Every few weeks or so, I get a text or call from a Realtor I work with, Vera Cohen-Luft of Realty USA. She's one of the top agents in the East Greenbush office whom I briefly trained with when I first got my RE license. (I am no longer an active agent, since I began painting full time)
So most of the calls are for homeowners putting their homes on the market and need to be freshened up. This particular homeowner used candles frequently, leaving evidence on the foyer and stairway ceiling. The good thing was, the smoke marks were not from their furnace. If that was the case, painting over it would not have solved the problem - it would have been passed onto the new owners.
Below are the before and after photos. The color is a Sherwin Williams color, Dover White using Benjamin Moore, regal select brand in a flat sheen. It's paint leftover from a job weeks prior, which also happened to be for homeowners putting their house up for sale.
The results clean up the space nice and will make a pleasant first impression for new home buyers! (click photo to enlarge)
So this is a current project. It's for a podiatrist in Brunswick, who saw my profile on Houzz about a year ago, when I went by Naylor Painting. He didn't contact me then, but when he recently went to Colorize, a Benjamin Moore paint store in Clifton Park, they recommended Blue Sheep Painting. He didn't know I had changed my name last summer, but recognized the profile and I'm glad things worked out.
The project involves painting the entire space - vestibule, waiting room, offices, treatment rooms - nearly 5,000 sq ft. of surface area to be painted! The photo shows the samples we put up. It's going to be a much needed change from the pale white that covers the whole space. About half the rooms will feature and accent wall, which are still being worked out.
Below is the waiting room - in progress. There was a crack that went from floor to ceiling, which was repaired and is the white strip. The blue is Serenata, while the green is Spa - both from Benjamin Moore. Even though it's a little more tweaking working at night and when office is closed, things are moving along good. Should be all set in a few weeks!
I recently joined HomeAdvisor to try out their business advertising and homeowner lead services. I've been using for about two weeks now, and have mixed views at this point. But, I did come across some interesting data they have regarding homeowner requests and popular cities, categories, etc. So, I figure I would share some of those with you.
The data is broken down monthly, nationally, and by state. Will start with national numbers:
The most active category for last month was plumbing with 71,762 homeowner requests. Plumbing always seems to be in demand. When you have water involved, going places and doing things you don't want it to do, in your home, you're not going to let it go.
A surprise to me was the Hottest Category - Outdoor play equipment. I can only guess that this is because it was Christmas last month, and homeowners may have been planning for spring installs? There were 355 requests, a 50% increase.
The Hottest Task was, Find a Modular Home Builder. Nationally, there were 1,014 requests, a 3% increase. And like the hottest category above, there were 0 [zero] Professionals Per Request.