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I had been a believer in post secondary education. Get the degree, get the degree! My father instilled to my brothers and I that we were not to work in the trades. He’d say go to school, stay away from working in restaurants (even though we ere involved in ownership of 2) and that White Collar work was commendable. He was not wrong but he was not right either.
I am a people person, so I found myself drawn to restaurants. Hanging out there, working there and finally making a career in them. As life happened and I transitioned into building restaurants my passion for building brought me closer to the typical trades of carpentry, electrics, plumbing, painting etc.. I built a lot of great relationships with these trades people. Relationships that have stood the test of time. Reliable, trustworthy and down to earth people who I now call friends.
I started to notice a decline in restaurant franchising because of the costs associated with it. I quickly realized that trades was a great route for franchising. That lead me to Harding’s, an opportunity to work daily with these people I admired so much and help take their small businesses to the next level. There has been a decline in ‘work’ effort in recent years and yet the trades continues to get hard working men and women busting their butts to put food on the table. And they do, very well I might add. Margins that some trades are seeing are far better than typical businesses. Your overhead is lower, your labour is already skilled and product cost is very reasonable with great markup potential. In short, franchising in trades is where its at.
I recently watched this TedX Talk with Mike Rowe, from Discovery Channel’s – Dirty Jobs. I was so wrong about him. I assumed he was a Blue Collar grunt chosen from his trade background. I was pleasantly surprised to find him eloquent, very well educated and inspiring. His belief in trades and his experience gained from working along side of so many hard working trades people is spot on.
A career in the trades is commendable, there is no shame in it and a lot of money to be made in it. Don’t sell yourself short and play yourself long on higher education and the massive debt that can go with it. Take a look at the trades!
We all have our favorite colours, but have you ever noticed how certain colours make you feel a certain way? That’s the premise of color psychology – the idea that colours evoke emotional, mental and even behavioral responses, and, therefore, can impact our mood.
Cool vs. Warm Colours
On a simple color wheel, you will find six basic colours – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. When you divide the wheel in half, you divide it into cool and warm colours.
Warm colours include:
Cool colours include:
Warm colours have an association with sunlight and heat. Therefore, they create a warm, lively, energetic and inviting space. On the other hand, cool colours remind us of nature, water and sky. Therefore, they bring out a calming, relaxing and peaceful feel.
To use the psychology of colours in making your painting choice:
- Determine the primary function of the room.
What will the room be used for? What activities will take place in that room? Who will be using the room and how do you want them to feel?
- Pair colours that convey a mood that matches that function.
In this way, you can guide people into thinking, feeling and behaving in a way that matches the intended purpose of the room.
Now that you understand how color psychology is used to make paint color choices, let’s look at the psychological effects of eight colours and what rooms they work best in.
Red is the most intense color, bursting with energy. Studies have found that it can increase adrenaline, raise blood pressure and speed up your heart & breathing rate. It’s a great choice if you want to stir up excitement and lively conversation in a particular room. It is also chosen for dining rooms because it can increase metabolism and, therefore, appetite.
Red works best in:
- Dining rooms
- Living rooms
- Other rooms where people gather
Yellow is associated with the sunshine, therefore, it stimulates warmth and happiness – when done right. Soft yellows work best to convey a cheery, uplifting and fun tone. However, bright yellows or an overwhelming amount of yellow in a room can cause frustration and anger. For example, studies found that babies cry more and people are more likely to lose their temper in yellow rooms. The solution – pay attention to the shade you use, the amount you use, and consider it in combination with other colours rather than dominating the color scheme.
Yellow works best in:
- Dining rooms
Orange combines some of the traits of red and yellow. Like red, orange is an energetic, enthusiastic and exciting color. Like yellow, orange is a warm, friendly and welcoming color. This makes it a good choice for some of the same rooms listed above, and some people also like it as an exercise room color because of its ability to help you get moving.
Orange works best in:
- Dining rooms
- Exercise/workout rooms
Blue reminds us of natural elements – the calming light blue sky and the tranquil blue waters of lakes and streams. Its calming effects are said to slow down respiration and heart rate as well as lower blood pressure. The relaxing effects of blue are particularly felt with lighter shades; darker shades of blue can trigger feelings of sadness.
Blue works best in:
The abundance of green found in nature makes this color evoke feelings of growth, renewal and rebirth. Green is a mix of blue and yellow – so it combines the cheerfulness of yellow with the calming effects of blue. It creates a mood of relaxation and tranquility and is believed to
help relieve stress.
Green works best in:
- Living or family rooms
- Any room where you want to promote comfort and calming
A combination of red and blue, purple can take on different forms depending on the shade that you use. In lighter shades, it works similarly to blue – evoking feelings of relaxation and rest. In darker shades, it takes on some of red’s energetic notes, creating a dramatic and sophisticated feel that is associated with luxury and royalty.
Purple works best in:
- Bedrooms (lavender)
- Dining rooms (darker shades)
- Any room you want to stimulate creativity
- Any room you want to make appear more luxurious
So far we have discussed the main cool and warm colours on the color wheel, but neutral colours can also impact mood and emotion. Here’s a look at the two main neutrals – black and white.
Black absorbs all light, so it represents the absence of color. This gives it a feeling of mystery and secrecy. You can use it in your paint colours to create a dramatic look or to add elegance. It is best used in small doses, though, because too much can convey a dark and melancholy mood.
Black is best used for:
- Accents, not the main color
- Highlighting other colours and bringing them to life (as in the above picture)
- Giving depth to a room
In contrast to black, white reflects light and is therefore the presence of all colours. It represents purity, innocence, and wholeness. White can give your space an open and airy feel, even giving the illusion that there is more space in a room than is actually there.
White is best used for:
- Creating a modern or contemporary feel (especially the kitchen)
- Creating the appearance of more space
- Accenting other color choices
Color psychology gives us insight into how certain colours impact mental, emotional and behavioural responses. It can, therefore, be used to guide paint color choices so the colours you use in a particular room help it achieve a particular mood, goal or function.
Use the guide below to help choose paint colours for your next interior painting project and you’ll find that your choices have a direct impact on how people feel and experience your home.
5 Reasons why you should always hire a Professional Painter
#1 Finished Product
Painting anything requires training in all sorts of disciplines. Many people do not think of what encompasses an entire painting job in their homes.
Painting is a skill set that requires chemical handling/storage, ladder safety, skim coating, sanding, caulking, understanding the difference between paints and quality then ultimately having that steady hand. Also, don’t forget the tools you need.
When you hire a professional painter you are guaranteed a quality and professional finish, something you may not be able to achieve on your own. You all know what I am talking about there! The infamous ceiling hit!
The above ceiling hit could have easily been avoided by taking the time to properly prep the wall and ceiling. There is a lot to consider when prepping your home for paint, including having to research the paint to use, the tools needed and the time to complete it all. You may think that by buying the most expensive paint and tools it will ensure you a quality DIY job, but it all comes down to the application when using those products as well.
Professionals are not only efficient at the prep portion but will, again, guarantee the end product as well as ensuring the work is completed when its needed. Meaning you get that valuable #freetime you deserve.
#3 Perceived Value
So it is going to cost you less to paint it yourself, right?
That is not always the case. When you have completed DIY painting, it can come back to haunt you when selling your home or when you go to complete other renovations or DIY projects in your home.
Hiring a professional the first time means that its done right from the beginning and you’d be surprised about how reasonable hiring a pro is!
We have already outlined how much prep and time is required for painting your own home. Do you really have that time?
Hiring a professional lets you get that time back and also gets that honey-do-list off your plate! You have bigger things to worry about, let a pro handle it for you. Plus, a pro will complete the job far more efficiently than the DIY route.
#5 So now what…..
Whats the plan with the left over paint? Did you buy drop cloths for your DIY project, if so, where do they go now? Where do you dispose of the paint? How far is that drive and what does the municipality charge to do it? What other clean up is there to do now?
Is there touch ups to do after? Now you will have to pull all this stuff out again to do those.
A professional painter will take care off all of that so you don’t have to. They warranty and guarantee their work. This means there is no added pressure on you. You can either leave those spots you missed and get ribbed by your friends and family or just let your Professional Painter get it done right the first time.
It has been almost 6 months since I started with Harding’s. It’s been an adventure so far and a learning curve to some aspects of our business. I love a challenge and have tackled it head on but what I expected to be a challenge, forging relationships with our team, hasn’t been a challenge at all! Our team has made me so comfortable, it’s been like going home for Christmas.
We just had our Christmas Party this last Friday. I had the opportunity to get back to my roots and make all the food for our team. It was a ton of work and a ton of fun. We have a great group of people that make up the greatest Residential and Commercial Improvement Company in Calgary.
Congratulations to Lazslo Szabo on winning Rookie of the Year, Beatrix Lucza and Rony Mosstou for winning Craftsmen of the Year, Roberto Morales for Winning the Customer Choice Award and to the partnership or Matt Whiteley and Matt Rachul for slaughtering the Business Builder of the Year Award.
PAINTING | CLEANING | EXTERIOR HOME CLEANING | CEILING TEXTURE | RENOVATIONS | HANDYMAN
Most homeowners hire a contractor to repaint the exterior of their home. Follow our advice to help ensure a high-quality job, whether you’ll have your house painted this fall or next spring.
Meet the pros. Call in at least three different painting contractors for your job. (Friends and family are good reference sources.) And be home for the initial meeting with them. That way, you’ll know how much time each contractor took to assess the condition of your home. The longer he takes, the more realistic the estimate you’ll get. Even an experienced painter will need more than a quick walk around your house.
Also ask each contractor about the size of his crew and the members’ experience level.
State your expectations. The number of coats a painter applies isn’t the only factor in determining the quality—and price—of the project. Preparation is also key. If you want a surface that’s free of unevenness from past paint jobs, tell the contractors—and be prepared to pay extra. But if you can live with some imperfections, agree on what level of prep is acceptable and what isn’t.
Get estimates. Seek a written estimate from each painting contractor. It should include a breakdown of labor, material costs, the number of coats of primer and paint, the brand and model of materials, and a detailed description of the amount of surface preparation that will be done.
Check references and past work. Get a list of references from each contractor and call them to find about their experience with the pro. A history of positive references is a good sign. Also examine jobs the painters did several years ago to see how their work is holding up. Use recent projects to check the skill of their current crews.
Consider credentials. Before you hire someone, consider his credentials. Membership in a trade or local business group, for example, isn’t a guarantee of quality work, but it shows a level of commitment and reliability on his part. Also verify whether the pro has the appropriate license(s). Also check with the Better Business Bureau, or a local consumer-affairs agency to learn whether the contractor has a history of unresolved complaints.
Obtain a complete contract. The contract should include all the contractor’s key information: name, address, office and cell numbers, and license number, plus whatever details were in the estimate. Make sure the contract clearly states what is and is not included in the job.
Get a copy of the painter’s liability and workers’ compensation insurance certificates. If he doesn’t have coverage, you could be on the hook if, for example, the crew drops a ladder on your neighbor’s car or a crew member gets hurt on the job.
Ask for a guarantee. The painter should promise to correct any chipping, peeling, blistering, flaking, or excessive fading or chalking that occurs within two years after the job is done at no or little cost. If he tells you the paint itself has a warranty, remember that doesn’t include labor, which is a far more costly proposition than material.
Choose the paint yourself. Your painter might try to talk you into a paint he prefers, but use the finish you want. Just remember that your painter won;t be able to warranty owner supplied paint.
Look for lead. If your home was built before 1978, older coats of paint could contain lead. That means the painter might need to take extra precautions to avoid any hazards. .
Hold out. Finally, don’t make a large down payment and withhold the final payment, typically 10 to 15 percent, until you are fully satisfied with the job.
Check out our own video on Hiring A Painting Contractor.
It’s been a fun few months at Harding’s, rethinking what we are and how we adapt to an ever changing market along with the needs and requirements of our clients.
With that in mind we’ve made some big changes! First, the name, we are now Harding’s – Your Improvement Company with all of our same great services and a few more added for fun! Second, the logo has changed to reflect our new name. A simple, direct approach to let you know exactly what we are at a first glance. The new logo will be rolled out digitally as soon as possible and over the coming months on static materials.
We look forward to continuing to serve the Calgary area, not only as Calgary’s premiere painting company but as your choice in all home and commercial improvement projects, as well as all of your cleaning requirements.
I am coming up on 3 months in my new role at Harding’s. It has been a learning curve, a sharp one sometimes. When I left my previous employment, I had a mourning period, a period where the family we had created there was no longer my ‘family’. I didn’t think that I’d find that so quickly with my new colleagues and new friends with Harding’s.
Over the last couple of weeks as things start to fall into place and relationships are forged, the one thing I thought wouldn’t happen so quickly, has happened. The group is starting to feel like family. It’s the people, it’s always the people. We have a great group of them, a great group of licensees that care about their clients needs and wants, their dreams and ideas for their homes and their improvement projects.
As ‘we’ take Harding’s into the chapter, this is the group that I have faith in to stand by me and our clients to make this company not only Calgary’s total home maintenance and improvement choice but soon, Canada’s home maintenance and improvement choice. When you choose a Harding’s division and licensee, you’re making a choice about perfection, caring and integrity. ‘We got this’ for you!
Rob Hilditch, proud manager guy.
Every once in awhile you come across someone or a group that is so passionate for their craft, that you just have to share it. This is the one of the many things like I enjoy about my new position as President at Harding’s. Our entire team of Licensee’s has a passionate dedication to their craft and to our clients experience.
After 16 years in the franchise business, I chose to tackle a different realm altogether. I think my previous role(s) have prepped me perfectly for this job. My passion for my own craft and the mastery of it drove me to find a role where like minded people could collaborate together to build upon a great foundation like Harding’s. Harding’s started in Midnapore, Calgary in 1996 by Dalton Harding. Dalton grew the business to include many painters that were passionate about the mastery of their own craft. Today we have grown to 9 residential painters, a commercial painting division, a cleaning division, an exterior cleaning/maintenance division along with ceiling texturing, renovations and a professional handyman service.
Many of the painters that started with Dalton have stayed “on board” (haha, a little joke about my past) and bought into the business that they now task me to operate. I look forward to many years of growing and learning the Home Improvement businesses we have established.
Check out one of our licensee’s talk about his passion here.
Rob Hilditch, President of Harding’s
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