Susan Hilton College Station Real Estate

Realtor & Vice President of Sales of Bryan College Station Real Estate

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Prepping the Surface of Your Home to Paint

Some of my favorite areas of Bryan and College Station are the historic districts. There are grand, old, colonial-style homes with soaring red brick chimneys and white columns. What has kept these areas of the twin cities beautiful is the upkeep of these old homes. Renovations to homes such as painting the outside may seem time consuming but when done correctly, they add value to a home and look beautiful.

Painting the entire outside of your house is no small undertaking. With a few helpful pointers, it can be made into a manageable job and can go off smoothly. There may be one area of your home that needs attention such as one side or a porch, or you may need to paint all of it. No matter how much area you have to cover, the general process is the same.

The three big steps are to prep the surface you will be painting, decide what paint you want to use, and then begin painting! The ideal time to paint is after a rain shower which settles the dust and promotes less dirt from coming into contact with the paint you are applying. It is also best to paint on a cool, dry day that is not particularly sunny either in late spring or early fall.

Step one, prepping the surface, requires you to take an inspection of your house, looking for wear and tear and old paint. Sometimes, the surface can be the cause of paint problems. We will cover some ways to fix the surface and avoid problems, and then what to do if you do encounter the Read the rest of this entry »

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How Much Paint and Troubleshooting

Estimating how much paint you will need to paint your home can be a challenge. There are many factors that go into determining the amount you will need, such as the surface of the house, how big your home is, what paint you use, etc.

Some exterior walls require 10 to 50 percent more paint than the standard, smooth walls. Although airless sprayers claim to apply two coats of paint at once, they may require twice as much paint as you would need with a brush and roller.

Do not stress about buying the perfect amount of paint the first time. If you need more you can buy more, and if you have leftover, most stores will refund you or give you store credit. Your best bet is to calculate carefully how much paint you will need, then buy an extra gallon.

So how do you begin to calculate this? Measure the perimeter of your home and measure the height, then multiply the two numbers together. This will give you the number of square feet you are painting. If you are painting your doors or trim a different color, subtract 21 square feet for every door and 15 square feet for each standard window. Each gallon of paint will specify the square footage it will cover. To determine how many gallons you need, divide the number of square feet you will be painting Read the rest of this entry »

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Painting Your Home and Trim

Now that you have prepped the siding of your home and know what problems to look out for, you are almost ready to do the actual painting. Because paint colors tend to vary a little, it is smart to mix all batches together in a couple of large containers. Any paint you have leftover can go back into the can it came from and resealed.

Paint during a time of day that allows you to follow the sun, so that you are working in the shade as long as possible and so you are working on a part of the house that has already been dried off by the sun. This dries up moisture from wood or siding of your home. If you have to stop painting for the day before you finish your house, try to stop after completing an entire side so you do not have marks showing from the different coats.

When painting up high on your home, cover these areas in horizontal sections. When you are up on a ladder, remember never to lean away from the ladder and do not lean more than an arm’s length to the right or to the left. Paint one section on the ladder, move the ladder, paint another, and create a painted band as you go all the way around your house. Once you have finished painting at that level, move the ladder down and paint a band at the next level. Keep this Read the rest of this entry »

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Preparing and Pulling Off a Garage Sale

Before you put your College Station home or Bryan home on the market for sale, one of the first things we advise homeowners to do is declutter. A garage sale is often a good way to help make this process work.

One of the best ways to make sure you follow through with keeping the clutter out of your home is to get rid of it permanently! This may sound scary or like a daunting task, but you will be thankful for no more clutter. It will not be able to haunt you or stress you. You will be taking back control of your life. Selling the excess will earn you a little extra money in the bank and a lot of extra space in your home. You can download a free yard sale checklist and printable yard signs at the following website: Organized Home.
In the following blog, we will discuss the following:

 

• Gathering up inventory

• Investigate the area

• Set the date

• Throwing out the leftovers

• Promote, present and publicize

• Preparing and pricing Read the rest of this entry »

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Needing Insurance for your College Station, Tx Home

What are benefits associated with home insurance and how do I go about choosing the right insurance for me? This common question seems a bit daunting from the start, however, there are certain questions you can ask yourself before choosing an insurance company to help direct you.

When you are shopping for a new home, there are many small and large decisions and details to be worked out in the process. The following information will help you walk through the basic home insurance information so you can protect your investment and make an informed decision that fits your life.

Typical threats to your home include things such as fire, lightning, wind and hail, freezing of plumbing, smoke, theft, explosion, and falling objects. There are certain things you should look for in your coverage to protect you against dangers such as these. Look for coverage for dwelling and other structures. This kind of coverage normally includes repair and rebuilding costs of your home, garage, or shed if it is damaged or destroyed by the above perils.

Contents is the second thing to look for in coverage. This includes your personal belongings, in case of fire, theft or other hazards covered in your policy. Your furniture, clothing, electronics, and other belongings are included in this part of the policy. With some insurance companies you can increase the coverage limits on your belongings to landscaping equipment, personal property, etc. Liability protection coverage will protect you against the legal responsibilities Read the rest of this entry »

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