Why Video Reviews Matter

Information is out there everywhere you look! We all absorb information differently. Videos are just one way out of many that we can learn about a product or service we are interested in. While it sometimes feels quicker to simply read over written reviews; there is just an authenticity with video reviews that makes them stand out! Let’s talk about why!

The Five Senses

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes…. Wait….That isn’t right… And many reviews you read over don’t seem right either! How many times do you come across a 5 star review just raving about something that everyone else seems to hate? (It’s not a conspiracy..people do get paid to do this… ) And how often do you notice that many of the 5 star reviews listed beneath the product you are considering are not even about That product?!? How many times have you ordered 2 sizes up (based on many reviews that the item runs small) only to receive an item 8 times too large? It is safe to say that we as humans have learned to take written reviews with a grain of salt. And Pepper. 

Sight

When you watch a video review, you are not just reading words on a screen and wondering who wrote them. You are usually seeing real people reviewing a real product that is most likely visible in the video. Their expressions are visible while they speak and you can tell if they are actually happy with their product or service. It’s true that some people are good actors, but our eyes are good at picking up on that when we really look! Take this review for example- we just love the body language! 

Hearing

Hearing real people talk about their experience adds an element of relatability. Our ears also have the capacity to pick up genuine tones and fakeness. When we are able to hear what people are saying, and how they say it; it is easy for our brains to decide if they really believe it or not. It’s true that some people are good liars…but our ears are good at picking up on that when we really listen! Especially when we can Also watch them 😉

Here is a good one you can listen to (especially since some of the visual cues are limited 😅 )

Smell, Touch, Taste

Eyes and Ears and Mouth and Nose….errr Technology is not quite so advanced yet that we can smell or touch or taste a product through a screen. 😉 But being able to see and hear about something at the same time does help our brain to fill in the gaps. There are less gaps to fill when we watch a video review than when we simply read a review. This is why a commercial showing a juicy cheeseburger covered in cheese makes us think we can almost taste it! When you read those words, you may have pictured it…but when you watch it, you get to skip a step! 

Just for you 😉 Photo by Clark Douglas on Unsplash

Video Reviews from YOU!

As you can see, there are several things about video reviews that help others learn about our services in a meaningful way! If we have the opportunity to work for you, your feedback is very valuable to us. We appreciate your willingness to be vulnerable for a minute to share your authentic experience with others! Hopefully at the very least, you have a song stuck in your head for the day! Thank you for taking the time to read about video reviews and why they matter!

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Critical Considerations When Choosing A Contractor

The initial feeling of excitement when you decide to have your house painted is a rush for sure! Buuuuut it can wear off quickly. You begin to realize how many things need to be done between the moment you decide to paint and the moment the painting is completed. Fantasizing all the different color options is only one task on the list, and not the first! So first things first! You need to decide WHO will be handling your paint work for you. Step 1 is a huge decision! It will impact the whole process, so here are some helpful things to consider when you choose your contractor! 

Which Contractor Should I Choose ??? 😉 *** Photo by Juan Rumimpunu on Unsplash

Reputation and Stability

Most of us take the time to look at online reputation before we call for an estimate in the first place… but is that enough? The crucial question is “Which business page has the most Facebook likes?!?” Winner! Done! 😉 Kidding… If only it were that simple! While you can put some weight into the way a business interacts with the social community; it is much more important to see if they have actual references and reviews about the experience they provide to their customers. If they do not have online reviews; can they give you references in another format? 

Even a well liked business with lots of good reviews can be irresponsible though… And just because something bad hasn’t happened yet doesn’t necessarily mean they are prepared for it. Make sure the contractor you want to hire has a good business insurance policy and worker’s comp for all employees. If the contractor you want to hire uses sub-contractors; make sure they have these things too! A contractor whose stability is based off of more than social perception is critical!

Experience and Service

When we think of “experience”, we tend to just think of “how long” the contractor has been in business for. That is not the best way to look at it. Someone could be running a painting business for 50 years and only paint one house a month. On the flip side: Another contractor could be 5 years into their business, but have experience running 4 jobs a week. While you want to be sure that your contractor knows what they are doing, it is also important to ask about the “experience” they offer. 

Does the contractor provide a clear outline for the services they will provide for you? Do they have a warranty on their work or materials? To find out how to spot a good warranty; click here!  Is their communication with you going to make you confident that you are a part of the plan? Or will you be left in the dark, hoping they don’t finally show up for the project  when you’re in the bathroom. 😉 (A personal fear of mine haha!) The quality of your experience depends greatly on the quality of your contractor’s service and communication. 

Follow Up

It is pretty common in the trades for a contractor to come and go as they please. Everything happens on their time, with very short notice for you, in most cases. This can leave you under-prepared for the conversations you want to have with them, and frustrated with poor communication. They can leave just as quickly as they came and not really care either way whether you are satisfied with the service you paid for or not. The final bill can be hugely different from the quote you received, and you can’t expect communication to improve at this point.

Now not all contractors behave this way! But you definitely want to have a conversation with your contractor about what you can expect during the process; from the first estimate to the final bill. 

Click Here for our handy list: 17 Critical Questions for Your Contractor!

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Pressure-Wash the Fall Away

Fall in the PNW was a little behind schedule this year; but it has finally come and gone! Except it is not really gone… The once bright and yellow leaves are now brown and squishy. They are leaving their dark (yet beautiful) marks all over your driveways and sidewalks. Worse though, they are all over your patio and clogging up your rain gutters. They stick to your feet as you cross your patio to enjoy a dip in your hot tub. 😉 The dry leaves can be blown away; yes…but what about the soggy ones? What about the layers of ash from all the fires that are mixing with rain to make your walls look sludgy? What can you do? Why should you do anything? What happens if you don’t? Well, I am here to answer all of it!

What Can You Do?

I think the title already gave away the big secret 😉 but Pressure-Washing is an excellent way to clean up all the soggy remains of fall! The climate here gets soggy quickly and the leaves don’t have the same opportunity to disintegrate and blow away in the wind like they do in some places. Raking them up into a glorious pile of leaves to jump in is also less satisfying…Unless you enjoy jumping into what feels like fluffy, cold mud. So what does it mean to Pressure-Wash?

Pressure-Wash in Latin is “Pressura-Lava”… a fancy way of saying “to wash with hot lava and pressure”…. 😉 When you pressure-wash a surface, a pump is used to create a high pressure water spray that works very efficiently at removing mold, grime, dust, mud, soggy leaves and other debris from the surface. Detergents can be added to make the washing even more effective.

You can wash away most of the soggy residue of fall with a quick pressure-wash! You can pressure-wash the leaves out of your gutters and off of your patio. You can pressure-wash the ashes and grime off your walls, windows and trim. And you can also wash the stains off of your driveway and sidewalk that are left behind from rotting fruits and leaves! Mold and Mildew removal often requires a detergent to be mixed in to effectively eliminate them; but I suggest a mild detergent either way!

Why Should You Pressure-Wash?

Spring and Fall (and right before a new paint job) are the best times to pressure-wash! We will focus on why Fall is a good time.

  • Temperature: Most of the time in fall, temperatures are still not freezing. You do not want to pressure-wash in freezing weather as that could create worse problems than soggy leaves. Because of the pressure behind the water; water will reach places it normally can’t when you pressure-wash. You do not want in to freeze and expand in these areas!
  • Cleanliness: After Summer and Fall, we tend to have a lot of things “left-over” on our home’s surfaces. The popsicles that dripped onto the deck… The pollen that is clinging tightly to the window trim… The leftover pumpkin juices that marked their spot on the front porch…. Ok maybe I’m the only one that throws them out a few days too late haha- but I doubt it! 😉 Either way, cleanliness is next to godliness!
  • Protection: Believe it or not; all those little things left sticking to the surfaces around your home only get harder to remove the longer you leave them there! Certain molds and mildews can cause a lot of damage once they start growing into the materials that protect your home. This is the most important reason you should pressure-wash in the fall!

What Happens If You Don’t Pressure-Wash The Fall Away?

You’re probably thinking: “Well I have never pressure-washed my home in the fall and it is still standing!” Right? Right. Pressure-Washing is one of those small things that makes a big difference over time! As I said above; molds and mildews will damage the surfaces of the things that protect your home if left unchecked. Paint, Siding, Trim, Caulking… All of these things will last longer if you maintain them properly. Will they disintegrate at the end of winter if you just let the rain clean them for a couple years? No, probably not. Will you be paying for more home maintenance in the long run in the form of new siding or paint? Definitely! Also, you will be more likely to track soggy leaves into your hot tub. 😉

Choosing to pressure-wash in the fall is just a small, important step you can take to maintain your home and lengthen the amount of time that passes before you have to invest in a large, important step.

Can You Damage Your Home While Pressure-Washing?

Yes! This is one reason a lot of people will just let the rain do the work… If you use too high of a setting for the surface you are cleaning; you can absolutely damage the material. For example: Concrete can withstand a higher pressure than your fence or your deck because the material is more rigid. Do your research on the surfaces you will be cleaning and you should have no problems! Here is one very helpful article about how to pressure-wash!

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As Always, Thank you for Reading! For any questions you can call us at 541-600-2025 or visit our website at sirpaints.com! Have a Great Day!!!

How to Prepare for your Interior Painting Project!

Interior Painting Season has officially arrived in the PNW! Getting a fresh application of paint is always exciting; both for the crisp clean feel and for the change of color! You’ve had your home measured and you’ve signed the estimate! What happens next?!? Here are 5 things you can do to make your paint project go as smoothly as possible!

interior painting

1. Respond to Calls and Emails from your Painter

In many cases; your painter will have a calendar that they will want to schedule you into as soon as possible. The better you are at keeping in communication with them; the more quickly you can move through the interior painting process! If you work with Sir Paints A Lot, one of the first things you will need to schedule (if you want it) is your color consult! Making the time to have one of our color specialists come out and help you choose a color scheme can really help you feel confident and happy with the paint you choose! Also: the sooner your painter knows which colors you are using, the sooner they can order paint and get your project started! If you’re curious about the color consult; check out this blog: Pros and Cons of a Color Consult!

2. Mark Your Calendar!

Once you get the estimated date for your interior painting project, Mark Your Calendar! Paint companies do their best to keep in contact with you to let you know whether they are on schedule for your project or if they are ahead or behind. It is important that you also keep track of when your project is supposed to happen so that you don’t plan other events too close to the time of your job. Allow a little wiggle room before making plans to host a family dinner, for example, so that you do not end up disappointed if the painters run into a little setback. Even though the date may not be “exact”, keeping track of it will help you be more prepared.

Keeping track of your appointment time also prevents most complications where you would end up needing to reschedule. Not only does last minute rescheduling ruin other customer’s plans and schedules; but you also may end up having to wait longer than you expected, depending on how busy your painter is. No fun 🙁

3. Make Plans for Pets

Once you have a good idea of when your paint project will happen; make plans to keep your pets out of the area that will be painted. If your whole house will need painted and your pet cannot stay outside; ask a friend to help watch them or find an animal kennel you can bring them to. We have heard great things about Willamette Valley Dog and Cat Motel! No matter how friendly your pet is; paint is one thing you don’t want them getting into! The painters cannot be efficient at getting their work done if they are trying to keep your pets out of the paint. Or worse; cleaning up paint messes of cute paw prints tracked all over your floor! 😉

4. Remove Knick-Knacks and Pictures

You will want to remove all the pictures from your walls and any shelving or knick-knacks from the room. We also suggest removing rugs, TV’s and other electronics as well. Large furniture should be moved to the center of the room. The painter will cover it with plastic and drop cloths. You do not want to pile all of your things into a mountain in the middle of the room. Bring your things somewhere safe and make your walls ready for paint! You also need to remove clothes and other items from closets that need painted. You can expect painters to move large items for you like refrigerators, washers, dryers, couches etc… But please remove all your other belongings before the painters arrive!

5. Go Enjoy A Vacation!

Not to be rude— Painters love to chat with customers and get to know you! If you only are having one or two rooms painted and you don’t need to be in them all the time; that’s different! We would love for you to stick around and tell us about your life and your adventures!

But!I If you have scheduled a full interior painting project, join me on this imaginary journey…

The painters have been in your house all day and you just return home from work.

You’re feeling like you need a snack so you try to get into your masked off freezer for some pizza rolls. You glance at your oven and see it is also covered in plastic. A moment of irritation passes… You decide to leave and get some food somewhere else. Your fingers peel at tape so you can make your way through the doorway of plastic.

You return with your food. The daylight has faded away and you need to turn on the light. The switch is covered in paper. The light is dim and covered in plastic. The drive-through forgot to give you a fork…You complete the obstacle course of getting into your silverware drawer.

Now you want to relax and watch some TV. Then you remember that your TV is in another room covered in a drop cloth and so is your couch. You decide to go to bed. If you are lucky; that won’t be covered yet… You stare into the hazy paint dust and wonder what you are doing here….

That was enjoyable right?! 😉

Your house is not the place you want to be when you are having interior painting done! Trust us! Once your appointment time is confirmed; make plans to go anywhere but home! Stay at the coast or in a fun air-bnb or even just a hotel or friend’s house for the duration of your project! Almost everyone loves coming home after a getaway! Imagine how much fun coming home will be after a fresh paint job!

Keeping these steps in mind will make your interior painting experience much more pleasant! Don’t stress! Just remember to stay in contact with your painter so that you get updates regarding your project. Put your possessions somewhere safe and out of the way, and plan a fun getaway for yourselves and your pets! 😉

Thank you for taking the time to read this to be prepared for your upcoming interior painting project! If you have not scheduled with us yet and would like an estimate, click here, or call 541 600 2025! Have an Awesome Day!

5 Autumn Decor Ideas To Fall For

You already fell for my cheesy title, so why stop there! We all know there are literally thousands of crafts and DIY projects you can do to help bring in the season. Stores are overflowing with things colored yellow and orange and rusty red. Throw-pillows and gourds and fake leaves abound! There are Soooooo many things you can make and buy and thoughtfully place in your home…annnnd then put into storage in 2 months….It is a bit overwhelming to some of us. These 5 ideas you can just throw away when the snow comes! You can watch them Fall right into the trash can alongside your moldy carved pumpkin that withered away by the front door…Ahhh I can smell it already 😉

1. Dried Corn Stalks

Fall Decor -Dried Corn Stalks www.homedit.com

Dried Corn Stalks are the perfect way to bring some fall feels to your front entry! If you grow your own corn, all you need to do is remove the corn from the plant and then cut the stalks at the base about 5 days before you decorate. Hang them upside down in the sun to dry until they are a nice golden brown! If you do not grow your own corn, you can usually find stalks at farmers markets. Sometimes they will even be dried already!

5 Creative ways to use for fall

  • 1. Add Sunflowers or Cat- Tails or anything you like and place next to the front door!
  • 2. Place inside in a tall, narrow planter pot and keep inside.
  • 3. Use pieces of the dried leaves from the stalks to accent a wreath.
  • 4. Decorate fence posts!
  • 5. Use as kindling for Bonfire …saved the best for last 😉 Bonfires are Superior to trash cans. Tis the Season!

2. Mini Pumpkins

Fall Decor – Mini Pumpkins

These little guys are just required. You can put them anywhere and it just works. On the table, in the windowsill, even on the back of the toilet! Anywhere you can think of- it works!

5 Creative ways to use for fall

  • 1. Make a centerpiece on your kitchen table using a variety of mini gourds and pumpkins and leaves.
  • 2. Use outside on front steps or on hay bales.. The more the merrier!
  • 3. Place on top of candle holders- You can spray paint them gold, black, and white for a different fall feel
  • 4. Fill a large lantern, glass jar, or see through wire basket.
  • 5. Make a fall game for trick or treaters and use them to hit targets/make baskets!

3. Hay Bales

Fall Decor- Hay Bales www.wayfair.ca

You probably don’t want to use these Indoors…but they provide a lot of character for your outdoor decor! I am pretty sure you can order fake hay bales online if you have an allergy, however that defeats the simplistic purpose of this article… But as someone who suffers from allergies- I won’t hold it against you 😉

5 Creative ways to use for fall

  • 1. Use to add height near entry to emphasize other decorations such as pumpkins, lanterns, and wooden signs.
  • 2. Place loose hay underneath pumpkin centerpiece. Use a large tray or bowl for less mess!
  • 3. Make Scarecrows or shabby brooms.
  • 4. Set up an outdoor seat/ photo area!
  • 5. Also excellent kindling for a bonfire 🙂

4. Pine Cones

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Fall Decor – Pine Cones www.decorextra.com

Personally, I always use pine cones in my decor. I just love them! But the best thing about them is that they can make the transition into winter decor no problem! That saves you having to think twice!

5 Creative ways to use for fall

  • 1. A table centerpiece is a going theme for this blog.. what can I say!
  • 2. Glue onto door wreath with sticks and herbs for a multi-seasonal effect.
  • 3. Place near pumpkins, apples, sunflowers or hay bales for contrast and detail.
  • 4. Dip in melted wax of any color and add glitter! (My grandmother’s project!)
  • 5. Make Cinnamon Pine Cones!

5. Wheat

Fall Decor – Wheat

Wheat is an excellent way to bring a little bit of fall around without clashing with what you already have! This is probably the most versatile fall decoration of them all!

5 Creative ways to use for fall

  • 1. Cut off the top of a pumpkin and use it as a vase for the wheat.
  • 2. Make bundles of wheat and wrap a fall colored ribbon around them and put them anywhere!
  • 3. Another easy way to make a wreath: glue on some leaves and flowers and wah-la!
  • 4. Add Cat-tails to your arrangement for added interest!
  • 5. Another excellent addition to the Bonfire!!!

Hopefully this article helps you find some fall decorations that don’t break the bank! That way you can spend more on Salted Caramel Lattes! 😉 Enjoy your Bonfire!!! (One more thing you can add to the bonfire is a Pumpkin Spice Latte! Bleh! 😉 )

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