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    "We no longer have water in our basement! As always, thanks for your great, professional work. You have no idea how much comfort I have knowing that in complete trust, I can call someone on something I know so little."

    Joshua M.
    Cleveland Heights

  • 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 fix it yourself, 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

    Painting Your Garage Floor To Make It Look Like New


    Reilly Painting and Contracting does many things to make your home look beautiful. We paint inside and out and fix anything that needs to be mended. We clean your gutters, renovate your kitchen, refurbish your basement and build your garage, among many other home improvement needs.

    That is why we are the home mechanics, a one stop shop for your home. We are a professional and friendly company with no job too small or too big for our services. We can proudly say that we fix anything that needs to be fixed in your home and thanks to that, we can boast a high customer satisfaction rating. Our professionally trained employees will fulfill all of your home improvement needs.

    And as home mechanics, we see the necessity of an inviting and neat garage to store your cars and any other important items.

    The floors are one of the most important parts of your garage. A nice garage floor can change the look of your garage as a whole. And a newer, more sleek garage floor can be achieved by something as simple as a coat of charcoal gray or earthy brown paint. And we are here to achieve that new look for you.

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    You can see the difference by looking at the before and after pictures of previous work we’ve done, as shown below. In this particular instance, we used high-end epoxy paint for this floor as we saw fit.  As you can see, the results exemplify a professionally finished job, which is our standard at Reilly Painting and Contracting.

    The result is stunning. As you can see, just by painting the floor, there is a big difference in how your garage will look. This is just one example of what you can do to give your garage a face-lift. If you can’t rebuild or renovate the entire garage just yet, then start with the floor.

    Filed under: Home Mechanic Tips, Painting & Remodeling, Selling Your House

    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.

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    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 Inc.com 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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