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10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for the Spring Real Estate Market

Home Selling Tips Spring Real Estate Market

Springtime can seem a long way off in the dead of winter, but our real estate agents are always planning ahead. Call it wishful thinking, but spring might not be as far away as it seems. And if you're planning on selling your home this spring, there are a lot of steps for getting it ready. Our REALTORS® have gathered these tips so you have your home ready to sell your home when spring arrives.

  1. Assess the situation. First, walk through your home and try to see it with a buyer's critical eye. Identify any potential problems that need to be fixed, from peeling paint and old carpeting to broken fixtures and damaged hardware. Decide what needs fixed and tackle these DIY projects over the coming months.
  2. Keep the gutters clear. Leaves and other buildups in gutters from fall and winter, so be sure to give them a good cleaning before selling your home in spring. 
  3. Take care of the lawn. Your home's yard is the first thing a potential buyer will see, and it might not look its best after a hard winter. Keep up with raking leaves and cleaning up the lawn, and take any steps necessary to get it looking its best again once the snow melts. 
  4. Get organized. One of the most painful parts of getting a home ready to sell is eliminating clutter. Be honest with yourself about what you don't need to save, and get rid of as much clutter as you can. Set aside anything you can sell and have a big spring yard sale. Anything else can be donated, recycled or thrown out.
  5. Brighten it up. Winter is a great time to repaint the interior of your house before selling. Choose light, lively colors that aren't too distracting. Stay away from trendy hues that will look outdated in a couple years.
  6. Wash every window. As the dreary winter months draw to a close, make sure every window is spotless and sparkling. If any windows and screens need to be repaired, now is a great time to do that too. The more light you can let into your home, the more enticing it will be for buyers. 
  7. Plant some flowers. Planting bulbs for tulips and daffodils in fall is a great way to make sure you have some bright, colorful blooms as soon as spring arrives. If you don't have any early spring flowers planted already, feel free to plant some in pots to put out when it starts to warm up. 
  8. Have photos taken. Have your house photographed with a fresh layer of snowfall and a few tasteful holiday decorations; don't wait until spring when your lawn is a muddy mess. 
  9. Revamp your entryway. Most real estate professionals agree that the entryway is one of the most important parts of your home for winning over buyers. Spring is the perfect time to give this underappreciated room an upgrade, like adding a heavy-duty welcome mat, full-length mirror, new coat hooks or an umbrella stand.
  10. Refresh your decor. Before selling your home in spring, update and simplify your home decor. Textiles are especially easy and inexpensive to freshen up, with updated pillowcases, throws, duvet covers and towels in lively, spring-themed colors. 

Preparation is crucial to selling your home, and now is the time to start getting ready. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to learn more about getting your house ready to sell this spring. 


Local Living: 7 Yoga Studios in Our OmTown

Harrisonburg Area Yoga Studios
Are you a yoga fanatic, or simply looking for a new, relaxing way to work out close to home? No matter your experience level, yoga can be a beneficial workout for both body and mind. People of all ages and fitness levels participate in yoga classes, and for many yoga becomes a way of life. In addition to being a great place to exercise, yoga classes also present an excellent opportunity to meet new, like-minded people close to home. Our real estate agents are here to help you find the right spot to pursue your yoga passions, with our guide to seven great yoga studios in our OmTown.

Where to Find 7 Great Yoga Studios Close to Home

  1. The Center – 217 S Liberty St Ste 201, Harrisonburg
    Harrisonburg homes make it easy to reach many of the yoga destinations on our list, including The Center which is conveniently located downtown. The Center offers classes in yoga, pilates, meditation, and so much more. There are workshops, events, and even a 200-hour training program if you're interested in becoming an instructor.

  2. The Nest Yoga + Fitness Studio – 315 Lucy Dr, Harrisonburg
    With classes for every age, experience, and fitness level, The Nest Yoga + Fitness Studio aims to provide an accessible experience for everyone who attends. Work with instructors to learn the basics, take a specialty class, enjoy a private lesson, or even schedule a relaxing massage.

  3. Evolation Yoga Harrisonburg – 90 N Main St Ste 101, Harrisonburg
    Take a break from the daily grind to enjoy a class at Evolation Yoga, where a small team of instructors can help you accomplish big things. There are classes every day of the week, with 60-minute, 90-minute, and specialty options available at convenient times throughout the day.

  4. A Quiet Place Yoga and More – 725 S High St, Harrisonburg
    Looking for a yoga studio where the focus is always on the individual? At A Quiet Place Yoga and More, classes are designed to make everyone feel comfortable. Practice yoga, learn at your own pace and pick up healthy dining tips from an experienced, friendly team.

  5. FlyDog Yoga – 1039 Millmont St, Charlottesville
    If you're shopping for Charlottesville homes for sale, you won't need to travel far to reach an excellent yoga studio. FlyDog Yoga offers regular classes, workshops, events, and teacher training, in an inspiring, empowering atmosphere. New to yoga? The team at FlyDog will be happy to show you the ropes, and help you start on your journey.

  6. Opal Yoga – 949 Second St SE, Charlottesville
    Head to Opal Yoga in Charlottesville for fun, affordable yoga classes, taught by instructors who love to share the benefits of yoga with people from diverse backgrounds. Purchase a day pass to see what the studio is like, or grab a monthly pass to sample all that Opal Yoga has to offer.

  7. Shenandoah Powerhouse Gym and Fitness Studio – 2800 West Main St., Waynesboro
    Shopping for Waynesboro homes for sale? Then the Shenandoah Powerhouse Gym and Fitness Studio is the perfect place to keep up with your workout routine, with a modern, fully equipped gym, exercise classes of every type, and of course yoga! Other group classes at Shenandoah Powerhouse include spinning, TKO, quick super sculpt classes, and hip hop workouts, so there's always something new to try.

Still searching for the right home near all of the excellent yoga studios in our area? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Harrisonburg, VA area.


7 Tips for Moving with a Pet

Celebrate National Love Your Pet Day

Moving with Your Pet

Our real estate agents adore their pets and are excited to show them some extra affection this February 20 on National Love Your Pet Day. On this day, we celebrate the joy our pets bring into our lives and recognize the responsibility we have for keeping them comfortable, safe, and secure. 

When you're planning a move, it's more important than ever to pay special attention to your furry (or feathered) friends. Pets are experts at reading our body language, so if we're feeling stressed and anxious, they'll feel it too. Since they won't understand what's going on, the sense of upheaval they feel can be even more dramatic.

Luckily, pets are also very adaptable. For them, "home" is wherever they are with you, not necessarily the four walls where you currently live. Planning and taking a few simple precautions will help keep the move easier on everyone.

  1. Safety First
    Before your move, make sure your pet has a good collar with an ID tag attached. The tag should list your name and current cell phone number. Microchipping your pet will serve as another level of protection in case the collar slips off.  Hopefully, your pet will never get out of your sight, but if the unthinkable happens, you want to know you've done everything you can to ensure you'll be quickly reunited.
  1. Stick to Your Routine
    Although you'll be busy packing and preparing for your move, do your best not to change your pet's routine. Try to make sure you feed and walk him at the same time that every day.  If you usually play for 15 minutes when you get home from work, don't skip it just because you have packing to do. Maintaining structure helps your pet know what to expect, even when everything else feels like chaos. 
  1. Visit Your Vet
    A couple of weeks before your move, pay a visit to your vet. Ensure your pet is up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations and doesn't have any significant health issues. Staying ahead of potential problems is far better than scrambling to find a new vet as soon as you move. If you're worried about your pet suffering from car sickness or extreme anxiety, ask your vet for prescription medications while you're there.
  1. Secure Your Pet on Moving Day
    Moving day activities can be scary for your pet, and the chaos involved creates far too many opportunities for your pet to get lost or injured. Keep him safe by using a crate or arrange for him to stay somewhere else until the move is done.
  1. Make Arrangements for Long-Distance Moves
    If you're traveling a long distance, find pet-friendly hotels along your route and make your reservations ahead of time. Plan plenty of stops for water and potty breaks and try to keep a consistent feeding schedule.  Keep small animals secured in a crate the entire time you're traveling, and always keep larger dogs on a leash. Remember that the stress of a move can cause even the most well-behaved pets to run away or behave uncharacteristically.
  1. Create a Familiar Environment
    Although you might feel compelled to clean everything when you move into your new home, resist the urge to wash your pet's things. Having some familiar smells can help ease the transition.  Arrange your pet's bed, dishes, and toys as close as possible to the way they were in your old home, and keep your routine as consistent.
  1. Practice Patience and Compassion
    Above all, remember that there's a good chance the move will cause your pet to act out of character. It's not unusual to notice excessive whining, barking, or pacing. 

Are You Ready to Make Your Move?

Whether you're thinking about moving across town or across the globe, our real estate agents at Old Dominion Realty are here to help. Contact us to get started with the search for your dream home.


Polar Bear Plunge in Luray Virginia

Luray VA Polar Bear Plunge
Are you ready to dive into some freezing-cold fun?  Join your family, friends, and neighbors on February 16 for the inaugural Luray Polar Bear Plunge.

Our real estate agents share details about taking "the plunge"  and how to find your perfect home for sale in Luray, Virginia.

About the Luray Polar Bear Plunge

The Polar Bear Plunge is yet another exciting event hosted by the Page Alliance for Community Action benefiting the Luray community. Participants take the plunge in the waters of Lake Arrowhead spending several shivering raising awareness for the many local causes the PACA supports.

All participants are kindly asked to help make the inaugural Polar Bear Plunge a huge success by raising funds individually or as a team. Whichever person or group can raise the most money will be awarded a cash prize of $500 that will be donated to a charity of their choice.

All plungers will receive an event t-shirt, warm blanket and their choice of hot chocolate or coffee when they exit the lake. Costumes aren't just encouraged either — the participant with the best costume will go home with a prize.

This event begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. Event day registration is $35 per person, or advanced registration is $30 per person.

Dry Off & Dash Over to These Other Great Events

After the plunge, dry off and check out some of these other exciting events happing in Luray and Page Counties from President's Day weekend through the end of February!

  • Stone Rollin in Concert, February 16th: Head over to the Virginia Dreams Center Stage for a night of lively rhythm, blues and soul music. Stone Rollin features a talented group of musicians who've opened for renowned acts like Clint Black, Lonestar, Leon Russell, and The Guess Who.
  • Monday Night Madness, every Monday until February 25th: Hit the slopes at Massanutten Resort for their winter Monday Madness event. Each week, proceeds from the night are donated to one of eight local charities including the United Way of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. There are also free group lessons early in the evening for ages seven and above.
  • Murder Mystery Dinner, February, 23rd: There's been a murder at a Valentine's Day Party… can the killer be stopped? Make it a date night at the Mimslyn Inn and enjoy a delicious three-course dinner and dessert for two while watching Cindy Valentine's fate unfold before your eyes. The show starts at 6 p.m. but your night doesn't have to end when the curtain drops. Book a dinner and room suite combo to stay the night at this historic hotel.  

Dive into a New Luray Home with Old Dominion Realty

Luray homes for sale connects you to a community that prides itself on helping their neighbors. Throughout the year, Luray sponsors a number of equally exciting events for the whole family. Contact us today and speak with one of our real estate agents to learn more about Luray or to get you on your way to finding the perfect Virginia home.

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