Be careful which paints you use when redecorating; Benjamin Moore’s ‘Aura’ brand not worth the price

February 19, 2013 — Whether you’re preparing your home for the market or you’ve just moved in, it’s refreshing what a fresh coat of paint can do for a few, or all, of your rooms.

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CREDIT: Behr.com

I’ve purchased a variety of paints for my own homes and recommended to clients and / or their handymen certain paint brands and types in my 20+ years as a Realtor®. Permit me to pass along this latest lesson learned:

If you’re considering Benjamin Moore’s “Aura” paint , don’t believe their claim that no more than two coats will cover the existing paint on your walls. Granted, in my case I was using a creamy flat yellow paint to cover pale green walls. I actually wanted to believe the retail store that sold me the Aura paint that ONE coat would do the job . . .  NOT!

Not only did two coats not cover the existing color, it took a third coat — by professionals to boot — to complete the job.

Since then, I’ve switched back to either Behr’s or Glidden’s brand of paints which are less expensive and easier to find at Home Depot.

If you have a paint lesson you can share, please do so by replying below or giving me a ring at 703-593-9432.

Let it rain . . and rain, and rain some more!

April 18, 2012 — If you’re a spring planter as many of my clients are, the rain we’re finally getting this week is so long overdue it likely won’t be enough to pull us out of the severe drought conditions we’re experiencing throughout the DC metro area.

The red dots in Northern Virginia, above, and throughout most of Maryland, below, illustrate the “severe hydrolic conditions” our region is experiencing, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. CREDIT: USGS

If you’re planting, be sure to shower your flowers and bushes with plenty of water. The same for lawns you’ve fertilized. The regional outlook stretching towards the end of April calls for little or no rainfall in the short term but then near normal rainfall afterwards (let’s hope), according to the National Weather Service.

Take special care if you’re getting ready to put your home on the market. You want maximize your ‘curb appeal’ to prospects.

Temperatures for our region are expected to be near or above normal. The U.S. Climate Prediction Center’s 30-day precipitation outlook for April as well as the 90-day outlook for April through June calls for near average rainfall and above average temperatures. Keep your fingers crossed. 🙂