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    "Thank you for the great work. The newly painted room looks fantastic. Tom notices everything so that if there is a chance I might want something additional I can have them do it. I feel very comfortable with the guys, and as usual your company came through, does what I need done, and does not disappoint me."

    Susan H.
    Cleveland Heights

  • 3-D Technology Revolutionizing Real Estate


    Have you ever been in the market to buy a home but had to rely on just a couple of pictures online to get a visual of what it looks like? Well, imagine that experience completely revolutionized because 3-D technology is beginning to reinvent real estate.  3d home techIt is becoming increasingly popular and possible for home buyers and sellers alike to rely on 3-D images. The access these visuals provide, other than physically being in the home, are unparalleled. It is now possible to do a complete, virtual walkthrough of a home all from your computer screen.

    While 3-D tech has been around in other industries for years, real estate companies and businessmen now see a value in how it can change their industry for the better. An increased focus on marketing has also put pressure on realtors to provide new options to consumers. Just how much value this technology has is not yet known, but mobile devices have created a market that investors are ready to bank on.

    Aside from home buying, tremendous potential lies in vacation rentals, event spaces and museums. Think of the reassurance it would give you to see the exact layout of a home you wanted to rent for a summer vacation or hold an out-of-town party. That reassurance seems as if it’s right around the corner.

    Do you think there is a need for this technology? Drop a comment below.

    For more information of the rise of 3-D technology in real estate visit: Chicago Tribune

    Filed under: Gadgets & Technology, Selling Your House

    Are you ready to renovate your home?


    Maybe you’ve had the same color on the walls of your bathroom for the last 20 years. Maybe you haven’t updated your kitchen since you moved to Cleveland back in the 90’s. Whatever the case might be, you want to make a change, but before you pick up the power tools you need to consider a few things.

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    Renovations can certainly range far and wide in price and the amount of time you put into them. Obviously, a lot of that hinges on how much of a room you want to change. This is why a plan is so important. Without it, costs often exceed initial expectations and renovations can take much longer than first thought. The pictures you see in this post are of a recent Cleveland renovation Reilly Painting and Contracting completed. Our work order, which breaks down each part of the job, allowed us to finish this renovation within our budget and time frame.

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    As you develop a plan, you should start researching online what others have done. This can often be a cost-cutting measure and spark inspiration. Whether you are doing the renovation yourself or working with a contractor, visual images can be the key to the end result looking like you what you had imagined at the start.

    You also must determine the urgency of the project. If you have a serious problem like mold or a leak, you shouldn’t put off the work. Letting it linger runs the risk of sinking even more time and money into renovating. Setting deadlines, as you would at work or a school project, will keep you on track.

    Lastly, go for a look that’s timeless. Trends often come and go, and if you are paying the money to completely change a room, you want it hold its value over the years. Choose materials that fit your lifestyle and taste, but also factor in the longevity of the products and design.

    For more information visit: The Washington Post

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

    A Solution to Your Slow WiFi


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    At Reilly Painting and Contracting, we love our Nest thermostat, which learns from our daily habits, programs itself and helps us save on heating and cooling our office. It’s a product that completely re-invented how we control temperature in any room.

    Now a new product by the name of Eero is trying to make a similar splash, but with WiFi networks. I’m sure many of us have had to sit and wait for a YouTube video or a gallery of pictures to load while our connection catches up. Eero wants to eliminate that.

    It also aims to tackle dead zones, areas in your home or office that have limited to no connection. By combining a router, repeater and range extender all in one, Eero makes this possible for nearly any person. When used in multiples, Eeros are designed to be able to blanket an entire space and solve just about every WiFi issue you have ever had. Its app simplifies the process of allowing visitors to connect to your network by simply giving them permission. A sleek design, rather than a box-like eyesore, adds to its modern touch.

    Shipments of Eero are set to go out this summer and are available for purchase for those ready to be first in line for what could become the Nest of WiFi. Check out the video below for more details.

    For more information visit: Design Milk

    Filed under: Entertainment, Fun Stuff, Gadgets & Technology

    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