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    Welcome to Reilly Painting & Contracting, "The Home Mechanics," and Reilly Properties. We are your Cleveland Contractors who also provide rentals in Cleveland, Ohio. We have served Cleveland Heights for 35 years.

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  • Tonight is Date Night

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    Doug Katz opened Fire Food & Drink in 2001. This American Bistro is the perfect setting for a date. Its dim lighting and charming decor will certainly make for a romantic evening.

    They offer a wide variety of food with quality ingredients. Katz proudly supports local farmers and uses only seasonal produce. This means you get only the freshest and best tasting meals. Delicious meats and seafoods are used to make things like Tandoor roasted local pork chop, or mustard crusted Alaskan cod. They also have a couple vegan options, which means they cater to everybody.

    Katz is also known to make an effort to meet his dining guests. He’s a man invested in making everyone’s experience a delicious and memorable one. You will usually need to make a reservation, so make the call right now!

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    Get Your Gutters Cleaned

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    There is a lot to do to get your house looking great for spring and summer. Now that the snow is melting and it’s getting warmer, it is time once again for gutter cleaning. Gutters are a very important part of your house. They catch rainwater and melted snow so that it doesn’t all run off your house and into the soil. Unfortunately, gutters collect other things too, such as leaves and debris. If you don’t clean your gutters, you run the risk of the water eroding away at the foundation of the house. Then you have an even bigger problem: the risk of a sinkhole underneath your home.

    However, this is an easy problem to avoid. Gutter cleaning is simple and doesn’t take very long. The Home Mechanics do seasonal gutter cleaning and will help keep your home safe, clean, and beautiful.

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    Getting Your Lawn Ready For Spring

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    The snow is melting and chances are your lawn looks brown and patchy. Now that spring is here and the warm weather is following, you probably want your yard to look green again. Getting the grass healthy can sometimes be a struggle. You might not know where to start, and you definitely don’t want to spend too much money. These tips will help with both of those problems.

    Once you’ve got the lawn ready, you’ll need to prepare your tools. Make sure the lawn mower is tuned up and the gardening tools aren’t rusty or dirty. Find out everything you need to know here. And keep in mind that The Home Mechanics can help spruce up your yard with some beautiful landscaping or a new deck or patio.

    Enjoy the wonderful weather!

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    Spring Cleaning Tips

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    If you’re anything like me, you don’t even know where to begin when it comes to spring cleaning. And maybe you don’t even want to think about it.

    But The Home Mechanics are here to help! We found a superb list of spring cleaning tips. This guide will help you clean almost effortlessly. There will be no hair-pulling or stomping, only determination.

    I’m the kind of person that needs to write everything down or else I’ll forget, so I found this tip especially helpful:

    “As you clean, keep a list of any jobs you notice that need to be done around the house.”

    If you have a significant other who hates cleaning more than you do – or is, let’s face it, lazy – here is an idea that might help you out a little bit:

    “Take an empty laundry basket and pile in it anything you need your hubby to sort through.”

    Click here for the rest of the link. We hope it helps. But remember, if you find the de-cluttering process daunting, we can always do it for you.

    Filed under: De-clutter Your Home
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    Spring Cleaning in Cleveland Heights

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    imagesThe weather this week is finally going to resemble springtime in Cleveland. That means no more excuses for putting off your spring cleaning. And The Home Mechanics are here to help.

    Your pets are probably getting just as anxious as you are for the nice weather. This might mean that they are having accidents in the house. We know this is smelly, as well as frustrating. We also know that you’re busy. So if you can’t get your home smelling clean again, and you don’t have time to do any deep cleaning, let us help with all of the spring cleaning in Cleveland Heights.

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    Your New Car Technology

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    Do you see commercials for new cars with a lot of helpful technology that you wish you could have in your own car? The wait is over. Automatic Link has parking GPS, deciphers your check engine light, alerts authorities and even loved ones of a car accident, and gives you driving feedback. You simply plug the Link into the data port and it connects to your iPhone or Android.

    There are so many other features that come with Automatic Link. It’s almost unbelievable. You can teach the Link what you want from it, and it will learn your habits. They call the teaching ability a Recipe. This is just one:

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    Even more interesting is the fact that the Link actually learns how you drive and gives you a driving score. It calculates your speed on the highway, any rough braking you do, or rapid acceleration. This feature isn’t to show you what a bad driver you might be, but rather to advise you on how to improve your driving, and to save you gas and money.

    For almost $100, this is a great investment. It keeps you connected, safe, and informed. If you need help with any of your home or car automation, give The Home Mechanics a call!

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    As you may already know, Reilly Painting & Contracting now has an Outlet Store. We have many items, including retro chairs, cans of paint, lamps, televisions, an antique stove and much more.


    These items come from estate sales, customers, and tenants who leave things behind when they move. Instead of letting them pile up in our dumpster, we decided to re-home them. Sure, some of the things are in need of a bit of TLC. But that just means you get to express your creativity and make these househould items unique.

    What we have left is going quickly, so take a look and see if there’s anything you want. If there is, just give us a call or e-mail. And remember, Your Home Mechanics are here to help you with all of your household needs.

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    City Chickens

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    More and more people who live in cities are finding themselves wanting to revert to a simpler lifestyle. People are wanting less, and recognizing they need to buy less. This is true for many facets of life, but especially for food. City gardens are gaining popularity quickly, and perhaps more surprisingly, so are chicken coops. The popularity of grass-fed, cage-free, local livestock is growing, and many people want to have these options right in their own backyards.


    Raising your own chickens isn’t the easiest task, so it takes a lot of research and preparation. This list is a really great guide to getting your chicken coop started.

    If this is something you’d like to get started with this spring, The Home Mechanics can help you set everything up, and you can be on your way to eating delicious eggs every morning for breakfast.

    Filed under: Health, Food & Fitness
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    Home Automation for the Warm Weather

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    quirky_aros_1It’s been a long, frigid winter, and it’s hard to believe it’s spring. But that means warm weather is on its way. We’ll soon find ourselves complaining about the heat rather than the freezing cold. With this new air conditioner, however, we can get the perfect custom at-home temperature with the help of your smart phone.

    After the Quirky+GE Aros tracks your cooling habits for a couple weeks, it will automatically establish a schedule to fit your needs. It can also tell when you’re away from home by locating your phone. You can read more about this savvy new air conditioner here.

    And remember, if you need any help with your home automation set-up, give The Home Mechanics a call!


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    First Date Night of Spring

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    It’s Friday, and that means date night! We have some perfect suggestions for a romantic evening. Even if you don’t have a significant other, you can still have a nice night with your sister or your best friend. The weather isn’t very warm today, so we’ll suggest some indoor ideas. Let’s start with dinner at Marotta’s in Cleveland Heights. You can never go wrong with Italian food, especially on the east side. I mean, look at this Il Greco pizza. pizza Apparently, you can even watch them make the pizza; dough tossing and all! 1653522_10151943358531939_974495454_n Here are some reviews from their Facebook page: Screen Shot 2014-03-21 at 9.49.22 AM   After your delicious meal, head on down the street to Cedar Lee theatre and catch a movie. We suggest The Grand Budapest Hotel. Wes Anderson would never steer you wrong. Watch this charming trailer, and I know you won’t want to miss it.

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