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  • The Keys to a Successful Startup

    At Reilly Painting and Contracting, we like to say, “We’re an established business with a startup mentality.” We have taken those words quite literally, launching E-Reilly Consulting in the early part of 2015. Over the past few months, we have learned a lot about what it means to successfully run a startup and taken the advice of others that have done so. In this post, we want to share some of what we have discovered.


    Here are three tips that we find to be a few of the biggest keys to launching a successful startup:

    Be prepared. It’s vital to do your homework on the industry you’re tapping into. What are other people charging? Who is your target audience? How are you going to meet demand? You must have answers to all of these questions if you want to get your business off the ground. Often a startup is an around-the-clock job, and you must be willing to give that kind of time and effort from day one.

    Have a plan to make money. Ultimately, the underlying current of a successful business is always money. It’s the root that allows businesses to grow through hiring, expansion of services and so on. A great idea and a motivated team will get you started, but money will keep you moving forward.

    Be flexible. Everything isn’t going to go according to plan. You’ll learn that pretty quickly. Being able to adjust and continuing to evolve will be critical. You can’t get too discouraged by lackluster results or an unhappy client. You must learn from mistakes and address issues immediately.

    Running a startup can be the most rewarding experience of your life, yet at the same time be the most exhausting. Learn as you go, learn from others and don’t stop grinding!

    Head to for more tips on running a startup.


    Filed under: Fun Stuff

    E-Commerce Becoming More Than Online Shopping

    Chances are you have bought something online. That “something” could have been a part for your car, a television, an mp3 or one of millions of other items. Up until recently, the shopping experience ended there. While e-commerce websites like Amazon have thrived on making it easier for consumers to find exactly what they want at a competitive price, their services ended after said item was shipped. All of that is about to change.

    amazon home service

    Major players in the e-commerce world, like Amazon, want to move past the screen and into your home by connecting you with home service professionals. Similar to Angie’s List, the current leader in the market. For example, say you buy a $1,200 TV but you are worried about its set up and installation. No worries, Amazon will provide a list of industry professionals that can do the job. Tack on the additional price and schedule a date and time for the service and you have truly one-stop shopped.

    Amazon is not the lone competitor in the market. Google is exploring how it could play a role alongside a laundry list of startups that also want a piece of the pie. The general idea is to link virtually unknown and low-tech businesses to consumers who are in need of their service. There’s a tremendous amount of opportunity to connect consumers to electricians, plumbers and all kinds of manual labor. There’s also a tremendous amount of money at stake, about $400 billion according to the New York Times.

    While well-known and well-respected competitors enter the market, Angie’s List is not going away quietly. They want to stay ahead and have done so with features like SnapFix, a mobile app that allows a homeowner to a take photo of a household item in need of repair and receive bids to fix it. This is likely great for consumers, as competition will bring new innovation and adjusted pricing.

    Try out Amazon Home Services for yourself.

    Photo courtesy of: Zhao

    Filed under: Fun Stuff, Gadgets & Technology, Home Mechanic Tips, Secrets to Hiring a Contractor

    Cleveland Heights Artist Offers Unique Possessions

    As you may know, we have been located in Cleveland Heights for the better part of four decades. From time to time, we like to recognize other people and businesses in the city. Today we take a closer look at Donald Bingham Schmitt, an interior designer and artist, and get an update on what he has been up to.

    Donald Bingham Schmitt

    Donald and his team offer full interior design services, whether someone is renovating, downsizing or staging their home. Their services cater specifically to a person’s taste. Donald’s expertise and dynamic style palette comes from years of experience and traveling all around the world.

    Throughout his journey, he has acquired incredible pieces of art and furniture. Luckily for Cleveland residents, this weekend is the chance to be a part of that history. Donald is selling some of his possessions, from custom furnishings to paintings, at his Cleveland Heights home.

    Here are the exact dates and times of the sale:

    • 4/17/2015 10am to 4pm (Fri)
    • 4/18/2015 9am to 4pm (Sat)
    • 4/19/2015 9am to 4pm (Sun)

    You can read more about the sale on Donald’s Blog or at the official Estate Sale page.

    Filed under: Entertainment, Fun Stuff, Support Local

    The Rise of Cleveland

    Cleveland has been getting a lot of (well-deserved) national attention lately. Named by Men’s Journal as one of the “50 Best Places to Live in America” followed the economic uptick from March Madness games being held at the Q, not to mention the Republican National Convention that rolls into town the summer of 2016. Historically called the Sixth City, Cleveland even ranked seventh in “America’s Best Food Cities” for 2015. We can’t help but to think the increase in temperature is adding to the excitement.


    It’s safe to say “The Land” has a renewed focus. Transitioning from the Rust Belt to new jobs, affordable housing and top-notch entertainment has been the backbone of Cleveland’s transformation over the past few decades. You could say the city is being rehabilitated similarly to the way its buildings that were constructed during it’s heyday in the 1920’s.

    The momentum only seems to be growing. The city and local businesses have invested in themselves, whether that’s a pedestrian bridge that connects major destination points or downtown’s first full-service grocery store. Prominent suburbs and neighborhoods haven’t gone unnoticed. From Cleveland Heights to Lakewood, neighborhoods like Ohio City and University Circle have become more accessible and livable. It’s no secret that young professionals are relocating for the nightlife and amenities, but even baby boomers have shifted to a more urban environment.

    We are certainly partial, but there’s a lot to love about the city of Cleveland right now. If you are looking to experience life in Cleveland, check out our Properties page for affordable housing in great locations.

    Photo courtesy of Christina Spicuzza.

    Filed under: Entertainment, Fun Stuff, Reilly Properties, Support Local

    3D Printing: The Future of Home Construction

    They’re working in California. It’s happening in Amsterdam. China too. Around the globe, architects are racing to be the first to build what could be the future of home construction — 3D printing.

    3d printing

    The technology, currently being used to make iPhone cases, instruments and even guns, has the potential to revolutionize the housing industry. Those at the forefront believe 3D printed houses have an advantage in two key areas: affordability and customization. For example, a Chinese company named Winsun claims to have built 10 3D printed houses in just one day for the sticker price of $5,000.

    3D objects are created through a process of layering, as each layer works as a horizontal cross-section. Several companies offer small versions made for the home for around $1,000 on the low end. Building an entire house quite clearly requires a much bigger version of a printer, which is currently a developmental goal of University of Southern California professors, Dutch architects and others spread throughout the world.

    The movement has more momentum and backing than ever, allowing the professionals to dream of the possibilities. The low cost would be of major benefit to developing countries, providing affordable, ecological housing to those in desperate need. Customization would also be easily achievable, as an average home buyer would be far less restricted in their design options.

    3D printing is still far from being the go-to option for building a home, as the current technology is more fit to build just outer shells without wiring, plumbing and other essentials. It may ultimately take years before we see production on a mass scale, but 3D printing could change everything we know about building a house.

    To find out more about the current state of 3D printing go to: Business Insider

    Photo courtesy of: Dus Architects

    Filed under: Fun Stuff, Reilly Properties

    Achieving a Work-Life Balance

    94% of working professionals reported working more than 50 hours per week in 2014, according to Forbes. The constant rise in technology, specifically phones that never stray more than a few feet from us, undoubtedly is a major contributor to this. While incentives and fear of job loss certainly play a role, the never-ending workday exists because of how connected we are even at home. Relationships, heath and happiness can suffer as a result.

    work life balance

    For all of the reasons above, we think it is critical to achieve a work-life balance. While that may mean something completely different from one person to the next, there are a few general rules that can help just about everybody.

    It is great to have ambitions to be the best at what we do, make a lot of money and move up within the company, but be wary of developing perfectionist tendencies. It is very natural to do so, but it becomes much more difficult when responsibilities grow. In this case, perfection is achieved by tacking on hours to the workday. Striving for excellence rather than triple-checking every minute detail will allow for more family time and decrease heath risks.

    Breaking time-wasting habits can go a long way in being more efficient and decreasing the time we spend at a desk. Spending an hour scrolling through Facebook is obviously not productive, yet we all tend to do it from time to time. Breaks can be beneficial, but it is important to be aware of how we are spending that time. No worries, we don’t recommend stopping all conversation with your coworkers.

    Maybe the most effective way to put more “life” into our work-life balance is to unplug our devices. Being “on” all the time creates expectations and carries the workday far into the night. Accessibility is one of the great advantages of an employer, but it has the potential to control the life of an employee. It’s best to set a standard (i.e. not sending emails after 6 p.m.) and stick to it. Sometimes it is important to separate your two lives.

    Actively trying to make a lifestyle change will take time and these small adjustments shouldn’t hurt your production at work. For more tips on how to achieve a better work-life balance visit: Forbes

    Picture courtesy of Andrew Kimmell

    Filed under: Entertainment, Fun Stuff, Gadgets & Technology

    Renting with Reilly Properties

    We have all heard, or even worse been a part of, a horror story when it comes to renting a property. Whether it’s an unreliable landlord or a house that simply isn’t up to par, renting can often be a headache.

    cleveland heights rental

    At Reilly Properties, we don’t like headaches. We take all the worry out of renting by providing beautiful homes in safe and family-friendly neighborhoods. Our team of professionals have years of experience in property management, and we are confident you will love our homes for rent in the Cleveland area.

    The majority of our homes are close to popular Cleveland work spots, like the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and Case Western Reserve. Whether you are moving to Cleveland, continuing your residency at the Clinic or UH, or just looking for a great home in a nearby suburb, we have the home for you! Reilly Properties has many short term housing, long term housing, or shared housing options. See what properties are available for rent now or browse our upcoming rental homes.

    cleveland heights rental

    Our current tenants range from young professionals to small families with a pet. Our wide range of properties can really cater to anyone’s needs. Our homes are decorated and equipped with appliances (dishwasher, fridge, and stove) and modern updates. You will love the amount of yard space, a two-car garage and the proximity to many local attractions. Primarily located in Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights, many of the houses are within walking distance to Coventry and Little Italy and a short drive to the University Circle area.

    We’re confident you’ll find renting with us is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. We’d love to hear from you. Give us a call today: 216-371-8160.

    Filed under: Forest Hill News & Events, Reilly Properties

    Buying Appliances: Stress No More

    So you have the daunted task of buying appliances for your home. It can be intimating with so many options and comparing prices, meanwhile finding something that will last more than a decade. Well, let’s make this a little easier.

    buying appliances

    Now you will need to set aside some time to truly find what you are looking for. Between research, visiting stores, and ultimately making your decision this can be a time consuming process. Though in the end it will be worth it.

    Above anything else, know yourself and know your personal taste. After all, you will likely have to use and look at a stove or fridge for years and years. The size and make of a given appliance should be determined by your lifestyle and often how many people it will need to accommodate on a daily basis.

    For the large majority of us, if not all of us, cost is a factor. While the sticker price looms large in decision making, also take a keen eye to the operating cost. A low price upfront may mean bigger bills for you in the future. Reading online reviews and talking to a trusted salesman can save you money, as well. This will help you make an informed choice, as you will save money down the road on repair costs.

    Remember that each appliance is unique. Some brands may make a better dryer, while another makes a better fridge. The search can certainly be stressful and tiring, but don’t forget to have fun with it! We are believers that a positive outlook brings a positive outcome.

    For more tips on buying major home appliances head to Real Simple.

    Photo courtesy of Kendyl Young.


    Filed under: Fun Stuff

    3-D Technology Revolutionizing Real Estate

    Have you ever been in the market to buy a home but had to rely on just a couple of pictures online to get a visual of what it looks like? Well, imagine that experience completely revolutionized because 3-D technology is beginning to reinvent real estate.  3d home techIt is becoming increasingly popular and possible for home buyers and sellers alike to rely on 3-D images. The access these visuals provide, other than physically being in the home, are unparalleled. It is now possible to do a complete, virtual walkthrough of a home all from your computer screen.

    While 3-D tech has been around in other industries for years, real estate companies and businessmen now see a value in how it can change their industry for the better. An increased focus on marketing has also put pressure on realtors to provide new options to consumers. Just how much value this technology has is not yet known, but mobile devices have created a market that investors are ready to bank on.

    Aside from home buying, tremendous potential lies in vacation rentals, event spaces and museums. Think of the reassurance it would give you to see the exact layout of a home you wanted to rent for a summer vacation or hold an out-of-town party. That reassurance seems as if it’s right around the corner.

    Do you think there is a need for this technology? Drop a comment below.

    For more information of the rise of 3-D technology in real estate visit: Chicago Tribune

    Filed under: Gadgets & Technology, Selling Your House

    Are you ready to renovate your home?

    Maybe you’ve had the same color on the walls of your bathroom for the last 20 years. Maybe you haven’t updated your kitchen since you moved to Cleveland back in the 90’s. Whatever the case might be, you want to make a change, but before you pick up the power tools you need to consider a few things.

    cleveland rental home

    Renovations can certainly range far and wide in price and the amount of time you put into them. Obviously, a lot of that hinges on how much of a room you want to change. This is why a plan is so important. Without it, costs often exceed initial expectations and renovations can take much longer than first thought. The pictures you see in this post are of a recent Cleveland renovation Reilly Painting and Contracting completed. Our work order, which breaks down each part of the job, allowed us to finish this renovation within our budget and time frame.

    cleveland rental home

    As you develop a plan, you should start researching online what others have done. This can often be a cost-cutting measure and spark inspiration. Whether you are doing the renovation yourself or working with a contractor, visual images can be the key to the end result looking like you what you had imagined at the start.

    You also must determine the urgency of the project. If you have a serious problem like mold or a leak, you shouldn’t put off the work. Letting it linger runs the risk of sinking even more time and money into renovating. Setting deadlines, as you would at work or a school project, will keep you on track.

    Lastly, go for a look that’s timeless. Trends often come and go, and if you are paying the money to completely change a room, you want it hold its value over the years. Choose materials that fit your lifestyle and taste, but also factor in the longevity of the products and design.

    For more information visit: The Washington Post

    Filed under: Common Household Repairs, Home Mechanic Tips, Painting & Remodeling