edgy feel to a space and can promote a sense of power and strength, in a slightly stronger way than taupe hues. Using these colors in living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and even bedrooms to evoke a depth of emotion.

If you are looking for a way to update brighten your home, paint color could be the answer. While everyone responds to colors differently, paint can change the mood of any room and increase its energy levels. As personal preferences go, color choice can be just as unique as you are. Individualize your home in a way that you will enjoy it the most.

Since 2004, Bruno Painting’s mission has been and remains the same … to uphold and care for surfaces and relationships. We follow this mission every day in working and serving the communities of Rhode Island. To schedule a free estimate and talk about color choice, contact us today!

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. 

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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.  

Blue wall from Fine Paints of Europe

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Making your home a unique and comfortable space is at the forefront of many homeowners’ minds. From charming kitchens to cozy living rooms, making your home a pleasant, safe haven has never been more important. While it is a commonly known fact that the color of a room can influence your mood and how you feel in a space, the brand of paint you use can elevate your sense of pride in your home as well. 

Many homeowners in Rhode Island have been trading out standard paint brands with ones like Fine Paints of Europe® to complete their home projects. Our professional painters at Bruno Painting are certified Fine Paints of Europe painters and want to share all about this brand: who they are, why they stand out, what customers have been saying, and how it may be the perfect fit for your home.

Fine Paints of Europe Picture

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What is Fine Paints of Europe?

Since 1987, Fine Paints of Europe has been an independent company that imports high-quality paint from the Netherlands. As a family-owned and operated business, their service and goal is straightforward; to provide the finest paints to homeowners, professionals, and the architectural and design communities. They are dedicated to bringing only high-quality Dutch paint to the U.S. through local reputable retailers. 

What Makes the Difference?

The quality of paint you choose affects both the immediate finish quality and the long-term durability. Fine Paints of Europe contains zero fillers and only superior pigments, binders, and solvents. While these components are found in every paint, the quality of their formula is simply unmatched.

With high-end ingredients, paint lasts longer, provides richer color, and performs best, standing the test of time. While less expensive brands use fillers to stretch the paint to increase coverage and lower costs, higher quality paints do not. Surfaces painted with lower quality paints will need to be repainted more often which can become just as expensive as using a high-quality brand like Fine Paints of Europe.

 

Bruno Painting Refinished a Front Door

How Long Does Fine Paints of Europe Paint Last on Your Home’s Surfaces?

Proper application, including preparing your surfaces, will influence the longevity of any painting project. With a well-prepped surface by a professional painter, a project using Fine Paints of Europe is expected to last 8-10 years–well over the average length which most U.S. homeowners wait before repainting. Some have even reported having great results upwards of 15 years later with only minor necessary touch-ups.

Regardless of how long you are looking to go between repainting your surfaces, a high-quality paint will retain an even finish, require fewer coats of paint during application, and will better stand up to everyday wear-and-tear. Ultimately, better quality paint will provide your home with a more durable, brilliant finish that will protect your surfaces for a longer period of time.

What Customers Say

Customers have been extremely happy with the results they have seen using Fine Paints of Europe. Those who have been to the Netherlands can attest that Dutch doors and colors are an incredible sight to see. Bringing those vibrant hues to homes creates a welcoming and unique environment that US homeowners will be excited to select and have on their homes. 

Many painting customers are happy with the low environmental impact of Fine Paints of Europe. As a U.S. Green Building Council member, they follow environmental guidelines and requirements to ensure that these paints are safe and effective. These low-VOC paints guarantee low odor and contaminants in every gallon, which safeguards those with respiratory problems.

 

Bruno Painting painting a wall

What Painters Say

Skilled professional painters want to exceed their customers’ expectations with every project. Painting contractors have not only seen delighted customers, but they themselves are impressed with the ease of application and superior quality Fine Paints of Europe offers. The quality of this paint outmatches many of its competitors. 

The creators of this paint value fine finishes and workmanship so highly that they strongly recommend their clients utilize an experienced, professional painter when using their product. In fact, Fine Paints of Europe has created a Master & Certified Painters Program for clients to identify which painting contractors employ the most skilled craftsmen. Holding this high standard for professional painters speaks to Fine Paints of Europe’s commitment to meeting a higher standard of excellence.

Our owner Rick Bruno has dedicated himself to continually improving his trade. Rick has recently graduated from the Fine Paints of Europe Certified Painters Program and continually challenges himself to bring quality work to every home in Portsmouth and the rest of the classic coast. 

Spring is slowly blooming around Portsmouth and with it brings excitement in the air. If the season of re-birth has inspired you to repaint any part of your home, contact us and let our skilled professional painters transform your home this Spring.

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!

Deciding to hire a professional painter to update your Rhode Island home is an exciting step in updating your living space. It can also potentially increasing your home's value. Fresh paint can breathe new life back into your space, whether you’re thinking about having your walls and ceiling painted, your cabinets, your interior doors, and trim, or even a full or partial renovation.

Browsing at design and decor photos for inspiration and choosing colors is exciting. However, choosing a reputable carpentry and painting company and getting a quote can seem like a lot. Instead of feeling intimidated, use the opportunity to better understand with the painting process. You can also get acquainted with the best available painting contractors with whom you may choose to work with again in the future.

Interacting with the employees of the different painting companies you’re considering can help you see if they’re professional and whether you’ll work well together. Pay attention to the details of both your customer service experience and the information provided in your quote. To feel like you’re choosing the right carpentry and painting company for you and your home, it’s best to understand what to expect from a house painting quote.

 

What your house painting quote should include

Getting an Estimate

While estimate processes differ slightly among painting companies, all should provide a detailed price quote. Your house painting quote will also include other important information. Most painters offer a free quote, while others may charge a set fee that is later applied to your final bill. Be extremely wary of any company that is reluctant to provide a quote or estimate in writing. Quotes are the foundation for establishing the expectations of both the homeowner and the contractor.

After you’ve scheduled your estimate, an estimator will meet you at your home to discuss your project and assess the condition of your home. Expect an experienced painter to ask detailed questions about your vision and goals for your update.

Some painting companies may conduct your initial meeting virtually and visit your home at a later date to take measurements, photos, and inspect for repairs in person. The in-home visit is a great time to discuss any questions you may have about a painter’s methods and materials. You may also want to discuss the overall process for painting your home. Regardless of how the estimate is conducted, a professional painting company should ensure you are comfortable with the process and be willing to answer all your questions.

 

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Your house painting quote should include cost of labor and materials.

What Your Carpentry and Painting Quote Includes

After considering all the details of your project, your painter will generate a detailed quote for your review.  From repairs, paint types, required tools, and more, the goal of this process is to leave you with a specific and accurate estimate of the cost and time for your project.

Your carpentry and painting quote should include the following details:

The house painting quote should also provide a project timeline with step-by-step descriptions of the proposed plan. Overall, every important detail should be included to avoid any hidden charges or surprise fees. In fact, professional painting companies sometimes complete unanticipated work or make other necessary adjustments and still complete your job well and on time, without adding to your cost

Your painting quote will show a breakdown by room, showing labor costs, materials costs, and other line items. There may also be an additional cost for any necessary repairs. Additionally, your painting contractor should provide proof of insurance and liability coverage to guarantee that your home is covered in case of an accident or damage.

 

We adhere to the highest professional standards at Bruno Painting.

The Unwritten Expectations

You should expect each painter adheres to the highest professional standards. You should feel at ease knowing that you will be treated with the utmost respect and courtesy and that your home is in good hands.

While caring for your home, your Lead Painter should be able to provide you with updated policies when it comes to COVID procedures and how your family will be protected throughout the project. At the end of the day, your painting contractor should act professionally to care for both you and your home.

Winter on the Classic Coast is truly an ideal time to schedule a home painting project. Reduced demand for exterior painting allows professional painting companies to offer discounts and greater flexibility in scheduling to meet your needs.

 

Bruno Painting has been upholding & caring for surfaces and relationships since 2004. If you have been considering painting your home, but have been reluctant to get started, we would be happy to walk you through the estimate process. Some of our clients are so happy with our work, they’ve shared their experience with us. Feel at ease knowing you’re in the best hands with carpenters and painters who care about your home as much as their own.

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.

The average American is spending more time at home and that means spending more time getting good use from your home’s features. Many have already utilized the downtime caused by the pandemic to renovate their home. By taking this time to make improvements to your home, you’ll get to enjoy the updates for more time and perhaps have an even greater appreciation for your new space because of coronavirus restraints.

For those wondering which improvements are worth taking the time to complete, one of our recommendations is a bathroom remodel. There are many benefits to remodeling your bathroom, but some homeowners have legitimate concerns about the process. To help with these concerns, here are five questions to ask when considering remodeling your bathroom.

 

1. What Will It Cost to Remodel My Bathroom?

Maintaining a budget is important with any remodeling project. For homeowners looking to make improvements that will increase your home’s value, creating a budget is key to this process. The average at-home bathroom remodel costs around $10,000 and can go much higher, of course. This includes the cost of hiring a contractor to complete intricate tasks like tiling, lighting, and installing a new shower or tub.

If your budget is tight, there are a few ways to lower this cost. For example, consider focusing on a high-quality paint and updating light fixtures instead of laying tile or putting in granite counter tops. You may also want to consider having a remodel done in stages so you can stretch your budget further and make your new space exactly how you want it. Ultimately, you are in control of what you want your remodel to cost, so plan well and enjoy both the process and the outcome.

 

2. Is it Worth it to Remodel a Bathroom?

The wisest investors know that if you are going to invest in anything, it needs to be worth the time and effort spent to make the improvements. While some are focused on the bottom line, others want to know that their home remodel is going to add value to their lives, and then to their bank account when they sell their home.

If you are in the market to sell, and your realtor suggests a bathroom update before listing, you may want to listen. Some studies show an average of 50% (but sometimes closer to 70%) return from bathroom reno projects. Some parts of the Providence area have even seen returns of more than 100% on their bathroom renovations.

For home renovations, a bathroom renovation is one of the highest returns on investment you can make. The key here is to focus on spending money wisely on the updates that will bring about a high return. For example, adding a second sink in a master bathroom or installing a doorless, larger shower space, will add more value than choosing the most expensive countertops. It is a balance between enjoying what you prefer now versus how much the update will return to you as a percentage of your investment.

There is also the “Joy” factor to consider when remodeling. Those who have made bathroom remodels a priority have reported being happier in their homes and satisfied with how their updates have made them feel. You sometimes cannot put a price tag on happiness.

 

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3. Does my Bathroom Need to Be Remodeled?

One of the most common misconceptions about remodeling your bathroom is that everything will need to be replaced during a renovation. With a bathroom renovation, you can do a partial or a full renovation.

Some homeowners are embracing their retro pink or blue wall tiles, while others wouldn’t dream of living with such a dated looking bathroom. First, decide what you like and what you don’t and what things bother you and must be replaced as a priority. Next, build your budget and your list of things to be done as part of your bathroom reno project.

Cracked tiles, leaking toilets, and outdated bathtubs will need attention to get the most out of your investment. Thankfully, these are items that can be replaced relatively easily by a qualified contractor.

 

4. What Can I Remodel in My Bathroom?

A bathroom remodel can be a creative project as well as a source of future profit. For resale value, classic and traditional colors and selections tend to bring a higher return. Ultimately, you are remodeling for yourself and your enjoyment of your space for as long as you choose to live in your home.

It’s worth noting that if your home has only one bath, adding a second bathroom typically adds more value to your home than a remodeled bathroom. For bathrooms, it’s quantity over quality, especially these days when many are at home, perhaps even giving their pets a bath and preferring to do that in a separate tub area.

Buyers are also most interested in cabinetry, flooring, and a new tub or shower. For homes in neighborhoods with lots of families, tubs are extremely popular to remodel, especially if you have the space for a standalone tub in the owner’s suite. Otherwise, many are opting for adding huge, walk-in showers to make their delay routine easier and more enjoyable.

 

5. Should I Hire a Contractor to Remodel My Bathroom?

While some home remodeling projects can be done by the homeowner, a bathroom remodel is one that is best left to professionals. A bathroom has many complex components that take a skilled craftsman’s expertise to ensure it is completed correctly. From electrical to plumbing to tilework and everything in between, a licensed professional contractor will ensure that your bathroom renovation is done right the first time.

The bottom line is hiring a contractor who can take care of the carpentry, remodeling, and painting work is essential when deciding to do a bathroom renovation project in your home. Too many have started a bathroom reno project, only to find months and years later, that it is just too difficult and time-consuming, even if you are spending more time at home.

For all bathroom renovations, large and small, we recommend utilizing the services of an experienced contractor who can provide you with design ideas, great work, and an end result that you love.

 

Upholding and caring for surfaces and relationships has been our mission at Bruno Painting since 2004. We care deeply for our clients and work hard to make their homes a more enjoyable space to live. From tiling to remodeling (and of course painting), we have a skilled team of professional craftsmen who can make your home renovation dreams into reality.

When you take on a home painting project yourself, you’ll find an almost excessive number of paint types within each paint brand from which to choose. Though there are many choices, it can be difficult to know which paint is best for your specific painting project.

When you hire a painting professional to paint your home, on the other hand, you’ll have a wide variety of professional paint brands at your disposal, plus a painting team with the knowledge and information needed to select the best paint for your particular home and its unique characteristics.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best interior and exterior paint brands for your home. You can use this information to better understand all the different paint technologies available and be better able to have a conversation with your painting contractor about the best paints for your home.

 

Interior Recommendations

Kitchen Interior Green-Paint

Source: Benjamin Moore

For interior paint, some paint characteristics we believe are important are paint thickness, paint coverage or spread, fumes or paint odor, “green” considerations, color variety, sheen selection, specific chemical and preservative ingredients, and ease of application.

When we consider if a paint is “green,” we look at the presence or absence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs release gasses into the air that cause a strong paint odor, and which can be harmful to people and animals, possibly causing respiratory problems as well as harm the air quality.

Along with these factors, we look at customer satisfaction and overall performance for the price. Here are our top recommendations for interior paints:

Source: finepaintsofeurope.com

 

Fine Paints of Europe created the Eurolux™ Interior Acrylic Paint line to serve as an odorless acrylic paint option, which has been perfected over the last two decades. The coating quality is unmatched by this remarkable paint. Many have compared the durability and scrubbable strength tile, with the same washability! It is both quick drying and Low VOC,  making this a wonderful option for lasting beauty in any home. We recommend this in both kitchens and bathrooms due to its impeccable ability to be cleaned.

As an alternative, Eco™ Waterborne Paints by Fine Paints of Europe offer the benefits of both alkyd and acrylic formulated paints. With easy clean-up and application, this self-leveling paint dries to a beautiful finish while also being Low VOC paint, making it an eco-friendly choice. We recommend this paint for dining rooms, family rooms, and even bedrooms.

Aura Benjamin Moore Interior

Source: Benjamin Moore

Aura by Benjamin Moore is another paint we recommend for homeowners specifically looking for a paint that goes on effortlessly. The Gennex color-technology in this paint has maximum performance for long-lasting results. As a paint and primer in one, this paint dries quickly and adapts well to different surfaces. We recommend Aura in bedrooms for its low VOCs and minimal-odor qualities. Additionally, Aura Bath and Spa is designed specifically for high-humidity areas like your bathroom.

Last, but not least, for interior paint Regal Select by Benjamin Moore has performed well for more than 50 years. With its unique formula, a wide variety of beautiful colors, and an easy-to-clean finish for all sheens, this paint is one of our favorites.

As a paint and primer in one, Regal Select performs consistently on many different surfaces. The greatest advantage is that it has zero VOC and low odor making this a versatile choice for any room in your home.

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Exterior Recommendations

Exterior Repaint by Bruno Painting

Exterior surfaces require paints that match the needs caused by local conditions. For homes that are near a body of water, for example, mildew-resistant paint will protect best; a stain- and dirt-resistant paint performs well in urban areas. Our exterior paint recommendations are based on specific attributes that may apply to your home’s unique needs.

Benjamin Moore’s Regal Select Exterior Paints offer optimum coverage with protection and durability. This paint holds up its appearance to weathering very nicely. This is due in part to the alkyd technology, which provides ultimate adherence to all surfaces. Its resistance to cracking, dirt, mildew, and color change make this a good overall choice for homes whose exterior requires extra protection from moisture and other elements.

Source: finepaintsofeurope.com

EUROLUX Housepaint by Fine Paints of Europe provides the advantages of both traditional oil formulas and modern acrylic features with a state-of-the-art formulation. Thanks to the advanced, durable coating this paint application is known for easy use. Weather resistance and environmental conscientiousness are associated with this paint which boasts superior adhesion to surfaces with flexibility making it a great choice for exterior paint as it stands up to numerous cycles of contraction and expansion that we see on the classic coast.

We use a number of different paint lines from these companies outside of these and always prioritize the highest quality paints. These are a simple selection of some of the best options as a starting point for you to consider. There are many paints on the market, with professional-grade paints offering the most technologically advanced qualities. Choosing one or more of these paints that are manufactured using the latest in paint-performance technologies will give your home greater protection and a better paint finish in the long run.

We know paint selection can be difficult, even confusing. Our mission at Bruno Painting is Upholding and Caring for Surfaces and Relationships. We take great pride in the carpentry and painting projects we do for Rhode Island homeowners and are excited to help you with the process of choosing the right paint for your home's interior and exterior. Contact us for a fresh coat of paint for your home!

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