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March
25

Lighten The Load Before You Move

Moving Tips New Home
"Moving is easy," said no one ever. While moving to a new home will never qualify as fun, you can take steps beforehand to make it less tedious and time-consuming. Our real estate agents offer valuable moving tips they've learned from years of experience helping home buyers and sellers throughout Virginia and West Virginia.

  1. Create a Game Plan
    As with any other major project, successfully streamlining your move relies on a workable action plan. Here are some questions to answer before proceeding:

    • Will you be using a professional moving service?
    • What will you need in your new home? (Drawing a floor plan helps you decide.)
    • In which order will you clear rooms? How will you dispose of unwanted items?

  2. Start Early
    If you cut it too close to the actual moving day, you're likely to make bad decisions under pressure. Estimate how much time you think it will take and double the amount to allow for a cushion.

  3. Sort as You Go
    Items you decide to toss should go in one of three piles:

    • Reuse or repurpose for items to donate or sell
    • Recycle for paper, glass and other recyclable materials
    • Trash for anything that doesn't fit in the other two categories

  4. Use the 12-Month Rule
    Do you find yourself with boxes that have survived one or more moves without ever being unpacked? Purge items that haven't been used for 12 months or more with a clear conscience. This will apply primarily to clothes and accessories, but it's also helpful for items such as kitchen utensils.

    Other guidelines include:

    • Does an item give you joy or sorrow?
    • Would you buy it again?
    • Are you keeping it out of a sense of obligation?

  5. Consider Temporary Storage
    Are you still on the fence about several items? Pack them separately and keep them out of your new house for a while. If the number of items doesn't justify the cost of a storage unit, ask a friend or family member to hold them. This will help you decide once and for all if you can live without these items.

  6. Dispose of Hazardous Products
    Professional movers won't accept paint, propane tanks, lawn chemicals, and other hazardous items, and it's too risky to attempt moving them yourself. Check for the closest hazardous waste disposal center in your local area. Under no circumstances should hazardous products be put in trash or recycling bins.

  7. Use up What You Have
    Non-perishable food items and personal care products add weight and take up valuable space in moving boxes. Inventory what you have on hand and use up as much as you can. Donate remaining items to a food bank or shelter.

  8. Enlist Help
    The pre-move process can be intimidating if you take on all the responsibility yourself. Spouses, significant others, and children all have a stake in what stays and what gets tossed, so get them involved. Set up a schedule assigning times and tasks so everyone knows what is expected of them. 

  9. Reward Yourself
    No one can remain focused without breaks. Stay motivated by setting daily goals and rewarding yourself for each accomplishment. Watch a movie, read a book, or meet a friend for coffee.

Buying or selling a home involves seemingly endless decisions that can be difficult to navigate on your own. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty and let our experienced and professional real estate agents show you the way.

March
18

Rocktown Beer & Music Festival Coming to Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg Festival
It's almost time to once again welcome the sights, sounds, flavors of spring in Harrisonburg. The Rocktown Beer and Music Festival is returning to Harrisonburg for another run in 2019, with the stage set for this year's event to be even bigger and better than ever. Award-winning local breweries Pale Fire Brewing Co. and Brothers Craft Brewing will be headlining this year's festival, along with a lineup of music that's sure to have the crowd dancing. Our REALTORS® have the details on what to expect from this year's Rocktown Beer and Music Festival in Harrisonburg.

The Event: The Rocktown Beer and Music Festival
Date/Time: April 20 / 3:00 pm
Admission: $34 Advance Tickets, $40 Day of Show

A Stacked Lineup of Local Beer and Music Awaits at the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival

If you're shopping for Harrisonburg homes for sale, you may already know that the area is home to a dynamic craft brewing and dining scene. And if you're new to the area, the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival is the perfect place to acquaint yourself with that scene. The fun starts at 3:00 pm, and doesn't stop until long after the sun has gone down.

  • Sample a Wide Selection of Craft Beers – Headlining breweries including Brothers Craft Brewing and Pale Fire Brewing Co. will have a major presence at the 2019 festival, and you'll also have the opportunity to sample beers from a wide range of other craft breweries. Adults 21+ can receive a wristband, which proves legal age at the festival, and grants access to a number of 4 oz. samples from the breweries on-site. In addition to serving great brews, many breweries act as major sponsors for the event.

  • Enjoy a Stacked Lineup of Music All Day – The music is, naturally, a huge part of the experience at Rocktown, and this year's lineup is sure to feature something for every member of the audience. The major performers for the 2019 festival include Kat Wright, The Accidentals, and Bryan Elijah Smith, with performances going on throughout the day. Expect enthusiastic crowds and excellent music all day long.

  • Fantastic Food at the Festival – A day of delicious beer and excellent music wouldn't be complete without a great meal, and you'll find no shortage of options at the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival. This year's festival will feature food from Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint, Jess' Quick Lunch, Chanello's Pizza, and Hanks Grille & Bar. No matter what you crave, you're sure to find something just right from one of these local vendors.

  • Volunteer at Rocktown 2019 – Looking to get involved with the festival on a deeper level, and give back to the community in the process? The Rocktown Beer and Music Festival is looking for volunteers to help with a wide variety of tasks, from checking tickets at the gates to pouring beer for attendees.

Ready to find your own home close to fun festivals and events like the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Harrisonburg, VA area.

March
11

Budget Your Way into Buying Your First Home

Budget to Buy Your First Home
Our REALTORS®
at Old Dominion Realty WORK to help you find a home where you will be truly happy. A lot of factors go into that: The community, the amenities, and your finances.

The financial decisions you make when you're first looking for a home will stick with you for years to come. With that in mind, you have to go into the process with accurate information.

Your real estate agent will help you make the right choices in the market. Only you, however, can figure out the facts about your own household finances that you're sure to need.

Every major investment or purchase starts with one thing: A budget.

And buying a home is no exception.

A budget is a very useful tool for maintaining your financial health. However, most people get by with a simple budget. To get ready for buying a home, you should dive deep into the details.

That's the best way to prevent surprises later!

Let's look at how to build a budget that will support your home buying goals.

  • Start With Your Income
    The first thing you need to understand in any budget is how much income you have. For most buyers, this is simple: Add up the total take-home pay each person receives each month. If you have a variable income, such as from freelance work, an average figure derived from your last twelve months of income can give you a good fix on what to expect.
  • Capture Your Expenses
    A budget can only be accurate if you capture your expenses in detail. Rent and utilities are two basic expenses that rarely change. Food, too, is relatively fixed. Others may be harder to pin down: such as transportation, medical costs, recreation, and monthly savings. Try recording some of these transient costs for 2-3 months to see where you really stand.
  • Calculate Homeownership Costs
    Ideally, your monthly home costs should be no more than 25% of your total take-home pay. For a budget of $6,000 per month, that's $1,500. In addition to your mortgage, including the costs of maintenance and repair, HOA fees, landscaping, and housewares. Remember that higher square footage can translate to more expensive utilities. Also, recalculate your daily commute.
  • Look Ahead to Your Next Milestone
    If you've been saving vigorously for a down payment, then the day you move into your home will transform your budget. Before you pop the champagne, however, consider what future milestones you may be saving for next. For example, is it time to expand your retirement investments, save for a new car, or even plan for a new member of the family?
  • Adjust Your Budget Where Necessary
    If income and expenses are balanced at the 25% mark, then the way is clear for you to move forward with your home buying plans. If things are still tight, the first thing to look at is whether a plan of 20% makes more sense. From there, you may be able to save a few dollars if you look at the cost of recreation (nights out) or food (more cost-effective groceries and meals.)
  • Keep an Eye on Future Opportunities
    When you choose to buy a home, you'll have to work with the conditions that exist at the time. Sometimes, however, future improvements in the market can help you. If the housing market gets better after you buy, contact your lender. They may be able to help you reduce your monthly payments by refinancing your mortgage loan at a better interest rate.

To learn about local real estate opportunities, contact us at Old Dominion Realty today.

March
4

Attend the 61st Annual Maple Festival in Monterey

Monterey Maple Festival
Monterey homes for sale
are some of the most desirable in Virginia, and our real estate agents have them. This town of only about 150 people is one of the state's best-kept secrets. It has a land area of only about a third of a square mile, yet it sees thousands of tourists a year.

How does such a tiny town attract so much interest from around the country?

Its many unusual traditions make Monterey a fascinating place to visit or live. One of the biggest and best local events that takes place every year is the Highland Maple Festival. Highland, of course, is the beautiful county where little Monterey is located.

If you're checking out local homes, you won't want to miss this unforgettable fun!

The 61st Annual Highland Maple Festival is Almost Here

Held on the weekends of March 9-10 and March 16-17, the Highland Maple Festival is a truly special showcase celebrating Highland County "Virginia's Sweet Spot."

It has been held every year since 1958 and has even been recognized by the Library of Congress as one of the most important cultural events taking place in the local area.

Thousands of visitors make the annual trek to this rural paradise to celebrate the opening of the maple trees, a staple of industry here for many decades.

Fascinating events will keep you entertained all throughout the festival:

  • Maple Festival Food
    What would a street festival be without delicious food? Treats infused with maple syrup are the cornerstone of a delightful culinary experience. Pancake dinners – your choice of regular or buckwheat – are held on festival days. Many local restaurants have a limited-time festival menu, too.
  • Juried Arts & Crafts Show
    Hosting more than 100 local artisans and artists, this juried show will give you the opportunity to peruse mementos like jewelry, glassware, photography, pottery, textiles, and carvings. With six locations to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect treasure to bring home.
  • Live Entertainment
    Local bands will bust out their best all throughout the festival. Artists including the Southern Rail Express, Tyler Hughes, Delta Junction, and many others will be playing. Some will be situated in Highland Center, the chief local venue, while others will play at nearby restaurants.
  • Highland History Museum
    You shouldn't pass up the chance to see the Highland History Museum, the place to see local history come to life. Many artifacts from the Civil War's Battle of McDowell are found here, as well as exhibits dating back to the county's formation in 1847.

Highland County Could Be YOUR "Sweet Spot" for the Perfect Home

If you want to explore homes in Monterey or the surrounding area, Old Dominion Realty is here for you. Our team of experienced and courteous real estate agents know Highland County inside and out. No one else has the insights into the unique Monterey real estate market that we do.

Contact us to find out more about homes in Monterey. We look forward to helping you soon.

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