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Commercial Painting Tips: Invest in your building.

Commercial Painting TipsWe get tons of requests for commercial painting tips. Many brave souls out there approach their commercial space the same as they would their home. They buy some paint, pick a few colors they like, then get overwhelmed by the scope of the work to accomplish! After more then a decade painting some of Coeur d’Alene’s most iconic buildings, we wanted to provide a few great tips for taking on a commercial painting project.

I’m often surprised that other commercial painters don’t approach a large project from an investment standpoint. Your building represents a huge monetary and time investment for your building. Ensuring you paint it with current colors, and the correct paint help increase your long term investment. Whether you own the space for your own business, or rent to tenants, an attractive building will keep your tenants in the building longer, as well as drawing additional customers to the location!

  1. Hire a color consultant. An overlooked aspect of the painting industry, color consultants closely track real estate trends, paint development, and color phycology to ensure optimal space to work. Painting the interior and exterior of the building a specific color can deeply impact your work force (or tenants) mood while working. There is a ton of research that supports making smart color choices, and it will in turn make you more money.
  2. Commercial Painting TipsProtect your property, and your employees. Ensuring the paint your using meets current LEED standards makes sure your tenants and clients are kept safe from harmful paint products. This certification will be on the paint label and is easy to find.
  3. Paint when its cold out. We all hate painting in the winter months, but there is a very fiscal reason for it! Painting during the winter months is typically when companies are least productive. As a professional painting company, we offer substantial discounts for winter work. Your tenants will also typically be less impacted by painting later in the year.
  4. If you are overwhelmed hire a professional. Commercial buildings often offer unique challenges not found in traditional home painting. If you want to hire a professional company, make sure they are licensed and bonded. When the contractor comes to your job site, he should provide references, proof of insurances, as well as an inspection worksheet with the bid estimate. If you want additional projects completed (more then average fill work, calking gaps, etc.) make sure they are included in your bid! Any reputable company will let you add these charges to your bill later as well!

This covers our brief commercial painting tips for investing in your building! If you are looking for a great exterior painting company, please drop us an email! We would love the opportunity to help protect your property investment!

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Spring will be here soon!

Great news! Even though you would never know it from the look of things outside, spring will be here soon! With the warmer weather come dreams of boating, summer food, and hanging out outside! Somewhere in the back of your mind (past the excited-ness) lies the coming dread of spring cleaning! You have already put it off until now and your not sure how much longer it can be avoided! Don’t worry! The Great Expectations Painting team is here to help! Whether you are hoping to get a nice new coat of paint, or clean out that moldy bathroom, here are a few tips to get you going!

  1. Make a list. Its easy to hang out and drink a beer rather then actually starting to clean. Avoid the complacency by making a complete list of all the jobs you need to do! It will help you figure out exactly how long the cleaning will take, and helps provide great motivation!
  2. Start with the jobs you like best. There isn’t a good reason to the the crummy jobs first! Start with an easy appealing one, and work your way towards less “desirable” jobs.
  3. Spring will be here soon!Make completion rewarding. When your in the thick of cleaning, nothing will make you feel more motivated then rewarding progress! Want a tasty dinner at that new sushi restaurant? Maybe a foot massage from your significant other? Have a reward jar full of different gifts to yourself and pick one each time you complete a spring cleaning job. You will be shocked how exciting it can be to win!
  4. Have fun with the kids. Now, we all love to pawn jobs off on our kids, its part of their lot in life. Make spring cleaning fun for the family! Take a weekend, and make up a great game to see who can get the most projects done. Or have a board on the wall and an eventual completion reward that everyone will want to win! Getting the family together to complete the work will help make a big dent in the leftover cleaning from last year!

When looking towards spring and the cleaning it brings, just keep in mind our few helpful tips and the whole family will enjoy warming up and getting work done!

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Preparing your home for new painting.

Preparing your home for new painting.

Preparing your home for new painting.Finally! The cold weather is starting to break! We were beginning to wonder if a permanent tundra had taken over North Idaho and we would never see the sun again! Without the snow on the ground, we can again recognize concrete, houses, plants, trees, and animals! Its a great feeling! Soon we will all be back outside enjoying the beautiful town we live in!

The better weather also means were closing in on painting season! Have you been looking to refresh the exterior of your home? Maybe you want to update your interior colors to “modernize” a bit? Either way, here are a few tips to prepare you for the new season!

Plan to start early. This year, Great Expectations Painting is already booking out 6 weeks! That means if you want to get your painting job completed in a reasonable amount of time, we need to get you booked soon! Interior painting jobs we typically save for later in the year; its all about getting the exteriors kicked on from now till the summer months. We always give out discounts for interior paint jobs later in the year as well, so if you can wait, you will get a better price.

Preparing your home for new painting.When looking to paint the exterior of your home, make sure you already know what paint colors you want. This will save us time re-bidding the job, and saves any coloring mistakes from happening. We never mark up the cost of paint on a job, so when you provide us the colors you want to use, we will just purchase the paint (with our discount) and include the price in the work bid. Saves a ton of time, and you won’t need to pay us to pick out the colors!

While we are doing your painting exterior, we can also knock out some of those annoying projects you just don’t want to handle! We do all sorts of construction projects at incredibly good prices. If your back fence needs repaired BEFORE being repainted just let us know! We can add the additional work onto your bid, and it will be cheaper then you think. We often get clients that add-on 2-3 projects just to get them out of the way!

While we are preparing your home for new painting, keep in mind the above and we will get your project handled in the professional, GEP way!

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Organic Gardening Like A Pro

Organic Gardening Like A Pro

Organic Gardening Like A ProWe’ve come to the latest post about gardening. We will have to resume our painting advice since it looks like the snow will FINALLY be clearing up in the near future. This week enjoy a few tips about organic gardening and the health impacts of the process!

Gardening is a most enjoyable and relaxing hobby that will not drain your savings away in the process. Gardening is the perfect way to spend family time or for friends to get together. If you have children, you’ll see that they are fascinated by how the seeds grow into veggies and flowers. This is a great way to help them appreciate the great outdoors and nature. This article will help you learn techniques that will make growing a garden much easier and more delightful.

Healthy soil will be your best defense against the pests that can invade your garden. Healthy plants are naturally more resilient against pests and disease. Begin with a high-quality soil with less chemicals to avoid salt accumulation, and you give your garden an excellent chance of growing healthy plants.

Cover fences and walls with climbing plants. Many climbers can cover the wall or fence in as little as one growing season. They can grow through shrubs and trees, or even cover an arbor. Some may need to be attached to a support, and others will attach themselves to any surface using their twining stems or tendrils. You can be sure that varieties such as climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, clematis and honeysuckle will grow very well.

Yes, you really have to weed. Weeds can destroy a once promising garden and take away all its potential. To help you do this, you may want to consider using white vinegar. White vinegar will definitely kill the weeds! Try spraying some white vinegar in water when you are pulling weeds from your garden.

Organic Gardening Like A ProTry to keep your plants aerated and dry, every day. Moisture not only attracts parasites, but also makes it easier for your plants to contract diseases. Fungi are parasites that are common in the plant world. There are many effective fungicide products that will prevent fungi growth and clear up any existing problems as well.

Using natural materials in the garden will keep pests away. Onions and marigolds can help to deter slugs. You can also mulch around trees and shrubs with wood ash, which drives away insects. These are proven methods without having to use harsh chemical pesticides.

It is important to follow the instructions on your chemicals and tools closely, especially if you are new to gardening. If you miss this easy step, you run the risk of harming yourself due to the chemicals that can irritate your skin. Stick to the rules and safeguard your health.

You don’t have to plant just for spring and summer. Consider what are often beautiful colors in the fall. That doesn’t have to be it though. The foliage of autumn makes for perhaps the most colorful season of the year. Maple, beech, and dogwood display colors ranging from dark crimson to light yellow. When you choose shrubbery, try hydrangea, barberry, or cotoneaster.

In conclusion, whether you are gardening on your own or with friends, the tips you’ve read above are sure to be helpful. Gardening can become a treasured family activity. You can even invite your friends! Regardless of whether you garden alone or in the company of others, these tips are sure to be a valued part of your gardening technique.

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Get Inspired to Garden!

Get Inspired to Garden!

After these last few weeks, we’re about ready to start up a farm! We think our garden looks amazing so far!

Get Inspired to Garden!

For some people organic gardening is a fun, relaxing pastime, whereas for others it can be a major headache. The following collection of tips will help you to become a savy organic gardener.

The quick and drastic change in the weather conditions can shock your plants and cause them to die. It’s important that you gradually change temperate conditions over time, so that your plants can adjust. At first, only leave them outside for a brief period of time. Slowly, day after day, you can leave your plants outside for a little longer. By the end of the week, your plants should be ready to make the big move with no problem!

Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. To make the clay soft so you aren’t working as hard, take floor or car wax and rub a light coat on the surface of the shovel using a clean cloth, then buff the surface. The wax will help keep dirt from sticking to the shovel, and will also keep the metal from rusting.

Create useful rulers from your tool handles. It is possible to utilize tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes and shovels, as measuring sticks. After laying the handles on the floor, run the measuring tape along beside them. Mark the measurements with a permanent marker. When you are at work in the garden, you will always have a handy measuring device on each and every tool.

It’s sometimes possible to save certain plants from winter cold by bringing them inside. Try to save plants that are expensive or that are resistant enough to handle the transition. When you dig up the plant, carefully avoid the roots then place it in a container.

Before you begin to plant your garden you will need to check the soil. Consider getting a soil analysis and working on enrichment techniques for giving your garden a vibrant and healthy environment. A Cooperative Extension office can provide you with this service, saving you learning on your own by trial and error.

It’s easy to just jump in and start gardening without thought, but it’s important to plan your garden first. This will help you to remember where you planted the different plants when sprouts begin to shoot up from the ground. This is important, because different plants require different care.

Shelter your deciduous shrubs. If you have some tender shrubs that are in planters, you need to protect them from cold weather. Tie these canes at the top, and place a blanket over it. This tactic is better than utilizing plastic, because it will allow air to circulate.

As you have seen from the above article, there is quite a bit more to successful organic gardening than a lot of people realize. While it takes quite a bit of effort and lots of patience, your pay off in the end will be a fantastic organic garden. When you follow the organic gardening advice in the article above, you will have a successful and delicious bounty of fresh foods.

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Get Inspired With These Great Garden Tips!

Get Inspired With These Great Garden Tips!

Get Inspired With These Great Garden Tips!Welcome back to the gardening blog this week! We are enjoying the change of pace, and with the lingering snow its still to early to start painting! Get those seeds in the ground!

For some people organic gardening is a fun, relaxing pastime, whereas for others it can be a major headache. The following collection of tips will help you to become a savy organic gardener.

The quick and drastic change in the weather conditions can shock your plants and cause them to die. It’s important that you gradually change temperate conditions over time, so that your plants can adjust. At first, only leave them outside for a brief period of time. Slowly, day after day, you can leave your plants outside for a little longer. By the end of the week, your plants should be ready to make the big move with no problem!

Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. To make the clay soft so you aren’t working as hard, take floor or car wax and rub a light coat on the surface of the shovel using a clean cloth, then buff the surface. The wax will help keep dirt from sticking to the shovel, and will also keep the metal from rusting.

Create useful rulers from your tool handles. It is possible to utilize tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes and shovels, as measuring sticks. After laying the handles on the floor, run the measuring tape along beside them. Mark the measurements with a permanent marker. When you are at work in the garden, you will always have a handy measuring device on each and every tool.

Get Inspired With These Great Garden Tips!It’s sometimes possible to save certain plants from winter cold by bringing them inside. Try to save plants that are expensive or that are resistant enough to handle the transition. When you dig up the plant, carefully avoid the roots then place it in a container.

Before you begin to plant your garden you will need to check the soil. Consider getting a soil analysis and working on enrichment techniques for giving your garden a vibrant and healthy environment. A Cooperative Extension office can provide you with this service, saving you learning on your own by trial and error.

It’s easy to just jump in and start gardening without thought, but it’s important to plan your garden first. This will help you to remember where you planted the different plants when sprouts begin to shoot up from the ground. This is important, because different plants require different care.

Shelter your deciduous shrubs. If you have some tender shrubs that are in planters, you need to protect them from cold weather. Tie these canes at the top, and place a blanket over it. This tactic is better than utilizing plastic, because it will allow air to circulate.

As you have seen from the above article, there is quite a bit more to successful organic gardening than a lot of people realize. While it takes quite a bit of effort and lots of patience, your pay off in the end will be a fantastic organic garden. When you follow the organic gardening advice in the article above, you will have a successful and delicious bounty of fresh foods.

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Helpful Gardening Tips Blooming Now!

Helpful Gardening Tips Blooming Now

Helpful Gardening Tips Blooming Now!Welcome to our gardening tips with the painters! This week, we have a few great more tips for getting ready for the spring weather! Enjoy!

Gardening is generally a relaxing and therapeutic hobby. When it comes to gardening there are some basic “need to know” things such as: knowing your soils, which equipment to use and the time frame for planting your seeds. This article contains important information for anyone wanting to begin a garden.

Do not improperly lay your new sod. You will need to prepare your lawn soil before laying the sod. Get rid of weeds and tilth the soil finely. Compress the soil lightly yet firmly, and make certain it’s flat. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. Then lay the sod in staggered rows so the joints are offset. Press the sod down firmly so that the surface is flat and even. If there are gaps remaining, fill them with a bit of soil. Water the sod every day for a couple of weeks. Then it should be rooted well and ready for foot traffic.

Helpful Gardening Tips Blooming Now!Healthy soil will be your best defense against the pests that can invade your garden. Healthy plants grown in robust and enriched soil have an advantage in fighting pest infestation. To boost your garden’s prospects of giving you the healthiest possible plants, make sure you begin with premium soil devoid of salt-accumulating chemicals.

If powdery mildew appears on your plants, don’t purchase expensive chemical solutions. Mix some baking soda and a very small amount of liquid soap into water. Spray this mixture on your plants weekly until the mildew is gone. Baking soda won’t harm your plants, and takes care of the mildew efficiently and gently.

All plants need an adequate supply of carbon dioxide in order to thrive. With a high level of CO2 plants will grow much better. A great way to reach these CO2 levels is through a greenhouse. CO2 levels are usually kept high to get the best growing situation for your plants.

It is a good idea to invest in a good pair of knee pads, made specifically for gardening. They can be very helpful when working close to the ground on low-growth plants. Long hours tending your garden can leave your knees sore and achy. Having a pair of excellent knee pads for gardening can help cushion the knees to provide additional comfort.

If you want the best tasting vegetables, learn about the optimum time to harvest them. Each kind of vegetable should be picked at a specific point for maximum flavor. For instance, peas and zucchinis are tastiest when picked young. Tomatoes, however, should be plucked from the vine the moment they appear ripe. Find out what the best harvest time is for your vegetables.

Don’t use broad-spectrum pesticides in the garden. These pesticides can also kill useful insects that eat your pests. The helpful insects in your garden can be highly sensitive to pesticides and if their population goes down, the harmful insect population will grow. You will need even more pesticides to deal with the problem, and it will never really go away.

Gardening is very rewarding, but only after one has the tools and know-how to do it effectively. If you have the proper advice and you plan out your garden correctly, your garden can grow quickly. A beautiful garden requires the right tools, soil, water and sunlight.

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Don’t Have a Green Thumb?

Don’t Have A Green Thumb? Gardening Tips with the Painters!

Don't Have a Green Thumb?Usually on the Great Expectations Blog, we write a LOT about painting/paint care and etc. With spring finally preparing to sneak out in the next few months, we wanted to lighten up a little and get back to our roots, literally! Over the next few weeks, we will be providing some great tips for preparing your garden as the spring weather saves us from winter. Here are a few gardening tips to get you started! Enjoy!

Pay close attention to your organic garden, and take the absolute best care of it that you possibly can. Gardeners need to use all the information they can to create and tend to their organic garden. Your goal should be to grow healthy, happy and delicious organic products. Follow these tips to make your organic garden stand out above the rest.

Use the handles of your tools as a handy ruler when doing your outdoor chores. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes, and shovels can be converted into handy measuring sticks. Simply lay the handles out on the floor and run a measuring tape next to them. With a permanent marker, note pertinent measurements on the tool handle. This modified ruler will serve you well as you begin working in your garden.

Don't Have a Green Thumb?Remove your garden’s weeds! If you’re not careful, weeds can take over your beautiful garden, ruining it. To aid in this venture, you might want to use white vinegar. White vinegar kills weeds. Mix white vinegar and water into a spray bottle instead of pulling the weeds by hand.

Don’t cut your grass down by the soil when you run the mower. If you leave your grass kind of high, your roots will be deeper and your lawn will be stronger and not dry out. Cutting your grass too short will cause it to dry out and turn brown in patches throughout your yard.

Make sure you protect any tender deciduous shrubs. Cold weather significantly affects these plants, especially if they are in pots. Tie the tops together, and loosely cover the wigwam with a blanket or sheet. This is more effective than putting plastic on the plant, it will let the air flow.

Split up irises. You can divide those overgrown clumps and increase the amount of irises you have. Lift the dead bulbous irises. They will literally split in your hand, flowering the next year after replanting. Make use of a knife to split up rhizomes. Throw away the center after carefully cutting new sprouts from the exterior. There needs to be a minimum of one healthy offshoot on each of the new sprout sections. Replant the new shoots right away.

Don't Have a Green Thumb?There are several all-natural ways to keep pests out of your garden, including certain plants. A good way to keep slugs away is to create a border with onions around a garden with vegetables. Marigolds would do this trick as well. Wood ash also makes a great insect deterrent; simply use it as mulch around your shrub and tree seedlings. These methods prevent use of harsh chemicals.

Take the time to place organic mulch in the area around your vegetable plants. The mulch will help keep the soil moist for longer periods of time. In addition, it will keep the weeds from growing. You will benefit by not having to spend so much time fighting weed growth.

By having an organic garden, you will be providing yourself with much fresher and more nutritious produce. It does take work and patience, but all is worth it come mealtimes that include your organic, homegrown produce.

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Our Great Expectations for the new year!

Great Expectations for the new yearThis week, we wanted to cover our Great Expectations for the new year! Having finally put the lid on last painting season, we can take a breather and prepare for the new year! Being a painting contractor in Coeur d’Alene, this winter was killer. It was so cold even by North Idaho Standards! The extra winter time means the painting season is going to be rushed right into summer, with not enough painting to go around! This year, we expect to paint 30% more houses, and have about 6 painting crews, ensuring we can get even more jobs completed!

We really stepped up our commercial building game this last year! We had the pleasure of painting some of the most iconic buildings in Coeur d’Alene! The Beacon is a local night life institution, and they needed a pick-me-up. We got all the doors, windows, and the bar freshly painted and looking amazing! Next time your feeling a classy martini, stop in and enjoy the amazing space on downtown Sherman! We also got to paint the interior space for the Hayden Verizon Wireless dealer! They hadn’t painted the interior of the space for almost a decade, and with their new remodel wanted to freshen up the look. All the colors and style are set by corporate, and we enjoyed every minute of working with their installation teams!

Great Expectations for the new yearWe painted a TON of exteriors last year! The most ever for Great Expectations Painting! We had a few customers that loved the work so much, we painted practically the entire neighborhoods in coeur d’Alene and Hayden.

As we move towards the new year, we plan to keep goals and expectations huge! With the economy starting to turn, its easy to see the excitement and success of everyone prepping in 2017! We look forward to seeing what this year holds for us as we prepare for a gangbuster 2017!

Happy New Year
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Happy New Year North Idaho!

We want to be the first to wish you a Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Great Expectations Painting! We have survived the presents, food and family. Now its time to look forward! Have some New Years resolutions to break? Finally going to start saving for that new car? That vacation to Hawaii going to happen? Part of what makes the New Year so much fun is the planning! Trying to keep resolutions to make yourself a better person is super fun and exciting. It usually doesn’t work, but “the thrill is in the hunt.”

While we don’t want to dampen you spirits at all (and chances are you might still be a bit hungover so we will keep it pretty simple), have you considered planning your home maintenance yet? Most local businesses (ours included. we aren’t any different!) are light on work coming out of the holiday season, and its the best time of year to search for deals! A Nu-Look Carpet Cleaning offers premier cleaning services in Coeur d’Alene and Hayden. They offer great discounts throughout the cold months. Im sure there are countless others as well. We also offer a discount on our bids for work in spring. If your looking to save some cash, make hiring home specialists a priority during the winter months. It will save you some serious money!Happy New Year!

This past year we have been blogging pretty consistently. As our audience increases, we would love to get feedback on additional content you would like to see on our blog. If you have painting questions, or general home repair questions, let us know! We would love to keep the insightful helpful content flowing!

This year we are excited to see what is in store for North Idaho! We love painting, and expect this to be our greatest year yet! Thanks again to all our great customers, and we can’t wait to see you in 2017!

Happy New Year!