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Before you start painting – 6 things to consider

By Swish | November 30th, 2018 • No Comments
Before you start painting – 6 things to consider

Nothing beats the look of a house that has just been freshly painted. The transformation is instant, adding value overnight. To help ensure you get the professional finish you’re looking for, here are six things to consider 1. Using a primer A primer is predominantly used on surfaces to give the paint something to grip onto and results in a smooth overall finish. If the area has been previously painted you might not need a primer. Test a section. If you can see it is not adhering properly it is a clear indication a primer is required. A new product […]

5 Renovation Tips that will Add Great Value to your House

By AJ Cochrane | November 1st, 2018 • No Comments
5 Renovation Tips that will Add Great Value to your House

Buying or building a house is one of the most expensive purchases we ever make, so it makes sense to maintain our houses and keep them in a mint condition.  As our houses age, however, there does come a time where simple maintenance is not enough – certain aspects of the house will need to be updated and modernised. Given renovations don’t generally come cheap here are 5 tips which will help your valuable asset keep appreciating, but hopefully won’t break the bank! 1. Rip up the carpet Thanks to the prevalence of allergies, more and more homes are going […]

4 ways to save money when hiring a professional house painter

By AJ Cochrane | October 14th, 2018 • No Comments

A sure way to maintain the true value of your home is to have it painted inside and out before those tell-tale signs of peeling and faking paint appear. Painting is one of the trades most of us think we can do, but a lot of us really don’t have the skills needed or the time. Still, cost is a big factor in our decision-making process. If you want to go for a professional paint job but need to save some money, or make room in your budget for the better quality but higher priced painting contractor, here are four […]

Thinking of doing some painting?

By AJ Cochrane | September 30th, 2018 • Comments Off on Thinking of doing some painting?

Here are some tips from the professionals! 1.Preparation Remove any old paint, various stains, cracks, chipped plaster and so on. A new job may need any bumps to be leveled and smoothened. 2. Undercoat Undercoat improves adhesion for the prime coat. Two coats of undercoat are recommended for new work, a single coat for re-painting or touch up work. 3. Check the surface After applying the undercoat, the surface may not be completely smooth and another round of smoothing the surface in preparation to the prime coat may be required. 4. Prime coat The first coat of painting is the […]

A few tips to tackle now that Spring has arrived

By Swish | September 5th, 2018 • No Comments

I usually find that winter is not my favourite time of the year, and some of the need to do jobs” around the house get left for the warmer weather. Here are a few that have been waiting for a while. Clean the windows During winter I tend to forget the windows. It’s time to arm myself with some paper towel, Windex, and whatever else is needed to get the job done. As the weather warms up it doesn’t hurt to open them up and let in some fresh air and warm sun in. Tidy up the garage If you […]

3 important reasons why your painting contractor needs to be licensed in WA

By Swish | August 27th, 2018 • No Comments

So you’ve finally found the right painting contractor at the right price and you are bursting to say “When can you start?” A word of advice: it’s important to do your due diligence first. The unfortunate reality is, more and more unqualified painters are carrying out sub-standard work these days, and they are leaving many customers out of pocket. Here are the three reasons why your next painting contractor needs to be licensed: 1. Insurance Unlicensed contractors often don’t have insurance. Licensed painting contractors, on the other hand, MUST have Public Liability and Workers Compensation insurance cover for a reason. This […]

4 Reasons Why Choosing a Professional Painter Over DIY Makes Good Sense

By AJ Cochrane | September 28th, 2017 • No Comments
4 Reasons Why Choosing a Professional Painter Over DIY Makes Good Sense

There are always pros and cons around whether you should do a DIY painting project or leave it to a professional. We all think we can paint, but there is a whole lot more it to splashing a bit of colour around. While we’ll admit we are biased, we do think there are four very sound reasons why you should consider a professional painting contractor: 1. DIY is stressful If there’s a bit of stress in your life right now, we can assure you, a DIY painting project is not going to help with that. Most people don’t realise how […]

5 home maintenance tips that will save you money this winter

By Swish | June 26th, 2017 • No Comments

The sensational warm winter days we’re having in Perth at the moment belie the fact that some extreme weather could be just around the corner. While the weather is calm, now is a good time to take care of some practical home maintenance jobs. Jobs that will reduce the risk of winter damage to your house and keep your family safe. Clean gutters It’s easy to forget about gutters until they’re overflowing and dumping water where you’d rather they didn’t. All you need to keep them clear is remove any leaves and twigs sitting in them. If you want to […]

10 fascinating history highlights about colour

By AJ Cochrane | February 23rd, 2017 • No Comments
10 fascinating history highlights about colour

The evolution of colours is a fascinating one. Historically some colours were even seen to have magical and healing powers.  Read and enjoy these 10 history highlights that have helped mould the colour journey. Royalty and the colour purple go hand in hand. This tradition goes back to ancient times, where snails and clams (mollusk shells) were crushed to extract purple pigment to dye cloth with only the wealthiest and most powerful having access to it. Creating a third colour from two mixed colours has been attributed to Plato. Red paint was cherished by the Aztecs, much more than real […]

3 important reasons why your painting contractor needs to be licensed in WA

By Swish | January 25th, 2017 • No Comments

So you’ve finally found the right painting contractor at the right price and you are bursting to say “When can you start?” A word of advice: it’s important to do your due diligence first. The unfortunate reality is, more and more unqualified painters are carrying out sub-standard work these days, and they are leaving many customers out of pocket. Here are the three reasons why your next painting contractor needs to be licensed: 1. Insurance Unlicensed contractors often don’t have insurance. Licensed painting contractors, on the other hand, MUST have Public Liability and Workers Compensation insurance cover for a reason. This […]

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