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    As a result of having been well-satisfied with a previous job done by your firm, we contacted you to paint several rooms in our house. Once again not only were we pleased with the job performed, but we were impressed with the care they took to protect furniture and carpeting. We will not hesitate to recommend Reilly Painting to others.

    H. & M. S
    Lyndhurst

  • Have you heard? Forest Hill residents are stepping up to make their neighborhood Cleveland’s premiere destination.


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    In recent news: Reilly Painting & Contracting, Reilly Properties and E-Reilly Consulting have all come together to form the Campaign for Forest Hill. This campaign is a new initiative that plans to tackle the epidemic of vacant and abandoned homes in Forest Hill, and to return the community to its original status as a premiere, inner-ring neighborhood in Greater Cleveland.

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    Though the issue of vacant homes in Cleveland and communities all across the U.S. has made its way into the news and everyday conversation, we still aren’t seeing a proportional response of action to follow. We keep running into the same situations where the homeowners have moved on and simply left the property behind, or new, ill-equipped homeowners were left to take care of a house that was bestowed upon them by their parents or relatives. Whatever the case, these homes affect the property values of surrounding homes and the quality of life in the Forest Hill neighborhood.

    Where We Stand

    Since the inception of the Campaign for Forest Hill, E-Reilly Consulting has been gathering detailed information on these neglected and vacant homes in Forest Hill. After a relentless process of interviewing homeowners, working with Fast Track Title, surveying homes and researching online, our census outlining the status of these neglected homes is complete!

    Over 1,000 homes that make up the Forest Hill neighborhood have been separated into three precincts with highlights of all the vacant properties and roads that need to be repaired. The map above shows the three different precinct, and each colored dot represents a vacant or abandoned home.

    A red dot symbolizes a LEVEL ONE type home (the worst it can get), an orange dot is a LEVEL TWO type home (home is in some sort of violation), and a yellow or green dot is a LEVEL THREE home (suspicious home). The black lines indicate roads in need of repair. The census was completed on June 10, and since then, the team has been communicating with some of the homeowners about the future of their homes, cleaning up and lawn cutting abandoned homes, and talking to investors about the future of this new, revitalized neighborhood.

    As time passes and progress is made, there will be noticeable changes in the neighborhood. Homes will be restored and turned over to responsible homeowners. Property values will rise. Forest Hill, Cleveland’s undiscovered gem, will now be a destination.

    For more information about the Campaign for Forest Hill, please visit the website: www.foresthillcampaign.com

    Filed under: De-clutter Your Home, Forest Hill News & Events, Reilly Properties

    Service Update: Reilly Painting’s Estate Cleaning Job


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    A common issue we see today in a lot of communities is an abundance of vacant and abandoned homes left to rot, lowering the property values and quality of life for everyone in the area.

    Homeowners who have obtained properties from their parents who have retired, moved or passed on simply don’t have the time to properly manage and maintain these homes.

    As discussed in our last blog post, Cleveland Heights contractors Reilly Painting and Contracting specialize in estate cleanup and property management.

    Our team fully encompasses all that’s necessary to restore, stage, sell or rent these homes.

    In the photos above and below you’ll see the beginning stages of one of our jobs on Cumberland Road in Cleveland Height that perfectly reflects this predicament as described above.

    We are restoring and preparing to get it on the market.

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    Some of the work involved in cleaning up this estate includes

    • Exterior tuckpointing

    • Hardwood floor work

    • Landscaping

    • Interior and exterior painting

    • Gutter cleaning

    • Driveway work

    • Declutter

    As this list doesn’t cover the full spectrum of labor to be done, we also use a variety of web and social media marketing tools to help get the home the most exposure around and outside the Cleveland area.

    If this sounds all too familiar and you find yourself stuck with a property that you want to get off of your hands, Reilly Painting & Contracting and Reilly Properties are the stress relievers you need.

    Thank you for reading and we hope this post has been of use to you. Stay tuned for Home Mechanic tips, seasonal news and much more coming to our website and blog.

    Filed under: Fun Stuff

    The stressful process of selling or renting a home – Let us take care of everything from start to finish.


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    As a homeowner, there’s a lot to do. You have to take care of the cleaning, the repairs, city violations, and of course, maintenance.

    If you’re renting or selling the home you’ll be responsible for hiring a professional realtor, staging the house, fixing things up, and finding the right tenants.

    Talk about overwhelming.

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    Cleveland Heights contractors Reilly Painting and Contracting, and property managers Reilly Properties, specialize in estate cleanup and property management. We’ll take care of everything, including:

    - carpentry, electrical, and plumbing repairs

    - exterior and interior painting

    - decluttering, and getting rid of any unwanted items

    - feng shui design so that the home is ready to be shown

    - customized marketing to get the home sold in the shortest amount of time for the maximum price

    Our team is ready to take the burden off your shoulders and get the home ready for sale.

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    Reilly Properties has partnered with Mike Ferrante, the top agent at Century 21 Homestar, to give us incredible exposure and marketing power to rent or sell your home for the maximum price in the shortest time possible.

    If you’re getting ready to sell your home, or are trying to figure out what to do with your property but you’re not sure where to start.

    Let the team of Mike Ferrante and Reilly Painting and Contracting give you that answer!

    Filed under: De-clutter Your Home, Reilly Properties

    A hidden gem in the Forest Hill neighborhood


    Over the past three months, staff members at Reilly Painting and Contracting’s sister company, E-Reilly Consulting, have formed a grassroots campaign centered around rebranding the Forest Hill neighborhood as the “bedroom community” to University Circle. One of the most troubling issues the community faces is the decline in property values due to neglected and abandoned homes. To raise awareness about this problem, E-Reilly conducted field work and compiled data about these homes to present to the Forest Hill community town hall meeting on March 31. Attendees not only felt concerned about the dilapidated homes, but also felt disappointed that none of Forest Hill’s hidden gems are being marketed towards new Cleveland residents.

    While the housing issue begins to be corrected, we wanted to take a moment to showcase one of the Forest Hill landmarks that some may not know too much about: the Forest Hill Park.

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    A little background about the park: In 1936, John D. Rockefeller gifted his original homestead estate, located on the corners of Lee Rd and Monticello Blvd, to the cities of Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland.  This beautiful piece of green space became the Forest Hill Park.  In 1998, it was officially listed on the register of Historic Places.

    With over 230 of acres, the Forest Hill Park boasts many wonderful amenities, including ballfields, tennis courts, soccer fields, and a playground.  In the spring, cherry blossoms bloom around Rockefeller Pond and wildflowers paint the Great Meadow. When the snow falls, grab your cross country skis and sleds, and head out to Sled Hill!

    Another feature is the all-purpose pathway that connects the Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland sections of the park. Be on the lookout for any of the following wildlife: deer, fox, blue herons, ducks, geese, and wild turkeys.  There’s been discussion of starting a walking club for this particular area, which would in turn create a social and safe way to enjoy the pathway.

    One of the campaign’s initiatives is to continue keeping the park beautiful and maintained, and ultimately host different events, like farmers markets, yoga in the park, 5k races, and more.

    Find out more about the Campaign for Forest Hills by going to our website.

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    Filed under: Forest Hill News & Events

    Life in University Circle


    University Circle is a wonderful area of Cleveland, Ohio.  Whether you want to take a jog around Wade Oval Circle, enjoy a museum day with the kids, or dine at a premiere restaurant, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Cleveland property managers Reilly Properties has compiled a list of some of our favorite Univeristy Circle activities. Take a look below!

    SEVERANCE HALL AND THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA

    The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the most highly rated and celebrated group of musicians in the world.  Each year, Severance Hall presents a full season of concerts with guest artists and featured composers.  Attending a concert is a great way to enjoy classical music and makes for a fun and romantic date.

    THE BOTANICAL GARDENS

    The Botanical Garden of Cleveland provides many activities to enjoy.  From weddings to school field trips, the Gardens are a staple in the Cleveland community.

    From March 19 through April 24, the gardens open up for children to experience the Big Spring Event.  Colorful, bigger-than-life-sized blooms provide the children a chance to explore and learn.  This is a wonderful event for families, especially with young children.

    If you are seeking a venue for your wedding or reception, the Botanical Gardens might be just the right fit for you.

    THE CLEVELAND ART MUSEUM

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    For over 100 years the Cleveland Museum of Art has provided Cleveland with amazing exhibits from all over the world.  The museum is free to the public every day, which makes planning very easy.

    The museum also provides an opportunity for school field trips.  Many of the local districts plan a visit for the kids once per year.

    L’ALBATROS BRASSERIE & BAR

    L’Albatros Brasserie and Bar, owned by master chef, Zack Bruell, presents traditional french cuisine.  You can book a reservation on the website for a unique experience in the old carriage house on the Case Western University Reserve campus.

    Fans of french food will enjoy this menu.  Traditional appetizers, meals and cheese platters are just a few of the reasons this restaurant has great reviews and happy customers.  They also offer gift certificates.

    Reilly Properties offers wonderful rentals for long or short term leases near the University  Circle area.  Visit our upcoming homes for rent or our currently available listings, and book a showing for one of these beautiful homes!

     

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    Filed under: Fun Stuff, Reilly Properties

    Now that winter is over, it’s time to start thinking about these home repairs


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    It’s nice to see the sun and feel some warmer temperatures. Knock on wood there aren’t any last minute snow storms or frigid temps. Now that spring is here, it’s time to start thinking about doing the following:

    • Clean the windows, patio or patio furniture, or wash the deck
    • Declutter the garage or basement
    • Reorganize the garage: Add some shelving units or hooks for tools
    • Power wash the deck and slippery masonry surfaces of moss, and seal the deck
    • Fix up items: Fences/gates, driveway repairs, rotted wood
    • Repair any and all home violations

    Rain, snow and ice can cause many damages to your home.  With this week’s weather forecast indicating a drop in temperature and higher rates of precipitation, Reilly Painting and Contracting can help you with many water-damage-related problems.

    And of course, if you have any other repair or problem that is driving you crazy, we can help you with those too! Contact us today to schedule a repair or consultation.

     

     

     

    Filed under: Common Household Repairs, Home Mechanic Tips

    Find your Cleveland Heights rental home today


    What makes Reilly Properties different from other landlords? Unlike traditional landlords who purchased properties but no longer have the means to maintain the home, we have a full staff who can take care of any house problem in a timely manner.

    We are your Cleveland, Ohio housing source with many houses for rent that are beautifully decorated, pet-friendly, and are located in safe and vibrant neighborhoods throughout the Northeast Ohio area. Many of our homes have hardwood floors, and remodeled kitchens and bathrooms with ceramic tile floors and granite counters. The homes come with all appliances, like refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, and washers/dryers. Optional additional services include fencing, security systems, lawn care, and snow removal.

    The majority of our homes are close to popular Cleveland work and social spots, like the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, the Cleveland Art Museum, Severance Hall, and the new Uptown area, where you’ll find yoga studios, restaurants, bars, and a cool bowling alley!

    Take a look at two of our featured properties below, and for a full list of our available properties, click here.

    The Glynn Charmer

    Price: $1475 per month, plus utilities

    Availability: Now

    Take a look at another one of Reilly Properties’ rental homes in the historic Forest Hill neighborhood. This four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom house is about a 15 minute drive to the University Circle area, which is home to the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and Case Western Reserve, and around a 20 minute drive to Cleveland State University.

    This Cleveland rental home is located in a very family-friendly neighborhood. The Forest Hill Park is a short walk away. Bring your tennis racquets, baseball bats and frisbees, or let the kids play on the playground!

    One of the best features about this home is the “smart home” technology integration. Heard of NEST? Get ready to program this home’s thermostat from your mobile device before you walk through the door.

    Other features include hardwood floors throughout, a first-floor screened-in porch, a second-floor porch that’s attached to the bedroom, a finished third-floor unit with a bedroom and a bathroom, and a spacious finished basement.

    There’s a detached two-car garage, a washer and dryer in basement. Stove and fridge included. Lawn care and snow removal are optional services. Pets are allowed with deposit. Please call our office for details.

    Wyatt Road Home

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    Price: $1575 per month, plus utilities

    Availability: September 1

    Reilly Properties offers many Cleveland homes for rent. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom, totally-redecorated, villa-styled home is located in the historic Rockefeller neighborhood of Forest Hills in Cleveland Heights. The home is about a 10 to 15 minute drive to the University Circle area, which is home to the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, Severance Hall, and many Cleveland museums.

    Features of this rental home include beautiful hardwood floors throughout, a wood-burning fireplace in the living room, a small sitting room overlooking the backyard, and eat-in-booths in the kitchen.

    The backyard has a stone patio, and the basement connects directly into the two-door garage.

    Snow and lawn care negotiable. Section 8 not accepted. Pets allowed, please call our office for pricing information.

    Reilly Properties is dedicated to providing clean and well-managed rental properties.  Timeliness on inquiries and repairs create a trusting and pleasant tenant-landlord relationship.  Call us today and schedule a showing of any of our featured rentals: (216) 371-8160.

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    Investing in Your Community


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    A neighborhood is more than just a group of houses next to each other.  It brings a sense of community and togetherness between neighbors.  It provides a safe place for us to raise our children and help them learn how to be good citizens, but did you know there is more you can do to make your neighborhood prosperous?  It can be difficult knowing where or how to start, but these tips from The Liveout Nanny will help you figure out how to invest in your neighborhood.

    1. Support Local Businesses.  Do your best to spend and recommend in your own business community.  Supporting the local shops helps both the economy and longevity of a neighborhood.

    2. Make charitable donations.  Donating to your homeowners association, to PTA and education based programs, can make a huge difference in the communities ability to provide services and support to those in need.

    3. Volunteer with local organizations.  Give some of your time to a local clean up or outreach effort, or your community center.  Volunteering not only feels great but really helps non-profit organizations to function to the best of their ability and they will be so grateful for your time and effort.

    4. Join a community supported agricultural exchange.  You know that garden you’ve always wanted to start in the backyard?  Talk to your neighbors and see if they are interested in a neighborhood exchange.  Agricultural exchanges are a great way to make new friends and spend some time outside.  By several neighbors growing different things in their gardens and sharing between themselves, it creates a sense of community and teamwork.

    5. Support elderly and mobility-challenged neighbors.  Help those in need around you by simply holding a door open, help carry bags or groceries, or offer your services to help out with difficult yard work tasks.

    6. Build relationships.  Greet your new neighbors.  Introduce yourself and your family by bringing baked goods or even a friendly smile and a positive attitude.  Offer to watch the neighbors kids on date night, or hold a family night at your house.  These simple ideas will help create long lasting relationships between families.

    7. Organize and throw a block party.  Team up with your neighbors and have a huge party for the entire block.  Plan and delegate tasks amongst each other to ensure everyone helps out and has a great time.

    Investing in your neighborhood is essential to truly feeling a sense of community where you live.  By making lasting friendships with neighbors, being generally helpful and giving your time or money whenever you can, you will see your neighborhood flourish.

    Check out The Liveout Nanny for more information

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    Filed under: Fun Stuff

    Save Money on Heating Costs with a Thermal Imaging Inspection


    Thermal imaging is a form of infrared cameras that measure the amount of heating radiating from an object or a person.  The lense of a thermal imaging camera uses a sensor array specifically designed to show the radiating heat.

    This technology can be used in many ways, but one of the most interesting ways is in home inspections.  Having a thermal imaging inspection for your home can really save you money on heating and cooling costs for your house.  By using thermal imaging an inspector can identify areas of the home where heat is escaping.  This allows the homeowner or contractor to adjust the areas of leakage to keep heat inside the home and save money on utility costs.  The contractor may suggest using a plastic or caulk to seal leaks in windows, or adding a sweep to doors to contain the heat.

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    For cities like Cleveland Heights, which have many old homes with drafty windows and doors, the long winters drive up heat costs significantly.  Keep your home warm and comfortable without losing heat or money this year by contacting your Home Mechanics about a thermal imaging inspection for your house today.

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    Filed under: Fun Stuff

    Your Home Mechanics’ Tips on Saving Costs this Winter


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    Home owners of Cleveland await the winter months with bated breath.  Each year as the cold settles in residents stress about the financial toll that comes with keeping their homes warm and comfortable.  Many of the homes in Cleveland are older, have leaky windows, and zero insulation, which makes the winter months even harsher and more expensive.

    Reilly Painting and Contracting helps you prepare your home for the bitter cold.  Take a look at the list below for some ideas to help lower heating costs in your home this winter.

    1. Seal leaks in your windows and doors.  With a simple application of plastic around windows and sweeps on doors, less heat will escape.  By trapping the heat inside the home, the furnace will have to turn on less.

    2. Utilize warm clothes and blankets while home and turn down the thermostat.  Extra layers of clothing and curling up with a warm blankets will allow your body to adjust to keeping a lower average temperature in your home.

    3. Ceiling fans should be run clockwise during winter time.  Warm air rises, causing the temperature of the ceiling in a room to be approximately 5-10 degrees warmer than the floor.  By adjusting your fan to rotate clockwise, the air circulation will push the warm air down, making the room warmer.  Many ceiling fans have a switch on them from summer to winter, which automatically changes the direction of rotation.

    4. Keep blinds, shutters or curtains closed except during times of direct sunlight.  Window treatments can insulate windows and trap heat inside.  Direct sunlight can act as a free heat source as well, so just remember to close your curtains after the sun has changed direction.

    5. Cook meals at home.  Using your oven during the winter can warm up the kitchen and adjacent rooms.  Unlike a microwave, there is no air seal on the oven, which allows the heat to seep out and warm the room.

    6. Upgrade your thermostat.  NEST Thermostats on average save their customers approximately 10-15% on heating costs annually.  The NEST has learning and pattern recognition capabilities allowing it to adapt to your lifestyle after just a week.  The Nest pays for itself in savings in less than 2 years.  Take a look at this article from our blog about the benefits of using a NEST Thermometer in your home!

    For Reilly Painting and Contracting, no list is too long or short. Call us today at (216) 371-8160 and set up an appointment to have one of our professionals prepare your home this winter to save money and stay warm.

     

     

     

    Thanks to David Berkowitz 

    Filed under: Gadgets & Technology, Home Mechanic Tips