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  • Introducing E-Reilly Consulting!


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    We want to take a minute to recognize the great work of E-Reilly Consulting. They have been doing some amazing work in the Cleveland area with all things digital marketing, whether it is search engine optimization, creating unique company videos, or in many cases, providing a solution to any marketing problem.

    At Reilly Painting and Contracting, we have always prided ourselves on being an established company with a startup mentality. That mentality has certainly resonated with E-Reilly. Their drive to build a relationship with their clients and ultimately deliver a premium product is truthfully the backbone of everything they do.

    Take a few minutes to watch this video and see for yourself:

    Video is just one aspect of what they do. When they take on a social media marketing client it is more than just slapping up a few posts. Search engine optimization means getting your company on the first page of Google. They create responsive-themed websites that work on all devices. Their IT support team can solve any problem from simply setting up a Netflix account to configuring complex computer issues. They even restore family memories, taking them from VHS or DVD’s to digital files.

    No matter the problem, E-Reilly is truly a digital marketing solution.

    Filed under: Fun Stuff, Gadgets & Technology

    Is Micro-Housing Revolutionizing How People Live?


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    Imagine living in an apartment with less than 200 square feet of space. Its kitchen, bedroom and office are all in one room. It has a twin bed, micro-dish washer and a single sink in the kitchen.

    For residents in cities all across the world, apartments of this kind are more prevalent than ever. Micro-housing, as its often called, is meant to be both energy-efficient and maximize its usable space. The popularity stems from the appeal of a reduced environmental footprint and often pristine location.

    In cities like London, where space is tight and increasingly expensive, micro-apartments and homes are looked at as a possible solution to the problem. These homes can provide all the necessary amenities of city living while dealing with an increase in population.

    In Seattle, some residents love the intimacy of their tiny apartments while others feel like they are living in a closet. Many call it their “room” and not their “apartment,” and shiny and new often comes with sterile and lonely.

    Boulder has seen a rise in tiny homes, which have allowed people to live simply, be close to nature and reduce their carbon footprint. Many have wheels that allow for relocation and exploration. Small-scale mobile living is viewed as an alternative to big homes and wasted space, yet issues with housing codes have caused big obstacles.

    Despite the drawbacks, many experts believe that micro-units can be a practical housing solution going forward if they are handled the right way by developers and cities alike. Right now it is a trend, and new home size in the United States hit an all-time high last year, averaging out at 2,600 square feet. That’s more than two-and-a-half times the size of a single-family home in the 1950’s. Living large is certainly not a thing of the past.

    For more information visit: CNN, CCTV America, Boulder Weekly

    Photo courtesy of: Nicolas Boullosa

     

    Filed under: Fun Stuff

    Renting vs. Selling Your Home


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    So you are looking to move out of your house. Maybe you are looking to move into a smaller space, maybe you need more space, or maybe you just need a change of scenery. If you are in any of these situations it is critical to know the pros and cons of renting versus selling.

    Determining whether your home is a good investment requires research and analysis and taking time to get know the facts. There is a lot to consider, and there are tools than can help simplify the process of renting vs. selling.

    Adding to that, consider these five tips when making your decision:

    • Look at current market conditions in your area and the demand for rental properties. Find comparable properties and look for what they have rented or sold for in the last six months.
    • Think long term and what the property might be worth in five or ten years. If the value of homes in your neighborhood are on the rise, strongly consider keeping the property and allow it to appreciate.
    • Calculate the monthly costs for maintaining the property. Whether that is a mortgage payment, homeowners association fees, or anything in between, finding the exact cost can be a telling factor.
    • Know that renting out your home is a commitment and not just a financial decision. A landlord has to collect rent, handle repairs, and often receives calls at inconvenient times.
    • Get your property ready to rent or sell, considering how much it will cost to upgrade your house. This can include painting, cleaning, or making big improvements like updating a kitchen.

    Whether you are looking to rent or sell, or maybe you are not quite sure yet, Reilly Painting and Contracting can help you in your decision making and in prepping your home for potential renters or buyers.

    For more information visit: U.S. News

    Filed under: Painting & Remodeling, Selling Your House

    Properly Staging Homes Pays Big Dividends


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    Staging your home is one of the most important steps you need to take in order to sell your home. While it involves extra effort and sometimes extra dollars, the return on your investment is commonly far greater.

    Simple tips such as cutting your grass and cleaning countertops can go a long way, but creating an overall environment that potential buyers feel like they could live in is what will get your home sold.

    At Reilly Painting and Contracting, we have years of experience seeing the results of a properly staged home. Teaming with feng shui expert, Martha Royan, we can get your Cleveland home ready to sell. This may include anything from paint touch ups to changing a color scheme to updating a kitchen or bath.

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    Pictured above is a property that we own and just completed staging, located on Blanche Ave. in Cleveland Heights. Pictured below is another home we recently staged, located on Glynn Rd. in East Cleveland. We filled both of these homes with appealing items but also with a budget in mind. Finding the balance between the two is something that we have perfected. We know what you need to upgrade and what can be left the way it is. As owners of several Cleveland-area properties we know what it takes to get your home sold.

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    Staging is an absolute essential step in selling. Give us a call or email us today.

    For more information about staging visit: HGTV

    Filed under: Selling Your House, The Power of Feng Shui

    The Home Mechanics Upgrade Local Restaurant


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    At this point in the calendar year when going out to grab a bite to eat, it is essential to find a spot that not only has great food but provides comfort in contrast to the freezing temperatures.

    The Plain Dealer recently produced a list of 15 such restaurants, where the quality of the cuisine is matched by the coziness. Fronting that list was The Fairmount Martini and Wine Bar, located in Cleveland Heights. The paper described it as a “relaxed atmosphere” with “classed-up neighborhood bar aesthetic.”

    Adding to the restaurants’ aesthetics, Reilly Painting and Contracting completed interior painting, carpentry work and retiled floors as recently as a few weeks ago. Visitors have been quick to notice the upgrades, as the menu is now complimented by an unbeatable setting. It has become a go-to for local Cleveland residents to get out of the cold and enjoy a delicious meal.

    The Fairmount Martini and Wine Bar is located at 2448 Fairmount Blvd. in Cleveland Heights. Stop in any afternoon or evening for a drink or one of their inviting entrees.

    Interested in RPC upgrading your home or business? Contact us today.

    Photo courtesy of The Fairmount Martini and Wine Bar

    Filed under: Date Night, Painting & Remodeling

    Cleveland Temperature Drop May Lead to Pipes Bursting


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    2015 kicked off with a serious cold front in Cleveland, Ohio. While opinions on the cold weather (and the snow) may differ between you and your neighbor, there are a few things every Cleveland resident needs to know to protect their home during the winter. While stockpiling a bunch of good movies and stoking the fire is key to your life at home during these months, it is also essential you make sure to keep your pipes from freezing.

    To prevent this from happening make sure to wrap your pipes in insulation in the cooler parts of your home. Pipes tend to freeze when the outside temperature reaches 20 degrees or below. Continued freezing and expansion causes an increase in water pressure between the ice blockage and a closed faucet, leading to the burst.

    Take preventive measures including allowing water to drip slowly from your faucets and opening cabinets in kitchen and bathroom areas to allow warm air to circulate. Taking these necessary precautions can save you time and money, and you will ultimately avoid the hassle that comes with pipes that burst.

    If your pipes have already burst, we are a phone call or email away.  At Reilly Painting and Contracting, our team has years of experience insulating pipes and taking the burden off of homeowners’ shoulders. We provide a solution that is both efficient and effective.

    Find more information about winter home maintenance at: kiplinger.com

    Photo courtesy of rainbowintl.com

    Filed under: Fix That Leak, Home Mechanic Tips

    Newly Renovated “Smart Home” for Rent in Cleveland Heights


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    Beautiful, newly renovated and “tech savvy” Cleveland Heights home for rent

    Growing up, everybody always wonders what the future will look like.  So far flying cars and silver jumpsuits haven’t really come to fruition, but the idea of a “smart home” isn’t as remote as you might think.  Several companies have been developing new technologies that rely on the concept of a smart home being more of an upgrade than an overhaul.  Instead of building new, fancy, expensive, tech-filled homes, these companies are trying to bring the “smart home” to every home, using installable devices.  This is a much more realistic vision, because it makes use of the structures we already have.

    Two of these devices have been getting a lot of publicity recently.  The Leeo Smart Alert nightlight is a beautiful device which acts as a high tech nightlight and smoke/carbon monoxide alarm monitoring system all in one.  If the Leeo detects your alarms going off, it notifies the people on your contact list immediately, so even when you’re away from home you can still keep tabs on what’s going on.  Then there’s also the Nest Learning Thermostat, which learns your schedule and preferences so it can program itself to keep your house at the perfect temperature, even when you’re away.  It can also be controlled from your phone, and reduces your energy costs.

    The great news is that Reilly Properties has been keeping an eye on all the latest technological developments, and we’re proud to announce that our newly remodeled “tech savvy” home will be available for rent on January 1st, 2015.  The Glynn Road Home is a gorgeous colonial home located in the historic and family friendly Forest Hill neighborhood of Cleveland Heights.  Recently remodeled, this four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home for rent in Cleveland Heights is the ideal place for you and your family to settle down in the Cleveland area.  The house is conveniently located to all the attractions of University Circle, including the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, and the Cleveland Art Museum.  Your family will enjoy visiting the Cleveland Orchestra, the Botanical Gardens, and countless restaurants and retail shops within just a few minutes’ drive.

    The Glynn Road Home is “tech savvy” because you can monitor and control your utilities and security system using your mobile device!  And the radiant heat floors will keep your family nice and warm during the frigid Cleveland winter.  With a finished attic and basement, hardwood floors throughout, and master bedroom fireplace, this home is a steal at only $1375 per month.  For more information on the Glynn Road Home or other Cleveland Heights rental properties, visit Reilly Properties’ webpage.  And if you know anyone looking to rent a home in Cleveland, keep this incredible home in mind!

    Filed under: Forest Hill News & Events, Gadgets & Technology

    Technology Tips for iPhone 6


    The new iPhone 6 has tons of new and improved features

    The new iPhone 6 has tons of new and improved features

    At Reilly Painting & Contracting, we like to stay abreast of cutting edge advancements in technology.  When you get a new phone, it can be overwhelming to figure out all the new bells and whistles, so here are some Apple iPhone6 tips for how to make the most out of the phone’s camera.

    The camera app on this smartphone allows you to adjust the exposure manually.  No more struggling with Cleveland’s changeable weather conditions to get the perfect lighting.  Now you can make sure your picture looks just the way you want it to, even after you’ve taken it.  And now since you don’t have to worry about lighting, you can take advantage of the camera’s timer.  Everyone will have time to say cheese when you set the timer, and the burst of shots when the countdown reaches zero will ensure that you have at least one great picture out of the bunch.  No more annoying blinks!  Burst shot is great for other occasions too, like when you’re trying to capture just the right moment during a sporting event.

    The iPhone 6 camera allows you to use a variety of different filters and tools to make your picture look its best.  Filters will give you endless possibilities to change the mood of your shot, and you can even try it in custom black and white.  Pictures can be cropped and edited using an array of parameters, without the need of additional software.  Another fun feature is the time lapse mode, which lets you take pictures over time that will become a video of that beautiful sunset against the Cleveland skyline that you’ve always wished you could capture.

    Apple has even taken care of how you find your pictures later.  A new feature lets you mark your favorite pictures as you take them, so they automatically get sent to your favorites folder.  And if you’re having trouble finding a picture from the vacation you took last month, just search for the location.  It doesn’t get any easier than that!

    For more details about how to make the most of the iPhone 6 camera, check out this article.

    Filed under: Fun Stuff, Gadgets & Technology, Home Office Tech Tips

    Fireplace Doors and Why You Need Them


    Fireplace doors can add safety, efficiency, and style to your home.

    Fireplace doors can add safety, efficiency, and style to your home.

    Winter is upon us in Cleveland, and those of you with fireplaces have probably already lit them a few times this year.  But here’s a serious question for you: Do you have fireplace doors?  Because you really should.  There are three main reasons that fireplace doors are important.

    1. Safety

    Fireplace doors protect your home and your family.  They create a barrier between burning hot flames and inquisitive children/pets.  They also keep the hot embers and sparks from you fire contained to the fireplace, and not on your flammable floors.

    2. Efficiency

    Have you ever felt a cold breeze blowing down your chimney into your house?  Or noticed that the hot air in your warm home is somehow escaping though your fireplace?  Fireplace doors prevent this by creating a thermal barrier between the air in your house and the outside air in the fireplace, so you won’t be fighting constantly to maintain the temperature of your home.

    3. Style

    Let’s face it.  The right fireplace door can add class and charm to your living space, at a very reasonable cost.  How can you go wrong?  With their prevention of injury and property damage, their improvement on energy efficiency, and their undeniable decorative style, fireplace doors may very well be the perfect home improvement this winter.

    For more information on fireplace doors, check out this article.  Photo courtesy of HGTV.

    Filed under: Gadgets & Technology, Home Mechanic Tips

    Good News for Baby Boomers: Robocars Will Be Here Sooner than You Think


    Lexus "Robocar" with Tom Cruise in 2002 Minority Report © Twentieth Century Fox

    Lexus “Robocar” with Tom Cruise in 2002 Minority Report © Twentieth Century Fox

    Usually we view technological advancements as being geared towards a younger crowd.  Surely, all of us at some point have witnessed a senior citizen smile apologetically as they explain: “I just can’t figure out these smartphones, my grandson has to show me how to use it.”  New technology is generally unfamiliar, and best utilized by those who have the time and eagerness to explore it.  But Google has been working on a new venture which, unexpectedly, may appeal more to older adults.

    Self-driving cars, or Robocars, as Google prefers to describe them, are anticipated to be a reality by 2020, and will be more marketable towards Baby Boomers, according to one Google insider.  The reason? Mobility.  As people age, mobility can be a major hurdle to overcome.  Along with physical limitations to movement as a result of aging, seniors often experience more difficulty driving.  This means they have to rely more on public transportation, which can be inconvenient and equally challenging.  Unfortunately, this results in many seniors becoming prisoners in their own homes, shut off from the outside world.

    Google sees Robocars as an answer to this problem.  Initially, they could be implemented in localized areas like retirement communities, acting as taxis or uber vehicles, but cheaper because there’s no driver.  The self-driving cars will probably be available at per-mile or monthly rates, making them an economical choice for people on a fixed income.  There are still some issues with the logistics of getting Robocars on the road, but Google sees it as a high probability that we’ll be seeing them within the next decade.

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    Audi “Robocar” with Will Smith in 2004 iRobot © Twentieth Century Fox

    As Baby Boomers retire, they’re not going to want to settle down.  Robocars will give them the flexibility and mobility they need to continue living their fast paced lifestyle.  And while they may never appeal to the young, who typically enjoy the excitement and independence of driving (think Will Smith in iRobot), Robocars promise an independent future to a subset of the population that has never wanted to be tied down.

    Filed under: Gadgets & Technology