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 […]

10 questions to ask a professional house renderer

By AJ Cochrane | September 14th, 2018 • No Comments
10 questions to ask a professional house renderer

Most of us spend a quite a bit of time and money on the interior of our houses but over the years very little love and attention goes into caring for the exterior of our homes. A professional exterior paint job can rejuvenate lots things but if you have a brick home, painting the bricks often doesn’t seem to cut it! Happily, there is another option. Why not render your home’s exterior walls? The aesthetic benefits of a professional render job will transform and modernise the look of your home while at the same time preventing corrosion from the sun, […]

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 striking colours you can choose for a feature wall

By Swish | August 16th, 2018 • No Comments
4 striking colours you can choose for a feature wall

For a dramatic impact, there is nothing quite like painting walls in bold colours. But, even though we are in awe of those amazingly colourful Italian and French apartments and stately homes, Australians are more conservative and most of us are not quite ready for that overall ‘in-your-face’ effect. So, why not consider a rich dark accent wall or feature wall as it is usually referred to over here. It is budget-friendly and will make an impressive impact in any room. Here are four strong classic feature wall colours to ponder: 1. A Red Blaze It does take a bit […]

The best wood floor options for your home

By AJ Cochrane | February 8th, 2018 • No Comments
The best wood floor options for your home

Who doesn’t look a beautiful timber floor? Timeless appeal, long-lasting, allergen free … the benefits to going with wooden flooring in your home are many. But which kind should you choose? Well, it all comes down to personal preferences and how you use your house, of course. The three main players when it comes to the types of wooden flooring you can have in your home are laminate, solid wood and engineered wood. Below we list the pros and cons of all three when it comes to durability, repairability, price and lifestyle. Laminate Flooring Price is an immediate delight when […]

11 ways to make your home more eco friendly

By AJ Cochrane | December 6th, 2017 • No Comments
11 ways to make your home more eco friendly

Many of us want to do our bit for the environment. But we’re also busy. Are there simple things we can do to look after our planet a bit better? You bet there are. 11 things in fact: 1. Use non-toxic cleaners Borax, vinegar, baking soda, salt, and lemon juice are all cheap and natural.  Leave the harmful chemical cleaners in the shops and try a few of the 27 tox-free cleaning recipes here. 2. Use rugs If you have lots of wood and tiles floors, well-placed rugs can provide a surprising amount of warmth. Anything that allows you to […]