8 Things We’re Thankful for in the Metro East St. Louis Region

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As residents of the Metro East St. Louis region, we are surrounded by a large number of wonderful places, people, amenities, and activities. Too often, though, we take these great things in our lives for granted. This Thanksgiving week, we’d like to give everyone a little reminder of just a few of the countless things we have to be thankful for here in the Metro East. Here are just 8 of our favorites:

The Great River Road – Talk about a scenic drive! Our beautiful river road hugs the mighty Mississippi Road and spans of beautiful scenery including craggy bluffs and a huge variety of trees. It’s a perfect road to take if you want to look at the gorgeous fall foliage or just want to get out for a refreshing drive away from the city.

Rich History – History buffs will love discovering all of the rich and sometimes bizarre history that made the Metro East great. From the discoveries of Louis and Clark on the Mississippi to the harrowing tales of the frightening Piasa bird, there’s a lot to learn and appreciate by living here!

Cahokia Mounds – Once larger than London in AD 1250, Cahokia Mounds contains the remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico. Take the time to learn about the ancient civilization that once made its home here, or simply climb and sit atop the largest mound and watch a beautiful sunset in peace.

The Way of Lights – The holiday season is a magical time here in the Metro East. One of the best things to do to celebrate is to head over to Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville to witness the annual Way of Lights holiday display. Enjoy more than one million colorful lights as you visit one of the largest outdoor shrines in the nation. It’s a must for residents of the Metro East (and anyone else, for that matter)!

Gorgeous Fall Foliage – You don’t have to travel anywhere far to see outstanding fall foliage – just look in the neighborhoods around you! Whether you travel down the streets in your hometown, take the time to peruse Pere Marquette State Park, or take a walk or bike ride down one of the many trails, nature’s beauty can be found right in our own backyard!

Quick and Easy Accessibility – The Metro East is a place that gives its residents both the peace of the countryside and the excitement of the city. You can easily enjoy plenty of small town activities, but if you’re in the mood for a bit of big city living, St. Louis is only a hop, skip, and a jump away!

Amazing Food – St. Louis is home to several food items that were created right here in our backyard! We get to know the true joys of eating toasted ravioli on a cold day, gooey butter cake at a get-together, provel cheese on our pizzas, and drinking an ice-cold Ski.

That Hometown Feeling – Perhaps the thing that we’re the most thankful for is the community in which we live. Our many communities are full of friendly, caring people. These people are the neighbors you live next to and work with, the people who come up and say hello to you in the store or at a local restaurant, and the people who would give your car a boost if the battery died. We are grateful to be living amongst genuine, hardworking, and caring people here in the Metro East!

Is it your dream to live in the St. Louis region? We can make it become a reality! Just call The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298. You can also take a look at all of our great listings by visiting us online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com. We hope that you have a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving!


9 Essential Tasks to Do After You Move into Your New Home

moving day to-do listMoving day is finally here! All of your belongings are packed and waiting to be moved over to your new home. We know that moving day comes with a huge mess of emotions and you trying to figure out where you want everything as your movers bring in your belongings. While moving everything into your home is understandably at the forefront of your mind, there are a few other tasks you will need to attend to once you’ve moved in.

Here are 9 big tasks you will need to do once you move into your dream home!

Get the Utilities Up and Running – If you haven’t done so already, get the main house utilities up and running as soon as you can. You’ll want to call the power and water providers to help get your electricity, gas, and running water set up in your new home. Don’t forget about setting up Internet, phone, cable and other important services you may need or want!

Unpack the Essentials – Before you start tackling those looming stacks of boxes, get the 2 most important rooms – the bedroom and the bathroom – ready for immediate use. Assemble your bed, unpack your bedding, and make your bed so you can fall asleep easily at the end of the big day. In the bathroom, dig out your essentials such as your toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, other toiletries, towels, and, of course, your favorite bathrobe to use after a relaxing shower!

Locate and Get Familiar with the Fuse Box and Main Water Valve – Now that you’re in your new home, you will need to find where the fuse box and main water valve are located in case of emergencies or if you ever need to fix a power or water issue. Ensure that the fuses are labeled correctly, and get familiar with how to work the main water valve so you can limit damage should an emergency like burst pipes occur.

Change the Locks – You may hold the keys to your new home, but do you know who else may have a spare set? Secure your home against unauthorized access by changing the locks on all outside doors. This is a quick and easy fix that will help ensure that only you and your family have access to your home.

Connect the Major Appliances – If you’ve decided to move your major appliances, you will want to hook them up as soon as possible. When it comes to refrigerators, however, you will need to take extra precautions to get it installed correctly. First, leave your fridge upright on its final resting place for at least 3 full hours. Then, plug it in and turn it on. By giving it at least 3 hours to rest, you’ll allow the oil to relocate itself into the compressor where it belong.

Wipe Down Your Cabinets – Before you give your dishes, pantry items, and bathroom supplies a brand-new home, wipe down the cabinets inside-out. Use a non-toxic cleaner to make it sparkling clean, and replace the contact paper if necessary.

Clean the House Completely – While we’re on the topic of cleaning, it’s wise to give your new home a thorough cleaning. If possible, try to clean it from top to bottom before you move it – the process will be a whole lot easier. Don’t forget to wash the windows, vacuum the floors, and steam-clean the carpets! You’ll be happy you did this whenever you’re totally settled in.

Change Your Address – Now it’s time to inform all of the important people and institutions about your change of address! Update your information on your voter’s registration, and inform your bank, credit card companies, insurance companies, and other businesses about your move. Once that’s done, tell your family and friends about your new change of address if they don’t know already!

Keep Unpacking – As you’re unpacking all of your belongings and finding a new home for them, carefully inspect all of the boxes for any signs of damage from the move. Take your time unpacking and enjoy the process of decorating and settling into your new digs!

Still haven’t found your dream home yet? We can help! Just call the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties! You can reach us at either (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298, or check out our listings at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.