Friday, May 10, 2019

Spring has Sprung: A May Checklist For Homeowners

Due to cooler temperatures and an incredible amount of rain, St. Louis has been slow to switch focus to our outdoor living spaces.  It has been a busy week here in Casa de Nenonen as we too play catch-up and continue to slowly prepare our yard for warmer weather between bouts of rain.  Parallel to that, we have had a rotating door of contractors visiting this week to do everything from power wash the exterior to aerate and fertilize the lawn.  

While I take a lot of pleasure in the planting and garden aspect of the process (my herb starters-hurray!)...
The money and time-management of the other projects?  Yeah, not-so-fun.  That being said, I have learned over 20+ years of home ownership that being proactive in the Spring almost always reduces an enormous amount of headache in the Summer and Fall.  I will also note that my weekend showings served as a terrific reminder (aka a serious kick-in-the-pants) to get started as 5 of the 11 properties that I showed in the rain this weekend had wet basements.  ALL FIVE OF THEM HAD GUTTERS OVERFLOWING WITH LEAVES.  Not a coincidence, friends. Read more about preventing water in your home HERE.

As we get periodic breaks in the rain, place your focus here Homeowners:

Clean Home Exterior:               
_ Clear all gutters, downspouts, and exterior drains of debris
_ Clean siding (TIP: if you have this professionally done like we do every other year, generously spray your plants with the hose right before the power washers arrive to protect your landscape from absorbing the chemicals.)
_ Decks and Porches: Clean, make repairs,stain
_ Patios: Clean and repair as needed
_ Windows and Screens: Clean and make repairs

Landscape:
_ Rake Leaves
_ Aerate, fertilize, and seed lawn
_ Prune shrubs (tip for pruning grasses HERE)
_ Remove weeds
_ Mulch garden beds 

Miscellaneous:
_ Check Sprinkler system
_ Schedule termite and pest inspection
_ Service your mower, have blades sharpened 
_ Check fences and gates
_ Seal driveway
_ Test outdoor lighting 
_ Inspect concrete for patching needs
_ Inspect brick for tuck pointing needs
_ Check roof for damage
_ Repair peeling paint 
_ Stain or reseal exterior wood 


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Go St. Louis Blues in Manchester...

As seen in West County yesterday...

...St. Louis Blues fever is everywhere! 💛🏒💙

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

How does your garden grow?

Even if you lack garden space (and a green thumb), you can grow your own veggies!

Our organic salad greens container is loving all of this St. Louis rain. 🌱🌦

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Life Hack: Design Genius for pets and children

Talk about a practical Homeowner solution that is perfectly camouflaged... 
Hello, genius... I had to share!  Why not incorporate a built-in pet/ baby gate for function with a streamline look? No more wobble, no more tearing up the door frame paint, customize the height and width to your needs.  Brilliant!

I wish that I would’ve seen this before we gutted the kitchen in Casa de Nenonen last Fall?! If you need it, it’s there. If you don’t, it’s hidden.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Spring in Tower Grove Park...

Ellis Peters said “Every Spring is the only Spring, a perpetual astonishment.🌷”.

Tower Grove Park in April... is there anywhere more lovely?

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

CLOSED: #650 Starlet in 63031

Exciting week for my 1st time home buyer clients...
...  adorable Starlet closed escrow yesterday and they could not have chosen a more lovely St. Louis day to kick off "patio season" in their brand new house.

Patron Margarita toasts and a sincere thank you to my Buyers, J and A!🏡☀️

In St. Louis and considering a move in 2019? The time to start planning is now! Have a friend who is looking for an agent?  I proudly base my business on direct referrals and wear my past client reviews like a badge of honor.  Let’s connect...

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Coldwell Banker Gundaker is in BLOOM!

Early morning run to the office, and I was greeted by a glorious display of sweet Spring...

Hello, Thursday.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Spring Sweet Spring in Castlewood

There is a one week each April that the forest floor bursts alive in a sea of gorgeous bluebells... 

Run, don’t walk, to Castlewood State Park or you will miss it, friends! 💙