Original wood louvered closet doors where through out the home, so we replaced them with custom cut 6 panel bi-fold closet doors.
and replaced all the flat slab doors with 6 panel doors as well as new stainless steel hinges and door knobs
The new HST tax will add 8% to a renovation bill. Currently, homeowners pay only 5% GST for services, which includes labour. But with the HST, labour will be subject to the new tax, bumping the overall invoice tax to 13%.
Imagine you order an Interior Painting project to be completed and the job costs out at $6,000. Pre-HST, your total would be $6,300 (cost plus GST). After the HST, though, your total is now $6,780 (13% HST)!That new painting project will cost 8% more as of July 1, so if home owners have projects they want done, they'll be planning to have it done before the new tax takes effect.
Ok, now you have come to the conclusion to hire a painting contractor or at least to get a couple of quotes for your painting project. The cost of house painting can besubstantial and a quality job even more. Get the most out of your paint job by choosing your painter correctly.
In order to help you find that perfect painter I have put together some ideas. Starting with your personal sources and ending with the internet sources. An on-line contractor referral network offer free price quotes on a variety of construction services.
The best place to start is with your friends, family and co-workers. This is how we, 360renos, acquire most of our customers. Word of mouth advertising always starts with satisfied customers.
Therefore, start asking questions;
1. Are you happy with the quality provided by the painting contractor?
Everybody has their own ideas of quality, so you should take a look at their house and judge for yourself. Pay attention to cut-in areas around doors, windows and trim. Are the lines straight and was caulking applied. Interior or exterior doesn’t matter; proper surface preparation always leads to better, more pleasing results.
2. Did the painting contractor protect non painted surfaces or areas?
For exteriors this includes concrete, roofing and plantings. For interiors moving and protecting furniture is a major concern but don't forget about the flooring.
3. Were they courteous and pleasant?
This is a very important consideration. The entire experience, from beginning to end, needs to be as stress free as possible. Plus if the house painter enjoys their job, the quality and attention to details will be better. The customers attitude can and will affect the entire paint job.
4. Did the painting company start and finish in a timely fashion?
Arriving at a reasonable time every morning reinforces a schedule. Remember, with an exterior the weather always dictates the schedule.
If asking friends, family or co-workers doesn’t produce any leads there are other avenues that can help.
Local Paint Store
First and foremost is your local paint store, not the home improvement center. Most professional painters purchase their products from a local supplier, a paint store and we buy ours from Randall's Paint here in
Here they have built a reputation, either good or bad, based on the quality of products purchased over time and timely payment if a store credit account is used.
· Purchasing products of the highest quality indicates a true concern for the well being of your home.
· If a painting contractor primarily purchases from a single source, for years, a reputation has been built with this supplier.
· On time payment is always a good indicator of paint jobs finished and customers that have paid for the service.
Talk to the person behind the countertop and ask some questions. Describe your project and ask for any recommendations. Chances are they will know someone that is trustworthy.
Internet sourcing is becoming more popular every year. A free Contractor Network such as Bid My Reno allows you to enter your job details and select the services you require. Now you can easily select painting contractors and view their profiles for more information. Contacting contractors is also very easy, a simple click of the button.
Now all that you need to do is schedule a time to meet and get a price quote. This type of sourcing is very easy and can help you find qualified local painting contractors.
Paints colour our world. Petroleum products keep things moving.
Batteries power the devices we use to remain connected, informed and entertained.
We all have used these products around our homes for decades and we know that when it comes time to dispose of left-over or unwanted materials, special care is needed.
Now the companies that make and market these items are working with municipalities and leading retailers to enhance recovery of potentially hazardous or special wastes by making the process much more convenient.
This website is designed to introduce you to the “Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste” (MHSW) Program and to help you locate places in and near your community where you can take the MHSW materials.
Browse the information to find out what MHSW materials are accepted and search for a municipal location. All we ask is that you "Do What You Can."
Dave - 360renos
Interior caulking involves filling all cracks and gaps in the trim and walls. This will add dramatic improvements to the final appearance of any painted surface.
The objective is to fill every crack in the trim and every gap between the walls and the trim. Most painted trim I deal with is painted white or off-white, and dark cracks show up easily. Filling these cracks will produce a very desirable, finished look.
Siliconized acrylic caulk and elasomeric caulk work great. These two types of caulking is easy to tool, dries quickly, readily accepts paint and clean up involves only warm water. Plus high quality sealants only cost a few dollars per tube at most. Carefully read the product label to be sure it is paintable and will be suitable for your needs.
Cut the plastic tip to the desired size with a razor knife, at a 45-degree angle. At first, use the smallest size hole possible. No need to waste the caulk and create a mess. 1/8 of an inch hole usually works best. Don’t start with a large hole. Cutting more of the plastic tip can increase the thickness of the bead.
If the tube has an inner foil seal, puncture with a thin piece of wire several times.
Many cracks and gaps will need filling. The best approach is to use a fluid motion with the least amount of pressure on the trigger.
Hold the gun with the tip flat against the crack and pull towards you. Remember to use the smallest pressure on the trigger necessary to lay down a uniform bead. With practice this will become easier.
Now run your finger the length of the bead to press the sealant into the crack and smooth the transition between the trim pieces.
This method works great if the right amount is applied. If too much caulk is applied, you will have to work quickly to remove the excess and smooth the bead.
Most sealants dry to quickly forcing you to work at a brisk speed. After just 2-3 minutes the thin edges of caulk will have dried and will be very difficult to smooth.
Many gaps and cracks can be caulked. Providing a more pleasing finish.
Stained Trim - Here we fill the gap between a wall and stained oak base. Previous painters were very sloppy while cutting in with a brush and left very thick and heavy edges on the trim. Use a damp rag to remove any excessive caulk and give it a smooth appearance. A paintable clear caulking can also be used after the walls are painted to seal this gap.
Painted Trim- Baseboards, door casing and windows need to be checked for gaps. Pay special attention to gaps where the trim meets a frame, door or window. Remove any obstructions, such as hinges or locking mechanisms, for a cleaner look.
Cracks in Walls - Small cracks in the wallboard can be filled, this is usually done with cracked corners. Caulking is good for small non-structural cracks. Large cracks will need the proper repair.
Dave - 360renos