Help Clients Maximize the Value of Their Homes With Color

Have you ever noticed how certain colors make you feel? Yellows are happy, blues are calming. I worked for a company once that chose to repaint the off-white office walls light grey. The end result looked great but had the undesired effect of making me feel sleepy. That aside, as painters, you undoubtedly know the color trends in your area. Now you can help your clients maximize the value of their homes with color! The real estate site Zillow came out last week with a study that identifies the impact of specific colors in specific rooms on home prices. Highlights from the study: Yellow kitchens, green bedrooms, and gray living rooms all boost home prices $1000 or more. White kitchens and dark colors elsewhere have a negative impact on selling price.     Bottom line from Zillow’s chief economist, Svenja Gudell: Warm neutrals like yellow or light gray are stylish and clean, signaling that the home is well cared for, or that previous owners had an eye for design that may translate to other areas within the house. Check out Zillow’s press release...

Break the Cycle of Workaholism

Do you ever just feel burned out? Exhausted, cranky, unable to focus or make decisions? Do you work 24/7 and you’re still not getting everything done? Do you think about work while you’re doing anything else? I’m just going to put it out there – you might be a workaholic. I walk the line between workaholic and perfectionist, so I know what it looks like. This blog post is as much for me as it is for all of you 🙂 We’re going to break the cycle of workaholism. Me-Time is Not a Waste of Time Your business needs you to be healthy and present in order to be successful. So if you think about it, taking care of yourself is really good for business! Me-time is not a waste of time. Research shows that people who make time for themselves are healthier, happier, and manage stress better. They are also more productive at work.   Habits of Healthy People Who Work a Lot But Avoid Being Workaholics Set aside time every day to do something NOT related to work. Don’t be afraid to do nothing. Do something physical (exercise). Outdoors if possible. Without your phone. Unplug for a little while every day. Healthy Habit-Forming Activities Go outdoors, away from the sight of work, and take a walk or eat lunch. Walk, run, bike, swim, kayak, golf, play basketball, Frisbee, tennis…you get the idea. Outdoors seems to have more relaxing benefits than indoors, but any physical activity is better than none. And if you love lifting weights or boxing, do that! Cook – the process of cooking requires concentration,...