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DIY Projects to Tackle While You're At Home

Home Improvement Projects

Have stay-at-home orders got you going stir crazy? We're all spending (much) more time at home these days, and there are only so many shows to binge-watch before that well runs dry.

Why not stay busy and spruce up your space, with simple DIY home improvement projects from our REALTORS®? Taking care of projects around the house is a great way to pass the time, making your home a more pleasant and adding value in the process.

  • A Fresh Coat of Paint Can Refresh Any Room
    A relatively easy home improvement project that offers the chance for a big change without a big price tag, then it's hard to top a fresh coat of paint. If you plan on fully repainting a room in a new color, then you may need to pick up some fresh paint for the job. If picking up paint isn't an option, you may still have paint at home that you can use for smaller, touch up projects.
  • Updated Knobs Bring New Life to Old Cabinets
    While taking out old cabinets and installing new ones doesn't qualify as a simple DIY project, you can still give your cabinets a new look without undertaking a major renovation. Simply replacing old knobs and handles with new ones can add a new dynamic to the look of your kitchen.
  • Create a Family Gallery or "Hall of Fame"
    Spending more time with family can really make you appreciate the memories that you've created over the years. Creating a gallery wall of family pictures and mementos to celebrate all of those memories that deserve to be preserved. If you'd rather leave the walls of your main rooms for other decorations, hallways can also work well for this purpose. It's a great project because you can start small, build it up over time, and shape it to the unique personality of your family.
  • Rearrange Furniture for a New Look
    Have you ever wondered what your living room or master bedroom would look like with a different layout? Now is the perfect time to give it a try! Rearranging a room doesn't cost anything but time, and a different layout can totally transform a space. Even if you don't keep the new look, moving furniture also makes it easy to clean out-of-the-way spaces that would otherwise be hard to reach.
  • Prep Your Garden for Spring Planting
    Why not prepare your garden for the growing season? Prep your garden to plant your favorite varieties of flowers, or simply remove weeds to make your existing landscaping look its best. If you've got any outdoor furniture around your garden, now is also a good time to give it a thorough cleaning.
  • Create a New Look for Your Front Door
    Curb appeal never goes out of style, but sometimes the front door gets overlooked when you're busy thinking about your garden, lawn, and landscaping. Updating your front door with a new color can really freshen up the look of your home's entrance, and new door fixtures offer a more understated option for creating a new look. 

Are you still searching for the right place to call home? You can continue your search while staying at home, too! Contact us to buy and sell homes in our local areas.


Home Work - 5 Tips for Building a Home Office

Build a Home Office
COVID-19 is changing the way people work forever.

Our REALTORS® have been exploring ways to work from home, and we know many of our clients have, too. As we're finding plans to market your Harrisonburg homes for sale, we are always exploring new ways to get more done, including at home. But adapting to a home office can be tricky at first!

Being truly successful when you work from home starts with the right space. You can find your groove even if you don't have a fancy home office. Still, it is very important to plan out your work area from the beginning and give yourself every advantage possible.

Here's how to get off to a running start with a home office just about anywhere:

  1. Use an Existing Room Where Possible
    Ideally, you would use a separate room, such as a spare bedroom, for your new home office. The most efficient home office is its own enclosed space far from distractions like the TV, phones, and various electronics. This isn't feasible for everyone, though. You can also consider folding it into your laundry room, expanding a closet, or using an alcove somewhere throughout the home. With the right decor, the space will still be separate and distinctive. That's the key!
  2. Make the Most of Natural Light
    Natural light will make it much easier to spend extended periods of time in your home office. It is crucial, however, to make sure that light streaming in from the window won't create glare in your monitor. Lamps should also be positioned to minimize reflection. In rooms with limited space, a torchiere can be ideal. Have multiple layers of optional window coverings to control light levels throughout the day.
  3. Organize It With Decluttering in Mind
    One of the biggest issues with a home office is keeping it clean and neat. Head off clutter before it starts by defining where everything goes and making sure you have sufficient storage space. A set of hanging folders or desktop "inbox" can keep papers organized. Be sure there is a discreet trash bin, too. While your favorite beverage is a must, try to avoid bringing whole meals into the space.
  4. Use Color to Your Advantage
    The work you do will affect what color scheme you want in your home office. A palette tending toward blue is the most relaxing. However, you might find that something bright and invigorating works better for you. No time to repaint right now? Treat yourself to a new painting that expresses your style and workplace goals and hang it where you can see it. Eliminate gray as much (and as soon) as you can.
  5. Add an Organic Touch
    Even if you are careful to create a space you really love, you're bound to feel the workplace doldrums from time to time. One of the best ways to make a space more inviting while keeping it looking professional is to add a plant. Anything from a desktop succulent to a hanging fern creates more vigor and life in a space – and, yes, it will even help to freshen the air. That's especially critical in the basement.

One of the biggest reasons people look for a new home is to expand their office space. A little more space can make a big difference, but building good work at home habits is vital, too. That is something that only comes with experience.

No matter what your needs look like, Old Dominion Realty is here to help you find the right home for your lifestyle. To learn more, contact us today.


Harrisonburg Restaurants: Supporting Local Restaurants

Harrisonburg Restaurants Support Local Businesses
Many of your favorite Harrisonburg restaurants are continuing to serve customers while coronavirus precautions are in effect, with takeout, delivery, and curbside pickup options. Ordering from local restaurants is a great way to keep things fresh while stuck at home, and your favorite local restaurants need your support now more than ever. While the list is ever-changing, there are many Harrisonburg restaurants committed to serving customers during these unprecedented times. Our real estate agents offer our guide to five Harrisonburg restaurants you can support by ordering meals for curbside pickup.

  • Cuban Burger – 70 West Water St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    If you love diversity in your local dining options, then Harrisonburg homes for sale should rank near the top of your list. The popular Cuban Burger is one great example of that international flair, serving up Cuban-style sandwiches, salads, and finger food. Cuban Burger has earned rave reviews from national publications, including a 5-star review in Esquire magazine. The restaurant is currently open for lunch and dinner orders every day except for Monday, with takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery options available.

  • Finnigan's Cove Seafood Bar & Grill – 30 West Water St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Located in the heart of Harrisonburg, Finnigan's Cove Seafood Bar & Grill is your local source for seafood that's as fresh and delicious as it gets. The menu here features a little bit of everything, with a focus on seafood, steaks, salads, sandwiches, and fantastic homemade soups. Finnigan's Cove is open every day with curbside pickup for lunch and dinner, along with free delivery downtown. In addition to great food, you can also pick up beer and wine from the bar at Finnigan's Cove.

  • L&S Diner – 225 North Liberty St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802
    Looking to start your day with a full, delicious breakfast from your favorite diner? Then make the call to L&S Diner, which is currently offering breakfast and lunch for curbside pickup every day. Begin your morning with a big, country-style breakfast, or order one of your favorite sandwiches for lunch. There aren't as many restaurants in the area offering curbside pickup for breakfast, and that's okay because you can find everything you need to energize your morning at L&S Diner.

  • Montpelier Restaurant and Bar – 710 South Main St., Suite 149, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    With a menu that features steaks, authentic Southern barbecue, family favorites, and delightful desserts, Montpelier Restaurant and Bar is sure to have something for everyone in your home. The restaurant is currently open for curbside pickup every day during dinnertime hours, with all of your favorites from the menu available. If you're looking for a meal that will feed everyone in your family, be sure to check out the "family meals" section of the menu for dinners that serve up to six people.

  • Rocktown Kitchen – 217 South Liberty St. #101, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    Fresh, farm-to-table food is the name of the game at Rocktown Kitchen, which is currently offering delivery and curbside pickup for dinner from Tuesday through Sunday every week. The menu here has been modified slightly for curbside pickup, but still features all of your favorites. Sample some of the best BBQ that Virginia has to offer, try a healthy, delicious salad, or grab a family dinner for four.

No matter the circumstances, the Harrisonburg dining scene is one of many reasons that locals consider the area such a special place to call home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Harrisonburg, VA area.


Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal During National Garden Month


April is National Garden Month and our real estate agents plan on getting our green thumbs covered in soil. This month is an excellent opportunity for homeowners to prioritize their spring curb appeal. A little time, effort, and few seedlings from your budget can completely transform your exterior. Consider these spring projects that will instantly boost your curb appeal.

  • Simple Lawncare
    Don't underestimate the power of a lawnmower, edger, and rake. Spend a few hours in the yard with these items and you'll be wowed by the difference. Cut the grass, edge around all property lines, and rake up debris from trees or mulch beds — consistent lawncare will keep the yard looking presentable. If you have a flower garden, be sure to regularly pull weeds, water the flowers, and keep each plant as healthy as possible.   

  • A Thorough Cleaning
    Similar to basic lawn care, take this opportunity to make the exterior of your home look just as presentable as the lawn with a quick cleaning cycle. Use a pressure washer or a hose and scrub brush to clean the exterior of all dirt, grime, and stains. This will restore the vibrancy of your home's color and wash away all unsightly debris.

  • Colorful Containers
    If you're interested in filling your exterior with fresh flowers but would like a more manageable solution than a garden, consider potted plants. Available in colorful containers, there are flower pots of all sizes and shapes that can create a garden in virtually any space. Use colored containers that either match or complement the color scheme of your exterior to tie everything together.

  • Landscape Lighting
    Show off your garden, landscaping, and pathways with landscape lighting. These light sources are available as solar-powered devices that can shine all night without worry. Add them along walkways to increase safety. Install them to spotlight the best landscaping and architectural elements of your home so your curb appeal can stay showcased day and night.

  • Outdoor Seating Area
    After you've pruned your garden and manicured your lawn, sit back and appreciate your beautiful curb appeal in an outdoor seating area. Ideal for relaxing alone or entertaining guests, a few rocking chairs, a glider, a bench, or even a swing offers a comfortable place to sit that makes your home look inviting.

  • Front Door Facelift
    Homeowners who have a modest lawn and limited porch space can still dramatically increase their curb appeal by focusing on their front entryway. Repaint your front door, swap out your doorknob for a newer fixture, purchase new address numbers, and consider adding décor like a flag, potted plants, or doormat to warmly welcome your guests.

  • Plant for the Future
    Plan for the future by planting for the future. Plant a few trees around your property and let them gradually increase your curb appeal over the years. You can also plant year-round perennials that require limited upkeep and will endure seasonal changes.

Are you ready to leap into a new home this spring? Contact us today to find out more about homes for sale in Virginia and West Virginia.

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