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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.

    Brook Reilly Photo This blog is edited, maintained, and written by Brook Reilly, a social media and blogging consultant based in Cleveland, OH.

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    My husband and I are extremely pleased with Reilly! You team, Bruce and David, are masters. They came each day when they said they would and worked diligently, and I was pleasantly surprised that they were quiet and didn't listen to radios. Bruce is a jewel; he was so patient with me and explained answers to all of my questions."

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  • Bring nature indoors with this great hanging garden

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    If you have a small outdoor space, it might be frustrating and difficult to get the garden you’ve always wanted. Vertical gardens are popular right now, and for good reason – they’re gorgeous and efficient. Using the same concept as a highrise, vertical gardens take up less space while allowing for more plants in one area.

    Click here to learn how to make your own hanging garden. If you aren’t the DIY type, one of our own carpenters would be happy to make it for you. Give The Home Mechanics a call and ask for Matt Hopke.

    Filed under: Gardening & Landscaping
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    Getting Your Kids to Help With Spring Cleaning

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    Courtesy of The Home Depot

    Convincing your kids to help with the chores can be a chore in itself. I’m sure you’ve tried all sorts of bribery – and there’s no shame in that. But we think we can help. The trick is to give them jobs they might actually think are fun. We found this great list on The Home Depot blog that will help you get your kids on board with spring cleaning.

    If you need any help with de-cluttering this spring, give The Home Mechanics a call!

    Filed under: De-clutter Your Home, Fun Stuff
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    The Newest TV-Streaming Box Is Here

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    We love new smart house ideas here at Reilly Painting & Contracting, so naturally we were interested in Amazon’s new Fire TV. Like Apple TV and Roku, Fire TV allows you to stream video and games from the Internet. Because it’s made by Amazon, the focus of the product is, well, Amazon. If you search for a television show to watch, you’ll be able to stream it at a low cost from Amazon. But what it won’t do is show you that you can watch it for free on Netflix, which is a ploy, but also understandable.

    If you’ve ever used Apple TV, you might have found all the searching and the clicking frustrating. Finding one movie or show shouldn’t be so challenging. The Fire TV came up with a brilliant solution: voice searching. Apparently it’s pretty accurate, too. With just your voice, you can access your show or movie much more quickly.

    It is a new product, so of course they’re still going to be working through some kinks. They plan to incorporate more services and features as time passes and they receive more feedback.

    I suggest checking it out and reading some reviews. If you are a big fan of Amazon and have a Prime subscription, this might be just the smart TV solution you’ve been waiting for.

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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.

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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.

    Filed under: Fun Stuff