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November
16

Painting Tips from the Pros You'll Want to Try

Painting Tips

With the average cost of painting the interior of a home running approximately $959 to $2,772, handling the job yourself is an excellent way to save a few dollars. Our real estate agents know that a fresh paint job is appealing to potential buyers and ensures your home's spaces look bright, inviting, and clean. Here are a few tips to following from painting pros for expert-level results. 

  1. Make Sure You Start with a Smooth Surface
    Before you start painting, see that you have a smooth surface for the job. Use the spackling paste to fill in any holes or imperfections in your drywall. If you have holes larger than six inches or so, you'll need to patch them using a drywall patch before covering the area with spackling paste. Once the paste dries, sand it using fine-grit sandpaper on a sanding pole. Press the sandpaper along the wall vertically, then horizontally, using gentle pressure to create a smooth surface. Wipe the walls with a damp cloth before you start painting to remove any leftover dust and grime from the sanding process. 
  1. Properly Prepare the Room
    Don't start sanding or painting until you've prepared the room. Move all the furniture to the center of the room, and cover it with drop cloths. Make sure to tape the dropcloths together at the bottom so that dust and splatters don't get in. Cover your floors with canvas drop cloths. They'll protect your floors much better than old bedsheets or plastic drop cloths. Tape them down around the edges so that they don't come up as you walk on them and turn into a trip hazard. See that you also cover any light or wall fixtures that you're not removing. 
  1. Use Painters Tape or a Quality Angled Paint Brush
    You'll likely have some areas that you want to keep a different color, like your baseboards or wooden trim. Protect these areas with painters tape if you have an unsteady hand; check that you firmly press the tape down so that it keeps paint from seeping underneath it. Or, if you have a steady hand, invest in a small, quality, angled paintbrush. This will allow you to paint around these areas with precision. 
  1. Do One Wall at a Time
    When painting, you might be tempted to do all the edges in a room and then go back and do the bulk of the walls. Instead, do one wall at a time so that you don't inadvertently wind up with wall edges that are a slightly different hue. Doing one wall at a time makes it easier for you to produce a seamless look that will help your home stand out against other St. Louis homes for sale. The color along your walls and edges will be even and professional looking. 
  1. Wash Your Paint Rollers Before Using Them
    A paint roller is an excellent way to reduce the amount of time it takes to paint a room. Before you get started, wash the rollers in your sink with a squirt of liquid soap. As you wash the roller, run your hands up and down the surface to remove any loose fibers. Rinse the roller well to remove all traces of the soap. You can start using them immediately (even if they're still wet). 

Ready to swap your home for another space? Contact us today to get started!

November
2

St. Louis on a Budget: 5 Free Things to do in the Area

St Louis Free Activities

We couldn't begin to count all the reasons our real estate agents love to call St. Louis home. But one thing we especially appreciate about the Gateway City is that it's an amazing place to explore on a budget. From historic architecture and iconic landmarks to spectacular parks and museums, you'll find no shortage of free things to do in St. Louis. 

  1. Gateway Arch - St. Louis, MO 63102
    It won't cost you a dime to gaze at our city's most instantly recognizable attraction. Built in the 1960s, the iconic Gateway Arch commemorates St. Louis's role as the gateway to westward expansion during the 19th century and stands as an architectural marvel as well as a beloved monument. The 630-foot-tall curved stainless steel monument is part of Gateway Arch National Park, including a free museum and beautiful green space overlooking the Mississippi River. If you'd like to take the tram to the top, there will be a slight admission fee. 

  2. Forest Park - 5595 Grand Dr., St. Louis, MO 63112
    To say that Forest Park is big would be doing it a disservice. The park spans 1,326 acres, about 500 more than New York's Central Park. With ponds, lakes, and streams, open meadows, shady woods, and manicured gardens, it's the best place in St. Louis to experience the tranquility of nature. One of the park's most famous attractions is the pavilion dating back to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Forest Park is also home to the St. Louis Art Museum, which is open to the public free of charge. The park is located in Western St. Louis, just minutes from many St. Louis homes for sale

  3. St. Louis Science Center - 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
    Originally founded as a planetarium in 1963, the St. Louis Science Center is one of America's great free museums. You can still visit the planetarium, of course, but the science center also offers more than 700 hands-on exhibits and displays. You can see prehistoric dinosaur bones, explore the vastness of space, and learn more about everything from plants and animals to skyscrapers and the weather. 

  4. Soulard Farmers Market - 730 Carroll St., St. Louis, MO 63104
    The Soulard Farmers Market has the distinction of being the oldest public market in St. Louis, and some claim it to be the oldest market in the U.S. west of the Mississippi. It's been going strong since 1779, and this vast indoor and outdoor space is the best place in town to find fresh and unique foods, not only from local farmers but from all around the world. If you're looking for more free things to do in the Soulard neighborhood, the nearby Anheuser-Busch Brewery, just a mile away, offers free tours.

  5. St. Louis Zoo - 1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110
    The St. Louis Zoo has earned a reputation as one of America's best zoos, and admission is always free. The zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and provides a home for 13,000 animals of more than 500 species. Aside from being an incredible free attraction, one thing that really makes this zoo stand out is its reputation as a leader in animal management, research, conservation, and education. 

Contact us to learn more about life in St. Louis, MO. We happen to think it's a very special place to call home, and our team of dedicated real estate agents can't wait to help you find your dream home in the Gateway to the West!

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