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June 3, 2019

Remove Wallpaper Without Removing Your Sanity

Do you enjoy removing wallpaper? Of course not! It's a task that never reaches the top 10 "fun things to do" list for most people.

But if you're planning to sell your home in Berks County, then removing old wallpaper really is a must. So how do you remove it without removing your sanity as well?

Check to See If Your Walls Were Primed

Hopefully your walls were primed when the wallpaper was applied. This will certainly speed up removal.

This was a more common practice in the 1990s, as it kept the glue from forming too strong of a bond with the plaster.

It's easy enough to check if your walls are primed. Just loosen a corner or seam with a putty knife and pull. If it comes off in one sheet, success!

With well-primed walls, dry stripping should work for the entire job and you could finish a room in a couple of hours at most.

Water Works Miracles

Wallpaper glue is water-based, so you can still remove it if your walls are not primed.

It's a technique the pros use, it works so well.

Here’s what to do with water:

  • Score or perforate the paper and its backing in sections so water can soak through and loosen the glue. The pros recommend a scoring tool called the PaperTiger (under $20) because it doesn’t harm the wall.
  • Douse the perforated paper with hot water using a pump or compression sprayer. The big mistake most people make is using a regular old spray bottle or damp rag to wet the paper. This leads to hours of fruitless scraping because the paper and its backing don’t get sufficiently saturated. The sprayer, on the other hand, gives you the firepower to really soak the glue.
  • Let the paper soak for about 15 minutes and scrape it off with a putty knife.

This process will take about 6 hours for an average room, but it's better than how long it would take if you didn't know how to do this.

Avoid Chemical Strippers Because of the Fumes

Pros will use chemical strippers, as they work even faster than water. But the downside is the fumes, and it costs more than using water (of course).

Don't Try the Fabric Softener Trick

There's a rumor going around that fabric softeners, diluted with water, is a great way to remove wallpaper. Yet, no expert agrees with that method.

In fact, fabric softener makes removing wallpaper even more complicated and messier than just using water, as it ends up mixing the glue with the fabric softener. The fabric softener can also harm drywall. 

So when it comes to removing wallpaper, the happiest journey (assuming your walls aren’t primed) involves water — and patience.

Check back every week on our blog for more local articles about living in Southern Eastern Pennsylvania and the surrounding communities, along with helpful real estate advice. You can use our convenient and powerful home search tool to find the perfect home for sale in Reading. And make sure to read more about the communities in Southern Eastern Pennsylvania to find the perfect neighborhood to buy your next home.

Posted in Real Estate Advice
May 29, 2019

Use Our Website to Buy or Sell Your Home in South-Eastern Pennsylvania

Do you plan to buy or sell a home in the Pennsylvania communities of Blandon, Boyertown, Douglasville, Exeter Township, Fleetwood, Kutztown, Oley, or Reading? If so, you've come to the only website you'll need to make that happen. As real estate experts, we know the market in these communities and can help you find the perfect home, or sell your home quickly and for the most money. Our website is designed to help you begin that journey.

Here's a few of the main features of our website to help you buy or sell a home in the South-Eastern Pennsylvania area:

Interactive Map Search

Our interactive map search is updated every 15 minutes with the latest properties for sale in Blandon, Boyertown, Douglasville, Exeter Township, Fleetwood, Kutztown, Oley, and Reading. You can instantly find homes for sale in the exact area you want to move to. With the polygon search, you can even draw a shape around the area you want to search to pin down the exact homes for sale in that area. And it's fun! If you don't find a home right away, you can save your search for later.

Advanced Search

If you need to base your search more on a specific type of home or property, the Advanced Search makes it easy to find the exact features you're looking for in a home. You can set all types of parameters to narrow your search, including price range, beds, baths, square feet, school district, and much more.

Market Reports

You can keep on top of the latest listings and market reports based on your search criteria. You can sign up to get a market report to keep up to date of properties currently on the market and being sold in the area you chose. When you create an account, you can then get the following:

  • Create property searches to get additional alerts
  • Choose frequency of the emails (daily, weekly or never)
  • Save multiple searches
  • View all detailed property information
  • Virtual pictures
  • Save favorite properties to track
  • Quick responses to questions

Community Pages

Find out more about the communities of Blandon, Boyertown, Douglasville, Exeter Township, Fleetwood, Kutztown, Oley, and Reading so that you can decide which area is best to buy your next home. You'll also see properties currently for sale in those communities.

Property Evaluation

If you plan to sell your home, this is a great place to start. You can find out how much you home is worth compared to other homes for sale in your neighborhood.

Our website is only the beginning of your home buying or selling experience. Call 610-779-2500 or use our contact form to let us know how we can help you further.

Check back every week on our blog for more local articles about living in Southern Eastern Pennsylvania and the surrounding communities. You can use our convenient and powerful home search tool to find the perfect home for sale in Reading. And make sure to read more about the communities in Southern Eastern Pennsylvania to find the perfect neighborhood to buy your next home.

May 23, 2019

Have a Happy Memorial Day Weekend

The Memorial Day weekend is almost here! No doubt you've already made plans for the unofficial start of summer, as we remember those who gave their lives for us. But just in case you need some ideas for ways to remember our fallen heroes and enjoy the weekend, here's a few Memorial Day events in the Southern Eastern Pennsylvania area that might help. 

Boyertown Memorial Day 

The Boyertown Memorial Day Parade starts at 9:15 am at Boyertown High School's Monroe Street entrance and is hosted by American Legion Post 471. The parade will travel west on Philadelphia Avenue to Fairview Cemetery. A ceremony honoring those who served our country in the military will start about 10 a.m. in the cemetery.

39th annual Memorial Day Parade and Service

The 39th annual Memorial Day Parade and Service is hosted by the American Legion Post 934 of Exeter Township and starts at Monday at 9 a.m. The parade will begin at Exeter High School and conclude with a service at Forest Hills Memorial Park.

Please arrive by 8:30 a.m. and enter from Route 422 on 37th St., where marchers will be directed to spots by volunteer fire and police. The service will end at approximately 11:15 a.m.

Fleetwood Memorial Day Parade

The Fleetwood Memorial Day services begin at 9 am with a parade starting at Fleetwood Cemetery on North Laurel Street between East Main and East Arch streets.

Following a brief ceremony at the cemetery, the parade proceeds west on Main Street, and a portion of the parade will end upon reaching Fleetwood Community Park. 

At 10 a.m. in the bandshell on West Main Street, the borough's “Hometown Heroes” banner program will honor local veterans, in addition to a dedication of the expanded memorial honoring local fallen heroes. 

Kutztown Memorial Day Parade

The Kutztown Memorial Day Parade is hosted by American Legion Post 480 and VFW Post 560. It will take place from 8 - 11 am on Monday and will start at the North Whiteoak Street entrance to Kutztown Fairgrounds at 8:30 a.m. The parade will travel south along Main Street to Fairview Cemetery for a tribute to veterans buried there.

Have a Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Check back every week on our blog for more local articles about living in Reading PA and the surrounding communities. You can use our convenient and powerful home search tool to find the perfect home for sale in Reading. And make sure to read more about the communities in Southern Eastern Pennsylvania to find the perfect neighborhood to buy your next home.

 

May 16, 2019

Top Places to Dine in Reading

There are many great reasons to buy a home in Reading, PA. One of those reasons is all the great restaurants in Reading. Residents enjoy a wide variety of dining choices, offering something for every taste and budget. Here's a list of the top 10 places to eat in Reading.

Frank & Diannah's Arbor Inn

This fine dining establishment on S Bingaman St. offers fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Owners Frank and Diannah give diners their personal attention to make sure they have an unforgettable fine dining experience. They also offer alternatives for those with dietary restrictions.

Judy's On Cherry

Located in Downtown Reading, this Mediterranean-inspired fine dining restaurant features unique dishes such as Cheese Ravioli with Lobster, Tomato Vodka Rosa Sauce and Casuela Roast of Scallops over Caramelized Onions. With an eye for presentation and service, Judy's is an ideal place to go for a romantic dinner in Reading.

Stokesay Castle

What can be better than feasting like a king in a castle? Step back into the 13th century in one of the two restaurants in Stokesay Castle.  The Knight’s Pub is an American Pub with an international twist. The Lord's Dining Room menu features contemporary American fine dining cuisine in a beautifully decorated room that's perfect for special occasions. You can also rent private rooms for your own royal events.

Chatty Monks Brewing Company

If you love craft beer, Chatty Monks is the place to go in Reading. Chatty Monks was named one of the Top 50 brewpubs in the nation and Top 10 in the Northeast by CraftBeer. Of course, you'll also need great Gastropub fare made with fresh, local ingredients to go with that amazing beer.

The Ugly Oyster

Of course, no list of great restaurants would be complete without an authentic Guinness Irish Pub. They stock the bar with more than 80 beers from around the world and stick to the strict specifications of Arthur Guinness for their Guinness beer. Along with the great seafood, burgers, and veggie dishes, you'll enjoy the lively atmosphere and service.

Check back every week on our blog for more local article about living in Reading PA and the surrounding communities. You can use our convenient and powerful home search tool to find the perfect home for sale in Reading. And make sure to read more about the communities in Southern Eastern Pennsylvania to find the perfect neighborhood to buy your next home.

 

 

 

Posted in Reading Community
July 31, 2017

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