360renos - Home Improvement & Decor

How to make your home stand out when selling

We can help your house sell quickly and at a good price -- even in a slow market.

It takes a lot more than sparkling windows, scented candles and chocolate-chip cookies to sell a home in today's market.

Improvements should be made so that the property shows well, is consistent with the neighborhood and does not involve capital investments.

Beyond any doubt, the best investment you can make is new paint. Painting can make a room or an exterior fa├žade look brand-new, and totally transform the look and feel of a room or the entire residence. It is always wise to be somewhat restrained when choosing colors for a home-staging paint project. Avoid choosing colors that are too individual or flashy and favor neutral colors and schemes. This does not mean painting everything white, however.

Use subtle color schemes to accentuate the home's strengths and minimize weaknesses. Dark colors, for example, tend to make a room feel smaller, while lighter colors and pastels can make a room feel bigger.

There is another benefit to painting as well: the process of preparing the interior or exterior surfaces of a home for painting automatically allows us to go over the entire area receiving paint in great detail, and this can often expose items or areas requiring repair. It seems you always discover where the caulking has let go, where the wall is dinged.

It is always preferable that we discover and deal with these items before the real estate agent (or worse, the prospective buyer) points them out to you!

Dave - 360renos

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sold With Only 1 Viewing!!

With a fresh coat of paint on the main floor this home in Orleans sold with 1 viewing by the Realtor and never made it to the MLS web site.

Home Staging companies know how to show off your homes best features and get maximum value for you. See what we can do for you before you list your home.

Dave - 360renos

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Shadow Box Fence

Also known as "The Good Neighbour" fence as it looks similiar on both sides.

Removed an existing fence that had served 6 homeowners well since it's installation over 27 years ago

Over 300 feet of new fencing installed along with gates

Dave - 360renos

Monday, June 22, 2009

Repaint ... Repaint ... Repaint

Always an easy way to freshen up a room. Especially foyers and hallways that get a lot of traffic. Painting the areas in the same colors will instantly brighten and crisp up the areas. Amazing what a quick 1 to 2 day painting project can do for a home.
Dave - 360renos

Monday, June 15, 2009

Whistle While you Work ....

Fresh new color on the Kitchen walls to complement the cabinets and new counter top selected by the Interior Designer and the cusotmer loves it.

I'm now using a new counter top manufacturer here in Ottawa that so far has the best prices for laminate counters.

Dave - 360renos

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Ceramic Tile Flooring

Removed existing grout in Master bathroom and front foyer. Replaced with a color that complements the ceramic tile.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Laundry Room Transformation

A laundry room in a bungalow is upgraded and re-designed for optimal use of space.

Upper cabinets installed above stacking laundry center

Installed vanity, stainless steel counter top and new faucet

Custom fabricated broom closet to left of sink to make optimal use of space.

Dave - 360renos

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Westboro Project

New counter tops for a large open Kitchen. Ceiling and trim have been painted as well as a new ceiling light fixture installed
Now waiting on color selections from the Designer and homeowner
Looking forward to ths transformation as we will see fresh new wall colors and cabinet doors painted.
Dave - 360renos

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Breathing Paint Fumes--What's At Risk

Paint is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to give a room or home a quick makeover. But what do you risk health wise by inhaling paint fumes and how can you eliminate them?

What you risk depends on the paint that was used. Oil paint or any paint that contains volatile organic chemicals has elements in it that evaporate easily into the air. Examples are solvents, thinners that maintain an even consistency, and drying agents that help the paint dry faster. These are often the ingredients that off gas and can make paint fumes so harmful.

You may first notice a headache, watery or burning eyes or nose, dry throat, light headedness, dizziness, or nausea. This is your body's way of saying get me out of here and away from these paint fumes!

Generally these symptoms will disappear if you are only exposed to the fumes for a very short time. But often paint will off gas fumes for weeks, forcing you and all who live in the newly painted space to continue to inhale these fumes over a long period of time.

Young children are particularly vulnerable to these fumes because their respiration is comparatively fast, and their bodies are smaller which means their bodies are subjected to much more of the paint fumes than a healthy adult. Pregnant mothers also risk harm to the developing fetus, and continued exposure can interfere with normal growth and development.

Older adults are also more at risk many times because of pre-existing conditions such as heart problems, respiratory conditions such as asthma or bronchitis, and/or an immune system that is in some way compromised.

There are paints available now that contain low and even no volatile organic chemicals. They are more expensive, but certainly worth the extra money for the health advantages they provide.

Check us out for the paints we can provide to complete your next project.

Dave - 360renos

Author: Debbie Davis