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    "Eric and his crew did a masterful job of painting the walls to perfection and making sure that our chestnut woodwork was protected. He oversaw the refinishing of our living room and dining room floor that now glows. He fixed all sorts of things that got our beautiful home ready for sale. All of this Eric did with heart!"

    Mark K.
    Shaker Heights

  • Increase Curb Appeal As Autumn Approaches


     

    Beautiful Foliage Can Turn Your Home Into a Nightmare

    If you’re preparing to sell or rent your home, one of the most overlooked aspects is curb appeal. With the Cleveland summer season coming to an end any updates to a home will add value and be more attractive to potential buyers or tenants.

    Here are a few modifications your home mechanics suggest in order to help you increase curb appeal:

    • Landscaping-  Get your yard tastefully landscaped to enhance the quality of your home.
    • Exterior Lighting- Install exterior entry lighting to make the most of what you’ve got, complementing your home’s architecture, increasing security, and helping guests navigate their way to the front landing.

    • Porch- Add a porch to your home and you will not only increase your home’s curb appeal but also add hours of enjoyment for your family.

    • Railing and Steps- If your front steps are plain or worn, transform the entry by replacing your deteriorating railings and steps.

    • Your Front Door- Door replacement is another great option. This is one of the simplest and cost-effective ways to improve your home’s curb appeal.

    • Windows- Fitting new windows is a great way to update your property’s facade, and, depending on the age of your home, it doesn’t have to be too complicated.

    • Roofing- On the exterior, cracked, missing shingles and bald spots can indicate significant damage. Signs of wear, missing gutters and loose material are also common signs that a roof has outlived its use.

    • Siding- If the outside of your home is beginning to look weathered, siding can be a cost-efficient way to update its appearance.

    • Hinges and Screen Doors- Screen doors are one of the best ways to enjoy nature while still maintaining a pest-free environment in your home. Replacing hinges is one way to be sure the screen door closes every time someone uses it.

    • Scrape and Paint- An exterior paint job increases your home’s curb appeal and helps protect its trim, flashing and siding from damage from the elements. It’s a great idea to use more neutral colors when choosing a color for the exterior of your home, to capitalize on first impressions.

     

    Don’t want to tackle all of these jobs alone? Cleveland’s Reilly Painting & Contracting can take care of it all! Give us a call today to schedule an estimate.

     

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

    Making Your Home Brighter with Smart LED Lighting


    Technology is the defining feature of the recent decade. Amazing innovative technology from the iPhone to virtual reality have permeated the market and created powerful companies run on platforms previously unheard of. Reilly Painting and Contracting can set up various products so you can turn your home into a “21st Century Home”. It is important to keep your home at the forefront of modern technologies by using products such as smart LED Lighting and the Nest Learning Thermostat.

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    One thing about home automation is it not only to make life easier, but devices synchronize and function smoothly in a natural way so that humans won’t even notice. While you are at work, the Nest Learning Thermostat can be turned off oron automatically at a certain time to save energy cost. LED lights (such as the GE link bulbs or Philips Hue bulbs) can be controlled individually to turn off at night, or can all be controlled at the same time using either a switch or grouping them together on your smart phone application. By implementing these devices and others it will be easier to communicate, entertain, and sell your home in the future.

    LED lighting can also be a great addition to any home because it can decrease cost. You have the ability to easily control the lights via smartphone or tablet and program them to turn on and off at certain times of the day. You can also dim the lights without missing any second of Game of Thrones by using your phone or tablet from the couch. The Nest Learning Thermostat can also decrease your home cost. By controlling your thermostat with your smartphone or tablet, the thermostat keeps track of your heating and cooling patterns, saving you money.

    There are many brands out there with there own applications that can confuse many people, but one central device that can tie all of them together is system called Wink Hub. It works by being able to use not only Wi-Fi, but bluetooth as well.  In addition, not only can all these devices be set to give you notifications when they are activated, or deactivated, they can be controlled from anywhere in the world as long as your smartphone is connected to the internet. All of these products can be a great addition to any home. These and other modern appliances can save you money, while making your life a little easier. Reilly Painting and Contracting can set up any or all of these products so you can turn your home into a “21st Century Home”. Call us today to find out how easy it is to bring your home into the 21st century.

    Photo courtesy of Flickr.

    Filed under: Entertainment, Gadgets & Technology, Selling Your House

    Ready For A Staycation?


              Traveling to distant far-off places is always an exciting idea, but with expenses, work, and responsibilities it is difficult to find time to travel. Adding accents from different cultures around your home can give you the feel of a different space without ever leaving your home. Asian, Mediterranean, or Tropical inspired decor enables you to spend a lot less money than traveling to create a cool new atmosphere for your home.

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    Many parts of Asia are known for beautiful gardens and architecture, unique to their culture. You can add a few elements of Asia to create a pleasant, tranquil living space.

    • Colors:

      • Red and gold are popular in Asian culture. A vibrant red for the walls or gold accents can be valuable additions to any room.

      • Bamboo and natural materials can add to the room’s atmosphere, as well.

    • Furniture:

      • Often times, Asian-inspired furniture is simple and made from a natural material, such as, wood or bamboo.

      • Using the practice of feng shui, you can create balance within your space.

    • Accessories:

      • Sake jugs with simple designs and Japanese writing are great accents you can place around a room.

      • A traditional Japanese hibachis can be used as planters to hold orchids.

      • Japanese granite lanterns are great for indoors or on the patio.

     

    The Mediterranean is known for its vibrant colors and rich history. This style originated in the countries Spain, Greece and Italy, and is often referred to today as “Spanish modern.”

    • Colors:

      • By painting a room or two with a beautiful bright color, you can get the Mediterranean right in your home.

      • Mediterranean colors mirror the ocean and sky with warm terra cottas, lavenders and yellows.

      • Texture is a key component by layers of paint and glaze rubbed onto plaster or sand-textured walls.

    • Accessories:

      • Mosaic tile is a common Mediterranean theme. You can bring these tile designs into your home on the floor or a kitchen backsplash. If you don’t want the hassle and expense of tiles, you can always simulate the look of tile with a stenciled mosaic border.

      • Burnished bronze accessories and ornamental light fixtures both exemplify a Mediterranean look with a little bit of Moroccan influence.

    • Furniture:

      • Mediterranean-style furniture is often times short with decorative ornate legs.

      • Pieces range from simply functional to extremely formal.

     

    Everyone loves spending time with their feet in the sand, relaxing on a tropical beach, so why not add some elements of the beach to your home. Blue and yellow paint can make any room reminiscent of the ocean with the right accessories.

    • Colors:

      • Typically, light blues, greens and yellows are used to echo the calmness of the beach.

      • Adding some shell or fish stencils to your walls can also be an appealing addition.

    • Furniture:

      • Wood furniture is common among beach themed rooms.

      • Beach themes patterned textiles are also a great addition to a chair to add a little whimsy.

    • Accessories:

      • Shells in a bowl of sand can be a perfect accent as a table centerpiece.

      • Coral, starfish and shells can be dispersed sparingly throughout the room.

      • Appending small rope and boat accents on the walls can complete the nautical look.

      • Many home decor stores carry nautical themed accessories you can use to make any room a day at the beach!

     

    So, if you want a beautiful new space or are looking for a few accents here or there to mimic your favorite vacation spot, we can help you achieve the look you want. Contact Reilly Painting and Contracting today to find out what we can do for your home.

    Photo courtesy of Flickr

     

    Filed under: Painting & Remodeling, The Power of Feng Shui

    Feng Shui For Your Home


    Feng shui has gained popularity in American culture over the past few years. More and more people are using Feng shui to guide them in their home decorating, color scheme choice, and decor arrangements. We believe when Feng shui is done right, good fortune may follow.

     

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    What exactly is Feng shui? The definition of Feng shui is a system of laws. These laws are considered to govern spatial arrangements and orientation in relation to the flow of energy with an either favorable or unfavorable effect. These effects are taken into account when building and designing a space. Feng shui has been around for over 3,000 years. It has a complex body of knowledge about how to balance the different energies in a space to assure good health and fortune.

    Feng shui for your home is easy. Start with the very basics and move to the more complex.

    • Feng shui starts with decluttering your home. Get rid of the stuff you don’t need or don’t have a good use for. This could take time depending on how much stuff you have..
    • Another basic Feng shui idea involves light. Make sure your home has a significant amount of light.
    • Fresh air is also an important characteristic of Feng shui.  When we open the windows on a nice breezy day, it has the potential to provide good energy.

    These are just a few easy and free Feng shui ideas we can take advantage of.

    When you complete these basic Feng shui ideas, you can move on to more complex ones, like a Feng shui energy map. An energy map defines the Feng shui of your home and the energy it brings to your everyday life according to the direction your home is facing. When you understand Feng shui, you can implement it in every room of your home. Be creative and let good energy flow through your home and your everyday life.

    Check out About Home to find out how to Feng shui your bedroom, your kitchen, and even your basement and laundry room. You can Feng shui your whole home in order to bring good energy.

    Photo credit Tronathan

    Filed under: De-clutter Your Home, The Power of Feng Shui

    How to Manage Working From Home


    Working from home is not as easy as it sounds. Most people think that you are just sitting in front of the computer or on the phone wearing your pajamas, but we know it’s not true.Even though you set up your own hour, but it is a professional job. More and more people are working from home these days. It doesn’t mean that their jobs are less important or any easier than those who come to the office everyday.

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    Working from home is a great way to earn a paycheck especially for a stay-at-home parent while you  take care your children and your house. With the child care cost this day, working from home is a perfect solution for those with young children. Thanks to technology and social media, we can now do office work at home.

    Working from home requires time management and communication skills. You also need motivation and techniques to stay motivated. A flexible working environment requires trust. Sometimes staying motivated is the hardest task in this line of work. Although you have the flexibility to do your work, the distractions and interruptions are also greater at home than the ones in an office. Often time it’s harder to concentrate.

    To be a successful worker from home is no different than being a successful worker in the office. You need….

                  - constant discipline

                  - hard work

                  - focus to reach your goal

                  - some kind of space or office to do your work

    Even though you don’t have to leave home to do your work, you still need to have a space to work where you can focus and concentrate on your job. You also need time allotted for the job free from distractions. Lastly, it is important to know when to stop and when you’re done for the day.

    Eventually, you will get used to it and you will know when to start working and when to stop.

    Before you start, you have to commit to the job and to yourself. Don’t give up just because your first few days are hard and frustrating. No matter what kind of job it is, the first few days or even weeks are usually the hardest. As time goes on, you will get better.

    This article from AOL job  will also help you to understand what it takes to be a successful work-from-home employee.

     

     

     

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    Filed under: Health, Food & Fitness

    Give Your Porch a New Look.


    When you go for your evening walk, you see more and more people in your neighborhood enjoying their day on their porch. The weather is nice, so why not end the day relaxing on your porch? A porch creates a whole new look to your house. When your porch is clean and organized, it makes your house look clean and organized too. Knowing this, you should declutter your porch to reflect nicely on your home.

    Sometimes decluttering alone is not enough. If the paint is chipping, the floor looks dull, or the railing needs a little repair, we can give you a porch with a brand new look. Add a flower box, paint the porch floor different colors, or put some hanging baskets up. These are just a few ideas you can do. We have to pay extra attention to how our porch looks because the porch reflect how our home looks.

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    The ideas to give your porch a new look shouldn’t overwhelm you. Take it one step at a time. Figure out what needs your immediate attention and start there. Just change the simple things first, like putting up hanging baskets or rearranging the furniture and decorations. Look at the big picture and you will know what has to be done. Get some ideas from your neighbors and add your own style to make it your unique.

    Our company is ready to help you like we have helped so many of our customers in the past. Discuss your plan with our experts. Reach your goal with our help. Pretty soon you will enjoy your summer evenings on your new creation. There is no other way to end your day than to just relax on your beautiful porch.

     Give us a call, we are here to help whenever you are ready.

    Photo credit Sonja Lovas

    Filed under: De-clutter Your Home, Gardening & Landscaping, Painting & Remodeling

    Upgrade and Organize Your Kitchen


    They say that we spend more time in the kitchen than any other room in our house. Personally, it is definitely true for me. How many times do we have company over and start our conversation in the living room to only end up in the kitchen? The kitchen is the center of our home. It is the room that we clean and tidy up the most, especially if you love to cook.

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    Not all kitchens are big, some kitchens are even smaller than the living room or dining room. Size doesn’t really matter as long as you organize it in a certain way to make it look tidy. This will make it look bigger than it actually is. Most of us try to use every space that our kitchen has to offer by adding a lazy susan, recycling cabinet, etc, to make it more organized.

    If you have extra space, you can add an island to your kitchen. Connecting your kitchen and your dining room together is another way to make it look more spacious. Adding more open space is one way to make your kitchen and dining room look and feel bigger.

    Reilly Painting and Contracting has done many kitchen upgrades and renovations. We have worked on kitchens of all different shapes and sizes. We can make your kitchen look beautiful and organized regardless of how big it is. 

    Whether you cook for your family or a few friends, you want to enjoy cooking for them in a beautiful new room. Go ahead and have company over to wow them with the new and improved look of your kitchen. You don’t have to start reconstructing your new kitchen from nothing, we can start with your existing kitchen and work from there. Add this, remove that, switch a few things around, and you’ll have your beautiful kitchen in no time!

    Give us a call and we will have a look at your kitchen. We will give you our opinion, ideas, and a plan to give you the beautiful kitchen you deserve.

    Filed under: De-clutter Your Home, Painting & Remodeling, Selling Your House

    Social Media Isn’t Just for the Big; Small Business Should Use it Too


    These days, running a small business comes with a lot of obstacles. To compete with bigger businesses is a challenge. Strategy, customer satisfaction, and the way you run the business, all play a big role in achieving success.

    Today’s technology has a lot to do with the success of small businesses. Social media is the first thing we look at when we need to find something out. Don’t be left out. Start promoting your small business today. The sooner you start, the sooner new and existing customers will take notice of your business.

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    Social media makes it easier to put your business in the forefront by promoting your business. Utilizing various social media platforms will expand your business to a larger audience and reach more customers.

    Since you are already busy running your business, you probably have a difficult time finding time to set up and maintain social media accounts for it. That is where we come in. E-Reilly Consulting, a sister company to Reilly Painting & Contracting, regularly manages clients’ social media accounts. We have talented and experienced associates that dedicate themselves to the task of analyzing and managing website and social media traffic.

    With the help of social media, customers are now able to gather information about your business with just a click of a button. Offer them a good first impression and give them something to share with their friends because a satisfied customer is the best form of advertising.

    Filed under: Entertainment, Gadgets & Technology, Support Local

    Fixing It Yourself vs Hiring A Professional


    Owning a house can bring you a lot of pride and joy, but along with it comes the stress of making it your own and perfecting it. It is nice to have a place to call your own, but like anything else, it comes with big responsibilities, whether that means general upkeep, fixing faulty areas, or adding upgrades.

    The key is to know when to fix any issues before they becomes big problems and when to nix it to avoid unnecessary spending. But to be safe, it’s a good idea to follow the rule of thumb that keeping up with your home is usually the best way to avoid huge problems. Instead of potentially facing even bigger problems by trying to do it yourself and running into one of the many DIY fails, you can call in the professionals and have the job assessed and taken care of in no time.

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    Reilly Painting and Contracting will help you fix whatever‘s wrong in your home, and when you are ready, we can even help you renovate your home. We will make your dream home become a reality, even when it seems hopeless to you.

    We work for you and with you to make sure you get the result you want and that your vision becomes a reality. Without any of the headache that doing it yourself can often bring. We can proudly say that with more than 30 years of experience, we are experts at what we do.

    Call us today to get you a little closer to that dream home! (216) 371-8160

    Photo courtesy of: Erik Eckel

    Filed under: Fun Stuff, Painting & Remodeling

    Finding A New Home That’s Perfect For You


    During the spring and summer months, most of us start doing our gardening, cleaning the yard and maybe even painting our homes. And we do outdoor activities a lot more. The weather alone just makes you want to do more, whether it be home renovations or backyard barbecues.

    For some of us, we find this time of year to be the best to move. It’s just easier to do when the weather is nice and snow isn’t slowing you down. Looking for a new home can be fun, whether you are buying or renting. But yes, it  can also be stressful. With a busy life, who has the time to look for and then even furnish an entire house?

    Here at Reilly Painting and Contracting, we understand that. We can take that inconvenience away from you. We have several available properties, one of which is bound to suit your needs. From unfurnished homes to furnished ones, we have it all. And whether you need a long-term or short-term lease, we will accommodate you. We have both single houses and duplexes, so tell us what you are looking for, and we will help you find the perfect home.

    Our properties are located in the Cleveland area, including both the east and west sides and most are in perfect locations for shopping and museums and close to just about everything to make you appreciate what Cleveland has to offer.

    Give us a call and our friendly associates will gladly help you find what you are looking for. And we will be right by your side (and in your ear!) every step of the way.

    Reilly Painting and Contracting is a company that not only fixes, rebuilds and renovates your home, but we take pride in being a part of your home finding solutions. And we can proudly and confidently boast that we are excellent at what we do.

    Filed under: Reilly Properties