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October
3

National Book Month: Local Bookstores Near St. Louis

St Louis BooksIn St. Louis, the era of the neighborhood bookstore is far from over. There are still plenty of local shops and cafes where you can pick up the newest release from your favorite author or fall in love with some entirely new writer or genre. As avid readers, our real estate agents know the feeling!

National Book Month is coming up fast, and there are lots of places for you to indulge your cravings in and around St. Louis. Small, local businesses help these communities thrive, and that includes scads of booksellers. There just might be special events or deals on the way for this month's celebrations, too.

Here are just a few of the area's many bookshops for you to visit:

  • Left Bank Books – 399 North Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108
    Left Bank Books is open every day of the week, typically from 10 a.m. through 8 p.m. As one of the most popular bookstores near St. Louis homes for sale, it stands out for its book clubs and many "Meet the Author" events. The business is backed by a nonprofit, Friends of Left Bank Books, which aids the mission of literacy and inclusion. Backers enjoy discounts on ticketed events throughout the year.

  • Main Street Books – 307 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301
    Main Street Books works tirelessly to boost local independent authors, with separate events aimed at adults and young readers. Over the years, it's cultivated a community of authors who appear regularly during the store's happenings. A highly active book club and a full selection of audiobooks help round out the offerings, making this the neighborhood bookstore of choice near St. Charles homes for sale.

  • Rose's Bookhouse – 8935 Veterans Memorial Parkway, O'Fallon, MO 63366
    Rose's Bookhouse is one of the oldest independent booksellers in the St. Louis region and a shining beacon of literary merit near O'Fallon homes for sale. Touting "Books for everyone since 1980," it's responsible for anywhere from 200 to 500 book deliveries on a daily basis. It was elected the "Best Bookstore in O'Fallon" multiple times, including a run between 2009 and 2014. Trades are welcome.

  • Subterranean Books – 6271 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63130
    Subterranean Books has made a name for itself through its monthly subscription service, where team members will hand-pick and mail a book tailored to a reader's preferences. Whether you "book it" for yourself or a loved one, it makes for a terrific little surprise every month. Subterranean is also beloved by students since it strives to provide textbooks at more affordable rates than campus bookstores.

  • Neighborhood Reads – 401 Lafayette Street, Washington, MO 63090
    Neighborhood Reads is a bookshop and gift store with a twist. As the sponsor of the Missouri Reader Challenge, it helps motivate and inspire youngsters to read through friendly competition and fun prizes. It also maintains an active literary blog where local readers, including staff members and customers, may submit reviews of their favorite (and not so favorite) recent reads. All this and more can be found mere moments from Washington homes for sale.

Ready to start your search for a home near your favorite local bookstore? Contact us to learn more about real estate opportunities in the St. Louis area.

April
18

Don't Forget These Spots While Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Longer days and warmer weather are almost here, making it an excellent time to make a plan for your spring cleaning. When compiling your list of spring cleaning tasks, it's easy to stick with the same chores.

Our real estate agents know that it's easy to inadvertently overlook an area needing cleaning when it isn't typically on your to-do list. Here are some spots to clean and organize this spring.

  • The Crevices in Your Furniture
    When you vacuum your furniture or wipe it down, it's typical to focus on the upholstery since it's the area that you sit on and see the most. However, make sure that you also clean the crevices of your furniture. Use your vacuum cleaner's crevice tool to get into these tight spaces. You should also lift your cushions up so that you can clean the areas behind and underneath them. 
  • Your Washer and Dryer
    Your appliances often accumulate lint, dirt, and other laundry debris around them. If possible, pull your washer and dryer completely out so that you can clean underneath and around them. This will make it simple for you to sweep and mop the areas that formerly housed the appliances. If moving your appliances isn't an option, your vacuum's most narrow crevice tool can be used to vacuum under the appliances and in tight areas between them. Make sure to also clean your dryer duct. There are attachments that attach to your vacuum so you can extend the vacuum into the duct to remove as much lint as possible. 
  • Your Garbage and Recycling Cans
    Garbage and recycling cans are often sticky and smelly, thanks to leaking trash bags and product residue left in items thrown into the cans. While it's not hard to clean them, it's a task many homeowners overlook. Begin by donning a pair of gloves; remove any debris or trash in the cans. Then, spray the interior with your water hose. Combine four cups of water with half a cup of blue Dawn dish detergent. Use an extendable scrub brush to apply the cleaning solution and clean the inside of your garbage can. If there's still debris in the can, you may want to lay down a tarp or large trash bag, so the debris doesn't get in your yard. Rinse the inside of the can out. Use your cleaning solution to then scrub the outside of your trash can before giving it a final rinse. 
  • Your Windowsills, Window Screens, and Window Coverings
    While many homeowners clean their windows in the spring so that dirty windows don't obstruct their home's natural light, it's common to overlook the other parts of your window. An extra benefit of this task is that if you're adding your home to the list of St. Louis homes for sale, potential buyers will find a home that's meticulously cleaned more attractive. Some curtains and drapes require dry cleaning, while others may be washed. Follow the laundering instructions for your set. When you take them down, dust your curtain rod with a wet cloth. Remove all your window screens. Then, vacuum them to remove dirt and debris. Spray vinegar on the screens and wipe them. You can then spray them off with your water hose before drying them. Open your windows, and vacuum your windowsills. Sprinkle a little baking soda before spraying a little vinegar. Scrub your windowsills to remove grime and mildew. Wipe them with a warm, wet cloth when you're done before drying them with a clean towel. 

Planning on completing extra spring cleaning tasks to get your home ready for the market? Contact us to get started!

July
5

5 Tips for Selecting a Pet Sitting Service

Pet Sitting St. LouisAs we return to the workplace and travel becomes more frequent, many of us will be faced with the dilemma of pet care. If you are considering one of our St. Louis homes for sale, you are probably looking at a new community. You might not know your neighbors well enough to ask them to look after your dog. A kennel may work once in a while, and pet daycare could be an option. But our real estate agents suggest you consider another solution: a pet sitter who can come to your home. But where do you begin? These simple tips can get you started:

  1. Use Reputable Resources
    Some of the trade associations that can help you initiate your search are The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), Pet Sitters International, and Fetch! Pet Care. Each offers a locator listing professionals in your area. Once you have located sitters you want to interview, check their references and reviews. When reviewing comments, make sure there is a "verified stay" indicator to ensure they were written by actual customers.

  2. Select Bonded and Insured Sitters
    These designations don't just mean that you are protected in case of loss. They mean that the sitter has invested in a layer of trust between them and their customers, assuring quality and the integrity of the person entering your home when you are not present. Consider also a criminal background check and proof of sufficient training to perform services well. 

  3. Arrange for Introductions
    It's important that you feel confident in the person that will be providing care. You'll want to watch the sitter interact with your pet. Dogs and cats are automatically drawn to some people and are equally repelled by others. You'll want to make sure that your pets are comfortable with the sitter and do not exhibit fear or nervousness around them. Make sure you allow time for them to meet and greet each other appropriately so that the sitter has the opportunity to comfort the pet. If your pet is not frequently socialized, this could take a little time for them to develop a rapport. 

  4. Thoroughly Discuss Expectations
    Let the sitter know what services you expect and with what frequency. If you expect the pet to be walked, brushed, taken to dog parks or other activities or services, be sure to let the sitter know and obtain a formal agreement. It's important that they can commit the time and energy to meet your expectations. Include start and end times for each session. If there are activities you don't want them to do, be clear in your instructions. Make sure the sitter is aware of any dietary restrictions such as treats versus no treats or specific brands that should be avoided. 

  5. Plan for Emergencies
    Prominently display contact information for you, emergency veterinary services, pet insurance information, and a secondary contact. Maintain a medical history for the pet in case the sitter must seek vet care in your absence. Make sure that you are able to reach the sitter via phone or email every day you are away. Agree upon a backup plan for any emergency that could arise, including a substitute sitter in case the regular sitter is unable to fulfill the agreement. 

        If a new neighborhood is in your future, contact us. Our real estate professionals will be happy to help you find the perfect home for you and your family, including the furry members.  

        June
        7

        Fun Summer Learning Opportunities Near St. Louis

        St Louis Summer

        Summer might mean a break from school, but it doesn't mean learning has to stop. Our real estate agents share some great events and activities around St. Louis where your kids can keep the fun and the learning going all summer long.

        1. Camp Gator - Krekel Civic Center, 305 Civic Park Dr., O'Fallon, MO 63366
          While kids would probably love it if there were an actual alligator in attendance, that's about the only thing they won't find at Camp Gator. The one-week sessions for elementary- and middle-schoolers, which run through August 13, are chock-full of activities such as crafts, games, cooking, and swimming. Hours are 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., with before- and after-care available. Fees per child are $125 for residents near O'Fallon homes for sale and $139 for non-residents.

        2. Camp Kennedy - Kennedy Recreational Complex, 6050 Wells Ave., St. Louis, MO 63128
          Baseball and swimming are summer traditions around St. Louis homes for sale. Kids can enjoy both at Camp Kennedy, held at the impressive recreational complex of the same name. Nature programs maximize time spent outdoors as kids learn more about the world in which they live. A special event cookout, another warm-weather favorite, is the highlight of the week. One-week sessions for kids ages 5-12 are scheduled through August 6. Price is $80 per child, with Sunrise/Late Day Club memberships available for an additional fee. Hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., and everyone is asked to bring a non-perishable lunch, snack, and beverage each day.

        3. Play-Well TEKnologies Summer Camp - The Pavilion at Lemay, 305 Gregg Rd., St. Louis, MO 63125
          When you're a kid, there's nothing better than LEGO®, unless you combine it with Pokémon. Play-Well TEKnologies Summer Camp provides tens of thousands of LEGO® parts that kids can use to design and build Poké balls and other game-related objects. Your kids will have so much fun that they won't even realize they're learning useful engineering concepts. The camp, geared toward kids ages 5-9, is scheduled for July 12 through July 16 from 9 a.m. - noon. The fee per camper is $165.

        4. Abra-Kid-Abra Summer Camp - 803 Lafayette Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119
          What kid isn't spellbound watching a magician make objects disappear and reappear? They'll be ready to take center stage themselves after Abra-Kid-Abra Summer Camp. Week-long camps, taking place through August 6, feature different themes such as Math-E-Magic, where the tricks revolve around the power of numbers. At the end of the week, campers show off their new skills at a show for parents. Camps are also held at The Pavilion at Lemay and St. Louis Community College-Meramec, with all locations just minutes from Webster Groves homes for sale. Visit Abra-Kid-Abra's website for schedule and prices.

        5. COCA Summer Arts Camp - Center of Creative Arts, 6880 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63130
          When kids can express themselves creatively, it boosts their confidence and self-esteem. COCA Summer Arts Camp offers an incredible variety of week-long programs through August 20. Campers from ages 3-18 can explore interests including singing, dancing, painting, filmmaking, fashion design, and just about any artistic pursuit that captures their imagination. Visit the website for a full listing of camp themes and prices.

        6. Four Rivers YMCA Summer Day Camp - 400 Grand Ave., Washington, MO 63090
          No matter what your kids are interested in they are sure to enjoy the Summer Day Camp offered by the Gateway Region YMCA. Activities range from arts and crafts, nature activities, swimming, and more. Plus, each week has its own special theme and the convenient location is close to many Washington homes for sale. Learn more about registering for this day camp on the Gateway Region YMCA website.

        Planning a summer change of address around St. Louis? Whether you're buying or selling a home, contact us at Coldwell Banker Premier Group and let us handle the tough stuff. 

        May
        17

        Top Issues a Home Inspection Might Detect

        Home Inspection Tips

        When purchasing a home, ordering a home inspection is an essential item to add to your to-do list. Our real estate agents know that a home inspection is vital for revealing major and minor issues with a home. While a home inspection will cost you, detecting issues now can help you save money in the long run and give you peace of mind about the property you are buying. Here are some home issues detected by a home inspection. 

        1. Problems with the Grading
          If the grading of the home's lot isn't scaled correctly, this can cause water to flow towards your home. Your foundation and crawlspace may have excessive levels of moisture; this can cause the frame of your home to rot or lead to the formation of mold. The placement of the windows and doors can also shift, eventually causing the home to appear uneven. 
        1. Issues with the Roof
          A home's roof is a common source of issues during a home inspection. Since the roof covers such a large surface area, it's easy for a shingle or two to be damaged during a storm. This can allow water to seep in and damage the home's underlayment or ceiling. Or, the roof itself may be nearing the end of its lifespan. Your home inspector will also examine the components around the roof, like the gutters. It's common for gutters to be clogged and require cleaning. Or, a downspout might not be long enough to properly re-direct water away from your home. 
        1. Trouble with the Windows
          Many home inspections reveal problems in and around the windows. If the windows are older, the problem may be that they aren't very energy efficient. Or, the windows can have cracks around them that need to be sealed. Problems with the windows can raise the home's heating and cooling costs and impact the air quality. St. Louis homes for sale with new, energy-efficient windows will have lower energy bills than those with older components. 
        1. Complications with the Plumbing
          During the inspection, your inspector will run the faucets and examine the pipes for signs of a leak. They'll also see that the drains are draining correctly. A home's plumbing system is fairly comprehensive, making plumbing issues extremely prevalent. 
        1. Defects in the Home's Exterior
          A home's exterior is another common source of issues detected in a home inspection. Wood homes must be closely examined for signs of rot and mildew. Vinyl siding homes may have sections that are damaged and require replacement. Stucco must be correctly installed, or it will present an opportunity for moisture to enter the home. 
        1. Unauthorized Additions
          Many cities require a permit for home additions and certain renovations. These projects must also be completed according to the local building code, or the home will potentially have illegal modifications. Fixing illegal improvements is expensive and time-consuming. An inspector will look for signs of shoddy work and discrepancies among the home's construction. 

        Are you ready to start shopping for your next home? Contact us today to get started!

        May
        3

        St Louis BBQ Spots to Celebrate National BBQ Day

        St Louis BBQBarbecue is a truly American cuisine, and our real estate agents know nowhere else does it like Missouri!

        When you move to Missouri, you're on your way to the American heartland of barbecue. This Midwest state is famous for "burnt ends," flavorful bits of meat cut from the fattier portion of a smoked brisket. You'll see this taste sensation offered up as a sandwich, a platter, and all kinds of other ways.

        Smoked pulled pork is also popular, with or without coleslaw on top.

        As good as homestyle cooking can be, sometimes nothing but the best barbecue restaurants in Missouri can satisfy your craving.

        No matter where you are in The Show-Me State, you have options! At the heart of it all lies St. Louis, our barbecue capital. There's never been a better time to taste what it offers than National BBQ Day, which is celebrated every year on May 16

        Let's check in with some fiery local barbecue joints in the St. Louis area:

        1. Hazel's Back Porch BBQ – See Website for Current Food Truck Location
          Once found on Jefferson Street, now mobile throughout Washington, Hazel's Back Porch BBQ is a beloved place to find top-quality barbecue within a short drive from Washington homes for sale. It is cheered for its specialty items like Back Porch Nachos with brisket, pulled pork, or turkey, the meat and potatoes combo, macaroni and cheese, and the Texas toast sandwich stacked with a mighty half pound of your choice of meat.

        2. Salt + Smoke – 501 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301
          With four locations throughout St. Louis (including one coming soon) and one in St. Charles, Salt + Smoke has what you need when you want mouth-watering barbecue. Touting ribs, pulled pork, brisket, smoked wings, pulled chicken, and even more, it's also known for a delicious assortment of side dishes that create classic flavor combinations. On historic Old Main Street, it's a great place to visit while touring St. Charles homes for sale.

        3. Adam's Smokehouse – 2819 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63139
          Adam's Smokehouse is a leading pick for barbecue near St. Louis homes for sale. You can make your order by phone, online, or in-person for carryout, curbside, or in-person dining. This small, family-owned business has made its name with unforgettable food and friendly service. You won't want to miss the tri-tip sandwich!

        4. Bogart's Smokehouse – 1627 South 9th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104
          Bogart's Smokehouse will tempt your taste buds with barbecue that keeps you coming back. It's so good that it also has its own successful line of rubs and spices for home-cooked meals. With sandwiches and platters and meat by the pound, it stands out for its fresh pastrami and its Old Joe Platter featuring a full slab of ribs.

        5. Ethyl's Smokehouse & Saloon – 8505 Veteran's Memorial Parkway, O'Fallon, MO 63366
          Ethyl's Smokehouse & Saloon has been a part of the community since 1926 when operated under the name of the Wildwood Saloon. Still a colorful aspect of the neighborhood near O'Fallon homes for sale, it is a fun and welcoming place – and one of the only barbecue restaurants around that offers smoked catfish. It also has an impressive roster of sandwiches and a unique take on smoked barbecue pizza.

        Ready to learn more about life in St. Louis? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Premier Group to discover St. Louis real estate.

        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!

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