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  • Testimonial

    "The house absolutely glows with a new-found beauty. Tom is a genius in his ability to coordinate the work done to my home. In between many raindrops, he managed to get the painting done in a few days and have Mike, the roofer, and his crew tear off and replace the shingles and wood in two days time. And even though I'm on the west side, Tom was able to catch me before I left for work around 8:00 a.m. Your company has really boosted the resale value of my house. I plan to engage you again for interior work in the coming years. Thank you for a job well done!"

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  • Dry Erase Board Paint Demonstration

    Last Friday, we sat down with one of our representatives from Sherwin Williams in University Heights, Ohio to give us a demonstration on one of the newest and hottest home decor products, dry erase board paint. Take a look at our YouTube video below, and make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more home repair and house contracting tips!

     

     

    Filed under: Fun Stuff, Painting & Remodeling

    Kitchen Backsplash Ideas for the Remodeling Project


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    Whether you’re showing off your home to renters or buyers, or putting drinks together for party guests, we think it’s fair to say that out of any room in a house, the most congregation tends to take place in the kitchen. In the spirit of upcoming holiday parties (bring on the food and drink!), we thought we’d show examples of kitchen tile backsplash that can help transform an outdated look to something much more modern.

    Reilly Painting and Contracting specializes in updating and remodeling kitchens in Cleveland, Ohio. Whether you have a small or big kitchen, we’ll work with your budget to ensure that your kitchen remodeling dream comes to life. For more ideas on remodeling your kitchen, check out our Kitchen Pinterest board.

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    Photos provided by HGTV, Antique Home, and BHG.

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    Hire a Contractor that’s Proactive, not Passive


    Reilly Painting and Contracting’s latest YouTube video gives our viewers an inside look into what makes this contracting company so successful. Watch the video below and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel as we continue to add more videos about the company, our hiring policy, helpful home repair information, and more.

    Filed under: Secrets to Hiring a Contractor

    Put an End to Those Nagging House Problems


    Is this your common expression when the house doorbell fails to ring…yet again?

     

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     It’s probably safe to say that you’ve felt that way about a number of home repair problems including

    • The garage door not closing properly
    • Lights not turning on or dimming the right way
    • Patio or deck feeling “uninviting”…maybe you’re even embarrassed to take guests out there

    As Cleveland enters into the fall season, now’s the time to start thinking about those pesky house problems that should be fixed BEFORE the cold weather sets in. To help you feel overwhelmed, we at Reilly Painting and Contracting recommend creating a fall home maintenance checklist to go through with a professional. Items on those checklist include

    • Get your mind in the gutters. Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts.
    • Button up your overcoat. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk.
    • Get on top of roof problems. Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.
    • Walks the walks (and drives). Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
    • Chill out. Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
    • Freshen your filter. Clean or replace dirty furnace filters.
    • Give your furnace a physical. Have a professional inspect your heating system.
    • Gather round the hearth. Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep.

    If you need help tackling any of these house repair problems, please contact Reilly Painting and Contracting today to set up an appointment: (216) 371-8160.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Fall home maintenance check list provided by BHG

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    Who We Are – The RPC Brand


    At Reilly Painting and Contracting in Cleveland Heights, we consider ourselves to be like the following companies: Apple, UPS, Fed Ex, and the Ritz Carlton.

    Who aren’t we? We are not Best Buy. We are not credit card companies. We are not the “old Browns.”

    With over 40 years of being in the contracting and home repair business, Reilly Painting and Contracting takes pride in caring for our customers. We are proactive. We come up with solutions to all of your nagging problems. Just like the new Cleveland Brown’s team, Reilly Painting and Contracting has an all start offensive AND defensive line.

    This past week, our in-house media crew has been creating a wide variety of videos explaining the RPC brand. We’d like to show you one of our most recent videos showcasing what it’s like to work for Reilly Painting and Contracting. We’ll be adding more videos to our YouTube channel, so please be sure to subscribe!

     

     

     

     

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    Get Your Greek On in Cleveland Warehouse District


    Greek Food in Cleveland, OhoioThe Cleveland Scene recently reported that Cleveland chef  Tommy Karakostas, owner of Lakewood and Broadview Heights’ famous Greek Village Grille, will soon be opening Santorini in Cleveland’s Warehouse District.

    The spacious 4,500 square foot restaurant will feature a large bar, dining room, and small patio adorned with traditional Greek colors of white and blue. Customers will be served a variety of authentic Greek entrees and a few surprises up Karakostas’ sleeve, thanks to the two-week trip to Greece that he will soon embark on.

    Aside from dining in Cleveland’s Warehouse District, members of the Reilly Painting and Contracting team particularly enjoying going to the Greek Festival in Cleveland Heights at the end of August. We’d like to know what Greek restaurants or festivals you enjoying going to. Leave your comments below!

     

     

    Photo provided by Lakewood Citizen

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    Apple Is Making a Big Announcement Tomorrow


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    Apple is announcing some exciting stuff tomorrow, and certainly you’ve at least heard it mentioned in the last few weeks. As one of the most cutting edge tech companies, this announcement is important. So what can we all expect tomorrow when they do their big reveal? Two very likely products.

    Apple’s biggest rival is Samsung. With Samsung’s smart watch already on the market for quite some time, of course the iWatch is an important step in the competition. The “Internet of Things” is a rapidly growing facet of technology. This means your watch will connect to your phone and you’ll have many of the same functions right there on your wrist. Like all of their new products to be announced, we don’t know much. We know it will be smart, you’ll have a couple different options as far as style goes, and it will track your health. Wearable health trackers are big right now, and why not have one planted right inside of your Apple device?

    The iPhone 6 is to be announced as well, and because of their competition with Samsung, different sizes will be available. Suddenly big cell phones are popular, so besides the typical size, expect a 5.5 inch. It’s almost a tablet, but it’s also a phone. Prices and memory sizes are expected to stay the same.

    An iPad Air 2 is anticipated by some, but others think it’s an unlikely announcement. Let us know what you think after the live event tomorrow. If you’re having any problems setting up your technology in Cleveland, give Reilly Painting & Contracting, The Home Mechanics a call today. We’ll help you get everything up and running for your 21st century home.

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    How to Add Some More Curb Appeal to Your Home


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    August was National Curb Appeal month. Now with the prices of homes slowly rising, curb appeal is more important than ever. Curb appeal is the first impression people get when they see your property, and first impressions are key. If someone comes to look at your home and sees dead grass, an unhinged screen door, and missing shingles, they’ve already decided not to buy it. We’re going to help you decide which updates are most important before putting your house on the market.

    If the exterior of your house hasn’t recently been scraped and painted, it’s a good idea to go ahead and get that done. Opt for a lighter, more neutral color if it isn’t already. Most potential buyers don’t want to have to do all the work themselves. The value of your property will go up and it will become more attractive to those searching for a new home. To add a little more appeal, use an accent color for the shutters or trim and paint the front door a bold color.

    Another simple and eye-catching improvement is landscaping. If you already have a garden, make sure it’s as full as possible. If you don’t have a garden, or don’t have the space for one, shop for plants that are already in containers and organize them neatly in your entryway. You can also add some outdoor lighting for a chic, modern look.

    The entryway is important. It’s the area in which you can tell people that you have a welcoming home. Use earth tones to show warmth. The stairs, pathway, and door should be visible, not hidden by overgrown plants. If the railings on your stairs are dirty and rusty, either replace them or refurbish them. The pathway from the sidewalk to the front door should be clean, clear, and sturdy.

    Overall, the home your trying to sell should be displayed like the home you’re trying to buy: a dream house. Even if you’re not trying to sell it, don’t you want to feel confident about the impression your property is making? If you need help with selling or marketing your house in Cleveland, we can do it all, from exterior painting and landscaping, to masonry and roofing. Give Reilly Painting & Contracting, The Home Mechanics a call today to schedule an estimate.

     

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    What I Wish I Knew Before I Went To College


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    The summer after I graduated from high school was the best time of my life. It was just me and my friends, with lots of time for fun and no time for responsibility. There are two types of people: those who are excited about starting college, and those who are completely dreading it. I was one of the latter. No one I knew from my hometown was going to the same school as me, and I had only reluctantly filled out college applications in the first place. The first week of college was brutal for me because I had never been alone in my life. But I hung in there and it ended up being, like they say, the best four years of my life.

    College is the time for you to grow up, become an adult, and get to know yourself better. I had to learn a lot of lessons the hard way – through mistakes. So maybe I can help a few people by telling you some things I wish I had known before going to college.

    1. It’s okay to be yourself. I know it’s cliche, but seriously, even if you’re a shy, introverted, nervous wreck like me, you will be okay. The great thing about college is that there is such a variety of people on campus. You will meet people just like you, and people who are the opposite of you, and you might be friends with both. If you’re a homebody who doesn’t like to party, you will find friends that want to stay in with you to watch movies on Saturday nights. It might take a little while to find the right friends for you, but they are out there, I promise.

    2. It might be different when you visit home. Since all of my friends stayed at home to go to school, it was easier for them to stay connected with each other than with me. The first time I went home over break, it was shocking to me how alienated I felt from them when we all hung out. They’d had experiences together, while I had experiences far away and alone. Don’t get me wrong, I was still so happy to see them. My advice is to be honest with them. Let them know things feel different, because they probably have no idea.

    3. You will spend all of your money. Any of the money you got from your high school graduation will be gone – soon. This is okay. If you can prevent it from happening, that would be amazing. But like I said above, these are all learning experiences. And this will not be the last time you blow all your money. My advice would be to get a job. Campus jobs are always great because you don’t have to work a lot of hours, but the extra money will make you less stressed out.

    4. You might not know what to do with your life. I went to college undecided, which means I didn’t have a major picked out yet. I chose English because I had been writing for a really long time and people thought I was good at it. If you decide on a major like English, everyone you meet will ask, “So what can you do with that?” Eventually you will hate this question and everyone that asks it. The fact is, you might not know what you want to do for a living for a long, long time, so it’s best to have a major you love. And if you do know exactly what job to reach for after you graduate, kudos to you.

    5. The person of your dreams might not be on your campus. I know it’s not 1955 anymore, but a lot of people still go to college intending to find the person they’ll spend the rest of their life with. It could happen, it really could, and that would be phenomenal. But it also probably won’t. Have fun and don’t get bogged down by drama.

    6. College is a breeze for some people. You might find yourself having to study a lot more than your friends. Or you might find yourself with more free time than your friends. Either way, it’s not because you’re smarter, or dumber, than them. As an English major with an aptitude for reading and writing, my major wasn’t difficult. But if you have engineering or biology major friends, expect to see less of them.

    7. You will be a different person by the time you graduate. If you start college as a shy and awkward person, there is a strong chance you’ll be less of one on graduation day. You’ll realize that everyone is too involved in their own lives to worry about how weird you are or about that zit on your nose. This will make you more confident. Also expect a lot of your views on the world to change. Whether we like it or not, before college our views come mostly from our parents. Through classes and lectures, and meeting new people, the world will look a little different in four years.

    Just remember to enjoy your time in college. There will never be another time in your life that is as free and fun. Meet people, have experiences, and go to class. Have a great year!

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    How Do Deal With Those Empty Nest Feelings


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    Your kids are officially out of the house and on their own. It’s just you, or you and your spouse, now. You’re an empty nester. For some, this is a dramatic and unsettling change. But for others, it’s a time they’ve been waiting for. If you’re one of the former, that’s okay. We have some helpful tips to guide you through this time.

    You love your children, of course, but you spent two decades putting them first. This is the time to focus more on yourself and your relationship, if you have one, with your significant other. Surprisingly, this may be more challenging than you had anticipated. Having a child means less alone time, which can sometimes put a damper on the romance. Stepping out of the routine and getting the spark back might just click for some, and more difficult for others.

    One easy thing you can do together is a date night. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant or pricey – just as long as you’re spending time together with conversation and without smart phones. Dinner and drinks is always a fun way to loosen up a bit and laugh together. If you don’t drink, dinner and a movie is always a great choice. Keep it simple, but keep it intimate.

    Something exciting you can do – by yourself, with some friends, or with your significant other – is travel. Without having to worry about your kids back home, you’ll be able to relax more easily. Traveling by yourself can be a bit scary for some, but self growth is a lifelong process. It’s important that you’re comfortable being alone, and even more important that you’re able to focus on yourself now that you have more time to. Traveling with friends can also be rejuvenating. Not only will it be relaxing, but it will be thrilling and make you feel younger.

    If you’ve been looking at your son or daughter’s bedroom longingly, imagining a yoga studio, a library, or an office, now is the time to do it. Yes, your kid will most likely be a bit offended at first. But remember, it is your space to feel at home in. Reilly Painting and Contracting, your Home Mechanics are here to help you renovate that bedroom into your dream room, so give us a call today!

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