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May
30

How to Get Interior Painting Right the First time

Interior Painting Tips - Homeowners - DeHOFF REALTORS®

Color is the easiest way to inject your personality into any North Canton home for sale. Interior painting can be a messy project, but there are some tricks get the job done quicker and cleaner. Explore the top interior painting tips from our real estate agents below.

  • Take Time to Pick Your Colors
    You have limitless color choices to choose from for your project. Lighter options make rooms feel spacious and airy, while bolder hues re-energize the décor. You can mix bold and lighter colors to create contrast and highlight accent pieces, art, and other accessories.

    Keep in mind that interior colors look different at various times of the day as natural and artificial lighting changes. So, prop poster boards with different colors choices against your walls to pick the right hues.


  • Buy High-Quality Painting Supplies
    High-quality roller covers and brushes offer excellent coverage, while good painter's tape is your best bet in sealing out drips and blurs. If you use cheap brushes, you will likely see bristles falling into the paint, and the result will look shoddy. High-quality paint is also vital for a smooth finish.


  • Prep Work Is Essential
    Before you paint a room, remove any obstructions that prevent you from moving around freely. For example, move large living room furniture to the center and protect them with drop cloths. Empty each room you will be painting as much as possible for an easier process.

    The next step is removing any hardware from the walls, such as curtain rods, switch plates, outlet covers, pictures, and hooks for towels. Then, thoroughly clean the walls as paint easily peels off dirty and oily surfaces. Fill in cracks and holes and sand the surface to create a smooth working area.


  • Apply Primer
    You get a blotchy finish if you paint directly over the patched sections. This occurs because the joint compound used to fill in holes on the walls absorbs the paint's moisture, resulting in a dull and flat look. Also, these spots appear significantly different from the rest of the wall.

    So, prime the wall to get a smooth finish. Most professionals tint white primer with a little gray hue or the finish paint color. Using tinted primer results in a more vibrant finish, and you will likely need fewer coats to get the desired look.


  • Combine Paint Gallons
    Disparities in color occur from one can to the next, and the difference may be apparent if you open a new container as you paint a wall. So, estimate the quantity of paint you require and pour it into a 5-gallon bucket. Then, stir the entire batch to ensure uniformity.


  • Paint the Trim, Ceiling, and Walls in Order
    Taping off the trim is easier than taping off the wall, so professionals start painting the trim and then the ceiling. Don't worry about perfection as you paint the trim, as you can cover spilled paint when you paint the walls. Also, sand the trim between coats to get a smooth texture.

    You may be tempted to cut in all the room corners before going back to roll the paint for an easier time. However, this method leads to a blotchy finish. Professionals achieve a seamless finish in
    Akron homes for sale by cutting in one wall and quickly rolling on the paint to prevent the cut-in sections from drying out.


  • Protect the Floor With Canvas Drop Cloths
    Old bed sheets and plastic drop cloths do little to prevent paint splatters from seeping into the floor. Instead, use thick canvas drop cloths as they stay in place and are sufficiently durable to last a lifetime. Clean spills with cloth rags and paper towels as soon as they occur.

Your new home is a color away from being the perfect haven. Contact us today to explore our real estate services.

May
9

5 Stark County Parks for a Family Bike Ride

Family Bike Ride - Stark County Parks, OH - DeHOFF REALTORS®

As the weather warms up, it's the perfect time to head out on a family bike ride. Stark County has plenty of excellent parks with trails that cover forested areas, urban locations, and suburban sites.

Our real estate agents recommend the following trails in Stark County when you're ready to spend part of your day taking a family bike ride in area parks.

  • Quail Hollow Park - 13480 Congress Lake Ave., Hartville, OH 44632
    Quail Hollow Park has over 700 acres of rolling meadows, marshes, and wooded areas, plus a 40-room house that's available for tours when you're ready to take a break from biking. Located near Hartville homes for sale, it's a popular destination for mountain bikers since it has a 3.3-mile mountain bike loop trail that's suitable for beginning or intermediate riders. It's a nicely wooded trail with very little slope or rocks and is marked with arrows to show you which direction to go.

  • Stark Electric Railway Trail - Mahoning Road NE, Canton, OH 44705
    If you'd like a ride on an urban trail, head to the Stark Electric Railway Trail, which follows the route of the former rail line of the same name. The line ran from 1902 to 1939, linking Canton and Salem via Louisville, Alliance, and Sebring before closing due to the growing popularity of buses, which were cheaper to operate. The trail, which is located near Canton homes for sale, is a little over one mile in length and is lined with ginkgo, honey locust, and other varieties of trees.

  • Congressman Ralph Regula Towpath Trail Park - 7975 Erie Ave. NW, Canal Fulton 44614
    With 14 trailheads, the Congressman Ralph Regula Towpath Trail Park, located just around the corner from Canal Fulton homes for sale, has plenty of spots where you can start a family bike ride. The entire trail is 26 miles long and is on flat terrain, with trees providing plenty of shade. The trail follows the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal, and you'll be able to still see the canal bed visible in many areas. If you bike in the Canal Fulton area, you'll find that the canal has been preserved, and you can ride a replica canal boat during the spring and summer.

  • Pioneer Trail - 2600 Harvard Ave. NW, Canton, OH 44709 
    Pioneer Trail
    is a short 1.34-mile route that connects Market Avenue to Cleveland Avenue near Canton homes for sale. It has several inclines and declines, as well as a surface of crushed limestone. Part of the trail takes you through Harvard Park and its grassy fields and then Weis Park, which has volleyball and shuffleboard courts if you'd like to take time out to play.

  • Hoover Trail - Hoover Community Recreational Complex, 1325 E. Maple St., North Canton, OH 44720
    A suburban trail that's almost 5.5 miles long and situated near North Canton homes for sale, Hoover Trail connects Washington Square, Walsh University's Hoover Park, North Canton's baseball fields, Hoover High School, and the Hoover District. It's part of the planned Ohio to Erie Trail, a route intended to span from Cleveland to Cincinnati. You may be able to spot wildlife such as hawks and other types of birds, foxes, groundhogs, and more. You'll also see wildflower and berry bushes along the way. One of the trail's interesting features is a bridge for biking and walking that spans over the Old 3C Highway.

Contact us if you'd like to see homes for sale in Stark County. Many are close to beautiful parks and trails, and we'd love to help you find the best one for you. 

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