{tips for new homeowners}

Congratulations! You’re now a homeowner! May 1 is actually a holiday just for you – it’s “New Homeowner Day.”

Being a homeowner can be overwhelming and the list of projects can seem endless. But think of the possibilities that are ahead of you. What colors will you choose to inspire you? Paint or wallpaper? What types of window treatments do you want? And then you head outdoors – maybe to a patio or deck or a lovely garden. When you begin to think about decorating your home think about the ‘feel’ you want to have. Do you want it to be bright or cozy, masculine or feminine, opulent or minimalist?

As a new homeowner you might be painting for the first time. Making sure you have your supplies ready to go before you start is key. You’ll want to have the right brushes, rollers, dropcloths, tape and of course paint. The professionals at Hirshfield’s can help you get exactly what you need and our video series on taping before you paint shows you just what to do before you load up your brush. You can also find out more in these posts about which window treatments are best for kids’ rooms, bright spaces and which ones will even make your home more energy efficient!

Maintenance is a big part of home ownership. Staying ahead of problems will help you tackle them before they get to be really big issues. Look for any signs of water damage or leaking – it could signal you need to get your roof looked at. Most experts recommend getting a roof inspected if it’s older than 12 years. Check your fixtures too – any leaks around a faucet or toilet could mean it needs a fix that you can likely find at a home improvement store.

A great part of owning a home is having some outdoor space to enjoy. Our blog on getting your deck ready for summer is a great place to start on what you need to get done.

Happy New Homeowner Day! To celebrate, Hirshfield’s wants to give away three Home Owner’s Journals, so you can keep track of all your invoices, color choices and home improvement projects! Just comment on this blog or on the Hirshfield’s Facebook page telling us what project you tackled or will tackle in your new home! The winner will be announced May 2!

{tips for taping around windows before painting}

Bob from 3M is here to offer some tips on how to tape around windows before painting. Using Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape, you can easily tape around the edges of a windowpane to give you a perfectly polished look once the painting is complete! The tape can also be used to cover hinger covers when painting doors. Stop in to your local Hirshfield’s for more product information and advice for all your painting needs!

{tips for painting around light fixtures}

When painting a room in your home, don’t forget about the 5th wall – the ceiling! Whether you want to go bold with a bright, vibrant color or stick to the classic white or beige, a fresh coat of paint can really change the look and feel of a room. To make sure the painting process goes as smoothly as possible, Bob from 3M is here to show you how Scotch Blue 2090 tape can help you easily paint around light fixtures.

{tips for removing painters’ tape}

The new paint color you’ve chosen for your room has dried and looks great on your walls. Job well done! Now it’s time to remove the tape protecting your woodwork and floorboards. This may sound simple – but there really is a “right” way to take off painters’ tape. Bob from 3M shows us just how it’s done in our latest video.

Bob’s also shown us how to choose the right tape and how to put it up correctly. Have you completed a project  recently? We’d love to hear about your experience and see your finished work!

{tips for taping a room before you paint}

You’ve spent time staring at paint chips, trying to choose just the right shade for your project. Now that you’ve picked your paint – you’re ready to get started! But have you taped the room yet to protect woodwork, carpet and your windows? Properly taping a room can really make a difference in how your finished paint job looks – and lasts. In this video Bob from 3M demonstrates just how to get that perfect edge.

Bob also showed us the different types of tape that are available in this video.

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