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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Creating Garage Envy

Creating Garage Envy

A garage is a sought after feature for a home, especially in a town like St. Louis where we experience all types of weather conditions. With years of experience in St. Louis real estate, The Boehmer Team members have seen all types of garages. We’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly as well as garages that one would really envy. Here we’ll discuss the types, sizes and details that we see frequently to help clear up common questions we get as well as show some envious additional options and features for garages.


Oversized Garage

First of all, let’s talk oversized garage. Typical garages are anywhere from 18 to 20 feet in width and length. (A 20’ x 19’ garage one frequently sees in real estate listings is not an oversized garage.) So what is considered an oversize garage? An oversized garage is not necessarily any particular size dimension. However it does include additional space, usually on one side or toward the back of the garage, but not enough space for another car.

When listing a home, The Boehmer Team considers a garage that is 22 feet or deeper as oversized. In addition, our local multiple listing system, MARIS, now allows garage dimensions to be entered in the system. This helps agents when searching for a specific garage size. If The Boehmer Team refer to a garage as oversized, we almost always put the dimensions in Maris. 


Garage Types

Tandem Garage

A tandem garage has a long interior space. This allows for two cars to park end to end (or front to back) rather than the traditional side by side. This garage type might be great for someone who has additional vehicles or needs a lot of extra garage storage. One thing you may want to consider is that on a rare occasion, appraisers will not give full credit as an additional parking space.  We have had the rare occasion that an appraiser will only consider the number of garage doors when submitting an appraisal. So the appraiser can make a difference.



Heated and Insulated Garages

Heated and Insulated Garages

Although it is still considered an outside space, insulating a garage and garage door will help minimize extreme temperatures when the garage door is closed. If the garage has insulation, drywall and drywall tape, the tape seams will hold up better if the garage walls and ceiling are insulated. In most municipalities, it is not code compliant to run duct work and vent the garage with the HVAC system used in the home. Allowing fumes and air from the garage to enter the home is extremely dangerous and against safety codes in most areas. An additional heater may be installed that runs independently from the HVAC system in the home in some cases. 


If you use your garage for a workshop or spend a lot of time in it, insulation and heating are going to be worth considering. Also, insulation and heating in a garage brings more value to a home overall.


Upgrading the Garage Interior

Upgrading the Garage Interior

A garage door opener is a garage upgrade that most homebuyers expect in a garage and will notice if there isn’t one. If you’re selling a home with a garage, make sure your garage opener is in good working condition. 


Garage Door Opener

Other ways to upgrade the garage include putting up drywall and painting it to improve the look and feel as well as insulating it. Adding shelving and storage for common garage items is another way to upgrade the garage and make it more appealing. 


Creative Garage Storage made with a pallet
Creative garage storage made with a pallet.


Additional in-garage upgrades include lighting, additional electrical outlets, low voltage additions, workbenches, a bar, a refrigerator, a hangout area, a gym and more. We’ve certainly seen some pretty cool garage upgrades like these below in our time in real estate.

Garage Storage

Garage workshop
Garage Workshop

Garage Gym
Garage Gym

Garage Lounge
Garage Lounge

Garage Game Room
Garage Game Room

Garage Man Cave
Garage Man Cave


Garage Curb Appeal

As part of your property, the look of your garage can add or detract from the property’s total value. The exterior or curb appeal of the garage is what most people will notice about it. Having garage doors that are in good condition will help maintain the value of your home. 


There are many choices in material, color, style, window options, insulation types and hardware for garage doors. With so many options, we suggest speaking with your local garage door sales company for help picking out the best garage door type, style and hardware for your budget and your home. Here are some pictures of great looking garage exteriors to draw inspiration from.


Wood Garage Doors with Windows
We love these wood garage doors with arch windows.

Painted Garage Doors
Garage doors painted in a matching accent color look great.

Garage Exterior Lighting
This garage has great exterior lighting and brick driveway divider.

Garage Hardware
The hardware is great on this garage.

Looking for a home with more garage space? Contact The Boehmer Team to help you find a home with the garage needs that work for you. We help homebuyers find homes with the details they want and help sellers with highly customized homes find the right buyers. If St. Louis real estate is on your mind, The Boehmer Team is here for you.




Friday, March 26, 2021

Picking the Perfect Lot

Picking the Perfect Lot

To be perfectly honest, the phrase “perfect” rarely applies to a lot. It really comes down to what features make it perfect or most favorable for the buyer. Choosing the lot or home site where a home will be built is an important part of deciding to build a new home and should be one of a buyer's first considerations. 


If you’re building new construction real estate in the St. Louis or St. Charles county area, find a lot you can appreciate for years as well as one that will appreciate in value. When considering features that make one lot better than another, there are a variety of things that may be important.


Quick Summary: How to pick the perfect lot.

To choose the perfect lot to build a new home, one needs to consider: location, size, direction, elevation, drainage plan, surrounding areas, utility pedestals, lot premiums, and what builder options there are for the lot among other details. A local Realtor experienced in new construction can help you address these considerations and guide you through the process of building a new home.

How to pick the best home site


The home site one buys is likely where you are going to live. If you have children in school you’ll need to pay attention to area school district boundaries. If you work outside the home you’ll need to factor in your preferred commute time. Check if the lot is close to shopping, parks or restaurants that you frequent. If the lot is in a new neighborhood being built, you’ll want to consider the neighborhood amenities and/or HOA fees. It's a good idea to check with the municipality you are considering to see if there are specific rules or guidelines that apply. 


The Direction of the Lot

We understand that the direction a home will face is often important to buyers. Whatever the reason, the direction a home faces is often considered to be one of the most important factors that buyers consider. Be sure your Realtor and homebuilder know if the direction of the lot it of upmost importance to you.


Home site on a hill

Hilly Versus Level Lots

Do you prefer a level lot or a home built into a hill with a backside of windows to see the view? Think about what you want and what you might be willing to work with.  After all, a truly level lot does not even exist. Due to grading plans and required drainage swails, completely level lots pose a variety of issues and challenges.  While a lot may be mostly level, there are sure to be areas that have slight elevations. 

Lot Premiums

Homebuilders may charge a lot premium or additional charge based on lot features and location within a community. Lots with more space, that offer a good view, or something that sets them apart from other lots may draw a lot premium.


Choosing the best home site

Builder Options for a Particular Lot

The choice of homebuilder options may be different based on the lot you choose. If you have a piece of land in mind that you want to build on, you may have a variety of home builders that will help you build develop on the land. If you purchase a lot within a particular neighborhood, you’ll likely only get to use the homebuilder who is developing that neighborhood. So if the homebuilder is important to you, check to see if they can build on your chosen lot or what lots they have available.


See our list of Preferred Builders in the St. Louis area.

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If you want a home crafted for you with the latest building technologies, The Boehmer Team can help. We’ve assisted hundreds of new construction buyers in the St Louis and St. Charles area as well as helped many sell their current homes. From budget to builder, to lot and material selections, to final paperwork and closing, we represent and protect the interest of new construction homebuyers to make the process go smoothly. Thinking of building or buying new construction? Contact us or visit to see a list of new homes that are currently for sale.



Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Kitchen Island Dreaming

Kitchen Island Dreaming

Dreaming of a beautiful kitchen island to expand your kitchen workspace and storage? You’re not alone. Throughout the St. Louis and St. Charles county areas, the real estate market is seeing plenty of requests for this amenity. Also, it is one of the most common requests made to home remodelers when updating a kitchen

Islands look inviting and offer extra storage and functionality. In most cases, an island becomes a gathering space or focal point in the home. They can even create an overall impression of a more luxury-grade kitchen. Even if you’re not planning on selling right now, adding a kitchen island can make your home more attractive while increasing its value in the long-term.


White Kitchen Island

The Value of a Kitchen Island

Speaking of value, did you now that most small kitchen remodel projects (like adding an island) will recoup an average of 83% of their cost when the home is eventually sold?  That’s actually higher than the return on investment from most other remodeling projects.


The Cost of a Kitchen Island

So what does a kitchen island cost? That depends on several factors including the size, materials, and features, for example a bar, a sink/drain and any built-in appliances. But on average, the cost of a kitchen island ranges from $3,000 to $5,000 with less expensive models as little as $100 and more expensive, custom-built options as much as $10,000 or more.

Multiple Kitchen Islands
Why not have MULTIPLE kitchen islands?

Ready-Made or Repurposed Furniture Kitchen Islands

Great ways to add a kitchen island on a budget is to purchase a ready-made island or to repurpose another piece of furniture like a desk or table to create an island. This allows you some creativity. However, it’s a good idea to match your island with the look and feel of the rest of your kitchen and home.


Repurposed Antique for Kitchen Island
See more repurposed island ideas at:

Custom-Built Kitchen Islands

Building a custom kitchen island will ensure you get exactly what you want for the space your kitchen has. The island can be built with cabinets that match the rest of your cabinetry for a seamless look.  You can choose your materials, counters, and whether it has electricity, appliances or running water.  Of course, the more options you choose, the higher the price. But you could build the kitchen island of your dreams and your home would be more valuable for it.  


Kitchen Island with sink and dishwasher

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If you are wondering whether you should add a kitchen island before selling your home, contact The Boehmer Team. We may be able to help you decide if it’s the right project to improve the value of your home before a sale. Or we may be able to recommend a contractor to assist with your project. Have a real estate question? Contact us any time.



Want more info on kitchen islands? Click one of the links throughout this article for more in depth information on aspects of kitchen islands.


Monday, January 25, 2021

The Pros and Cons of Painting Brick

The Pros and Cons of Painting Brick

Thanks to a history of clay mining and bricklaying, the St. Louis area is full of homes wrapped in durable brick. However as years go by and home designs change, the brick look goes in and out of style. While some homeowners opt to paint their brick façade, others are reluctant. If you are considering painting your brick home exterior, we’ve put a list together of pros and cons to help you decide.

Brick Houses Painted and Unpainted

Painting a Brick House

PRO: Style. If the old brick is outdated and tacky, painting it can increase curb appeal and home value.

CON: It’s expensive and difficult to go back to unpainted brick should you want to. Also, painting brick can be expensive to have it done right. Look to see if there other areas on the home’s exterior that could better use the money for maintenance or improvements.

PRO: Protection. The right exterior paint can protect old, damaged bricks and mortar and seal cracks.

CON: If done wrong, paint could trap moisture and further damage the brick. Also, paint does not last forever and the effects of sun, wind, rain and hail will slowly chip away at the paint so touch ups and/or repainting will eventually be needed.

PRO: The right color could make your home the envy of the neighborhood.

CON: You may be destroying history by painting brick. Also, your color choice may not appeal to some potential homebuyers.


Why Not to Paint a Brick House

Not Painting a Brick House

PRO: Some people really value classic brick and just don’t like painted brick.

CON: Any potential homebuyers that dislike the old brick may need to take the cost of painting it into consideration if they are thinking of buying your home.

PRO: Upkeep is easier. You don’t have to maintain the paint on the brick.

CON: You’ll want to make sure the rest of the exterior of your home is well maintained and looks nice to distract from outdated brick colors or styles.

PRO: You’ll preserve the original exterior of the home and won’t have to worry if a potential buyer doesn’t like the color you chose to paint your brick.

CON: You may want to invest in landscaping, roof updates or other exterior painting and maintenance to bring the eye away from the outdated brick.


Painted and Unpainted brick

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Unless you got lucky and your home has brick in a color that is current by today’s style standards, you may decide to paint the brick on your home to make it appear more modern. Or you may choose to update your landscaping, roof, windows or other exterior items to make a home with old brick look updated.  If you are considering painting brick to help sell a St. Louis area home, contact The Boehmer Team first. We may be able to help you determine whether painting your brick will be the best course of action to bring more value to your home sale. 


Thursday, November 19, 2020

Unusual Fall 2020 Real Estate Activity

Fall Real Estate St Louis

St. Louis and St. Charles County area real estate in fall 2020 has been as unusual as, well most of 2020. Real estate this autumn has been unusually active. In fact some real estate agents are referring to this fall as second spring. Herein we’ll discuss some of the reasons why real estate this fall has been so unusual.

The Pandemic

The Covid-19 virus has kept many people closer to home for longer and more often than previously. Folks are now working from home, going to school at home and moving many in-person events online. This has created more time to look closely at one’s living situation and decide if it is the best fit. Also, some people are moving from more concentrated, populous cities to our area. 

Buyer Demand versus Home Inventory 

Demand Versus Inventory

After a slow spring of quarantines, the busy summer market barely slowed down for fall. With so many buyers wanting to move to better home situations and some sellers unsure about making any changes at all, there has been a higher demand for homes for sale than there have been homeowners listing their homes. This is causing a lower inventory of homes for sale along with rising home values as multiple offers are being made on well-maintained, market-value homes. This doesn’t mean there aren’t homes for sale, it just means that homebuyers may have to look a little longer or at different options to buy a home.  It also means that buyers need to be prepared and ready to move quickly if the perfect home comes on the market.


Low Mortgage Rates

At time of writing this, the 30 year conventional mortgage rate sits around 2.5% and the 15 year conventional mortgage rate sits around 2%. These low rates mean that you can get a lot more home for you money than you could a few years ago. And for those who aren’t moving, it’s a great time to refinance.  These rates are historically low and when they are gone it is hard to imagine when they will return.  


St Louis New Construction Homes

Increased New Construction Activity is Helping

We help several quality local home builders market their homes and we know the new construction home market very well. We’ve been able to find solutions in the new construction market for many homebuyers. While builders have been doing a great job constructing quality new homes, they are feeling the pressure to keep up with the demand.  New construction should always be considered when searching for a new home.  It affords buyers to be the first owner, select finishes specific to their tastes, select options specific to their needs and to enjoy the benefits of an environmentally friendly and energy efficient home.

Despite the unusual fall 2020 real estate market we continue to assist homebuyers and sellers to face, understand and prepare for these unusual times every single day.  Despite the challenges, business for The Boehmer Team is up 28% from 2019 and going strong.  If you are thinking of buying a home, building a home, or selling your current home, contact The Boehmer Team. Let us implement decades of combined experience to answer your questions, find solutions for your needs and provide full service as we do to all of our dedicated clients.


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Essential Fall Home Maintenance For Midwest Homeowners

Essential Fall Home Maintenance For Midwest Homeowners

Fall in the St. Louis and St. Charles County area of Missouri is a fantastic, pumpkin spice filled season. Watching the leaves change color and fall, roasting marshmallows around a fire pit, and enjoying seasonal beverages and flavors come to mind. We are truly lucky to live and work in the Midwest during the harvest season.

Before autumn turns to winter, be sure to turn your attention to your home. Fall is the time for some essential home maintenance tasks to be performed before the deep chill of winter sets in on your home. Neglecting these tasks could add further wear and tear to your home and may lead to damages that would cost much more to fix later. Performing fall home maintenance will keep your home functioning and help uphold the ever-important value of your home. 


Must Do Fall Home Maintenance

10 Essential Fall Home Maintenance Tasks:

  • Clear Gutters, Downspouts, Window Wells and Drains of Leaves and Debris
  • Check Windows and Doors for Gaps or Air Leaks and Seal Them
  • Check Your Heating System and Change the Filter
  • Check Chimney, Wood Stove and/or Fireplace Function and Cleanliness
  • Check Plumbing/Outdoor Spigots and Turn Off Outdoor Valves if Needed
  • Check for Foundation, Porch or Driveway Cracks and Seal as Needed
  • Inspect the Roof for Loose or Missing Shingles
  • Check for Cracks or Holes in Siding and Paint and Replace Caulk if Necessary
  • Trim Any Limbs that could Fall on Your Home or Power Lines During Icy Weather
  • Winterize Your Sprinkler System

Fall Maintenance To Avoid Future Costs

Fall Maintenance Worth Doing if You Don’t Want to Buy New Stuff Next Year:

  • Drain and Store Garden Hoses
  • Put Away Porch Furniture
  • Clean and Store the Lawn Mower & Lawn Trimming Equipment
  • Winterize Your Gas Grill

Other Fall Home Maintenance Tasks to Consider

Other Fall Home Maintenance Tasks to Consider:

  • Fertilize the Lawn
  • Drain the Hot Water Heater and Remove Sediment from Bottom of Tank
  • Check the Seal at the Bottom of the Garage Door for Damage or Leaks
  • Check Your Detectors and/or Change Batteries

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If you can’t perform these important fall maintenance jobs yourself, hire someone to help. Contact The Boehmer Team if you need some suggestions for contractors or repairpersons in the St. Louis or St. Charles County areas of Missouri. And if your home needs more maintenance and help than you want to do, contact us about right-sizing your home or finding a home in an HOA community that provides a variety of maintenance tasks on your property.


If you would like to find out the current value of your St. Louis or St. Charles County area home or are considering buying or selling in the area, contact us or visit for more information.