Why You (or a Pro) Should Pressure Wash Your House

Why You (or a Pro) Should Pressure Wash Your House

Ah, the joys of fall in Central Florida! As we ease away from worrying about hurricane season, temperatures begin to drop to the double-digits – making this the perfect time to get back to outdoor chores and home improvement projects before the thermometer dips even lower and it gets too cold for our thin Florida skin. Pressure washing (also called power washing) your house should be at, or near, the top of this list. Not only does a sparkling-clean abode show a sense of pride about yourself and your status in the neighborhood, it’s also a necessity to maximize curb appeal if you’re planning to sell, and to properly prep your house if you’re planning to paint.


If you can’t remember the last time you pressure washed your house, it probably could benefit from a good cleaning, no matter what your plans. It’s typical to not look at your home’s exterior closely, unless a problem becomes obvious. However, ignoring built-up grime, mildew, road dust (if you live on an unpaved street) and bird droppings not only creates a dingy appearance, but can actually damage your home and pose a health hazard. As noted by New Life Painting, mildew and mold continue to grow if left unchecked – and mold can grow within walls, meaning your home’s interior could be affected.


Do you dare DIY?


Pressure washing is one of those jobs that inexperienced, yet physically sturdy people often think they can take on themselves and save money. Of course, only you can judge your own capability to handle the equipment. Yet just because you may be able to wield the wand with ease, keep in mind that it can be hazardous if you aren’t familiar with how to work a pressure washer. Dangers include using too much pressure or the wrong nozzle – which can damage surfaces (such as siding, mortar and wood), break windows, and even cause injury. Improper use can also blast paint off, which means you’ll be repainting long before you intended. When it comes to safe, successful pressure washing, brain is as important as brawn.


Of course, hardcore DIY types probably already own a pressure washer, and therefore probably aren’t reading this. But if you’re generally handy with home maintenance and confident in your ability to tackle the task, renting the equipment at a home center is a good option. The advantage is in being able to talk to the rental associate, describe your house and get a recommendation on the type of pressure washer and accessories you’ll need. Being upfront with the associate about your experience level will result in the detailed, helpful advice and instructions that will allow you do to the best job in the safest way.


Once you’re set up and ready to start, become familiar with the wand or spray gun to work out the most effective spray pattern. You should use both arms to prevent fatigue. It is recommended to wash with the wand aimed downward, but there may be times you’ll have to aim it slightly up. As a general rule, work from the top down, and don’t spray water directly into cracks and gaps.


Safety first


Before getting underway, be sure you know how to use the pressure washer safely. Industrial equipment manufacturer Mi-T-M Corp. offers this helpful video of safety tips. Highlights include the following:

  • Read and heed all safety instructions on the equipment.

  • Wear safety goggles and closed-toe shoes.

  • If using an electric pressure washer, plug into a properly grounded GFCI outlet.

  • Place the pressure washer on a flat surface before starting.

  • Never point the nozzle at a person or animal; never come directly in line of the spray yourself.

  • Make sure the work area is clear of children and pets.

  • When not in use, hold the nozzle or gun assembly properly, so that water doesn’t accidentally spray.

  • When you turn off the pressure washer, release the pressure by squeezing the trigger before detaching hoses and nozzles.

  • Be careful before moving the pressure washer from one place to another, as the engine can get very hot.


Leaving it to the pros


If you’ve already decided that pressure washing is best left to the pros, The Paint Manager is ready! Our team has years of experience in power washing homes of all sizes, construction materials and ages to provide the best possible results. You can also contact us for innovative ideas on painting and repainting your home’s interiors and exteriors. We offer free estimates on all projects, and will be happy to help you take your home improvement plans to reality!

Cabinets – Don’t Replace, Refinish!

Cabinets – Don’t Replace, Refinish!

Planning a kitchen remodel? You already know that most of your budget will be claimed by replacing the cabinetry. But if the existing cabinets in your home are solid wood and in overall good condition, they can be refinished with stain for an updated look at a fraction of the cost. Before rushing in, however, there is much to consider – starting with whether you should do it yourself, or hire a pro.

The DIY approach can be successful if you have experience and confidence in your ability to take on mid-level to major home improvement projects. As we always caution here, don’t let your enthusiasm for cable TV house flipping shows make you think you can do likewise if you’ve done nothing more complex around the house than change lightbulbs.

In addition to expertise, staining a kitchenful of cabinets will demand a good deal of time. This includes such prep work as removing handles and other hardware, removing doors, stripping the existing finish, sanding, etc. You may not be willing or able to dedicate evenings and weekends to the project, which also will impact your kitchen’s function to some degree.

For those who want to learn more about what’s involved in staining cabinets to help you decide which route to take, The Paint Manager offers our helpful DIY resource page, which provides answers to common questions, as well as links to DIY videos and other tips from the experts.

An even more up-close look at the entire cabinet finishing process can be seen courtesy of The Idaho Painter.



Should you decide to leave the work to the professionals, it’s still a good idea to be familiar with the basic products so you can make informed choices. Start with the stain itself. There are three types: oil-based, water-based and gel. Minwax provides a comprehensive guide to staining, which includes a chart of stain products, their characteristics and best uses. Your paint contractor will be able to tell you which type is recommended for your cabinetry, and why.

Here are some other benefits of hiring a pro for wood cabinet staining:

  • You don’t have to compromise your safety – Doing the project on your own entails some risks. From the step ladder and tools to wood dust and volatile fumes, the project can be hazardous if this is your first cabinet staining rodeo. Professional contractors have the right tools and expertise, and also know how to properly ventilate the space so that it doesn’t become hazardous for occupants.


  • Quality prep work – The casual do-it-yourselfer may not consider the amount of preparation required before even opening the first can of stain. Please re-read the third paragraph of this blog post for a (very) general outline of the labors that doing a thorough job of the necessary prep work involve. A professional paint contractor performs each step, in the correct order, to ensure beautiful results that will last for many years.


  • Top-quality results – Professional paint contractors have great experience in applying stain evenly to bring out the wood grain and achieve consistent color on all cabinet surfaces for a custom appearance that will make you proud of your kitchen again.


  • Relatively quick job completion – Several factors – such as the size of your kitchen – will affect the amount of time the project will require. However, hiring a pro means the job will be done in a few days, rather than a few weeks – or months – as would be the case with doing it yourself. Your kitchen will be fully functional much sooner, and you and your family won’t have to work around disassembled cabinetry, vinyl sheeting partitioning off work areas or the persistent odor of wood stain stripper for what will seem like an indefinite period.


  • It’s still economical – Compared against the cost of new cabinetry, hiring a paint contractor to refinish your cabinets will still save you a significant amount of money. If you’re considering doing it yourself to do the job as inexpensively as possible, keep in mind the real cost of your time, labor, personal risk and overall inconvenience – not to mention the possibility of a poor aesthetic result due to lack of experience


Contact us at The Paint Manager to bring your old wood kitchen cabinets back to vibrant new life!

Exterior Painters Get the Job Done: 7 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Pro

Exterior Painters Get the Job Done: 7 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Pro

Why DIY is not always the best move.


Painting the exterior of your home can provide a whole new perspective on its appearance. A fresh coat of paint can renew a home’s value, both literally and figuratively. After all, who wants to live in a home with a less-than-ideal paint job? If the exterior of your home has you feeling less than excited to come home every night, then maybe it is time to find professional exterior painters for hire.

Whether your intent is to sell your home, host a series of parties, or you want to fall in love with your home again, a fresh exterior paint job can work wonders on the perception of your home. Both for you and your guests.

Unlike painting a bedroom accent wall, painting the exterior of your home is no easy task. This is not a weekend DIY project. Sure, keeping paint off of the furniture and keeping borders even can be a challenge. But in most cases, for interior and exterior paint, you can tell the difference between a first-time job and that of a professional painter.

exterior paintersExterior painting is a time-consuming and labor-intensive project that requires professional experience. Spending a few hours over the course of a few weekends to get the job done will likely lead to a finished product that is choppy at best. Hiring a team will ensure the complete and efficient completion of your house painting services.

Here are a few of the benefits you receive by hiring a professional painter to upgrade the exterior of your home:


Imagine this: Your car breaks down on the side of the highway. Smoke is billowing out of the engine. You think it overheated but are not sure. Do you take your car to a reliable service center or do you start taking apart the car on the shoulder of the busy highway? The analogy is hardly different when it comes to painting the exterior of your home.

Exterior Painting is Hard Work

Painting the exterior of your home takes a lot more than just picking up a brush and swiping away. Knowing what paint to use, what tools you need, and what the required prep and cleanup work would be are all part of a professional exterior painter’s technical expertise.

Not to mention, a professional will be faster than a first-timer. They are accustomed to the strain that comes along with painting an entire house. Plus, they probably won’t break anything, home or body, while working on your home. You may have to pay more than you would if you were doing it yourself. But once you see the end result? The difference is invaluable.

There is no shortcut to experience

Experience cannot be bought. Only learned.  Experience teaches you how to perfect your work. Professional painters who have decades of experience know how to go about painting the exteriors of your home, and they do it beautifully, efficiently, and quickly.

Sometimes while painting the home, problems arise that you are not prepared for. You may notice a gutter in need of serious repair. Maybe a tree has grown too close to one of your walls, and needs serious trimming in order to complete the job…and that’s just a glimpse of it! Professional painting contractors have seen these issues time and time again and have the know-how to handle these issues as they come. If you do it on your own, even the simplest delays or issues will likely get under your skin.

Exterior Painting Requires Specific Equipment

exterior paintersPut down the paint brush and roller. To complete an exterior home painting job with finesse, you would need specialized tools like a power sprayer, ladders, power brushes, power washers, and maybe even a power sander. These tools are not always as affordable or accessible as interior painting equipment. The funds used to purchase all these tools can just as easily go toward hiring a professional painter, instead! Not to mention, using these tools often requires a bit of practice and experience to use them correctly.

Exterior Painting Can be a Safety Risk

Painting home exteriors can be a health and safety hazard for the inexperienced. It is not recommended to place ladders on top of the roof, to reach slightly more elevated areas of the home.  Since the professional painters have sufficient experience, they know how to approach situations like this for cleaning, prep work, and painting. The pros have all the necessary tools and the necessary training to complete your exterior home painting work without risking their body and lives. Without simple training and proper experience, it is not worth the risk. Especially when it is just to save a few dollars.

Make sure that the painting company that you hire has proper licensing and insurance.

Take Advantage of the Fresh Set of Eyes

exterior painterA professional painting company can suggest new ideas and perform them as described. They tend to have a good idea of what color combinations would suit your home, and if you’re trying to sell, what is appealing to homebuyers. A new idea can lead to a total refresh of your home’s exterior.

Don’t Worry About the Cleanup Work!

Painting the exterior of your house yourself would mean a massive clean-up effort after you complete the job. That means more work for you! When you hire a painting company, it is their responsibility to safely dispose of all debris, and leave your property in great condition.

The Process is Less Stressful

Hiring professionals for your exterior painting project will save you a lot of time and stress. When you take on the project yourself, and something goes wrong, you are bound to get frustrated. That frustration is likely to spill out onto your entire family. Pass on the stress, and get an experienced team to handle it for you.

Whether you are planning an exterior painting project, are ready for a new color in the kitchen, or need to hire roof cleaning services, The Paint Manager is here to help. Serving homes in Orlando, Sanford, and other Central Florida cities, our residential exterior painters Orlando are here to make your next home project fast, efficient, and affordable.

How Color Affects Mood: Making the Right Choice for Your Home

How Color Affects Mood: Making the Right Choice for Your Home

Take the challenge out of choosing paint, using color psychology.

Most homeowners talk about painting their home in vibrant, new coats of paint. Would a sea foam green finally make the living room feel complete? What about your favorite shade of lavender for the master bathroom? Sometimes, the indecision can end in simply leaving the walls white. To help you make your decision, consider how color affects mood before committing to that gallon of rich red paint. You do not want to coat your walls in regret, after all.

Color psychology is not as simple as disapproving of a particular shade or color. Ever notice that most restaurants use yellows and reds? Or why a roof cleaning company may use greens and blues? Ample research has gone into how certain colors can affect temperament, trust and even physiological processes. This impact can be equally apparent in a home.

Colors can have an active, passive, or neutral response on behavior. The darker the hue the more pronounced the effects will be. Light neutrals, like tan and gray, will have little to no effect on someone, at the risk of coming off a bit boring throughout an entire home. Bold oranges and deep blues will tend to have a much more dramatic impact.

That’s not to say that the colors are absolute when it comes to their effects! What works in one room of the home can have opposite effects in the other. Greens and blues have a universal appeal, depending on the shade. However, other colors have very specific designations.

The Benefits of Certain Colors:

how color affects moodFeeling Blue- Blue is generally one of the most favored colors in the spectrum. When people decide to paint, shades of blue can be found all over the average home. In an office, blue can help boost productivity. Lighter shades are often associated with cleanliness. This makes it a great choice for the bathroom without the sterile appearance of pure white. In a bedroom, blues help create feelings of relaxation.

Be sure to keep blue out of the kitchen. Its tranquil properties tend to reduce appetites. That is the last thing you want associated with your kitchen.

It’s Easy Being Green- Green is usually associated with tranquility and health. You will most often find this color in bedrooms. However, as a color commonly associated with feelings of balance, many design-savvy homeowners have taken shades of green to every room of the home. Ask any professional painter: green is in.

Pretty in Pink– While usually reserved for a little girl’s bedroom, pink is finding its way into living rooms, dens, and other entertainment rooms. In direct contrast with its deeper shade, red, pink provides a warm sense of relaxation. Use this in areas where it is most likely for crowds to gather.

how color affects moodNot so Mellow Yellow- Growing tired of your tiny kitchen? Paint it yellow! Yellow has a tendency to make small spaces appear larger, caused in part by brightening the space. Take note of this if there are little to no windows near your kitchen space. It is also linked to an increased metabolism, which helps to encourage eating. Be careful, though. Too bright of a yellow can cause eye strain, cause an emotional disturbance in infants. Some feel it puts off a childish mood. Have painting contractors assist you with picking a universally appropriate shade for your room.

La-La-La-Lavender- Purples are tricky to work with. As a color that does not appear all that often in nature, it can be a bit overbearing as the major color on the walls. Lavenders are the exception. This color, like its namesake plant, calms nerves and promotes relaxation. Use this in your calmest areas, like a living room or bedroom. Even give your bathroom a luxurious upgrade with the addition of lavender. When it comes to plum and eggplant shades, save those for the accidents. They are typically too dark to be comforting in an entire room.

Seeing Red- Red is the color you need to be the most careful with in your home. It encourages appetite, so you find it usually in kitchens and dining rooms. However, the color red is linked to high blood pressure, increased aggression and tension. If you have a lot of sit-down dinners, you may want to stick to red accents, rather than surrounding you and your guests in it. Emotions aside, too much red can be reminiscent of an old fashioned dinner or fast food establishment, so be mindful with the décor. If you work from home, keep red out of your workspaces. It tends to decrease productivity!

Orange You Glad – As a bright and bold color, you would think that finding a good place for orange in your home would be a major challenge. Not so much! If you have a workout room, spring for Orange walls for a boost of energy. Are you or someone in your family asthmatic or suffer from other breathing issues? Paint the bedroom walls orange. Research shows a link between the color orange and improved lung function.

Things to Consider:


Before choosing paint based on how color affects mood, be sure to recognize a few other interior painting guidelines.

For a balanced home life, you want to keep your high-traffic and social areas separate from your quiet, retreat areas. Choose cool colors to foster the relaxing temperature. Turn the temperature up on the entertaining spaces to boost the room’s energy.

how color affects moodWhile there is nothing wrong with picking neutral shades for your home, such as white, tans, and grays. That said, keep close attention to the accents when painting and decorating the room. These will be the deciding favor in developing the mood. Choose with caution.

Black makes for a great accent, but if you make the bold choice to use it as a solid interior color, be sure to choose a glossy finish. This will help to prevent the room from feeling too small. The shine will also help cut down on the melancholy mood often experienced by people who spend ample time in dark gray or black rooms.

Stick to these tips and you can, quite literally, design the feeling of your own home. Learning how colors affect mood will have a lasting impact on your family and all who visit.

If you are still stumped on what colors to choose for your home, consult an interior painter. The Paint Manager is there for all your residential painting needs.

Stay Dry: Roof Maintenance Tips for Florida Homeowners

Stay Dry: Roof Maintenance Tips for Florida Homeowners

Years ago, you built your dream home. But somewhere along the line between a few kids, a dog that destroyed the lawn, and an increasing leak in the kitchen, you find yourself fantasizing about the good old days.  You look through the window at your neighbor’s home. The yard, immaculate. The kids? Off to college. The roof? Looks brand new. Meanwhile, water keep dripping into that pot in the kitchen. You could use a few roof maintenance tips.

The truth is, many Floridian homeowners are unaware that roof maintenance ranks among one of the most essential improvement projects you will ever undertake. In fact, neglecting your roof reduces the value of your home, and may already be costing you hundreds in energy bills.

So before you pursue cosmetic work from painting contractors, or refurnish the living room for the third time, take the time to look at your roof.

These Roof Maintenance tips will help keep your roof in great shape, saving you time and money in the process.

1. Clean up the Debris

Debris, dust, cobwebs and other clutter tend to accumulate in the ventilation and exhaust. At least once per year, take the time to remove this unwanted mess from your vents. Remove leaves and other debris from the gutters whenever it begins to accumulate. Roof cleaning services can do this for you at an affordable rate, if you do not feel comfortable or able to do it yourself. Unwanted debris can cause unnecessary damage to your roof. Cleaning typically comes at a fraction of the time and cost of a large repair.

2. Check Flashing, Joints, and Seals

roof maintenance tipsFlashing, (typically found around fireplaces and skylights) joints, and seals tend to be the starting point for most leaks. Inspect for any bending, punctures, dry or loose sealant. If you notice any issues, mend them as soon as possible to prevent any further damage. Flashing eventually deteriorates over time, making the formally watertight seal an open invitation for a leak. Fluctuating weather can weaken seals, letting water in. Check these regularly to prevent a small leak from becoming a major issue.

3. Choose the Right Materials

New and existing homeowners, listen up: Roofing is not the place to be cutting corners, budget-wise. A roof designed for the Northeast may not be functional here in Central Florida, where we experience heavy rain, and occasional hurricane force winds. But, hey, at least it doesn’t snow, right? While every type of roofing tile has its pros and cons, consider looking into clay, concrete, and metal as potential choices. Take the time to do your research. A strong, attractive roof could increase the value of your home!


4. Trim All Nearby Branches

roof maintenance tipsMany Floridian homeowners neglect this simple step. We have all seen a rough afternoon thunderstorm break tree branches. If a regular storm can do this, what happens when a tropical storm or hurricane blows through town? A large branch could very well find its way onto your roof. Damaged Shingles and other structural damage becomes a very strong possibility.  Not to mention, tree branches make an excellent bridge for pests, like rodents, to find their way in or around your home. Before you need any major repairs, call a tree service to trim back branches. We recommend keeping branches at least 10 feet away from your roof, for your safety.

 5. Know When to Call a Professional

roof maintenance tipsSometimes your roof needs more than a simple cleaning. Knowing when to call a professional roof repair company can be the difference between a small repair and the need for an entirely new roof. If you see these signs, call a professional:

Stained Shingles-This could be algae, due to the materials in the shingles. Or it could be symbolic of a larger issue.

Curled Shingles –Your shingles may be improperly installed, or showing their age.

Rust on Flashings– This can be a sign of a leak.

Mold or water stains – Considered one of the tell-tale signs of a major leak. Call a professional immediately if you spot mold in the attic of your home.

Higher energy bills – A higher electric bill could represent air escaping from the roof. If nothing about your home power consumption has drastically changed, your energy bills should not increase. Call a professional for an inspection.

Water leaking– Leaks fall under the category of a roofing emergency. Putting a bucket beneath a leak does not equal a solution. Would you fix a severe wound with a small latex bandage? If your roof has leaks, call a professional. Allowing the leak to continue will only cause more problems over time.

As a rule of thumb, take a look at your roof a few times a year, following these roof maintenance tips. Just like you would call your doctor when you start to feel under the weather, you should call a roofing professional at the first sign of a roof related issue. If you suspect there may be an issue with your roof, or want a professional inspection, contact The Paint Manager for your roofing needs.

Whether you are preparing to sell your home, or just want to fall in love with your house again, The Paint Manager can help you with roof repair, gutter cleaning, and interior/exterior painting. Let us go the extra mile in making your house a dream home once more.

Yourself, but Better. Your Home, but Better.

Yourself, but Better. Your Home, but Better.

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6 Interior Detox- Design Tips

Choosing to detoxify your life is a noble choice. There is so much volatile noise in our lives that impact our overall health more than you’d think. We have juices to detoxify our digestive system. We have mud masks to detoxify our pores. We have unfollowing to detoxify our newsfeeds. How do we detoxify our homes?

When you embark on a detox you go in aiming just to rid the clutter so you, your body, and your mind can focus on the important things. These design tips are for just that; maintain your home’s personality but without the stagnant clutter.

A cluttered mind can cause a cluttered mind. A cluttered mind can lead to stress and bad moods. So let’s construct yourself a mental sanctuary in your own home. Changing your home’s interiors can have a direct effect on your personality. With the right design, you can redesign your psyche. A bright room, cool décor and vibrant color scheme can elevate your mood more than waking up early, realizing it’s Saturday, and falling back to sleep.

So how can you detoxify for your home’s feeling? Painting, rearranging, adding mirrors or changing the furniture in your room – all have the ability to transform your interiors and provide a fresh and dapper ambiance.

6 Interior Detox- Design Tips:

If you’re like me and spill your tea on yourself 20 minutes within arriving to work and sitting there still slightly damp five hours later, you’re going to want to go home to replenish. Home is where you unwind, let your hair down, and perhaps eat an entire pint of Ben and Jerry’s. Here are 6 innovative ways you can transform your home’s interiors for a cool, cozy, detoxifying experience.

  • Utilize light and softer colors for rooms that are small in size.

Painting smaller rooms in lighter colors gives the feel of a larger room. Lighter colors also tend to have a less harsh feeling than darker, more dramatic colors. Assess the amount of natural light coming in each of your rooms and make a note of where you need extra lighting. Adding mirrors to the walls of a small room provides the optical illusion of a more open space and a brighter feel.

  • Add textures and patterns and mix up old with new.

Good interior designers will tell you that the interiors of your home are actually a reflection of your personality and style. Texture is usually the integration of fabric, wood, metal, ribbon, etc. or things having definitive patterns with furniture, paint, rugs, pillows, accessories etc. Eclectic interior design is a more so personal approach to achieving both your home’s comfort and personality. You should still be able to walk in your home and it still feel like you. No one feels comfortable in a stranger’s home.

  • With eclectic design comes great responsibility- avoid cluttering.

Whether your home is big or small, rooms are spacious or cramped, never make your space overcrowded. A tastefully done room need not be one that has too many things on display. You have to firmly believe in the motto “less is more”. Too much of a good thing could actually have you winding up resenting it. So maybe cut your elephant figurine collection in half…

  • Green will always be in.

Plants add a lot of verve and oomph to your décor. Rooms of any size should have tastefully selected plants because they are the most inexpensive way of improving your home’s vibe. Not only aesthetically pleasing, plants are also capable of cleaning the air in your house. Plants remove harmful gases present in the air and are also capable of absorbing pollutants. Just don’t go too overboard…we don’t want your home to start looking like Jumanji.

  • Look up, don’t neglect your walls or ceiling.

Walls, without taking up space, can showcase your art, pictures, and mirrors but just be conscious of not closing your room in with too many frames. Ceilings have been neglected for a long time now, but experts will tell you the importance of their design. High ceilings can give smaller rooms a larger feel. However, if you have low ceilings, contrast your ceiling with a lighter color than that of the paint on the walls and feel the difference. It can open up your room further.

  • Beautify your room with accessories.

While accessories fall into the eclectic design category, it is worth mentioning again. Keeping true to the “less is more” theory, balance your home’s two needs: your style as well as serenity’s style. Keep a few elephant figurines out, but balance them with a few neutral toned/scented candles. Style your linen couch with a few cool tone pillows and maybe one or two rogue hot pink ones. I’d say the key to a detoxifying home is 70% neutral and 30% your eclectic quirks.

If you are based in Central Florida, just call The Paint Manager today and discuss how they can assist in detoxifying your home. For me, I’m going to go home, change out of my tea-stained sweater, and start thinking about what plants to add to my living room.

100 Pet Essentials Now at Amazon

100 Pet Essentials Now at Amazon

Travel Safely with Your Pet by Car, Airplane, Ship or Train

The safest and most comfortable way for pets to travel is inside a carrier or crate.


When making travel decisions, choose what is safest and most comfortable for your pet. For instance, unless you’ll be able to spend a lot of time with your dog, he’ll probably be happier at home than tagging along on your trip. As a rule, cats are almost always better off in their own home.

But if you have decided it’s best to bring your pet along, follow our tips for a safe and low-stress trip.

Traveling by car with pets

Do you know the best place for your dog or cat in your car? Read on.

Dogs shouldn’t roam in the car

The safest way for your dog to travel in the car is in a crate that has been anchored to the vehicle using a seatbelt or other secure means. Dog restraints or seat belts are useful for preventing your dog from roaming around the car and being a distraction to the driver, but they haven’t been reliably shown to protect dogs during a crash.

Cats belong in carriers

Most cats aren’t comfortable traveling in cars, so for their safety as well as yours, keep them in a carrier. It’s important to restrain these carriers in the car so that they don’t bounce around and hurt your cat. Do this by securing a seat belt around the front of the carrier.

Leave the front seat for humans

Keep your pet in the back seat of the car. If an airbag deploys while your pet is in the passenger seat (even in a crate), it might injure your pet.

Keep those heads inside!

Dogs and cats should always be kept safely inside the car. Pets who are allowed to stick their heads out the window can be injured by particles of debris or made sick by having cold air forced into their lungs. Never transport a pet in the back of an open pickup truck.

Every year, animals are killed, injured or lost on commercial airlines.

Give your pet plenty of rest stops

Stop frequently to allow your pet to exercise and eliminate. But never permit your pet to leave the car without a collar, ID tag and leash.

Bring along a human buddy

Whenever possible, share the driving and pet caretaking duties with a friend or family member. You’ll be able to get food or use the facilities at rest stops knowing that someone you trust is keeping a close eye on your pets.

Don’t ever leave your pet alone in a car

A quick pit stop may feel like no time at all to you, but it’s too long to leave your pet in a car by themself. One hazard is heat: When it’s 72 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 116 degrees within an hour. On an 85-degree day, even with the windows slightly open, the temperature inside your car can reach 102 degrees in just 10 minutes. If you’re held up for 30 minutes, you may return to a car that’s 120 degrees inside and a pet who is suffering irreversible organ damage or death.

A year-round hazard is the unspoken invitation you issue to pet (and car) thieves any time you leave your pet alone in a car.

If you see a pet left inside a hot car take these steps to help them. »

Spread the word about the dangers of leaving pets in a hot cars by printing our Hot Car flyer (PDF), posting it in public places, and sharing it with your friends, family and coworkers.

Traveling by airplane with pets

Before booking a flight for Fido, you’ll want to think through all your options.

Air travel can be risky for pets

The HSUS recommends that you weigh all the risks when deciding whether to transport your pet by airplane. Air travel can be particularly dangerous for animals with “pushed in” faces (the medical term is “brachycephalic”), such as bulldogs, pugs and Persian cats. Their short nasal passages leave them especially vulnerable to oxygen deprivation and heat stroke.

Consider all the alternatives to flying. If you plan to bring your pet on vacation, driving is usually a better option. If you can’t travel by car, your pet will probably be healthier and happier if you leave them behind under the care of a pet sitter or boarding kennel. But there are times when that won’t be possible and you’ll have to determine whether the benefits of flying outweigh the risks.

If you decide to fly with your pet, choose the cabin when possible

If transporting your pet by air is the only option, find out whether they can travel in the cabin with you. Most airlines will allow you to take a cat or small dog in the cabin for an additional fee. But you must call the airline well in advance; there are limits to the number of animals allowed in the cabin. If you are transporting your dog, make sure they meet the size requirements. If you get overwhelmed by all the regulations, there are companies that can help you navigate through the process of flying with a pet.

Ask these questions if your pet is flying in the cabin

When you contact the airline, be sure to get clear answers to these questions:

  • Will the airline allow you to take your cat or small dog in the cabin with you?
  • Does the airline have any special pet health and immunization requirements?
  • Does the airline require a specific type of carrier? Most airlines will accept either hard-sided carriers or soft-sided carriers (which may be more comfortable for your pet), but only certain brands of soft-sided carriers are acceptable to certain airlines.
  • If you can’t take your pet in the cabin, does the airline have any restrictions on transporting your pet in the cargo hold?

Take precautions when bringing your pet through airport security

Your pet’s carrier will have to pass through the security screening along with you. You have two options: Either be sure your pet is securely harnessed so you can safely contain them outside their carrier while it’s being x-rayed, or request a special secondary screening that won’t require you to take them out of their carrier.

Be aware of the dangers of flying your pet in a cargo hold

While most animals flown in the cargo area of airplanes are fine, you should be aware that some animals are killed, injured or lost on commercial flights each year. Excessively hot or cold temperatures, poor ventilation and rough handling are often to blame.

Most U.S. airlines are required to report all companion animal incidents that occur in the cargo hold, and consumers should study the performance record of any airline before choosing to fly your pet in a cargo hold.

Follow these tips if your pet must fly in the cargo hold

If your pet must travel in the cargo hold, you can increase the chances of a safe flight for your pet by following these tips. httpss://www.bookmundi.com/t/tips-for-traveling-with-pets

  • Use direct flights. You will avoid the mistakes that occur during airline transfers and possible delays in getting your pet off the plane.
  • Travel on the same flight as your pet when possible. Ask the airline if you can watch your pet being loaded into the cargo hold and unloaded.
  • When you board the plane, notify the captain and at least one flight attendant that your pet is traveling in the cargo hold. If the captain knows that pets are on board, they may take special precautions.
  • Don’t ever ship brachycephalic animals such as Pekingese dogs, bulldogs or Persian cats in the cargo holds.
  • If traveling during the summer or winter months, choose flights that will accommodate the temperature extremes. Early morning or late evening flights are better in the summer; afternoon flights are better in the winter.
  • Fit your pet with a collar that can’t get caught in carrier doors. Affix two pieces of identification on the collar: a permanent ID with your name and home address and telephone number, and a temporary travel ID with the address and telephone number where you or a contact person can be reached.
  • Affix a travel label to the carrier on which you’ve written your name, permanent address and telephone number, final destination, and where you or a contact person can be reached as soon as the flight arrives.
  • Make sure that your pet’s nails have been clipped to protect against them getting hooked in the carrier’s door, holes, and other crevices.
  • Give your pet at least a month before your flight to become familiar with the travel carrier. This will minimize their stress during travel.
  • Do not give your pet tranquilizers unless they are prescribed by your veterinarian. Make sure your veterinarian understands that the prescription is for air travel.
  • Do not feed your pet for four to six hours before the trip. However, you can give them small amounts of water. If possible, put ice cubes in the water tray attached to the inside of your pet’s crate or kennel. (A full water bowl will only spill and cause discomfort.)
  • Try not to fly with your pet during busy travel times such as holidays and the summer. Your pet is more likely to undergo rough handling during hectic travel periods.
  • Carry a current photograph of your pet. If your pet is lost during the trip, a photograph will make it much easier for airline employees to search effectively.
  • When you arrive at your destination, open the carrier as soon as you are in a safe place and examine your pet. If anything seems wrong, take your pet to a veterinarian immediately. Get the results of the examination in writing, including the date and time.

Speak up if you see something

Don’t hesitate to complain if you witness the mishandling of an animal—either yours or someone else’s—at any airport. Ask to speak with the manager of the section where the incident occurred and report mishandling both in person and in writing.

Traveling by ship with your pet

With the exception of assistance dogs, pets are welcome on only a few cruise lines—and usually on ocean crossings only. Some lines permit pets in private cabins, but most confine pets to kennels. Contact your cruise line in advance to find out its policies and which of its ships have kennel facilities. If you must use the ship’s kennel, make sure it is protected from the elements and check on your pet frequently.

Traveling by train with your pet

Amtrak now allows some pets on select trains and service animals are allowed on all lines.The HSUS supports the Pets on Trains Act (H.R. 674) before Congress that will allow Amtrak to permit passengers to bring their beloved pets on certain trains. Some smaller U.S. railroad companies may permit animals on board. Many trains in European countries allow pets. Generally, it’s the passengers’ responsibility to feed and exercise their pets at station stops.


Are you concerned about what rules and regulations your state has in place for new pets entering state boundary lines? GoodCall.com just published this interactive guide that shows you all the guidelines, health certificate requirements, permits and vaccines required in every state.

Click HERE to view their state-by-state interactive map to protect yourself from a fine or penalty and to keep your pet safe when traveling or moving to a new state.

Welcome to “The Paint Manager” BLOG

Welcome to “The Paint Manager” BLOG

Welcome to “The Paint Manager” BLOG

Welcome to The Paint Manager your total resource for all things regarding paint…pressure cleaning…and other handy kinds of stuff. Our online presence is targeted at being your one stop shop for almost anything and everything you can think of. Don’t worry, if what you’re looking for isn’t here give us a little time or drop us an email and it will be here ASAP. For our first blog post, here is an article from Angie’s List about Hiring a handyman.

Hiring a Handyman

There’s no need to call a specialty contractor for some home repairs. A handyman can do a variety of small home improvement projects that save time and money.

What is a handyman?

A handyman or handy woman is a skilled “jack of all trades” who can complete a wide range of repairs or home improvement jobs.
A handyman, or handyman company, usually charges clients an hourly rate, plus material costs, regardless of the task. Many homeowners compile a list of repairs and hire a handyman to complete the list in a single visit.

The term “handyman” is loosely defined. Some handyman are self-trained, while others have formal training in various aspects of construction and home repair. Some specialize in a few types of home maintenance, such as painting, carpentry, or tiling, while others may have additional skills such as plumbing and electrical expertise.

There’s no national standard or regulation for handymen. Licensing and regulation vary by state. New Jersey, for example, requires handymen who work for a profit to register with the state and carry insurance. California requires handymen to carry a license from the State Contractors License Board to work on any project that exceeds $500 in labor and material costs. Find out before you hire the handyman if he or she has the skills needed to complete your project.

How do I know if I need a handyman or contractor?

The scope of the job and level of skill required to complete it should determine whether you hire a handyman or contractor.

“When trying to determine who you should hire for a particular job, consider the task,” says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List. If it’s a specialized trade, be sure you hire that trades person like a plumber or electrician, for example. If it’s little things that you can do yourself, a handyman is probably the right way to go.”

A handyman is not the best option for a large or complicated project that could take a long time to complete and require the help of multiple workers. You shouldn’t turn to a handyman either if you need an emergency service for plumbing, electrical or appliance work unless the handyman is licensed in that trade. If an unlicensed person does plumbing or electrical work you have no guarantee that the work has been done to code, which could affect your homeowners insurance policy or any claim related to the work.  Use a contractor or specialist for remodeling work, room additions, and projects that require heavy-duty equipment or licensed professionals like electricians.

Benefits of hiring a handyman
You’ve got an ever increasing to-do list of home improvements like changing out a bathroom faucet, replacing missing shingles on the roof and painting a kitchen wall. You could hire a plumber, roofer and painter who have conflicting schedules and their own service charges, or you could hire a handyman to complete all three projects in one day for one hourly rate.

Because many handymen charge by the hour, a  homeowner can save time and money on home improvement projects by hiring a handyman to complete a wide range of projects for a single hour rate. A service charge from a plumber or roofer to come to your home could equal or even surpass the cost of hiring a handymanfor a few hours.
You’ll also less likely to be overcharged if your hire a handyman. Unlike a general contractor or specialist who is more likely to price a job based on the estimated amount of time it will take to complete, you only have to pay a handyman for the hours he work, unless you agree on a flat rate for a project. Handymen are able to keep their rates low because they don’t have to pay additional workers, so they have lower overhead costs than contractors or large companies.

Although handymen have less overhead, they do supply their own tools.  So there’s no need to invest in extra equipment you won’t use often or at all. However, you will need to supply the materials.

When you hire a contractor or specialist, they usually supply the materials, and often at a markup. If they don’t provide the materials, they may not guarantee a repair or your choices are limited to what they have in stock. When you choose your own materials you know how much the product costs and stay within your budget. You also get to choose the manufacturer, finish and register any warranty agreement.

Many homeowners turn to handymen when they have a project they want completed, but don’t know who to call. Handymen have been known to do all types of work from setting up playground equipment and gas grills to hanging holiday lights and decorations.

Handyman-ready jobs
Handymen are best utilized for small, “honey-do” types of home repair work. The following projects are ideal for most handymen.

Minor plumbing work
Many handymen are capable of completing small plumbing jobs like installing new fixtures or repairing a leaky faucet. However, complex projects that require relocating plumbing within the home should be left to a licensed plumber.

Adding a fresh application of caulk to gaps between windows, doors and siding is a great way to improve energy efficiency and lower utility costs.

Decks and porches
Over time, weather can take atoll on wooden decks and porches. A handyman can replace broken boards, apply a finish or sealant and improve or upgrade your deck or porch’s safety and appearance.

Gutter cleaning and maintenance
It’s not a complete task, but cleaning gutters is messy and involves climbing on the roof. If you hire a professional handyman with the right equipment and experience for the task you won’t have to risk injuring yourself. A handyman can also install gutter guards to prevent seasonal clogging.

Home exterior repairs
If you have minor damage to your home’s exterior, such as a loose piece of siding or a missing shingle, hiring a handyman to repair those items may prove to be more cost-effective than hiring a specialist.

Painting and touch-ups
If you have a small painting job, like a wall, garage door, touchup trim and scoff marks and repair small holes with spackle, consider a handyman. But remember, a handyman typically charges by the hour, so larger jobs are better suited for a professional painting crew.

Hanging window treatments, pictures and mirrors and installing light fixtures
These small tasks can be easily accomplished by a homeowner. But if you hire a handyman with the right tools and experience, these wall-mounted items will likely be hung correctly and and without damage.

Handyman hiring tips
Interview several candidates before hiring a candidate. A handyman works closely with you in your home so you want to pick one that you feel comfortable being around. Use the following tips to help you choose the best candidate.

1. Define the project. Start by compiling a list of the home repairs you want completed. Remember, a handyman is best used for small jobs such as installing light fixtures, patching drywall and interior painting. If the job requires pulling a permit, or moving plumbing or electrical wiring, consider hiring a licensed contractor.

2. Shop around. Check Angie’s List reviews and interview at least three handymen. Ask how many years of experience they have and their areas of specialization. Request references from homeowners who have hired the handyman. Make sure the potential handyman has the skills and experience to complete your project.

3. Watch out for scams. Avoid handymen who contact you with unsolicited phone calls or visits to your home. You should also avoid any handyman who refuses to guarantee the price of the job or asks for payment upfront. Reputable handymen don’t expect to get paid before the project is completed.

4. Get it in writing. Insist on a written agreement laying out the job details, costs and payment schedule. Be clear about the times you expect the work to be started and completed. It’s extremely important to get all guarantees in writing.

5. Ask for a guarantee. Many handymen will guarantee their work for up to one year. Ask about guarantees before you make a hiring decision, and of course, make sure the guarantee is in writing.

6. Inspect the work. Inspect the completed work before paying the handyman. Make sure that everything has been done to your satisfaction and at the agreed upon price. Most handymen will be happy to explain the finished work because they want you to be satisfied.

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