Making Homes Look Their Best Since 2009

About Me


Scott Martin Hello , I worked for Dowlen Construction painting for over 25 years and as a trim carpenter for around 5 years. I studied mechanical engineering and business at Chattanooga State. I enjoy photography, hiking and camping with my wife and wood working. I am married and we live in the city of Red Bank even though our mailing address is Hixson. I have attended Oakwood Baptist Church in Chattanooga since 2004 with my wife. We were married there in 2006.

Tips for Keeping Your For-Sale Home Spotless with Kids Around

May 9, 2019

Photo via Pixabay


Tips for Keeping Your For-Sale Home Spotless with Kids Around


When you’re selling a home, more buyers mean more competition, higher offers, and a faster sale. Decluttering, cleaning, and staging are all crucial for attracting interested buyers. However, keeping a home show-ready can be significantly more difficult for parents; after all, kids are notorious mess-makers! Here are some smart ways to prepare your home for sale and keep it spotless and tidy while it’s on the market.

Get Help from the Pros

If you’re a busy parent with a little extra room in your budget, consider hiring professionals to help you out. Professional landscapers, interior cleaners, and home stagers can easily take the pressure off. For a professional home staging, you can expect to pay about $822. While this may seem like a large expense, staged homes on average sell 73 percent faster and often boost the final sale price by thousands of dollars.

Banish Clutter

Decluttering your home is the most important thing to do before listing it for sale. Clutter repels potential buyers. A cluttered home appears cramped, short on storage space, and gives potential buyers the impression that the house hasn’t been properly maintained. The clutter itself can be distracting to buyers who are assessing whether your home will suit their life. It can even make the home feel unclean, no matter how much dusting and polishing up you do.

As you’re boxing up family photos, knick-knacks, and excessive decorations, consider donating or selling your unwanted items. Also, have your kids help out by going through their own belongings. You can encourage your kids by holding a yard sale and giving them the proceeds from any sold toys. Alternatively, explain to your child that they can make other kids happy by donating their toys to less fortunate families.

For the stuff you’re hanging onto, rent a storage space or ask a friend if you can keep your boxes at their place. Packing your garage full of boxes and furniture can disguise its potential. Many homeowners see the garage as an extra room for hobbies or an at-home gym, so keep it as clean and organized as you possibly can.

Paint Over Bold Colors

Once your house is clutter-free, consider slapping a fresh coat of paint on the walls. This is one of the cheapest and quickest ways to boost the value of your home. According to MarketWatch, certain wall colors can really hurt your selling price. Dark brown, orange, and slate gray should be avoided. If your kids' rooms are painted in glaring colors or pink, purple, or bright green, cover these with soft, neutral hues. The goal is to depersonalize your home so that potential buyers can picture themselves living there.

Clean from Top to Bottom

Cleaning will feel like a never-ending task. Give your home an initial deep clean so you can minimize your daily chores. Clean from the top down, dusting the tops of your cabinets, light fixtures, and fan blades first. End your cleaning session with your floors, taking the opportunity to vacuum lampshades and upholstered furniture. For tips from a professional cleaner, check out this deep cleaning guide from DenGarden.com.

Maintain a Regular Cleaning Routine

You never know when your real estate agent will call about a showing, so stay on top of daily cleaning. Wash the dishes, make the beds, and touch-up the bathroom whenever possible. You can ask your kids to help you out if they’re willing. However, moving can be stressful for them too, and maintaining their regular routine may be a better option.

Right before a showing, follow this 10-minute cleanup guide. Walk around with a bin and throw any bits of clutter into it. Grab an all-purpose cleaner for wiping down countertops and polishing your faucets. It’s also a good idea to keep a separate set of towels in the kitchen and bathroom which you can swap out right before a showing.

Keeping your home clean may feel like a never-ending headache. Eventually, you’ll develop a system that works best for you, whether this means getting the kids involved or distracting them with their favorite TV show while you straighten up the house. In the end, all this work will pay off when you find the buyer you’ve been waiting for!

 

Signs Your Home is Making You Sick and What You Can Do About It

November 29, 2018

 

Signs Your Home is Making You Sick

and What You Can Do About It

When is “home sweet home” not so sweet at all? When the things in your home leak toxic fumes and chemicals into your air, it can have serious health consequences for you and your family. That’s why it is so important to recognize these serious signs your home is making you sick and what you can do about it.

 

Your Sheets Are Making Your Skin Itchy

 

Did you know the average person sheds about half an ounce of d...


Continue reading...
 

Masking Tape

February 15, 2017
When I started painting it was easy to pick a masking tape. There was tan type and it was not great. It is still being made and it is cheap. We never use it anymore because it can be hard to remove even after being applied just a few minutes. It does stick well sometimes but maybe a little too well for my taste. 

We use the Scotch Blue masking tape when we need to tape things off. Now that is said all blue masking tapes are not created equal. Not some prevent paint bleed using special adhesive...
Continue reading...
 

The Magical painters*

December 15, 2016
We were painting for a client on Signal Mountain this week.  Paul and I were painting a master bedroom and we over heard the clients four year old daughter say Scot and Paul are magical. So I guess we are the magical painters. I told her mother that her daughter made my day. That was so sweet. Their other daughter made us a thank you card four years ago when we painted her bedroom. We painted it again this week and she loves her newly painted bedroom.
The client wants us back next week to do a...
Continue reading...
 

Next week we stain a boat dock

June 16, 2016
We are staining a bunch of boat slip walk ways and a large deck using the stain the club bought to use. I will post before and after photos the end of next week but here is a preview. 
.
Continue reading...
 

Repainting a new home

May 21, 2016
When you buy a new home you expect it to be finished nicely don't you? Sure you do. But a lot of builders including large ones don't care and build and finish them so cheaply by using cheap south of the border labor. Sure they can look great to the untrained eye but can be a mess. We see things most do not and we are very picky about how our finished jobs look. We recently repainted most of the walls in a home right after closing before the owners could move in. The builder would mot upgrade ...
Continue reading...
 

Valspar and Sherwin Williams

April 27, 2016
This is not common knowledge but earlier this year Sherwin William bought Valspar. I have been asking myself what this will mean for our customers that have used Valspar paint in the past. Valspar Duramax has been our go to exterior pant for years. It has been very good and I hope Sherwin Williams does not monkey around with it and keeps the Valspar brand. I do like some of Sherwin Williams products but they are high in price most of the time. Valspar Duramax is not cheap either but reasonabl...
Continue reading...
 

Get rid of those ugly gutter streaks!

April 21, 2016
We have been this amazing product for a year now. It takes work but it is well worth it. It is not a spray and hose off product and takes some mussel to get them clean but your gutters will look like new when done. Be sure to get the Gutter Smop to use on a long paint pole. It is needed if you do not want to scrub from a ladder. One story homes are a breeze. A two story home is not as simple. 

   

This can also be used on garage doors!

Continue reading...
 

Vinyl siding can be painted

April 17, 2016
Yes vinyl siding can be painted and in the past it needed to be painted a lighter or similar shade.  But Sherwin Williams now has VinylSafe colors technology. Using their special color pallet you do not have to choose a similar or lighter than your old siding. Heat absorption has been the problem in the past. When you would paint the siding with a darker color the siding would warp and looks unsightly. Now Sherwin Williams seams to have come up with the solution with their new technology.
We h...
Continue reading...
 

When testing out paint colors do not paint them on the walls!

April 16, 2016

When testing out a new paint color for a room in your home please do not paint them directly on the wall. Instead use a paintable sheet made just for testing sample colors. They come with instructions.
They are low tack peel and stick and easily removable and replaceable on other walls around your house to see what 
 the  the color will look like elsewhere. You really don't want big test spots on your wall for several reasons.
  1. They can be hard to get the final color to cover.
  2. You could leave bru...

Continue reading...
 

Tips for Keeping Your For-Sale Home Spotless with Kids Around

May 9, 2019

Photo via Pixabay


Tips for Keeping Your For-Sale Home Spotless with Kids Around


When you’re selling a home, more buyers mean more competition, higher offers, and a faster sale. Decluttering, cleaning, and staging are all crucial for attracting interested buyers. However, keeping a home show-ready can be significantly more difficult for parents; after all, kids are notorious mess-makers! Here are some smart ways to prepare your home for sale and keep it spotless and tidy while it’s on the market.

Get Help from the Pros

If you’re a busy parent with a little extra room in your budget, consider hiring professionals to help you out. Professional landscapers, interior cleaners, and home stagers can easily take the pressure off. For a professional home staging, you can expect to pay about $822. While this may seem like a large expense, staged homes on average sell 73 percent faster and often boost the final sale price by thousands of dollars.

Banish Clutter

Decluttering your home is the most important thing to do before listing it for sale. Clutter repels potential buyers. A cluttered home appears cramped, short on storage space, and gives potential buyers the impression that the house hasn’t been properly maintained. The clutter itself can be distracting to buyers who are assessing whether your home will suit their life. It can even make the home feel unclean, no matter how much dusting and polishing up you do.

As you’re boxing up family photos, knick-knacks, and excessive decorations, consider donating or selling your unwanted items. Also, have your kids help out by going through their own belongings. You can encourage your kids by holding a yard sale and giving them the proceeds from any sold toys. Alternatively, explain to your child that they can make other kids happy by donating their toys to less fortunate families.

For the stuff you’re hanging onto, rent a storage space or ask a friend if you can keep your boxes at their place. Packing your garage full of boxes and furniture can disguise its potential. Many homeowners see the garage as an extra room for hobbies or an at-home gym, so keep it as clean and organized as you possibly can.

Paint Over Bold Colors

Once your house is clutter-free, consider slapping a fresh coat of paint on the walls. This is one of the cheapest and quickest ways to boost the value of your home. According to MarketWatch, certain wall colors can really hurt your selling price. Dark brown, orange, and slate gray should be avoided. If your kids' rooms are painted in glaring colors or pink, purple, or bright green, cover these with soft, neutral hues. The goal is to depersonalize your home so that potential buyers can picture themselves living there.

Clean from Top to Bottom

Cleaning will feel like a never-ending task. Give your home an initial deep clean so you can minimize your daily chores. Clean from the top down, dusting the tops of your cabinets, light fixtures, and fan blades first. End your cleaning session with your floors, taking the opportunity to vacuum lampshades and upholstered furniture. For tips from a professional cleaner, check out this deep cleaning guide from DenGarden.com.

Maintain a Regular Cleaning Routine

You never know when your real estate agent will call about a showing, so stay on top of daily cleaning. Wash the dishes, make the beds, and touch-up the bathroom whenever possible. You can ask your kids to help you out if they’re willing. However, moving can be stressful for them too, and maintaining their regular routine may be a better option.

Right before a showing, follow this 10-minute cleanup guide. Walk around with a bin and throw any bits of clutter into it. Grab an all-purpose cleaner for wiping down countertops and polishing your faucets. It’s also a good idea to keep a separate set of towels in the kitchen and bathroom which you can swap out right before a showing.

Keeping your home clean may feel like a never-ending headache. Eventually, you’ll develop a system that works best for you, whether this means getting the kids involved or distracting them with their favorite TV show while you straighten up the house. In the end, all this work will pay off when you find the buyer you’ve been waiting for!

 

Signs Your Home is Making You Sick and What You Can Do About It

November 29, 2018

 

Signs Your Home is Making You Sick

and What You Can Do About It

When is “home sweet home” not so sweet at all? When the things in your home leak toxic fumes and chemicals into your air, it can have serious health consequences for you and your family. That’s why it is so important to recognize these serious signs your home is making you sick and what you can do about it.

 

Your Sheets Are Making Your Skin Itchy

 

Did you know the average person sheds about half an ounce of d...


Continue reading...
 

Masking Tape

February 15, 2017
When I started painting it was easy to pick a masking tape. There was tan type and it was not great. It is still being made and it is cheap. We never use it anymore because it can be hard to remove even after being applied just a few minutes. It does stick well sometimes but maybe a little too well for my taste. 

We use the Scotch Blue masking tape when we need to tape things off. Now that is said all blue masking tapes are not created equal. Not some prevent paint bleed using special adhesive...
Continue reading...
 

The Magical painters*

December 15, 2016
We were painting for a client on Signal Mountain this week.  Paul and I were painting a master bedroom and we over heard the clients four year old daughter say Scot and Paul are magical. So I guess we are the magical painters. I told her mother that her daughter made my day. That was so sweet. Their other daughter made us a thank you card four years ago when we painted her bedroom. We painted it again this week and she loves her newly painted bedroom.
The client wants us back next week to do a...
Continue reading...
 

Next week we stain a boat dock

June 16, 2016
We are staining a bunch of boat slip walk ways and a large deck using the stain the club bought to use. I will post before and after photos the end of next week but here is a preview. 
.
Continue reading...
 

Repainting a new home

May 21, 2016
When you buy a new home you expect it to be finished nicely don't you? Sure you do. But a lot of builders including large ones don't care and build and finish them so cheaply by using cheap south of the border labor. Sure they can look great to the untrained eye but can be a mess. We see things most do not and we are very picky about how our finished jobs look. We recently repainted most of the walls in a home right after closing before the owners could move in. The builder would mot upgrade ...
Continue reading...
 

Valspar and Sherwin Williams

April 27, 2016
This is not common knowledge but earlier this year Sherwin William bought Valspar. I have been asking myself what this will mean for our customers that have used Valspar paint in the past. Valspar Duramax has been our go to exterior pant for years. It has been very good and I hope Sherwin Williams does not monkey around with it and keeps the Valspar brand. I do like some of Sherwin Williams products but they are high in price most of the time. Valspar Duramax is not cheap either but reasonabl...
Continue reading...
 

Get rid of those ugly gutter streaks!

April 21, 2016
We have been this amazing product for a year now. It takes work but it is well worth it. It is not a spray and hose off product and takes some mussel to get them clean but your gutters will look like new when done. Be sure to get the Gutter Smop to use on a long paint pole. It is needed if you do not want to scrub from a ladder. One story homes are a breeze. A two story home is not as simple. 

   

This can also be used on garage doors!

Continue reading...
 

Vinyl siding can be painted

April 17, 2016
Yes vinyl siding can be painted and in the past it needed to be painted a lighter or similar shade.  But Sherwin Williams now has VinylSafe colors technology. Using their special color pallet you do not have to choose a similar or lighter than your old siding. Heat absorption has been the problem in the past. When you would paint the siding with a darker color the siding would warp and looks unsightly. Now Sherwin Williams seams to have come up with the solution with their new technology.
We h...
Continue reading...
 

When testing out paint colors do not paint them on the walls!

April 16, 2016

When testing out a new paint color for a room in your home please do not paint them directly on the wall. Instead use a paintable sheet made just for testing sample colors. They come with instructions.
They are low tack peel and stick and easily removable and replaceable on other walls around your house to see what 
 the  the color will look like elsewhere. You really don't want big test spots on your wall for several reasons.
  1. They can be hard to get the final color to cover.
  2. You could leave bru...

Continue reading...