Don’t Forget About Your Sign

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As I drove around town recently I noticed something about the majority of construction and commercial real estate signs – they were hidden by weeds or brush that have overtaken the area.  It got me thinking that it might be a good idea to remind our customers to check on your signage every now and again.  You made a substantial financial investment in having good signage because you know the impact it can have in attracting the attention of your customers, but it’s all lost if it’s hidden in overgrown landscaping.

In many situations customers select a beautiful, durable wooden-framed sign for real estate or construction needs.  The advantage is that these signs will look nice for a very long time and can withstand the elements, however they don’t come with a built in weed Wacker.  So while your sturdy sign may look amazing you’ll still need to revisit the site periodically to take care of whatever may have grown up and surrounded it, or trash that may have blown and gotten stuck around it, or clean off random bird poop that has fallen on it.

Your sign is a representation of your company, and you want to be sure it’s looking its best.  Not only could you be losing business simply because the sign has gotten swallowed up in the surroundings, but you could also be making a poor first impression for those that do see the sign.  We strongly recommend that our customers visit their various signs every few weeks to make sure they’re still looking their best.  This will also help you address any minor maintenance needs for your sign before too much time goes by and the issue becomes more substantial.

Both real estate and construction are long term projects that will require signage to look its best for many months, or years, to come.  If you notice that one of your signs is really in need of a facelift contact the design team at Infinity Signs NW for an upgrade.  We can create a beautiful full-color architectural sign that incorporates your graphics and messaging in an eye-catching way.  Our team of professional installers can get it put in place for you in no time and can walk you through the best way to maintain both your amazing new sign, as well as the landscape around it.

Choosing the Right Material

When ordering an outdoor sign there are a variety of things to consider – color, size, material, lighting, and much more.  One of the most important decisions, and often the most confusing for those who are new to sign ordering, is which material to use.  Beyond choosing the correct material you’ll also need to be sure to order the correct thickness.  All of this can be tricky if you haven’t done it before.  Infinity Signs, NW has the answers you need.

For customers who are looking for heavy-duty construction site signs, such as a hazardous material sign, we would recommend using .125” thick aluminum.  In general aluminum is one of the most popular options for outdoor signage.  It’s lightweight, looks great for years to come, is affordable and is incredibly durable. For our real estate customers looking for small yard signs we would recommend a thinner .040” thick aluminum.  For something slightly more rigid .080” thick aluminum is also a good choice.  As an example this is the thickness of the stop sign at the end of your street.

Similar in appearance to the aluminum sign is a dibond material.  These signs are thicker than aluminum alone but have an aluminum surface, which means you keep the beautiful look but add dimension.  Dibond also increases the strength and durability of the sign, and is available in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.  It’s priced comparably to aluminum but does even better in outdoor conditions.  Many commercial real estate companies will use dibond for their signage because of its balance between durability and portability.

Another popular choice is dura-wood.  For those who are looking for signage that has the classic look of wood but the durability of vinyl.  Dura-wood is ½” thick and can be custom cut into any size you need.  It’s one of the best options for those who are looking to make use of full-color graphics but want something that’s still easy to mount and can stand up to the outdoor elements.  Many customers prefer dura-wood because it can be printed as a double-sided sign.

Whether your business is real estate, construction, or something else entirely we recommend considering the use of one of these 3 materials.  There is so much you can do with each of them and our design team is here to help you create something that suits your business perfectly.  Give Infinity Signs, NW a call today.

Signage for House Selling Season

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Spring is almost here and along with the warmer weather and beautiful flowers comes house selling season.  Are you a realtor who wants to be ready when the market gets hot?  Have you taken a look at your signs recently?  If your signage is old or has had a rough winter, maybe it’s time for a fresh, new look.  You certainly want your signs to stand out against the crowd and grab the attention of potential buyers and the creative design team at Infinity Signs NW can get the job done for you.

There are a variety of options when it comes to real estate signs, and we’ve got experience with them all.  Of course most real estate agents use some type of yard sign both to indicate that a home is for sale as well as to let people know when an open house is being held, but there is still a lot of variety within these yard signs.  Many people opt for the durable and lower priced option of the traditional metal sign.  These signs can withstand the elements and last a long time, all while getting the job done of providing your contact information and letting the public know which house is for sale.  Our team can help you put together various layouts to determine which look is right for you.  This includes consideration of logo placement, graphics, color scheme, photos of the realtor, and many more options.

Looking for something different than the metal yard sign?  Wooden-framed signs are a great choice for those looking to take it up a notch.  These signs provide all of the same information as the metal signs, but with the additional features of a brochure box and rider sign.  They also add a touch of class that can really send a message to buyers that this is a high-end home.  Infinity Signs can even assist with the installation of these signs.  Just like the metal version, the wooden-framed sign can be completely customized for your business and can come in a variety of colors.

Are you looking to sell your home yourself?  For-sale-by-owner can make buyers uneasy about whether the process will be smooth and professional, but you can put those fears at bay by using professional signage to promote your property.  We have options to help you get a beautiful sign for your hard as well as directional signs to place at the major road intersections to direct buyers to your home.

If you want to be ready for the busy spring season it’s time to get your new signage ordered today to make sure it’s ready when you are.  Don’t wait until the daffodils start coming up to give your presentation a face-lift.

For-Sale-By-Owner like a Professional

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More and more sellers are considering selling their home themselves, and with an average cost savings of just over $14,000, it’s easy to see why.  While many buyers are quick to make great use of the internet, various apps, and even the MLS they forget about the value of printed material.  Making a small investment in professionally printed signage and brochures can help you sell what is often your largest investment.. For a minimal cost you can market your home just like a professional real estate agent.  The print professionals at Infinity Signs NW are here to help.

First let’s consider outdoor signage.  You’ll want a nice sign in your yard with your contact information and possibly a fact or two about the house.  You’ll also need some signs to put at major cross roads to get the word out to the public that you have a property for sale in the area.  Both of these can be done with excellence by utilizing a professional designer.

Second, you’ll definitely need flyers or brochures to hand out to offer the full background on your home.  This is an opportunity to provide the basic information as well as much more.  Photos printed professionally on flyers makes a huge visual difference verses photos printed from your home printer.  Given that these images are likely to be referred back to by potential buyers many times, it seems worth the time and money to make sure they’re high quality.  For most people selling a home is something they only do a few times in a lifetime so having the expertise to properly layout a flyer is not something you’re likely to specialize in.  The design and layout can be overwhelming if far too much information is provided, and completely disorganized if not done correctly.  You want to make sure the most critical information, the high points of the home, and details that are important to buyers are displayed in the most clear and concise manner possible.

With quick turnaround available, Infinity Signs NW can sit down with you right away to design everything you’ll need to sell your home professionally but without the hefty realtor fees.  If you want to get the most money for your home then your home needs to command that price, and it starts with a professional presentation of everything it has to offer.

5 Benefits of Channel Letter Signs

Channel letter signs are a very popular option among businesses for building exteriors. These signs can be designed to be visible both day and night with either front or back lighting. They provide a beautiful 3D effect. These bold signs help create an easily identifiable brand for any business, making them an excellent choice.

Five of the main benefits of custom channel lettering include:

  1. Excellent Visibility

The 3-D quality and lighting make channel letter signs visible from far away. Having an easily seen sign is important for businesses, especially those in multi-tenant buildings or large business campuses.

  1. Size Advantage

Some code jurisdictions put a limit on the size of certain types of signs, which means the text on the sign could be too small to be noticeable. Using channel letters to create the sign allows for the text to appear larger, while still staying within the permitted size. This is because channel letters are displayed as individual letters mounted onto the exterior wall. The background is then no longer considered in the size of the entire sign because actually the wall of the building is the background.

  1. Unique Style

While a large number of businesses in Boise and the Treasure Valley have channel letter signs in front of their building, no two are the same. There are many different styles of channel letters that can be coupled with different fonts and colors to make each channel letter sign unique to that business and their identity.

  1. Brand Boosting

Channel letter signs can be made to match the feel of the brand, therefore re-instilling the brand in customers’ minds. Using colors, fonts, size, fabrication, illumination, and mounting, Infinity Signs NW can make a channel letter sign to perfectly portray the business’s brand. Channel letter signs also look professional and aesthetically appealing, which helps to increase brand image.

  1. Mounting

There are several ways channel letter signs can be mounted to a building depending on the background they will be placed on. The most common mounting applications are:

  • On a Raceway: this provides support from just one side of each letter whether it be left, right, top or bottom.
  • On a Box: This provides support from the rear of each letter.
  • Directly: In this application, the letters are mounting directly onto the existing exterior of the wall.

Whether an old building sign needs replacing or a business recently moved into a new location, the team at Infinity Signs NW can create the perfect sign for that space and install it. Stand out and be visible with a custom channel letter sign from Infinity Signs NW.

5 Promotional Products for Real Estate Agents

Promotional products can be used by almost any type of business to increase brand awareness and increase sales. Real estate agents can really take advantage of promotional items to spread the word about their company and get buyers or sellers interested in using them as their agent. Here are five promotional items real estate agents should have for marketing purposes:

  1. House-Shaped MagnetsHouse-Shaped Magnets

These magnets are unique because of their shape, and can be used for many things. Real estate agents can simply add their contact information on them. Magnets can be made more useful by putting a yearly calendar on them as well.

  1. Pens

Pens are one of the most popular promotional products because they are extremely useful. There are many different options and styles available. Infinity Signs NW can personalize the pens with a real estate agent’s information, so clients or potential clients will see it when they use the pen.

  1. Key Chains

When someone buys a home, they receive the keys and will need something to keep them on. That’s where branded keychains come in. They’re practical, but also a nice gesture when handing someone the keys to their new home.

  1. Coffee Cups

Real estate agents often have coffee brewing during an open house. Offer potential buyers a cup of coffee in a to-go mug or even a normal ceramic coffee mug with the real estate company’s info. If they don’t end up buying that house, they might still use your company down the road for buying or selling.

  1. Notepad

Another useful promotional item is a notepad. Often they have a magnetic strip on the back so they can be put on the fridge for grocery lists. Real estate agents can put their information on the header of the notepad to keep their name in front of potential buyers and sellers.

Talk to the team at Infinity Signs NW about creating the promotional products to spread brand awareness and draw in potential customers. Visit our website to see the full catalog of promotional items.

Different Font Uses

When designing a sign, the choice of font matters. The right font should help the customer to read and understand the message quickly, while the wrong font will leave them confused, or could cause people to not read the sign at all. With thousands of fonts available, it can make choosing the right one difficult.

Almost every font can be put into one of five categories: Serif, San Serif, Script& Cursive, Text, and Novelty.

Serif

These fonts are the easiest to read, which is why Times New Roman is commonly used in publishing. A serif is a small angled line projecting from the upper and lower ends of the letter. When dealing with large amounts of text, like in a book, newspaper, or brochure, a serif font is the best way to go.

San Serif

The word sans means “without” in French, which means the letters in this font are missing the serifs from the top and bottom. When there are few words and a large font is needed, san serif is easy to read. This type of font is commonly used for street signs. When creating large signage for a business, this is a great type of font to use.

Script and Cursive

There is a different between these two stylish and formal fonts. Script is when the letters do not touch each other. If the letters are touching each other, the font is considered cursive. These can be difficult to read, so be careful when putting them on signage.

Text

These are the most difficult fonts to read. Generally, these can be found on newspaper mastheads (the logo at the top) and company logos. It probably is not the best font for a sign, unless it is already part of a logo.

Novelty

Novelty fonts should be used for novelty signage, such as a holiday special or important promotion. These fonts are easy to go overboard with and should never be mixed together on a sign.

Keeps these font suggestions in mind when thinking of a new sign design. Still not sure which font to use? The team at Infinity Signs NW can help find the right font for any sign they help to create and manufacture.