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6 Tips for Safer Holiday Home Decorating

Safer Holiday Home Decorating
Decorating your home for the holidays is fun and exciting. Not only do you get to spend some time on an enjoyable project, but you'll beautify your neighborhood. Your time and effort could pay off in holiday cheer for lucky kids and families.

With all that in mind, it's no surprise that so many homeowners put such amazing creativity and hard work into their annual holiday displays. Many people start working on their displays the very first morning after Thanksgiving.

Still, in all the hustle and bustle of the season, it's important to take your time with decorating for the holidays. There are all kinds of little hazards involved that can lead to accidents. If you take care to stay safe, you'll get the project done without a hitch.

Six Quick Tips for Safely Decorating Your Home This Holiday Season

Even if you've never done any other kind of DIY project, any homeowner can safely decorate in, outside, and around the home for the holidays. Just keep these pointers in mind:

  1. Double-Check All Electrical Decorations
    Many decorations are designed only for indoor or outdoor use. Double-check these to make sure they fit into your display plans properly. Be extra careful about picking the right extension cords. Outdoor electrical items should only use circuits protected by Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters.

  2. Be Cautious of Overloaded Outlets
    Most families don't use every plug in an outlet during most of the year, and it can be hard to judge an outlet's capacity. Take care not to overload outlets, and never chain surge protectors to create additional outlets. Always turn off electrical decorations before bed or leaving the house.

  3. Use the Right Equipment
    When hanging lights or decorations outdoors, a wood or fiberglass ladder will help you avoid shocks – don't substitute metal ladders. Never hammer tacks or nails when putting up lights for a home's exterior: Instead, use safety clips that can easily be taken down later.

  4. Be Wary of Moisture
    Double-check that outdoor lights are labeled waterproof. Use cord protectors to keep cords dry and don't allow cords to lie directly on the ground. You can use light stakes to elevate strings of lights, too – the higher the better to avoid tripping hazards.

  5. Look Out for Nuisances
    If you anticipate having people visit to look at your lights, be sure there are appropriate walking paths. Check your yard for obstructions that might make it easy to trip and fall. Review each night to be sure lights and decorations are still secure, especially after rain or wind.

  6. Plan Your Takedown
    While it's okay to leave decorations up for a little while into January, they should be all taken care of shortly after the start of the new year. Be sure you have the time and tools you need to manage a takedown. Remember, taking down takes at least as long as putting up.

If you've been thinking about trading up or even buying your first home in one of our local areas, don't wait. Our REALTORS® will be glad to help you every step of the way when it comes to finding your ideal home. Contact us to get your home search started.

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Harrisonburg Celebrates Small Business Saturday, November 25

Shop Small With Us in Downtown Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg Small Business Saturday

Ready to hit the shops for the holidays? Like many families with homes in Harrisonburg, VA, you'll probably make plenty of purchases this holiday season. Why not make sure your gifts make an impact on your hometown too? There's no better time than this weekend. Saturday, November 25 is Small Business Saturday, and our REALTORS® want to help you participate. Instead of spending your holiday worrying about Black Friday deals, wait a day and shop at locally owned businesses instead.

When you spend money at a local business, you reap the rewards of your neighbors' talents, and you also make an investment in your community that will come back to you later. Celebrate Small Business Saturday by getting your gifts here in Harrisonburg. Here are a few of our favorite places to find holiday treasures: 

  • OASIS Fine Art & Craft, 103 S. Main Street
    Right in the heart of our arts district, this artist co-op is teeming with one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces that will delight your loved ones. OASIS is a store, art gallery, and event space all in one, and it almost exclusively features artists from the Shenandoah Valley, so you know your dollars will stay local. In fact, all staff members are artists or volunteers, so you can ask plenty of questions about the art. Some of our favorite purchases at OASIS have been wearable and functional art, like pottery and jewelry made by local hands.

  • withSimplicity, 44 S. Main Street
    This family-owned beauty boutique is one of Harrisonburg's most pleasant surprises. Handmade with organic, natural ingredients, withSimplicity products prove you don't have to order online or pay designer prices to get high-quality natural cosmetics. Your feminine friends and family members will love the way this makeup looks, feels, and smells, especially if they try to avoid artificial dyes and fragrances (or they care about shopping locally). All withSimplicity products, including powders, toners, pencils, lipsticks, and more, are infused with oils and extracts that are therapeutic-grade and non-toxic.

  • Downtown Wine & Gourmet, 41 Court Square
    Do you have any wine drinkers, or craft beer aficionados in your family? Downtown Wine & Gourmet is one of our favorite places to shop in Harrisonburg, thanks to its helpful staff and huge selection. Get help from seasoned pros as you choose from hundreds of different wines and beers, including unique and rare varieties from all across the globe. This shop also has all the homebrew basics, so you can stock up on hops, yeasts, malts, and all the equipment you need to brew something delicious on your own. If you have a loved one who's getting into drinking or making craft beer, this is the place to go this Saturday.

Where will you celebrate Small Business Saturday? Download our city's free shopping guide, Downtown Harrisonburg for the Holidays, to learn about more local treasures that will be open for business on Small Business Saturday. Then contact Old Dominion Realty today to learn more about our real estate services in Harrisonburg. We look forward to adding your family to our supportive community of neighbors and friends.

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There are so many things to love about Fall! Crisp, cool, clean air.  The mountains dancing with gorgeous reds and oranges.  There are many a beautiful drives to take through the valley in the fall!  Even with all the perks of fall my most favorite thing to enjoy is all of the festivals!  


Swisher's farm in Fairfield has an all out Pumpkin day with Pumpkins for days!  Every shape, size, and color of pumpkin or gourd you could want!  The kids have a great time shuffling through mounds of Orange looking for their perfect carving pumpkin.



McCormick Mill Day is definitely worth the visit.  Hosted at McCormick's Farm in Raphine the Mill Day offers great food, fun music, multiple vendors, and a dose of History.


Checking out the Mill itself is totally worth the visit, the museum like display is educational and pretty neat to take in.  If your not much of a History buff, you can still enjoy grabbing a snack and having a picnic overlooking the pond while you listen to the music.  



I really enjoy checking out the vendors, snatching up a couple of early christmas gifts.  I barely get a minute to hit the vendors because I can't drag the kids from the interactive display.  Grinding corn, making a rope, using a water pump, milking a cow for heavens sake!  That doesn't even touch on taking a hay ride through Virginia Tech's research farm!





Another fun event is Wade's Mill Apple Butter Festival.  Similar to McCormick's mill, Wade's Mill is well worth the visit on any day!  Check out the water wheel in action.  Under fairly new ownership, many parts of the Mill that were formerly  closed are now open to the public.  A tour is a must!

This a photo of the Mill just at dusk.  


Get to see apple butter being made in action, multiple vendors, and music!  Not to mention the neat shop inside the mill; with kitchen gadgets, and yummy grains milled right on sight!  

I picked up some grits and a waffle mix.  The waffle mix was perfect  to make supper waffles for chicken and waffles! Wade's Mill grits are hands down the best!  As grit eaters, we will try them from different places, but we always come back to wade's mill grits. They stand out!  Think breakfast grits, think cheesy grits, think shrimp and grits!!!


On a side note, the Mill can be rented for events.  I recently went to a beautiful twilight rehearsal supper that had to be one of the most beautiful parties I have ever been to.  Imagine rustic chic at its finest!  Good food, lovely flowers and table settings, fire pits with benches and cozy blankets.  If you are on the hunt for a unique and classy place for a party; it is totally worth checking out.  I wish I had taken pictures...unfortunately I didn't take my phone along!  

Check out there website below...it will make you want to go for a visit...right now!



One of the neatest things about living in the Valley are all of the amazing small towns and the festivals and celebrations they host each year!  Put some of these on your list to check out next year!


Moorefield Holidays Take a Ride on the North Pole Express

Moorefield North Pole Express
If you're planning to spend some quality time with the whole family this holiday season, there is truly only one way to travel... All aboard the North Pole Express! Every year, the North Pole Express is one of the most popular holiday events in the Moorefield area, and a perfect opportunity to let the kids experience the wonder of the season. Enjoy a scenic train ride with great food, fun visits from holiday characters, games, songs, and loads of spectacular scenery. Our REALTORS® are all ready to board the North Pole Express, and we're excited to share the details on one of Moorefield's beloved holiday traditions.

Celebrate the Holiday Season Aboard the North Pole Express in Moorefield, WV

One of the first things you'll notice about Moorefield homes for sale during the holidays is that people here really love to decorate, which makes for some great scenery as your ride the North Pole Express. This year, there will be eight chances to ride the Express, with two trips each on November 24-25 and December 1-2.

Moorefield North Pole Express

  • An Enchanting Experience
    The fun starts before you even board the train, with Mrs. Claus and her Christmas elves visiting the crowd while you wait for the train to arrive. Kids in the crowd love seeing some of their favorite holiday character brought to life, and Mrs. Claus even hands out golden tickets to the children waiting in line. Adults in the crowd may receive a "naughty" sticker from Mrs. Claus, which always draws big laughs from the audience.

  • All Aboard
    As you board the North Pole Express, you'll be greeted by the train's jovial conductor, who will stop to punch tickets and give the kids a show. The train itself is fully decked out for the season, with holiday decorations and a warm, welcoming atmosphere for all who visit. With Santa's elves taking care of all the key details, you can be sure that this is one holiday train ride you won't soon forget.

Moorefield Community Holiday

  • The North Pole Express
    Your trip aboard the North Pole Express will wind throughout the Moorefield area, with tons of fun activities along the way. Santa will make his first appearance on the train, stopping to talk with children, pose for photos, and listen to holiday wishes. Meanwhile, his elves will be singing carols, serving treats, and making sure everyone is enjoying the holiday cheer. Peering out the windows of the North Pole Express will reveal all of the hard work that has gone into decorating the community for the holiday season.

  • A Final Flourish
    At the end of your trip aboard the North Pole Express, you'll arrive at a truly magical destination. Off in the distance but close enough for the kids to see the show, you'll find a lighted display of the "North Pole," right here in Moorefield! Kids love the chance to see Santa's home, and one ride aboard the North Pole Express is sure to have them even more excited for the holidays.

  • A Popular Event – The North Pole Express is one of the most popular holiday traditions in Moorefield every year, so it's a good idea to purchase your tickets well in advance of the event. Whether this is your first trip or you enjoy the event every year, there's only one place to experience the North Pole Express.

When you're searching for the right home to enjoy all that Moorefield has to offer throughout the year, our experienced, local team is here to help. Contact our Moorefield office to buy and sell homes throughout the Moorefield, WV area.

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Old Dominion Realty Open Houses | November 5

Let's Open House in Staunton

Staunton Open House

Staunton is considered a hidden gem here in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.  Situated between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Staunton's charming downtown is home to inspired architecture, a vibrant arts and music scene, unbeatable restaurants and eateries, and a variety of small shops and businesses along our historic Main Street.  Staunton is a city where artists, entrepreneurs, and families live side-by-side along tree-lined streets. If you're looking for a truly unique place to call home in Virginia, you've found it in Staunton, VA.  

Featured Open Houses

16 Singing Pines Ln, Staunton, VA 24401

Subdivision:  Fairmont


Sq Ft: 2,610 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full) 

Open House: Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 1PM - 3PM

16 Singing Pines Lane Staunton


9 Neighborhoods Near James Madison University to Buy a Home

Find Your Home Near James Madison University

Buy a Home Near JMU
James Madison University (JMU), located in "The Friendly City" of Harrisonburg, is a nationally recognized university in Virginia and a plays a positive role in the cultural and economic livelihood of Harrisonburg and its surrounding communities.  JMU's seven colleges offer its students 124 bachelors, masters, and doctorate degree programs. The school's athletics program features tennis, swimming, golf not to mention a NCAA Division I Championship football program.

Harrisonburg-JMU Campus
JMU's beautiful campus and surrounding neighborhoods add the finishing touches that create an exciting university lifestyle.  

Harrisonburg - JMU - College

Faculty and staff members--many of whom relocate to Harrisonburg from other parts of the country--search to find Harrisonburg homes close to JMU to enjoy easy access to the university and the numerous businesses and attractions surrounding it.  Our REALTORS® have put together a list of the nine best neighborhoods near James Madison University to buy a home .

  1. Ashby Heights
    This quiet tree-lined neighborhood offers an assortment of attractive homes styles. Residential properties in Ashby Heights are beautifully landscaped, often with a backdrop of luxurious trees and greenery. Current home listings in the area range in from $269,000 to $549,000.

  2. Forest Hills
    The Forest Hills neighborhood features grand homes on beautifully landscaped lots. The neighborhood is an easily walkable distance to the JMU campus, Carrier Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, and other in-town features. Current home listings begin at $450,000.

  3. Old Town
    Old Town is located within the city's historic district. The neighborhood features broad streets and grand 19th and 20th-century homes. Its walkability to downtown and James Madison University make it an attractive location for university families. Current home listings range from $329,000 to $579,000.

  4. Pleasant Hill Acres
    This community is located at the center of the city. It offers nearby shopping and dining options and is close to JMU. Despite its central location, through traffic is prohibited in Pleasant Hill Acres. That makes it a quiet residential choice. Current home listings begin at $248,000.

  5. Preston Heights
    The Preston Heights neighborhood is located just beyond the JMU campus. It features large homes constructed on spacious lots. Current home sale prices in the neighborhood begin at $449,000.

  6. Stone Spring Village
    This quiet community is situated just south of the JMU campus. Homebuyers who choose Stone Spring Village can choose from a variety of existing homes and new home developments. Current listings begin at $274,000.

  7. Sunset Heights
    This community is located southwest of the James Madison University campus and features a variety of home designs. Sunset Heights is within walking distance of the JMU campus. Residents enjoy easy access to local businesses and social venues. Current home listings start at approximately $150,000.

  8. Purcell Park
    Purcell Park offers many of the same features of surrounding communities. It has tree-lined streets, walkability to nearby destinations and a quiet environment, but it offers more economical residential options. The homes are smaller and more affordable than those in grander JMU-adjacent neighborhoods. Current listings range from $155,000 to $209,000.

  9. Airhart
    Like most JMU-adjacent neighborhoods, Airhart residents enjoy comfortable, well-maintained homes and tree-lined streets. The area is walkable to local venues and convenient to public transportation options. Current home prices start at $219,000.

Your Harrisonburg Real Estate Professionals

It can be difficult to choose a home or neighborhood that's compatible with your lifestyle, but our professionals can help. Contact Old Dominion Realty to find a home in Harrisonburg home near James Madison University.

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