Home Inspection St Louis MO
Home Inspections are rarely called for unless someone is trying to sell a home. Metro East Home Repair is very diligent about home inspection st louis mo. We always suggest that people regularly have home inspections done so that they can catch issues that may eventually become major problems. For example, if we were to come in and do a home inspection, we could identify possible water leaks that may be rotting out your flooring throughout your house. If this leak is found soon, the damage may be minimal and require very little work, but if you let this leak go, it could mean thousands of dollars worth of damage done to your home! Make sure you call to schedule a home inspection st louis mo with one of our specialists! We can come in and provide you with a detailed inspection report that shows all of the various issues that need attention! We will of course provide you with a report that has everything listed in order of importance. Some issues may be minor and not need immediate attention, while other issues may need immediate attention to prevent major damage to the house. A minor issue for example may be a damaged door knob or a leaky faucet! These minor issues are not necessarily going to cause major damage to your home, but they may cause you some frustration over time if they are not corrected. Be sure to give Metro East Home Repair a call today and schedule an appointment for one of our specialists to come to your house and provide you with a thorough home inspection!
Many of our home inspection st louis mo business comes from local real estate agents. One of our most valued and consistent real estate agencies is Real Smart Real Estate located out of O’Fallon IL. They are a great company to work with and they provide a consistent amount of work for us across the board! One of the most common calls we get are to come out and not only provide a home inspection, but to also make repairs to the house before it is ready to be sold. Many times, homeowners work with a real estate agent, and have no idea how much work and effort will go into getting their house ready to sell! It is smart to get ahead of the game and request a home inspection st louis mo before you are ready to list your house so that when the buying agent requests a home inspection, you will have already taken care of many of the issues they would find. The buying agent is working with the buyer to schedule home inspections themselves, and having an inspection done already will help provide the buyer with more information regarding all of the work that you did to the house to justify your price point. Don’t let people low ball you on their offers for your house. Make sure that you schedule a time for us to come out and give you a thorough inspection so that you can have everything taken care of before you even list your house!
Real estate is a stressful market to be in, and selling your house is even more stressful! We can offer financing plans to help you pay for any major upgrades or repairs to your house. Make sure that if you plan on selling your house that you call our friends with Real Smart Real Estate so that they can help you sell your house quickly and for the highest price! They can also help you find a new home in the area! They are licensed for both the Illinois and Missouri residents in the St. Louis Metro East Area! If you are an Illinois resident looking to move to Missouri, Real Smart Real Estate can help you sell your current home, and find you a new one! They have been dedicated for years helping families through the stressful process of buying and selling homes, and they have consistently worked with our company to provide home inspection and repair services. If you are in need of any home repairs or any inspections don’t hesitate to give us a call and schedule an appointment with one of our professional contractors. We appreciate your business and look forward to building a long lasting relationship with you and your family! We appreciate any and all feedback you have for us and can’t wait to speak to you soon!
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I haven’t the slightest idea why someone would want to install wood paneling in a house, but I see it most often in older homes that were built prior to the 70’s. Often I find that an older couple lived in the house since it was built, and they decided to take the easy way out and install wood paneling over their aging plaster walls. Plaster walls may crack and start to show signs of wear and tear over the years, and instead of just plastering the walls again, the homeowners decided, “Hey, let’s throw this ugly pale green wood paneling up throughout the house!” Bonus points for choosing the paneling with intricate designs of woodland animals randomly strewn across the wall. Nothing screams home décor like seeing little bears and deer frolicking across my living room wall.
I had to decide at that point where I was going to go with this wall remodeling job. I had a few options:
Let's start by evaluating option number 1 shall we?
Once you start tearing out wood paneling, you can’t turn back. Why would you want to turn back, you might ask? You just never know what you are going to find behind the wood paneling. I imagine all I am going to have to do is toss up some new plaster, spread it around to match texture call a few painters belleville il and I’m done right? Well, once you start, you have to commit to fixing whatever you find behind it, and you could be opening yourself up to an incredible amount of work. So before we pull out our hammers and pry bars, let’s first evaluate our other options!
Let us consider starting fresh!
Maybe you are just itching to throw a sledge hammer through a wall. I can’t say I don’t blame you. One thing I enjoy doing is gutting an old house down to the studs and starting over! Last time I checked, drywall was around $9 for a 4’ X 8’ sheet, so it really is not too expensive to start with a new drywall finishing project. Some downsides to this is the drywall finishing process. If you are not familiar with finishing drywall (mudding and taping) then you might end up having to pay someone to finish it, which depending on where you are it could be expensive. If you don’t mind your house being in a state of construction for a week or so, you could go this route to have a brand new wall! Painters belleville il can come in and quickly paint a new wall without having to apply a substantial amount of primer.
I wonder what it would look like if I just painted the paneling?
Disclaimer alert, I ended up going with this route. If you have never painted wood paneling there are some things you need to consider. Priming the wall is extremely important. I once tried to use a water based primer and ended up putting on 4 coats before I stopped seeing the wood bleed through. The bleed through is often caused by the tannins in the wood paneling, and everyone has their own opinion on how to prevent this bleed through.
If you thought you could just buy some fancy paint and throw one coat on the wall and assume everything will look great, you are going to be disappointed with the results. Water based primer is one option that you can use, here are some benefits:
Oil Based Primers are nice simply because they typically need very few coats to be able to seal the wood before a finishing paint is applied. Some painters belleville il refuse to work with oil based paint due to the odor and cleanup required. One major downside to painting indoors with an oil-based paint is the fumes. You better be prepared with a high quality respirator that will filter out the fumes or you will find yourself with a contact high in no time. Sure it may seem like a good idea to inhale those fumes, but you will regret it later! Also, you will notice as the oil-based paint is curing that there will be off-gassing. It may smell like there is a gas leak in the house somewhere, which could be unnerving. Make sure if you are going to go this route that you have a good method for air-exchange!
Let's evaluate some examples shall we?
In the photo above we have a perfect example of a finished wall where wood paneling meets drywall. This photo is from a basement finishing st louis job that we decided to keep for documentation purposes in the future. An oil based primer was used on the wood paneling, and we only needed to apply one coat of the primer before we put a finishing coat of paint to match the drywall paint. The oil base paint primer we used in this instance was kilz original interior primer that we picked up from our local home improvement store. Just one coat of this primer sealed the wood and locked in the natural oils preventing bleed through. Anytime I need to seal a surface I apply this stuff.
The next photo is an example using water based primer
Tell me, can you spot the pale yellow stain that is trying to sneak through the paint on this wood paneling? I chose to try a water based primer for this wall to try and avoid the fumes and the price of the kilz primer. I put 3 coats of primer on this wall, and a finishing coat of paint. With 4 total coats, the stains are still lightly visible on the wall. I am sure that most people who walk through this room will not notice this imperfection, but I will. I am sure there are other water based primers that can be used with better results, but I am still a fan of the kilz primer when it comes for locking in stains and wood oil.
At the end of the day, you have to choose what option will work best for you. If you would rather start over and have a fresh new drywall finish then go for it, however if you are looking to save yourself some time, you might just try and see what some paint will look like over your wood paneling. If you focus on painting a small area allowing you to get an idea of what the end product will look like, this may help you to decide whether or not it will work to paint the entire wall. You may be pleasantly surprised by the finished product!
Hey, my name is Josh! I have been rehabbing old houses for a little over 10 years now. Working on Home Remodeling and Repair projects is in my blood. My father has well over 40 years of experience as a handyman in many different areas and with his help we have tackled some impressive projects over the years. Subscribe to the blog to hear our stories!