Applying a fresh coat of paint to your home is probably something most Ottawa homeowners will have to do or consider doing during the spring of 2015 and it’s for good reason. A new paint job goes well with a spring cleanout as well as perhaps a change of furniture layout. The question that arises for almost anyone that has been in this position centers around whether you should hire a professional Ottawa painting contractor or are you perhaps better off doing the job yourself. Today we’ll go over the pros and cons of each so you can make the most educated decision possible.
Hiring a professional comes with massive peace of mind – if done right. Since painting is one of the easiest services to offer, there are plenty of sketchy fly-by-night painters offering rock bottom prices and rock bottom service quality. These are definitely the ones to avoid, while you might be saving a few bucks the downside if anything goes wrong you’ll be the one on the hook. Random painters don’t have liability insurance so if anyone falls of a ladder painting your Ottawa home, you are legally responsible for any damages. On top of that, you have minimal recourse if you get a lower quality paint job. Workmanship and professionalism should be just as important as getting a good price. Most homeowners associations recommend re-painting your home every 5-6 years, so keep in mind if you end up paying $1,000 to get a unit painted that will last you quite a few years. This is a much better alternative than paying $500 for a mediocre quality job that drags on for several days longer than it should and doesn’t leave you feeling great about your home.
On the other hand, there are certainly some situations where painting your own home is the best choice and can definitely be done. For example if you are renting an apartment here in Ottawa and would like to paint your bedroom or hallway this can actually be done in less than one day – so you can knock it out on a Sunday for example. Make sure you move all the furniture out of the way, wipe down your walls and use painters tape if necessary. You can even ask your friends if they have any experience, but generally something like a hallway or bedroom is much easier to paint then the awkward crevices and angles of a smaller bathroom.…
Organizing a dumpster to be available for your spring clean out or medium size renovation project is a step many home-owners overlook and it can be quite an inconvenience. If you are managing your own deck installation, mold removal or even roofing project you’re going to need a large enough container to deal with the demolition or industrial waste. How exactly does dumpster rental work for the first time customer? There are a few things to understand, and we’ll cover those in today’s article.
Questions To Ask Before Booking A Bin Rental
There are several considerations you should know before you call and book your dumpster – mainly the size and dimensions of the dumpster you need as well as the time and place for delivery. Waste containers can range in size from 10 to 40 yards and 4 to 6 feet high. For smaller clean outs or renovations a 10 yard dumpster can be enough, but most professionals always estimate higher because you may not always be allowed to overfill the unit. You can usually let the Ottawa dumpster Rental Company know what type of waste and the estimated quantity and they should be able to make a size recommendation.
Another aspect of this rental process to understand knows the time and date for pickup and drop off. The size of dumpster you get as well as the space you want it dropped off will affect your availability and if overlooked can cause some serious headaches. You certainly don’t want your dumpster obstructing any entranceway’s or impeding the progress of your renovation project. Find a space where it will fit before you call and book so you can guide the truck in and out and confidently know it will fit. Most companies will not offer a refund if you can’t accommodate the size container you’ve ordered so it’s your responsibility to do your due diligence.…
Water damage can be one of the most devastating disasters to happen to a home or business owner whether you own or are leasing the property. Often times the damage can be a surprise and if you’ve never dealty with a problem like this before, you may be overwhelmed and unable to understand how to deal with the mess or even what the dangers are. We’ve amassed some of the first few steps you’ll need to take to understand the problems water damage creates and how to get it dealt with as soon as possible.
Mold Is The Biggest Issue Arising From Water Damage
Your biggest concern as soon as you realize you have any degree of water damage is definitely mould. This is basically hamrful airborne bacteria that can have some horrible effects to your health and property. If mold gets out of control, you may need to rip out drywall, carpet and other structural fixtures. So your first goal should be getting a qualified Ottawa mold testing and Inspection Company. Most offer a free visual inspection, but we highly recommend finding a company that can test air quality and do a comprehensive test on your entire property and find even the minutest traces of harmful mould. The biggest mistake property owners make is thinking only destroying the visible signs of mould will suffice in terms of making your home or business safe and livable again. Most forms of harmful bacterial mold is not visible to the naked eye and reside in areas like ventilation shafts or behind drywall or floor boards. Basically any area where moisture can remain and you’re likely not going to check under every single tile and nook. Getting a professional Ottawa mold remediation team that has the capacity and proper tools to check these areas is absolutely key.
Secondly, you’ll want to have a water damage remediation company clean up any excess standing water as this can easily become a source for more widespread mould growth. Often times standing water is not entirely cleaned up before remediation processes begin which can be costly and bite into your insurance deductible more than you thought.…