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Tuesday’s Tool Box Tips – Interior Painting Tips & Secrets

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Interior painting is one of the cheapest ways to completely transform the look of any room. Painting may seem very straight forward, but the littlest mistake could erupt into a more expensive and stressful project. Here are a few tips & secrets to help you out on your next interior painting project.

  • Prep the walls you are going to paint. This means that you should spackle any holes or cracks, sand down any imperfections, and wipe down & dust the surfaces before you start painting. Paint won’t cover up these flaws, so it is important to make sure the walls are perfect before you start painting.
  • Mixing cans of paint of the same color will allow for color consistency. Cans of the same color from the same store can sometimes be a shade or two off, so mixing cans of the same color into a large bucket ensures consistency throughout the room.
  • Wrap paint brushes instead of cleaning them when taking short breaks. Cleaning paint brushes that you are going to use again soon is a hassle and can be avoided by wrapping rollers/paint brushes in plastic wrap and placing them in the refrigerator. This is a little known tip that can save you valuable time, but should only be used if you plan to use the brush/roller in the next 3 days or less.
  • Invest in fabric drop cloths instead of plastic. A good cotton drop cloth will last a life time and will save you a lot of stress throughout your painting project. Not only are cotton drop cloths easier to lay down, but they aren’t as slippery and the paint doesn’t stay wet like on a plastic drop cloth.
  • Save time by using an edger instead of painter’s tape. Taking your time and using an edger instead of painter’s tape can save a lot stress and even some money. You only have to buy an edger once!

We recommend using these tips to avoid any unnecessary errors on your next interior painting plan. Be sure to follow our Facebook page to keep up with future Tuesday’s Tool Box Tips and other UrbanBuilt updates.

Tuesday’s Tool Box Tips – Ways to Increase the Value of your Home

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Making home improvements is one of the only controllable ways to increase the selling value of your home. Even minor adjustments can add value to your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers. Here is a list of some home improvements that you can make that can instantly add value to your home.

  • Repaint: This is a simple way to add value and make any room look brand new. Make sure to stick with neutral colors to appeal to most buyers.
  • Bathroom updates: The bathroom creates a lot of value in a home, so making sure that the bathrooms are clean and updated is important. Something as simple as changing the wallpaper or putting in new grout can change the whole look of the bathroom.
  • Clean or replace flooring: Clean floors make a huge impression and may affect the spaciousness of the room. Be sure to deep clean any spots on the carpet or replace flooring when necessary.
  • Kitchen Updates: The kitchen is the biggest value adder but it is also one of the most expensive. Installing new appliances, storage, or materials to a kitchen can influence a buyer into making an immediate decision on a home.
  • Exterior/ Yard work: The outside of the home is the first thing a potential buyer sees. Making sure that the yard is organized is important, but don’t forget to make sure the roof is in good shape and the exterior paint isn’t faded.

Make sure that before you start on any improvements to your home that you plan the expense and potential value for each improvement. It is always wise to talk to a professional before starting on any serious home improvement project. If you have any questions or need some assistance with your home feel free to contact JD Smith, our general manager of home improvements, at JdSmith@urbanbuiltllc.com.

Tuesday’s Tool Box Tips – Power Tool Safety Tips

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Power tools are a convenient and quick way to fix or finish a home improvement issue around the house, but without the right knowledge they can cause some serious harm. We want to ensure that everyone is safe when working with power tools, so here are a few tips to keep in mind from the experts here at UrbanBuilt:

  • Always unplug your corded power tools when they’re not in use!
  • Wear appropriate clothing – Avoid wearing loose clothing that could get caught in the tools. Clothing that covers as much of your body as possible is also a good idea to add a line of protection.
  • Wear the right gear – Make sure to always wear eye & ear protection when available.
  • Keep a clean work area – This helps avoid any tangling of wires or lose items that could be tossed around.
  • Keep your finger away from triggers or switches when you don’t plan to immediately use the power tool.
  • Store your tools in safe areas away from children
  • Don’t use power tools in the rain or in wet areas – Electrocution is a dangerous possibility if power tools are around water.
  • Inspect your tools often to avoid any unnecessary risk.

We definitely recommend following these tips to ensure that all of your home improvement projects are safe and successful. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and leave a comment on one of our posts with suggestions for future Tool Box Tips!