TIPS ON HOW TO SPOT PAINTING SCAMS

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Whether you want to stain your deck or to repaint your home, the last thing you’d want is for your home improvement project to fall into the wrong hands. Falling prey to scammers is a complete buzzkill. Not only is it emotionally draining but also it is financially damaging because you have to fork out extra money for the makeover of shoddy paint jobs. This article will focus on how you can avoid bad exterior and interior home painting contractors so that you do not end up kicking yourself in the long run. That said, let’s delve into the specifics of painting scammers so that you don’t fall into their trap. The following are some of the telltale signs of painting scammers. Lack of Licenses and Qualification Credentials Reputable exterior and interior home painting companies have proper credentials. Their details not only include their highly trained employees, but they also can provide proof of other essential information such as workers’ compensation, insurance, bonding, and licenses. Bonded painting companies assure their clients that not only will they finish the job on time, but also will do so to their customer’s satisfaction. At C.E.T. painting, we don’t just promise that we will do a good job.  We put it in writing with our “Make-It-Right” Guaranty. Homeowners are advised to ask for the above credentials. When an interior design or painting firm hesitates to provide them, the chances are high that you are dealing with scammers. Do not fall prey to scammers who try to use other forms of insurance such as vehicle insurance policies. Always ask for insurance certificates and bond numbers. Reputable painting firms will always produce these documents without beating around the bush. Lack of Valid References Before hiring a painting contractor that you are unfamiliar with, do some background research. You can also ask for the numbers and names of past clients and talk with them. Ask about the quality of their services. Another way of finding out about the reputation of a potential painting contractor is by reviewing their file with your area’s Better Business Bureau.  Our website includes a gallery of previously completed jobs as well as testimonials by our customers. Suspicious Contract Details Scammers are fond of not providing their clients with a contract; when they do, the contract is usually vague and open to interpretation. This deception enables them to fleece clients by asking them to pay extra for hidden charges. Reputable interior design and home painting firms don’t try to trip customers up on technicalities or force clients to pay twice for the same service. Instead, they take their time to make things clear and have everything in the open before they commence any paint job. Lack of Quality Product Scammers like using reverse psychology on their clients. They exploit the fact that no one wants to pay more for services. They offer low prices by substituting inferior material or poorly trained labor. They might not follow the proper painting process. Instead, they take… Read more »

5 Great Ideas to Update Your Office & Improve Productivity

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When is the last time you’ve made changes to your office? Some paint and some new interior design could make a world of difference, improving life for your workforce, and boosting productivity along the way. Hiring a commercial interior painting crew, or full renovation specialist can have a dramatic effect on how work is conducted in your building. There’s no end to the possible alterations you could make to an existing office space. Here are a few of the ideas the team from C.E.T. Painting recommends. 5 Improvements That Can Boost Productivity in Any Office 1 – Better use of color Drab white or grey walls don’t do much to raise employee productivity. On the other hand, a great new paint job can! Color psychology is a real phenomenon, and different vibrant colors can inspire different feelings in workers. High wavelength colors (reds and yellows) tend to inspire high energy, while low wavelengths (blues and purples) tend to calm people down. Or, green is a great all-around mood stabilizer. Bright paints can also help make a room feel brighter, or even make it feel roomier, even if the layout doesn’t change. A commercial interior painting specialist could do a lot of good here. 2 – Whiteboard rooms This is a trend we’ve started to see, and we love. A room set aside, amongst the offices and cubicles, which is simply covered in whiteboard material. It’s a perfect space for pitching new ideas, working through challenges, and generally encouraging creative problem-solving among workers. Consider adding standing desks or a sound system to allow employees to listen to music as additional tools to reduce stress during work days. 3 – More natural light Want to make your workers perk up? Add more light. Simply installing extra windows or skylights can make a huge difference to workers’ moods. Better yet, with modern triple-pane insulated glass, you can do this without adding significantly to your air conditioning costs! 4 – More greenery Another good option is adding plants, or even water features if you’re feeling ambitious. Having living things in an office will help improve workers’ moods, plus the plants will act as natural purifiers. Air quality is improved for team members since plants provide fresh oxygen. 5 – Modular dividers Who says your office must have a single set layout? Using easily moved dividers and other modular pieces allow your common work areas to be reconfigured on the fly. Workers can create the space that best suits them from day-to-day. Studies show that simple configuration changes increase productivity and could save money. Contact us for more design and paint ideas today! C.E.T. Painting is a top Westchester County commercial painting contractor. Contact us to consult on updates to your work environment!  

Thinking About Hiring a Home Remodeling Contractor in Westchester?

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One of the first things people generally ask when they call a home remodeling contractor in Westchester about a renovation is the price. “How much will it cost to redo my kitchen?” “Can you update a bedroom on a budget?” These sorts of questions can be hard for a contractor to answer, particularly if they haven’t seen the home. Remodeling prices can vary drastically, depending on the scope of the work, and what sort of materials the customer wants to use. Fundamentally, there isn’t really a price ceiling. However, the team from C.E.T. Painting can offer some very general guidelines on what the costs might look like. Typical Costs When You Hire Home Remodeling Contractors in Westchester Kitchens Kitchens are hugely popular targets for remodeling because they can genuinely add to a home’s value and increase its chances of selling quickly. At the very least, plan on around $250 per square foot to update the decor and paint. Are you also looking to update many of the appliances? It will go up to something more in the area of $350 per square foot, at least. And with kitchens, the sky is the limit. A high-end kitchen remodeling project utilizing the best in materials, cabinetry and appliances could easily top $100,000. One way to possibly save on a kitchen project would be to refurbish instead of replacing cabinets. New hardware and sanding can go a long way towards a refresh. Bathrooms Bathrooms are generally less costly than kitchens, just because they’re smaller and have fewer fixtures. A lower-end job, including some new plumbing and fixtures, can easily come in under $20,000. On the other hand, a high-end update can exceed $500 per square foot, particularly if you’re looking to put in a new shower or tub made of high-end materials. But at the high end, we’re talking marble flooring and faucets that cost $2K apiece. Most people don’t need that for bathroom remodeling unless they’re really shooting the moon. Basements Basements are a great target for renovation. There’s so much you can do with them, and a well-finished basement can be another magnet for buyers. A basic remodel, simply intended to turn it into a living space, could be accomplished as little as $50 per square foot. Even fancier updates will probably come out around $100-$150 per square foot, and that includes adding windows and other structural updates. Westchester County Trusts C.E.T. Painting C.E.T. Painting offers top-quality home remodeling in Westchester County and the surrounding areas, with hundreds of jobs successfully completed since 2004. The most popular home improvement projects involve kitchens and bathrooms. Regardless of the type of the project, you want a contractor that provides excellent service, attention to detail, and has a history of completing projects on time and on budget, no matter the size of the work to be done. If you’re looking to remodel part of your home, contact us to schedule a free consultation!

THE ADVANTAGES OF REPAINTING YOUR BUSINESS PREMISES

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Rather than viewing repainting business premises as a smart investment, most people consider it as an unnecessary expense. However, repainting your business is as necessary and as important as paying your taxes because it positively paints your brand image. Showing up for a job interview wearing a frayed and faded T-shirt might appear less than professional. Likewise having a faded and flaked paint job at your facility might project the wrong image. The image of your business is crucial to your success. There are many advantages to investing in commercial interior and exterior painting services every now and then. Let us look at some of them. Boost Productivity and Morale Color psychology proves that painting your business regularly boosts the returns of your business by improving your workforce’s morale. Wall colors not only affect emotions, but they also encourage different physiological reactions such as blood pressure and metabolism. Colors also serve as communication tools. Color schemes influence moods, elicit certain responses or reactions, and encourage actions, such as making a purchase. For instance, painting the interior of your business building blue brings about feelings of trust and calmness. Painting the exterior green brings about refreshing and relaxing ambience, which are crucial in maintaining and attracting new clients. Increase Value and Property Appeal Good exterior painting jobs on commercial buildings create excellent and positive impressions that encourage prospects and customers to come back for your goods and services. Professional painters and interior and exterior design firms will improve your building’s appearance. Consequently, its rental appeal rises because it gives potential tenants the impression that the building is well-maintained. It is often less expensive to invest in preventative maintenance compared to repairing damage due to neglect.   Cost Effective In as much as it might sound weird, repainting your business premises is a good idea because it saves you money in the long run. Regular repainting of surfaces prevents deterioration to a point where your building will need a major overhaul (which is very expensive). A coat of paint, just like any other man-made creation, is subject to wear and tear and will need to be refreshed from time to time. Paint deterioration manifests itself through fine cracking, gloss degradation, and color fading. If these issues aren’t addressed as needed and with regularity, the visual appeal of your business will literally dull due to extensive damage from weather elements. Regular commercial painting of your business premises is a form of preventative maintenance that will see your property’s lifespan increase. Competitive Edge Just like puma and jaguar are animals associated with the fashion and motor industry, the colors of your business premises are perceived as a brand representation by your clients. Maintaining a quality interior and exterior paint job by repainting your business is one of the ways of setting your business apart. Every business has colors that are unique to its brand. Express your company’s brand, motto, or philosophy by maintaining a glossy look that shows who you are and what your… Read more »

5 Tips to Ensure a Quality Paint Job from an Exterior Painting Contractor

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Painting is a tough job whether you’re a DIY novice or an experienced exterior painting contractor. That’s why it never hurts to have some tips on hand. Even before beginning an exterior painting job, it’s always prudent to go over a few things, that way you know what to expect.   As one of the area’s leading painting contractors and exterior remodeling teams, C.E.T. Painting has years of experience helping residents and business owners revitalize their properties. Here we’ve collected a few tips to consider before beginning your next exterior painting project.   Prep Your Exterior   Always prime and prep your exterior. This is because the paint won’t adhere to rough or dirty surfaces. So before starting any exterior painting project, always be sure to sand it down, remove any old existing paint and prime it to make certain it can stand the test of time. If there’s a lot of dirt or grime on your siding, consider a pressure washer. Repair Imperfections   After sanding the exterior, it might be necessary to perform a little repair work before beginning to paint. Any cracks or holes in the exterior should be filled and repaired to ensure an even coat and protect your home’s exterior. Consider the Weather   Not only will a painting project quickly come to a halt in rainy or extreme weather, but also it’s important to think about the climate of your area for the bigger picture. Do you live in a particularly humid or moist locale? Perhaps you see frequent snowstorms or inclement weather. Consider how such things will affect your exterior and buy good paint that can take whatever mother nature throws at it. Protect Your Landscape   This is a tip for both DIY painting teams and contractors: always protect nature while painting. Because thinners, primers, and house paint all have a variety of harmful chemicals in them, even the slightest spill can drastically affect your ecosystem. When painting, take the proper precautions and use drop cloths to cover landscaping features like trees, bushes, and shrubs. Paint from Top to Bottom   When painting the exterior of a home, one easy way to avoid drips and streaks is to work from top to bottom. By starting at the top, you can catch any unsightly dripping on your way down before it has a chance to dry. For consistent color, high quality and a smooth finish on your siding and trim, prep work is more than half the job! Contact our licensed & reliable exterior painting contractors today!   To receive a free estimate or to get advice on choosing paint colors, call C.E.T. Painting today at (914) 615-1415 or contact us online. We also specialize in commercial and residential remodeling, gutter cleaning, pressure washing, and more!  

HOW TO REMOVE WALLPAPER

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After purchasing a new home, most homeowners are excited to move in. Now is the time to personalize the interior design of your new space to suit your taste. However, some homeowners may need to learn how to remove wallpaper before swapping out-of-date or unsightly wall-covering with new ones. Changing wallpaper can be an easy removal or an uphill task, depending on whether the previous homeowner used a good primer. It doesn’t matter if you are an expert or an amateur when it comes to wallpaper removal; there are no shortcuts. Below we will share the step-by-step process followed by our interior home painting and wall-covering installation experts. If you do not follow the steps discussed in this article, you run the risk of damaging the wall while stripping wallpaper.   The following steps will strip your walls and leave them ready for new interior design ideas.   Step 1: Tape the Walls Any wallpaper removal procedure requires the use of a lot of soap and water. As such, you’ll need to protect other room surfaces from overflowing water. To completely cover the molding and trim, use painter’s tape. Common knowledge also dictates that you protect your floor finishes by spreading covers or by laying drop cloths. Step 2: Peel the Wallpaper In some cases, old wallpaper pulls free of walls with little effort. If this is the case, you can start by pulling small sections by hand. A putty knife or some type of scraping tool may come in handy during this stage. Find the edges of the wallpaper and use the instrument to gently remove the top layer. Step 3: Wet the Walls Without a doubt, you will come to a point where you can’t remove the paper by hand or a scoring tool. If that is the case, you’ll have to spray the papers with warm to hot water to separate them from your walls. Spray bottles will help speed up the process. If these two don’t work, your next option would be steam removal. Always remember to spritz all your walls after covering your floors with drop cloths or plastic. Step 4: Scraping After you’ve let the water soak in for several minutes, scrape off the wallpaper using the same taping knife you used in step 2. You can scrape by using the up-and-down or left-to-right method, depending on which feels easiest. If you have trouble at this stage, spray the wallpaper several times and repeat the same procedure discussed in step 2. Note: If you find more than one layer of wallpaper, deal with each one at a time. Always finish dealing with the first layer before proceeding to the next layer.   Step 5: Washing Once you’ve gotten rid of all the paper on the wall, the next step is washing the wall to remove excess paste, primer or wallpaper adhesive. Go over the walls several times with a damp sponge. Make sure that you wash off all the primer so that you have… Read more »

4 Colors that Boost Productivity in the Office

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Keeping employees motivated is no small task. Whether you’re a manager or business owner, having a great working relationship with your staff and keeping morale at a high is essential for productivity. However, there are also a few more subtle ways to increase efficiency in the office, like choosing the right paint colors. Believe it or not, the color of your office space can drastically affect employee productivity. That’s why the commercial interior painting team from C.E.T. Painting has collected some insight for your painting project below.   4 Top Commercial Interior Painting Colors   Green A calming color that can also provide a sense of nature and rebirth, green is a great color choice for the work environment. For high-volume offices, green can be a particularly attractive color because it’s doesn’t stress out the eyes too much and enables employees to be more efficient. Yellow Often known for being a color that inspires creativity, yellow can be a great choice for office places that thrive on the creative side of things, like marketing or design firms. Yellow can also be a good option for those who work from home, providing a more relaxed environment in your home office. Blue For those looking to paint an entire office one color scheme in hopes of increasing productivity, blue is often a great option. There are a range of shades to suit your needs and the color blue provides a calming atmosphere. Red It might not seem like it at first, but the color red can be ideal for boosting workplace energy levels. This is especially true for those working in offices where there’s a certain amount of physical labor involved. This bright color has been known to invoke passion and increase blood flow, making it perfect for getting coworkers involved in the workday. Always Consider Saturation & Intensity Another important factor to keep in mind when investing in commercial interior painting is the saturation and intensity of the color you choose. After all, you don’t want it to be blinding for employees or take their mind off their work. Don’t forget that brighter colors are more stimulating and softer ones are calming and increase focus. Let C.E.T. Painting help revitalize your office! Have you decided it’s time to give your office interior a makeover? If so, the commercial interior painting experts from C.E.T. Painting would love to hear from you. Since 2004, we’ve been outfitting businesses and residents in Westchester County with some of the leading commercial painting services available.   Call (914) 615-1415 for a free estimate or contact us online today!  

When is it Time to Invest in New Siding Installation?

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  Sometimes, it’s easy to determine when your siding is in dire need of replacement; other times, not so much. Unless you’re a DIY home improvement expert or work in the exterior remodeling industry yourself, determining without a shadow of a doubt when it’s time to replace your siding is tough. That’s why the siding installation team from C.E.T. Painting has come to the rescue with some helpful tips below. Your Siding Has Faded Does your siding look like it’s seen better days? If so, it could be time to replace it. One of the best ways to tell if you’re in need of new siding is when the color of your exterior has become faded and dull. Not only can faded siding be unsightly, but it can also decrease the efficiency of your home. Missing Building Materials If you’ve noticed some nails and other building materials have gone missing from your exterior, it likely means it’s time for a change. Such things are often indicators that perhaps there’s more damage to your siding than meets the eye. Mold & Mildew One of the most common culprits of siding damage, mold and mildew need to be dealt with ASAP before they have a chance to work their way inside your home and cause structural damage. If you notice mold and mildew growth on the exterior of your home, it’s time to invest in new siding installation services. Rotting, Warping, & Cracking When your siding has rotted, warped or cracked, it’s a clear sign it needs to be replaced. Dry rot can easily lead to leaks, mold growth, and other costly issues that can damage your household. In some cases, it may only be necessary to hire a siding installation team to repair a portion of your home. Either way, it pays to have a reliable team come out and inspect it before making any big decisions. Selling Your Home Quality siding conveys curb appeal and therefore increases your home value. If your existing siding has peeling paint, fungus mold, or other signs that your siding lacks proper care and maintenance, it may alarm prospective home buyers.  They may wonder if there are other hidden defects or whether your home is energy efficient. Whether your home is clad in wood siding or vinyl siding, removal of damaged and old siding protects your home, improves aesthetics and possibly lowers energy bills.   Call C.E.T. Painting for your home siding needs Have you decided that your exterior could use a new look? Installing new siding can be a great way to revitalize your home, boost curb appeal, and protect your household for many years to come. To learn more about siding installation and our other commercial and residential services, call C.E.T. Painting today at (914) 615-1415. You can also visit us online for a free estimate!    

Residential Interior Painting Experts: What Colors Work Best for Bathrooms?

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Although bathrooms are where we spend the least amount of time in our homes, they are places we relax and rejuvenate; where we recharge our batteries. Most of us forget our troubles and put all our worries behind us while singing our hearts taking a shower. In short, bathrooms are the havens in our homes.  When there is peeling paint on the bathroom walls, it can be jarring.  So, why don’t we further the comforting mood by renovating these awesome rooms? Bathroom renovations may take a few months and thousands of dollars. However, you can save a lot of money and time by doing a simple makeover with a fresh coat of paint. If you enjoy playing with paint, bathrooms are the perfect place to do that. Paint stands up to steam and splashes better than wallpapers. The color you choose sets the tone for the finished space and the entire design. Our bathrooms temporarily act as a retreat, and they can inspire different moods. What colors are best for your bathroom?  White will never go out of style when it comes to any bathroom. Off-whites warm up and give life to dark spaces, while cool whites give spaces a clean and crisp look. For trendy looks, complement white with dark accent colors, such as hunter green, black, or navy blue. Tone-on-tone rooms, even white bathrooms that play with flat, semi-gloss, or glossy finishes can be dramatic in their own subtle way. Whenever you want to choose a bathroom paint color, always have the style and space of your room in mind. Does your bathroom have a traditional space with ornate features and moldings, or is your bathroom modern and sleek with a clean-line vanity and tub? Streamlined architectures of modern bathrooms pair well with bright and bold hues, crisp whites, and pretty pastels, as opposed to tones that are more muted. Traditional spaces look fantastic painted in any color. Brighter colors make statements, while softer shades create calming environments. Think of how your moldings, walls and ceilings will play and blend with your color schemes. White trims are classic looks that let darker colors stand out. To give your powder room an enveloping feel, paint the trim and ceiling the same color as your wall. Light colors reflect light. For this reason, painting them in windowless or small spaces is a great idea. You can also embrace the lack of square footage or darkness with rich, moody hues. Whether you are ready for quick updates or making significant changes to your space, the colors discussed below will breathe new life to your bathroom   Pink Pink creates feelings of warmth and a flattering glow in a bathroom. Pairing it with black or white keeps your bathroom looking modern instead of girly.   Black Nothing adds drama and contrast quite like black. Pairing it with white brings a realistic feel that is still bold and bright. To create a moody space, pair black with darker hues and you will be… Read more »

WHY DOES PREP WORK MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE WHEN PAINTING?

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To many, the painting process seems like a walk in the park. Most people seem to think that once they have decided which paint best suits their home, they are halfway through the painting process. Well, this is never the case. Professional painters are diligent with their work, and they know that all paint jobs require decent prep work. Unfortunately, not everyone who can hold a paintbrush knows about the crucial steps of proper prep work. Some rush through it or minimize the required task while others skip it altogether. These are the ones who will likely charge less than the price set in the market value for painting services. So, if you are skeptical about the quote you receive from a potential painting contractor, it will be prudent if you do a little background research before getting into a contract with them. You might do this by finding their work or researching reviews.   The Importance of Proper Prep Work before Painting Preparing the surface you are painting will save you from the agony of finding different painters to re-do a shoddy paint job. This also means that proper prep work saves your finances, in the long run. If you do not prepare whatever surface you are painting, be it outdoor or indoor, the paint will not take. You will be wasting your efforts because the paint will be difficult to apply; it might leave streaks or flake off. Professional painters know that prep work is necessary for a smooth painting process that will have long-lasting results. When proper prep work is done on your project, you are halfway through the painting process.   A well trained or an experienced painter knows that the steps required for preparing for a particular surface are not necessarily the same steps that will be needed when painting a different surface. Different surfaces require different preparation procedures. Moreover, preparation procedures for a particular surface type at a home’s interior may be different for the same kind of surface at a home’s interior. Using the wrong product or procedure will leave you with a mess on your hands. Surface preparation is valuable because it makes the paint stick to the material it is anchored to. Removing anything that might hinder superior adhesion includes: Repairing surface damage. Removing old or failed coatings. Removing dirt. Removing rot. Removing mold and mildew.   What Proper Painting Prep Work Includes Proper painting prep work might be filling holes in walls or drywall repairs. The process should ensure that your walls are level. Otherwise, if you don’t do this, you risk your finished job having serious imperfections. A deck’s prep work includes sanding, cleaning, and pressure washing to ensure that your wood is free of debris and dirt before receiving a new stain/paint. Proper painting surface preparations also include: Priming Scraping Patching Stucco repair Wood repair and replacement   Before any paint is done, is the surface to be painted a damaged area? Are there large holes or drywall… Read more »