Many homeowners today have unwanted wallpaper in their homes. Most would love to see it disappear, but believe that it would be too costly and time consuming to remove. While some vinyl wallpaper can pose a problem most wallpaper will come off with one weekend and a couple of simple household items. Honestly, the hardest thing about wallpaper removal is the clean up after.

All you'll need is some hot water in a spray bottle, preferably one with a contentious spray. This will save your hands from becoming too tired from all the spraying. I like to use a insecticide pump-up spray bottle but any kind will work. A flat blade scrapper and some plastic to cover the floors.

First thing you'll want to do is tape the plastic to the floor making sure to cover the whole floor, this will make clean up easier. Then spray down a good size portion of the wallpaper with your hot water. I would say about 4'x4' section. The best place to start is at the ceiling and work your way across the wall and then down. Pick a seam or tear in the wallpaper. Allow the water to set for one to two minutes and then spray again. Now you can use your flat blade scrapper start to removing the top layer of wallpaper. Wallpaper almost always comes off in two layers, the top layer is the decorative side and the second layer is the adhesive side. This is just a thin paper backing with some glue on it. However, in some cases both layers will come off together so be careful not to damage the drywall or plaster underneath. As the wallpaper starts to dry out add more water, the key is to reactivate the glue that is holding the wallpaper to the wall. If the wallpaper does not easily come off you can spray it again and allow it to set a little longer. Work your way around the room until all wallpaper is gone. Allow the mess to set for a little while to dry before you try to clean it up. Dry peaces of wallpaper will sweep off most surfaces easily, use a hand broom to sweep everything to the floor. Remove the plastic from the floor and roll it up, patch any damage to drywall, and you're ready for paint.

Many people believe that painting the exterior of their home is pointless. Stating "exterior painting is for looks and I would rather the inside of my home look nice and beautiful, seeing as I do not spend much time outside of the house". Unfortunately this is not as true as most think. As our web site states, exterior painting is not just for looks. A great exterior paint job will protect your home from peeling paint, wood rot due to water damage, bugs, dirt, and yes it looks great as well.

A microscopic pen prick is more than enough room for water to enter the home. Once the water gets in the costly damage has already begun. This causes mold and mildew on the inside of your walls which will lead to an unhealthy environment for you and your family. Wood rot damage will soon after start set in to all surrounding areas both inside and outside your home. Then as weather get colder the water inside the wall will freeze and expand to make the hole bigger allowing more water to enter the home the next time. This will continue until the hole is closed up and sealed from further damage. Peeling paint can have the same effect on the exterior of your home. The exposed siding will quickly begin to soften and rot away.

Simply painting your home is not enough. You must make sure the proper prep work has been done before you can apply any paint. Scraping away all loose paint and then gluing it down with the appropriate product is the only way to ensure that it will not begin to peel again. Water can be the most damaging element to a home that has not been sealed properly. A small amount of water can cause the largest problems, and when left untreated can end up costing more than the home is worth to fix. 

Picking a painter should be easy, but it does not always turn out that way. Some times finding the right painting company for your project can be a real headache. So here are a few tips you can try before looking for a painter.

Decide what work you want to get done and do not forget the details. Things such as trim, ceilings, doors, inside closets, cabinets and light fixtures are often overlooked  by the home owners until the walls look so new and vibrant. Adding thing at the end or in the middle of a job leaves room for the company to tack on unnecessary charges. While the extra time and the paint for added items need to be applied many companies will give a better price when first biding the job. Once a painting company has contracted the job there is no longer a need to impress the customer with prices.

Pick your paint colors. Never leave this choice up to the painting contractor. While their input can be valuable, you will ultimately be the one living with the colors. You can use color chips or buy tester colors to help make this choice easier. When testing use a spot that gets some sun as well as some shade to get a good idea of how the color will look. Also look at the color in both day light and at night before you make the finial decision. colors have the ability to change in different lighting. The test spot should be no larger than 2"x2" area, anything bigger can sometimes show back through if you do not like the first color and change to a new one.

Ask everyone you can about their experiences with painting companies. The more you know the better prepared you will be when time comes to make a choice on what painting company will be the best for your project. Do not be afraid to ask questions about the details. What did you have painted? How big was the space? How much did they charge? These are great questions to ask, but also ask about cleanliness. Ask if they were kept informed about the job as it progressed, and if the job was completed in a timely manor? Most important of all ask if the people working for the painting company was knowledgeable about the products they used and the materials they worked with.

Research, Research, Research. Look at every painting company in your area. Find out what products they use and if they have insurance, or offer a warranty? Look at pictures of their work and reviews by their customers. Find out how long they have been in business? Check them out with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) to see if any complaints have been filed. Remember some complaints can be normal as long as the painting company has made every attempt to fix the problem or problems.

Now it is time to pick the right painting company. Once you have decided what to have painted, picked the colors you love, asked questions until your blue in the face and done all the research you should be a pro at finding the best painting company for you. One last thing to remember is that you will most likely have to wait for the painting company you want because you most likely have picked the best painting company based on price, professionalism, and quality. So the painting company may be booked out for a moth or two.