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January
4

Home Improvement Projects to Work on This Winter

Home Improvement Projects

While the cold winter months are ideal for cozying up on the couch, sometimes it feels good to be productive. A little home maintenance will also ensure your home looks its best if you list it among the St. Louis market and surrounding area. Whether your home is in St. Louis County, Franklin County, or even further north in St. Charles County, our agents encourage you to work on these home improvement projects this winter. 

  1. Declutter and Organize
    Winter is a perfect time to declutter and organize your belongings. You likely have some new holiday gifts that you need to make room for, and there's no better way to start the New Year than with an organized space.

    You can either tackle one room at a time, or you may declutter categories of stuff. For example, you might declutter all the clothing in your home or all your paperwork and mementos. Get rid of anything you no longer use, that you have too much, or that you haven't used in more than a year (aside from seasonal items).

    Once you know what you're left with, you can organize your belongings with containers, shelves, rods, and hooks. Our real estate agents know that a well-organized home also looks larger and more appealing to potential buyers. 
  1. Replace Old Hardware
    Old hardware, like your door hinges, cabinet knobs, doorknobs, and door levels, can quickly make your space look dated. Give your home an instant facelift by replacing these items. You can replace most old hardware with a screwdriver, drill, screws, and wood putty. 
  1. Service Your Ceiling Fans
    Did you know that you need to change the direction of your ceiling fans during the winter months? When the weather is cold, you want your ceiling fans to operate in a clockwise direction, so it pushes warm air down. You can adjust your ceiling fan's direction by using the direction switch on your fan's motor housing.

    While you're changing your fans' directions, give them a thorough dusting. Dust the fan blades with a microfiber cloth or duster that will prevent the dust from scattering. Wipe down the fan pulls with a damp cloth. 
  1. Repair Any Wall Blemishes and Touch Up Your Paint
    If you've got some areas with scrapes or holes, winter is a fantastic time to patch these blemishes and touch up the paint. You'll be spending a lot of time indoors, and you want your home to look as inviting as possible.

    You can fix most small wall defects with a layer or two of spackling compound. Once it dries, sand the area smooth and add a fresh coat of paint.
  1. Change the Batteries in Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
    Keep your family safe by changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Once the units have fresh batteries, test them to make sure they're working properly. If necessary, install additional detectors in your home.

    You should have a smoke detector in each bedroom, in the hall outside every sleeping area, and on each level of your home. There should be a carbon monoxide detector on each level of your home and in your garage. 

Ready to explore new properties for your family? Contact us today!

December
21

Interior Design Trends to Pay Attention to in 2021

Interior Design Trends

With 2021 fast approaching, we're excited to see what trends will catch on in the new year. With so many people spending extra time on home projects in 2020, we're expecting even more homeowners to take on home improvement projects to make their home extra special for themselves or to get it ready to list. Our real estate agents were so inspired by these St. Louis homes for sale, they decided to put together a list of their predictions for what trends you can expect to see more of in 2021. 

  1. Coastal Themes
    Tranquility is going to be a very popular theme in 2021, especially considering the year we had. Many of us were forced to skip our beach vacations in 2020, so it wouldn't be surprising to see subtle coastal design themes pop-up in homes this year. Whether it's tropical leaves or flowers or the right mix of calming aquas and blues, pay attention to calming coastal design trends in 2021. This is a great option for those who love the beach and are looking to personalize their home office. 

  2. Rustic Vogue
    For those who like a charming look mixed with a bit of upscale character, rustic vogue is definitely going to be the design trend for you. This look is usually best in homes that already have some rustic character, such as old doors or original floorboards. Simply add some upscale furniture, neutral colors, and some bright statement pieces to create that upscale cottage feel. To achieve this look, be sure to check out thrift stores for that one-of-a-kind look!

  3. Pure Vintage
    Vintage designs and timeless looks will always be in style. Working antique furniture or pieces of architectural salvage into your living space is a great way to create a classic look. They really don't make furniture like they used to, so repurposing old pieces can really make a statement in your home.

  4. Textured Walls
    We expect to see textured walls continue to increase in popularity next year. Stone, marble, and wooden beams all significantly impact perception and can really add a classy touch to any room. Textured walls change the ambiance of the room in a big way. Best of all, they're generally easy to install and can hide cracks, dents, and holes in your drywall.

  5. Houseplants
    Get ready to step up your house plant game in 2021 because they're coming back in a big way. Retro 1970's hangers, unique succulents, and big blooms -- adding some green into your living space can definitely liven things up. They can also go a long way towards boosting your mood. Just make sure you buy plants that require little maintenance and are hard to kill.

Looking for a new home in the area for you to try new home improvement projects on in 2021? Contact us today!

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!

October
20

National Cookie Month: Bakeries in St. Louis and Surrounding Areas

Bakeries Near St Louis

Pour a glass of milk and leave room for dessert — October is National Cookie Month! Instead of waiting until Halloween to satiate your sweet tooth, our real estate agents encourage you to embrace National Cookie Month and sample a few of the finest baked goods in St. Louis.

  1. Kim's Bakery – 13357 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63017
    Next time you're in the area touring Chesterfield homes for sale, treat your loved ones with the special hand-made, low-sugar cookies from Kim's Bakery. Using natural and premium ingredients, they bake each batch from scratch, just like your granny used to make them. Options include classic walnut cookies, oatmeal cookies, marble cookies, and more! Sample all twenty-four of Kim's cookies throughout National Cookie Month.

  2. The Cakery Bakery – 1420 Tamm Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139
    The Cakery is one of the sweetest places to order up sugary-goodness for your special event. Thankfully, you don't have to wait for the next wedding or retirement party to taste their exceptional buttercream sugar cookies. The Cakery can whip up dozens of different cookies in all kinds of shapes, colors, and themes. Far from the standard birthday and baby shower varieties, The Cakery's talented bakers accept custom orders for just about anything. Order up jersey-shaped cookies to support your favorite team or pink ribbon cookies for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. No matter which batch you order, The Cakery offers one of the most unique ways to celebrate National Cookie Month.

  3. Pint Size Bakery & Coffee – 3133 Watson Rd., South City, St. Louis, MO 63139
    If you're searching for South City's best-baked goods, there are no better bakeries in the area than Pint Size Bakery. Don't let the name fool you — their small batches deliver larger than life flavor. Their extensive menu includes a variety of cookies, including Breakfast Cookies made with applesauce, several different Tea Cookies, brownie and cookie Brookies, a zillion different shapes of Decorated Cookies, and their signature Quart-Size Cookies and Sammie Cookies. With fresh Kaldi's Coffee always brewing, Pint Size Bakery is a great place to catch breakfast during National Cookie Month.

  4. Sucrose – 700 S. Fifth St., St. Charles, MO 63301
    Locally sourced ingredients merge with exceptional baking talents to produce superior baked goods at Sucrose, an artisanal bakery just around the corner from St. Charles homes for sale. Don't walk into Sucrose expecting run of the mill chocolate chip cookies. Their reliance on seasonal ingredients can be tasted in their constantly evolving menu. Order up one of their French macarons in varieties like vanilla bean, hibiscus rose, and dulce de leche, and you'll immediately notice their attention to classic technique and emphasis on taste.  

  5. Federhofer's Bakery – 9005 Gravois Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123
    A lot has changed in 54 years, but the cookies at Federhofer's Bakery are still just as delicious as they were in 1966. Serving up your favorite cookies for all occasions, National Cookie Month is the best time to try Federhofer's selection if you haven't yet. Place an order for one of their assorted trays so you can sample their varieties. Make sure to note which ones you can't get enough of — Federhofer's will be taking orders for Christmas cookies before you know it!

  6. Schulte's Bakery – 1100 W. 5th St., Washington, MO 63090
    When a bakery has been in business for over fifty years, you know it's got to be good! Locals rave about the sweet treats Schulte's Bakery whips up near Washington homes for sale. While you can't go wrong ordering anything off their menu, if you're there for National Cookie Month, be sure to try out their chocolate chip, snickerdoodles, or a classic sugar cookie. All of their baked goods are freshly made, have no preservatives, and are the original recipes handed down from the founder Leo Schulte. 

Are you searching for a home with a cozy kitchen that's perfect for baking cookies? We can help! Contact us today to tour our St. Louis homes for sale.

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