Your Place: Brushing up on painting tips for all surfaces
News from Pocono Record:

Spring will be here before you know it (stop laughing!), and that means finally tackling that room you were planning to paint. Or even the whole house.

The Paint Quality Institute recently launched an interactive new website at that’s full of information you need to prepare for any interior or exterior paint job.

The institute’s Debbie Zimmer says the site has advice on painting every conceivable surface, from concrete to countertops.

Included are articles on topics such as surface preparation, the benefits of using sustainable paints, safety tips and other expert guidance.

Q: We recently put my mother’s condo up for sale. We received an offer, and during their inspection, radon was found to be 7.3 picocuries per liter.

The condo association feels mitigation is our responsibility. We thought it would be the condo association’s since we don’t own the ground, and that’s where the radon is. What do you think?

A: I thought this would be a tough one, but I located Melissa M. Garcia, a lawyer with Hinman Sanchez in Loveland, Colo., who wrote:

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5 tips to avoid home design arguments
News from San Angelo Standard Times:

Sharing your life with someone is a beautiful thing, but that doesn’t always mean you share the same design and style preferences when it comes to your home.

Whether you’ve lived together for one year or 20, use this advice from highly rated interior designers to stop the fights that have kept you from painting the walls or tiling the floors.

1. Start with a design plan

Jodi Schavone, owner of highly rated Décor Coach in Apex, North Carolina, says to make a list of how the room has to function for each person before embarking on a design project. This will help couples and families prioritize and understand why one idea might be better than another.

Think realistically about how you’ll use the space, along with whether you have a big family or like to entertain. Look through pictures online or in magazines, and talk openly about your likes and dislikes.

2. Listen to each other

Communicate openly, and don’t forget to listen. Interior designers say the majority of their job comes down to listening to clients. Sometimes your spouse or partner might just want his or her ideas heard. Discussing concerns helps to avoid conflict, and will help you determine what he or she likes about a particular color, pattern or piece of furniture.

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