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September
26

Simple Ways to Update Your Kitchen

Kitchen Updates

If your kitchen is due for a makeover, it's important to know that a kitchen update doesn't need to be costly or time-consuming to be effective. Our real estate agents suggest these simple tricks to update your kitchen. 

  • Remove Your Cabinet Doors
    Feel like your cabinets date your kitchen? A simple fix is to remove your cabinet doors. Removing your cabinet doors will open up your kitchen and allow you to embrace the open shelving trend that's popular with many potential buyers looking at Rockingham County homes for sale. Once your doors are off, fill in the holes left from the hinges with wood filler. Then, sand the cabinet frame until it's smooth and paint or stain the exterior and interior surfaces. 
  • Upgrade Your Faucet
    Replacing your kitchen faucet is a fast, simple way to upgrade the look and functionality of your kitchen sink. Since the kitchen faucet is so frequently used, it's an update that's easily noticed and will impact the entire aesthetic of your kitchen. A kitchen faucet with a removable head is an excellent choice for any kitchen. 

Floating Shelves

  • Hang Floating Shelves
    Floating shelves are another way to embrace the open shelving trend and add more functional storage to your kitchen. Use the shelves to display your favorite cookbooks, decorative kitchen pieces, or some of your treasured plates or glasses. 
  • Create a Coffee Bar
    A coffee bar is a cozy addition that works well in small spaces that are tricky to utilize. Position your coffee maker in your desired spot, add a basket or storage basket for filters, coffee pods, or other accessories, and store mugs on a nearby shelf or mug tree. This upgrade isn't limited to coffee; if you prefer a cup of tea or hot chocolate, it's fine to create an area for these beverages. 

Kitchen Rug

  • Add a Rug
    A rug is a fun, easy way to add color and texture to your kitchen. Incorporating a rug instantly makes any room feel warmer and more inviting. Utilizing rugs can also help you define the different spaces in your kitchen, especially if your home features an open floor plan. You can even repurpose a rug from another room in your home if you feel like it isn't the right fit for that space. 
  • Incorporate Contrasting Elements into Your Kitchen
    It's normal for homeowners to favor darker or lighter hues in the kitchen. Using contrasting pieces can help the kitchen feel larger and add visual interest. If your kitchen primarily uses dark hues, add white or light-colored towels, placemats, and draperies. Or, you can add light decorative pieces to your walls. Consider adding white photo mats to any art or photos in your kitchen to instantly create contrast. Apply these same guidelines if your kitchen currently utilizes light colors. Dark-colored shelves, photo frames, linens, and window coverings are easy additions that effectively update your kitchen. 

Cabinet Paint

  • Use Two Colors for Your Kitchen Cabinets
    Kitchen cabinets that use multiple stains or colors are a hot home trend; this look can help your kitchen look larger and add color to the room. One popular option uses a separate color for the upper and lower cabinets. Another alternative is to paint cabinets in distinct sections of your kitchen different colors to help define the room. For example, the cabinets in the portion of your kitchen where you cook might be white, and the cabinets near the area of your kitchen that you use for entertaining and dining could be gray or teal. 
  • Replace Your Window Shades
    The window shades in your kitchen lend privacy and a decorative touch to the room. Use your window shades to ensure that your kitchen is a reflection of your style and aesthetic preferences. When possible, look for window shades that permit natural light to enter your kitchen. Natural light brightens any room so that it looks its best. Avoid selecting oversized drapes that cover all of the window and window frame, as they can completely block out your kitchen's natural light. 

Light Fixtures

  • Upgrade Your Light Fixtures
    Incorporating proper lighting into your kitchen is an excellent way to brighten and refresh your kitchen. Ample lighting will also ensure that you have sufficient illumination for all the activities that take place in your kitchen, like cooking, packing lunches, and catching up with friends and family. Light fixtures that include geometric shapes or metallic finishes add a contemporary touch, while pieces with vintage shades create a more classic look.

With a few hours and a small budget, you can dramatically enhance the look of your kitchen. Interested in a home with more kitchen space? Contact us to put your home on the market. 

June
20

What to Know Before Adding a Pool To Your Property

Pool Tips

Having a pool in your own backyard sounds idyllic; on a hot, muggy summer day, you can cool off with a refreshing swim within minutes. Or, instead of the traditional cookout, pool parties are on the itinerary for your friends and family members.

Before you decide to install a pool, our real estate agents recommend considering the following factors that could potentially affect your decision. 

zoning

  • The Zoning Laws in Your Area
    Zoning laws aren't typically your first concern when you envision having your own pool, but they can impact your ability to install a pool on your property. Many towns have strict laws concerning fencing and safety precautions for residential pools. These laws can affect your budget and plans for your pool. Or, you may need to apply for a permit to add certain types of pools. If you install a pool without the right permits, you'll have trouble selling your home if you decide to add it to the inventory of Rockingham homes for sale

Pool Parties

  • How You Plan to Use Your Pool
    Spend a few minutes envisioning how you will use your pool. Do you want to add a daily swim to your exercise regime? Or, are you more interested in having a fun spot for summer parties and gatherings? Your purpose for the pool will impact the best design and materials for your pool, as well as the surrounding area. For example, if you want to use your pool for entertaining, you'll likely want to add a large patio to accommodate chairs and pool toys for your guests. Or, if your pool plans involve lots of lap swimming, an endless pool gives you the aquatic area you need without taking up as much of your yard. 
  • Whether You Plan to Remain in Your Home Long Term
    While you might not know your exact plans for your future, consider if your current home is a place that you want to stay for years or indefinitely. Adding a pool is a significant expense, and it usually doesn't provide a stellar return for your investment when you add your home to the list of Bridgewater homes for sale. Some potential homebuyers may even view a pool as a negative when shopping for potential homes. If you only plan to remain in your home for another couple of years, installing a pool may not be the best use of your funds. However, if you plan to remain in your home for a decade or more, the expense seems a bit more reasonable to ensure your home is suited to your needs and preferences. 

Budget

  • Your Budget
    There are a lot of costs associated with installing a pool, and you want to make sure that your budget can handle the expense. In addition to the cost of the pool itself, you have to factor in expenses for preparing your yard or, if you're installing an in-ground pool, the costs associated with excavating your property. There are also a seemingly endless number of features you can add to your pool, like ambient lighting, jets, and waterfalls. These extras will quickly cause the price of your pool to balloon. Another detail to think about is whether you prefer a chlorine or saltwater pool. Chlorine pools are usually initially cheaper, but they're difficult and more expensive to maintain. Saltwater pools have a higher upfront cost, but the maintenance is less cumbersome, and they're cheaper to operate. A pool also has ongoing costs that you'll need to account for. You'll likely pay a higher homeowner's insurance premium due to the liability of owning a pool, and you'll spend more on utilities to keep your pool running. Pools also need maintenance and periodic repairs to keep them running smoothly. 
  • How Quickly You Want to Start Using Your Pool
    Unfortunately, a pool is a home improvement project that can potentially take months to complete. If you want access to a pool immediately to improve your personal fitness, this isn't realistic. Plan on joining a local gym with an aquatic center to get your training done while your pool is being installed. Or, perhaps you're hosting an event and want to make sure your pool won't disrupt the aesthetic. If you're in a situation where a yard undergoing construction isn't acceptable, it may be best to delay your pool's installation. It's best to install a pool with minimal expectations about how long the installation process will take. Materials may be delayed, or the project just might take longer than expected. 

A pool sounds like a fantastic outside addition, but there are a lot of factors to think about that will influence your final decision. Want a home with more outside space? Contact us today!

May
16

How to Create a Hobby Space in Your Home

Hobby room

When you schedule a block of time to enjoy a hobby, it's frustrating to discover that your supplies and equipment are scattered throughout your home, or even worse, that you can't locate them at all. You wind up spending a portion of your craft time tracking down and organizing your stuff. Our real estate agents know that setting up a hobby space in your home is an efficient solution to this problem. Here are some tips to follow when setting up your hobby space. 

Work Surfaces

  • Decide What Furnishings You Need
    Each hobby requires different equipment and furniture. If you like to build or assemble models, you'll likely want a sturdy work table. However, if you enjoy knitting or crocheting, you'll want a comfortable, supportive chair. The storage that you need should also be personalized to your hobby. Make a list of your storage needs so you can keep them in mind as you create your space. A metal utility cart is a popular storage choice for multiple hobbies because it's perfect for holding smaller bins, and you can easily maneuver it around the room. Before purchasing any new furnishings, consider the room's dimensions and the size of your items to make sure that everything will comfortably fit. 

  • Pick the Right Location for Your Space
    The ideal area in your home for your hobby space will also depend on your preferred activity. For example, if you like to play an instrument, you'll want a room away from your home's sleeping spaces with additional insulation. Or, if you like to paint and prefer to do so with a lot of natural light, set your space up in a room with windows. Keep in mind any electrical needs that you have for your equipment. If you frequently operate electrical equipment, you'll want to choose a space with access to an electrical outlet. Or, if you have a hobby that requires a large amount of electrical capacity, you may need to upgrade the room's electrical outlets. 

  • Make Sure Your Work Surfaces are the Right Height
    When using a table, the surface should be the proper height. Otherwise, you risk having to hunch over and potentially straining your back. If you'll be standing while you work, a table that's 36 inches high is usually suitable. However, if you prefer to sit while you work, you'll want a table that's between 30 and 32 inches tall. Already own a table but find that it's a little short? Use blocks or PVC pipes to lift it to the appropriate height. 

  • Utilize Even Small Spaces
    If you feel like you already use all the rooms in your home and don't have the budget for an expansion, it's time to get creative with how you use your space. Are there any rooms that you infrequently use? Or, are there any spaces that sit empty most of the time? If you usually eat in the kitchen, you might convert your dining room area into a hobby space. Or, if you have a corner of your living room with a chair that no one ever sits in, swap the chair for a worktable. A closet with the doors removed also makes an excellent hobby area. Built-in shelves and cabinets are a terrific way to add extra storage to small rooms.

Wall Storage

  • Use the Walls for Storage
    The walls are a perfect place to hang organizational items that keep your supplies within reach, like a Peg-Board for holding your tools or a magnetic strip for securing scissors and other metal craft supplies. Floating shelves work well for holding craft books, small containers, and other gear that you want to keep close by. 

Task Lighting

  • Add Extra Lighting
    Even if the space has natural lighting and an overhead light, you'll likely want additional light for your hobby. Ample lighting can even make the room look more appealing to potential buyers when you add your home to the list of Augusta homes for sale. You'll likely want at least one task light that you can adjust to your project's needs. Swap your existing lightbulbs for bulbs designed to mimic the sun's natural light for better illumination. 

One of the main benefits of being a homeowner is getting to customize your space, so it's perfect for you and your needs. Looking for a home with more space for your projects? Contact us today to start your search!

May
9

Impress Buyers With These Outdoor Staging Tips

Impress Buyers with Outdoor Staging

Your home's exterior is your best chance to make a good first impression on home shoppers. Your exterior has a huge impact on your ability to sell quickly and drive clicks to your listing online. Taking the time to ensure your garden, lawn, and patio area are all in tip-top shape before listing your home is essential for success.

Home staging is the process of dressing up your home in such a way that it is attractive to home shoppers. It's a process that can help your property sell fast, and it can also help you earn a higher sale price. When it comes to home staging, many sellers are quick to prioritize the interior; however, our real estate agents always tell clients to not forget about the outdoor space. Here are a few tips to keep your home's exterior looking great:

Deep Clean

  • Deep Clean Everything
    Deep cleaning isn't just for the indoors. It's also an important element of outdoor staging. This means pressure washing your siding, porch, and patio, as well as cleaning the windows, gutters, and downspouts. Make sure to also rid your yard of any leaves, branches, or debris. At the end of the day, you want your home to shine bright like these Augusta County homes for sale.

  • Boost Your Curb Appeal
    Curb appeal is a term that describes the view of your home from the street. Curb appeal encompasses all elements of your facade, including your front door, landscaping, driveway, and front porch. There are many easy ways to give your curb appeal a boost. Paint your front door, buy a new mailbox, add some porch furniture, or even replace your address numbers. Your efforts will really show on your listing photos!

Refresh Landscaping

  • Refresh Your Landscaping
    Spring and summer are the perfect times to wow buyers with amazing landscaping. Make sure your lawn is mowed, bushes and hedges are trimmed, add a fresh layer of mulch in any garden areas, and clear out any weeds. Flowers can really help set the scene, so either plant some new ones or buy some potted flowers for the porch or patio. 

  • Add Comfortable Seating
    Outdoor gathering spaces are important selling points, so make sure to optimize yours. Whether it's a porch, patio, or firepit in the yard, comfortable seating is a must. Big, comfy patio furniture with a nice center table can make for a nice scene. Or, stage a nice backyard gathering spot with Adirondack chairs. 

Painting

  • Add Some Paint
    Take a look at the various elements that make up your exterior and determine where a fresh coat of paint is needed. Consider your fence, deck, porch, front door, and garage door. If anything is looking a bit faded, a fresh coat of paint can go a long way towards brightening things up. 

  • Ditch the Personal Decor
    The goal of any home staging effort is to make things as neutral as possible. When home shopping, buyers are trying to imagine themselves in the space. Personalization can make this difficult. Take the time to remove any outdoor clutter, such as garden decorations, toys, yard ornaments, porch decor, or hanging flags.

Exterior Lighting

  • Add Some Exterior Lighting
    While most home shoppers will be visiting your property during the day, some may drive by your home in the evening. This is when it can really pay off to have some beautiful outdoor lighting. Add some garden lights that reflect off of your facade, or line your sidewalk and driveway with LEDs. String lights also make for great options on outdoor patios. 

Real Estate Agent

  • Find a Good Real Estate Agent
    Staging a home is both an art and a science. Because most sellers don't have a ton of experience in home staging, it can be helpful to turn to a real estate agent who does. Real estate agents are in the loop on all the latest design trends, and they know what buyers want. A good agent is very capable of guiding you through the staging process and making the most of your property.

Buyers are more likely to pay close attention to your home's exterior in warm weather months, so taking the time to stage your outdoor area is well worth the time. If you're planning to list your home for sale this year, we can help. Contact us today.

April
25

Kitchen Island Inspiration

Kitchen Island

Whether your goal is to increase your amount of counter space, add more seating, or expand your storage options, a kitchen island is an excellent addition to your home. Our real estate agents know that a kitchen island is an adaptable feature that many potential homebuyers find highly appealing. Check out these design and style ideas for making the most of your home's kitchen island. 

Kitchen Island Colors

  • Opt for an Island in a Different Color
    If you want to explore a two-toned look for your kitchen cabinets, but aren't sure how to embrace this trend in your kitchen, consider installing a kitchen island that's a different color than the rest of your kitchen cabinets. Since your kitchen island is typically a feature that you want to highlight and draw attention to, choosing a color that's different than the rest of your kitchen will help it stand out. A kitchen island is also a perfect option to add bright pops of color to your kitchen without overwhelming the space. When it's time to add your home to the list of Augusta County homes for sale, your kitchen will boast an updated look that will appeal to prospective buyers. 

    Mobile Kitchen Island

    • Consider a Mobile Kitchen Island
      Not entirely sure that you want a permanent kitchen island or unsure about the placement and size of your island? A mobile kitchen island is an excellent, affordable way to add a kitchen island without the expense and commitment of a built-in island. You can experiment with different placements and positions for the island, and if the size doesn't work for your needs, you can always upgrade it to a larger version. 
    • Allow for Ample Walkaround Space
      It's inconvenient to have to squeeze through your kitchen or wait for someone to move before you can access a specific area. Check that your kitchen island is the appropriate size for your kitchen space and offers clearance of at least 48 inches between the island and your cabinets or other structures. 

    Kitchen Storage

    • Add Storage Features
      Take a few moments to think about what features you wish your kitchen had. Do you wish you had pull-out shelves for your heavy appliances? Or, perhaps you would love to have a slide-out prep station so you can slide food scraps directly into the trash? Maybe you would love open shelving to display your favorite dishes and cookbooks? Your kitchen island gives you the opportunity to add these things to your kitchen. While you may not be able to add every single feature with one kitchen island, you can definitely add a few features that will make your kitchen more functional. If you decide to add your home to the inventory of Staunton homes for sale, a kitchen with convenient features for food preparation, cooking, and cleanup will stand out to potential buyers. 
    • Explore Different Shapes 
      Even though many kitchen islands are rectangular, this isn't your only option for the shape of your island. For example, you can have a curved or circular kitchen island built. Or, you can even combine two shapes for a truly unique look. 
    • Use Multiple Materials
      If you know that you'll be using your kitchen island for multiple functions, consider using multiple materials to add sections to the island. Assume that you plan to use your island for food preparation, light work, and dining. You can have a stone counter for the portion of the island that you plan to use for food prep and a wood counter for the area of the island where you plan to eat and work. 

    Outdoor Kitchen

    • Don't Forget Your Outdoor Kitchen
      For some reason, kitchen islands are usually only associated with indoor kitchens. However, a kitchen island can be just as beneficial for an outdoor kitchen. Since an outdoor kitchen is usually a secondary cooking space, it often lacks the storage and functionality of a primary kitchen. You can create your own outdoor kitchen island with a sturdy stainless steel cart. If you prefer a little bit more pizzazz or want a concealed storage area, deconstruct a shower curtain to hang around the perimeter of the cart. 

    Want a kitchen with more space for a kitchen island? Contact us today to upgrade your home!

    February
    28

    Spring Cleaning Tasks That Will Get Your Home Ready to List

    Spring Cleaning

    Spring naturally brings out the desire to clean, and if you're interested in selling your home, it couldn't come at a better time. Before your home is listed for sale with one of our real estate agents, make sure it will look its best. Spring cleaning can make your home shine and look fresh and clean! This is sure to make it more appealing to prospective buyers and help it stand out from other Rockingham County homes for sale.

    The following spring cleaning tasks will help you get your home ready to list:

    Declutter

    • Clear the Clutter
      Everyone has possessions that they no longer want or use, and holding onto them makes your home look messier and harder to keep clean. A crowded home also will make prospective buyers wonder if your home has enough storage and makes it harder for them to imagine your home as their own. Before you start spring cleaning, go through your home and remove clothes that are no longer worn, broken, or outgrown toys and household goods that have outlived their usefulness. Items that are still in good shape can be sold or donated.

    • Make a Checklist
      Make a room-by-room checklist of what you need to clean. This helps keep you on track, ensures that areas aren't forgotten, and gives you a sense of accomplishment as you cross items off your list. Break each room down into areas, such as drawers, and then individual tasks such as wiping them down and swapping out any outdated hardware. This checklist can also be used to divide spring cleaning tasks among several family members.

    Cleaning Supplies

    • Shop for Needed Cleaning Supplies
      Make sure you have what you need, including a good all-purpose cleaner and microfiber cloths, before you start cleaning. Supplies that can be used for a myriad of objects and surfaces are ideal to start with, and as you start cleaning, you can always buy a specialty product if there's a need for it. Look for cleansers that have a pleasingly light scent since this can also help your home seem fresh and clean.

    • Don't Forget the Outside
      It's not just your home's interior that needs freshening up in the spring - it's also the outside. The outside of your home will be seen by house hunters even before the inside is. And if it makes a poor impression, they may never make it through your front door. Walk around your home and yard to see what needs cleaning, repairing, and refreshing. You might need to pressure wash the exterior of your home as well as your driveway, patio, deck, and walkways. Paint touch-ups may also be needed. 

    • Wash Everything You Can
      Household items can collect dust that makes them look dirty and dingy, so wash everything you can. This includes curtains, some area rugs, bath mats, and shower curtains. Items that can't be washed should be thoroughly shaken outside and vacuumed using the right attachment. If they've seen better days, you may want to simply replace them, especially if they're relatively inexpensive items.

    Spring Clean Windows

    • Make Your Windows Sparkle
      If you've had your draperies or blinds closed for a good bit of the winter, you may not have noticed how grimy they've gotten. Scrub each pane clean inside and out on a cloudy day so you're not left with streaks. And don't forget to also scrub any sills or trim. Clean windows can make your entire home sparkle and will let sunlight in, giving your home a bright, fresh appearance. Just be aware that sunlight streaming into a home highlights any dust, so make sure to add dusting to your list of spring cleaning to-dos.

    • Clean Easily Overlooked Areas
      Prospective buyers will be looking over your home from top to bottom, so no area is too small to ignore. Clean your light switch plates and outlet covers, and pay attention to the inside of your appliances, drawers, and cabinets because potential buyers will definitely open them.

    Spring Clean Entryway

    • Spend Extra Time on Your Entryway
      Since your entryway will be the first part of your home's interior that prospective buyers will see, take extra time on the area so it makes a good impression. Invest in a new welcome mat, make sure your door is in great shape (including any glass inserts), and clean the floor thoroughly. And if you have any furniture to store shoes, coats, or other items near the door, make sure it's clean and uncluttered. Not only does this make a better impression, but it also gives prospective buyers a place to hang their jackets.

    Contact us to see Rockingham homes for sale or Harrisonburg homes for sale. Whether you're looking to buy a home, sell one, or do both, we have the knowledge and experience to make your transaction go smoothly.

    February
    21

    Create a Vertical Garden This Spring

    Vertical Garden

    If you're thinking of creative ways to revamp your landscaping this spring, a vertical garden can make a beautiful addition to any yard. A vertical garden is simply any collection of plants growing on a vertical structure. The structure can really be anything...try a wall, fence, or homemade frame. Vertical gardens not only look great, but there are so many plants that can grow vertically, so you'll have plenty of options.

    Our real estate agents have noticed vertical gardens are becoming quite the trend these days. We've even spotted a few at these beautiful Rockingham County homes for sale. Creating one might seem like a significant effort, but they're actually quite easy. Here are some tips to help you get started with your own:

    • Start By Choosing The Best Spot
      The success of your vertical garden is largely contingent on where you decide to put it. In many cases, choosing a location that receives adequate sunlight is most important. However, if you're primarily growing plants that enjoy the shade, this may factor into your location decision. In either case, you can easily turn a vertical garden into an aesthetically pleasing exterior element, so you'll most likely want to put it in a spot that is visible. Some people attempt to grow ivy up a trellis or fence to create an enclosed garden or even to increase the privacy of the backyard.

    • Create A Sturdy Frame
      One of the most common vertical gardening mistakes is using a flimsy frame. Your frame needs to be strong enough to support your plants but also to withstand rain, hail, and strong winds. Thick, sturdy wood is often the best bet -- steer clear of thin boards or loose wire.

    Garden Tips

    • Select Your Plants
      Some plants are easier to grow vertically than others. Remember, in many cases, you'll be working with a limited amount of soil, so selecting plants with shallow roots is the way to go. Succulents, leafy vegetables, vines, ivy, and flowers all make for great choices.

    • Support Your Plants
      Not all plants naturally grow vertically, so some might need a bit of extra support. Forgetting to support your vertical growing plants can cause them to hang and block the necessary sun exposure your other plants need to survive. Make good use of fasteners and clips to keep your plants growing up.

    • Protect Your Property
      If you're growing a vertical garden against your home or shed, it's important to take the right steps to protect your exterior wall. A vertical garden will need to be watered frequently, so you'll need to be sure to use a protective backing layer to prevent damage. If your garden is placed against the side of your home, make sure to place a pooling tray at the bottom to prevent water from collecting near your foundation. 

    Planters

    • Add Planters And Hanging Baskets
      While ivy or plants with shallow roots are great options for vertical gardens, you can also supplement your greenery with planters and hanging baskets. These items can be great for supporting your heavier plants. Just make sure they're well-secured.

    • You Can't Go Wrong With Ivy
      When many people think of vertical gardens, they think of a beautiful vine climbing the side of a brick wall. Using a clinging vine, such as a perennial vine, as the foundation for your vertical garden can add a beautiful and enchanted vibe to your home's exterior.

    • Ladders Make Good Shelves
      If your frame is running out of space, you can add a ladder to either side of your garden to give you some extra shelves. Ladders can make it easy to hang baskets or support heavier planters.  Choose a wooden, rustic ladder to enhance your garden's look.

      Vertical Garden Maintenance

      • Don't Forget To Prune
        Like a horizontal garden, a vertical garden requires lots of pruning and care. With a vertical garden, overgrowing plants are more likely to overshadow others, which is problematic if you're growing plants that need lots of sun. Make sure to regularly prune throughout the week.

      Vertical Garden Tips

      • Water Frequently
        When it comes to watering, vertical gardens have one problem: gravity. Gravity pulls water down instead of giving it the chance to soak into the soil. As a result, vertical gardens often need to be watered more frequently. 

      If you're looking to make your property stand out among these beautiful Rockingham homes for sale, a vertical garden makes for a great addition to your home's exterior. For more home improvement tips, contact us today.

      December
      27

      New Year's Resolution: Real Estate Tips for 2022

      Sell Home in 2022

      If your plans for 2022 involve selling your home and purchasing a different property, now is the perfect time to start your planning. Accomplish your New Year's resolution of selling your home! Here are some tips our real estate agents recommend in 2022 to help you streamline the selling process. 

      Declutter Tips

      • Remove Half the Stuff in Your Closet
        No matter what year you're selling your home, some things remain timeless. Like the fact that a clean and decluttered space will show better to potential buyers. It's common knowledge that you need to declutter before listing your home, but it's best to cut the amount of stuff in your closets and cabinets by half. Buyers will open your closet and cabinet doors to get a closer look at the storage space in your home. Though it might seem like having the closet or cabinet packed full will showcase how much it can hold, it's better to stage the space with less stuff. Having less stuff in a closet or cabinet makes it appear roomier and well-organized, Both of these traits will increase its appeal to potential buyers. 
      • Price Your Home Right at the Start
        It's tempting to price your home at the higher end of what you think you can get for it in hopes of maximizing your profits. You may think that if it doesn't quickly sell, you can always lower the price after a few weeks. Most of the time, it's better to price your home at a lower, more realistic price. Homes that are correctly priced attract more interest and sell faster. A home that's on the market for an extended period often appears worrisome to potential buyers. They may worry that it hasn't sold because there are issues (like expensive repairs or strict offer requirements) that are preventing potential deals from closing. 

      Natural Lighting

      • Illuminate Your Home with Attractive Lighting
        A simple, highly effective way to help your home look its best is to ensure that it's well-illuminated. Any home looks better when it's lush with atmospheric lighting. Go through your home and check that all your light fixtures have working light bulbs. Confirm that the lightbulb in the fixture is the best alternative. For example, fluorescent lighting often looks hazy and a little dull. Swap these light bulbs for an LED bulb that emits a soft, warm light. 

      • Optimize Your Home's Natural Light
        A space with lots of natural light looks cheery and inviting; it also appeals to potential buyers. Maximize the amount of light that enters your home by cleaning your windows, washing drapes and blinds, and moving any furniture that obscures the light.

      Real Estate Agents

      • Work with an Experienced Agent
        A qualified agent with experience handling Staunton homes for sale transforms the home selling process. Since they have local experience, they understand how to properly price your home and what concessions are considered normal for your area. They can make recommendations that will help your home look its best. Your real estate agent will assist with scheduling tours and open houses, and they'll take care of the marketing for your property. Experienced agents know how to handle buyer negotiations so that you're able to get as much money as possible for your home. If a problem arises during the home inspection or appraisal, they'll try to salvage the deal. 

      Home Upgrades

      • Be Strategic with Your Home Upgrades
        You might think that completing a few home upgrades is a simple way to get more money for your home. Some upgrades will have an excellent return and help your home sell faster and for more money. Others don't make a significant difference to potential buyers and provide a poor return for your money. One area that tends to have a strong return for your money is your home's kitchen. If your cabinets are old, consider painting them and adding new hardware to update their look. You can replace your countertops for a few thousand dollars. This instantly gives your kitchen a facelift, and you'll get your money back when your home sells. Remember, home repairs and maintenance aren't upgrades. These are the tasks that buyers expect to be completed in a home that's been properly cared for. Check that all your utilities and appliances are in working order. Doors should be even and on track. All your home's electrical components should work. It's also best to take care of any plumbing or structural repairs that your home needs before listing it. 

      Ready to put your home on the market? Contact us today to get started!

      November
      29

      National Mason Jar Day: 7 Ways to Use Them in Your Home

      Mason Jar Tips

      What was originally designed for canning and pickling vegetables has since become one of the most versatile household items. The mason jar and its unique screw-top was created by John Landis Mason in 1858 in order to improve the safety of food storage. However, they are now the quintessential multi-purpose container. If you're thinking about ways to make good use of extra mason jars around your house, the opportunities are endless.

      With National Mason Jar Day coming up on November 30, our real estate agents thought it'd be appropriate to pull together a list of our favorite and most creative ways to use mason jars around the house. Here are some of their best ideas:

      Smoothie Storage

      1. Store Your Smoothies
        If smoothies are part of your daily diet, you can actually use a mason jar as a container for both blending and storage. This works if you have an upright blender, in which case you won't have to worry about dirtying a pitcher every time you make a smoothie.

        If you don't have an upright blender, mason jars can still serve as convenient storage containers. Prep your smoothies for the week, store them in mason jars and grab them on the go. Mason jars make prepping smoothies and cleanup easy.

      2. Mix Some Cocktails For Your Party
        If you're planning a house party, pre-portioning cocktail ingredients into individual mason jars will make it easy for guests to grab a drink of their choice. Choose your favorite cocktails (mojitos, margaritas, or vodka lemonade work great) and mix the ingredients into jars. Then, when a guest is ready for a beverage, all they need to do is grab one, add ice, secure the lid, and shake! This way, your guests won't have to worry about mixing their own drinks.

      Toothbrush Holder

      1. Make A Toothbrush Holder
        If you're going for a rustic vibe in your home or bathroom, top it off by using a mason jar as a toothbrush holder. Simply cut one or more circles in the lid, and you're done. Or you can even use chicken wire to create a grid across the top of the jar. If you're short on storage space around your sink, secure the mason jar to a wood plank and hang it on the wall.

      2. Gift Some Yummy Treats
        Looking for the perfect gift idea? Packing your favorite treats, mixes, or sauces into mason jars, decorate them, and now you have gifts for all the special people in your life. Cookies, candy, baking mixes are all great ideas for the holidays. Or you can do salsas, jams, or BBQ sauce. Whatever goodies you decide to give away this season, your mason jars will keep them fresh.

      Lunch Storage

      1. Take Your Lunch To Work
        Mason jars make for a convenient lunch storage container. Soups, salads, or leftover pasta can be easily transported to work and kept fresh all day long. With mason jars, it's also easy to prep your lunches ahead of time. Being able to simply grab a jar from the refrigerator and head out the door will make your morning routine a breeze. The best part is -- mason jars are microwave safe.

      2. Store Your Herbs
        If you grow your own herbs and want to keep them nearby for easy access while cooking, you can actually store them indoors in mason jars. Just add an inch of water, cover your herbs with plastic wrap, and place them in the jar. This works especially well for parsley or cilantro. Keep them by the window sill for direct sun exposure
        Spice Storage 
      3. Create A Seasoning Shaker
        If you like to create or mix your own seasonings, mason jars can really come in handy. You can easily transform them into a shaker or dispenser by repurposing a spout from a salt container and creating your own circle lid. Secure the lid, and then use the mason jar to store and dispense salt, herbs, or garlic, or your favorite mixed seasonings. Since mason jars always look great, you can line them up on your counter for easy access.

      From food storage to crafts and decor, the versatility of mason jars has made them popular for over a century. Contact us today for more information on home decorating tips or to check out some of these beautiful Luray homes for sale.

      November
      22

      How to Sell Your Home During the Holiday Season

      Holiday Home Staging

      You're ready to put your home on the market, but the holiday season is near. Should you wait to sell your home, or is there a way to find a buyer during the holidays?

      Our real estate agents know that with a few adjustments, it's entirely possible (and even profitable!) to sell a home during the holiday season. Buyers tend to have more flexible schedules around the holidays, which gives them more opportunities to look for a home. Here's what you need to know about selling your home during the holidays. 

      Home on the Market

      • Take Advantage of the Lack of Competition
        The winter months are commonly viewed as a poor time to sell a home. While there are some difficulties you'll need to address, the lack of competition during this period can be used to your advantage. It's true that there are fewer buyers (and home sellers) during the winter. Those who are buying are often ready to act fast when they see a home that meets their needs. Make sure that your home is as appealing as possible. The goal is for it to stand out as a fantastic option when compared to the small number of homes for sale. 

      Winter Decorations

      • Opt for Classic Decorations That Showcase Your Home's Best Traits
        This isn't the year to break out all your holiday decor, but you do need to decorate your home before you add it to the list of Luray homes for sale. A well-decorated home is welcoming and inviting to potential buyers. It allows them to envision their family using the home for holiday celebrations. Buyers think of using the kitchen to prepare holiday dinners and consider how the living room will accommodate their family. A home with a strong emotional appeal is simply more appealing to prospective buyers. Your decorations will work to create this emotional pull while staging your spaces. Decorations must compliment your home without making it appear cluttered. Do you have a lot of large windows? Highlight them by hanging a classic wreath or bow on each one. Are your doors stylish and new? Draw attention to them with a wreath and holiday lights. Skip the inflatable decorations and avoid anything that obscures the view of your home. Stage your dining area with matching place settings and a holiday centerpiece. When putting up your tree, make sure that the size compliments the space of your room. Your buyer should feel that choosing a spot for the tree is an effortless holiday chore.
      • Pay Attention to Your Home's Curb Appeal
        The winter months are a little tricky when it comes to maximizing your home's curb appeal. Most of the grass is brown, the trees are missing their leaves, and the flowers aren't in bloom. Before listing your home with other Augusta homes for sale, check that it looks its best. Make sure that your leaves are raked and that there's no debris or dead plants in your gardens. See that your lawn and gardens are weed-free. Check that your exterior paint looks fresh and isn't peeling or cracked. Keep trash and boxes that tend to accumulate around the holidays removed or hidden from buyers. Stage your front door to create a positive first impression. A doormat, wreath, and garland are simple yet effective additions to instantly improve the look of your home. 

      Photography

      • Use Pictures to Help Market Your Home
        Professional-quality photos are always valuable when selling a home, but they're even more imperative during the winter months. Buyers use pictures to decide if a home is worth venturing out in the frigid winter temperatures. Try to have photos taken before you decorate. Otherwise, holiday decorations may make your home feel "dated" if it's still on the market after the holidays. 

      Interior Lighting

      • Refresh Your Lighting
        Since natural light is limited during the winter, it's important to check that the lights inside your home are functioning correctly. Replace any burnt-out light bulbs before adding your home to the inventory of Rockingham homes for sale, and see that your lightbulbs all provide the same type of lighting (i.e. don't mix cool and warm light bulbs). Using the same type of lightbulb throughout your home gives it a balanced, consistent look that produces a cozy, cheerful atmosphere.
      • Be Prepared for Wintery Conditions
        Don't let winter weather produce unsafe conditions for your potential buyers. Have lots of rock salt and a snow shovel on hand to prevent icy spots on your paved areas. 

      Ready to sell your home this holiday season? Contact us today to get started!

      October
      18

      How to Warm Up Your Home's Entryway

      Entryway tips

      So many of the beautiful Rockingham County homes for sale have impressive entryways. Often, this is one of the features that captivates potential buyers. However, if your entryway is cold and sterile, it can have the opposite effect - detracting from your home's overall appeal. 

      Luckily, it's easy to make your entryway warm and welcoming. Whether it's drafty and freezing or just needs some TLC, the following tips will help turn your entryway into one of the best features of your home. 

      Entryway Lighting

      1. Keep the Cold Air Out
        If your entryway is physically cold, you'll want to take care of that first. You may need to add some additional insulation and put weatherstripping around your windows and under the door. This will help stop cold drafts, keeping the heat indoors and the chilly weather out. In extreme cases, you may even consider adding a small space heater to your entryway. Just make sure you pay attention to safety concerns and only use it when someone is home to keep an eye on it.

      Home Entryway

      1. Add a Rug
        Placing a rug in your entryway will add some softness and bring a splash of color and texture to the space. It can also help define the space, giving the area its own unique sense of style. While the look and feel of a rug is certainly important, you'll also need to make sure the carpet you choose is durable enough to stand up to this high-traffic area. If it's close to the door, also make sure the rug is low enough so it won't interfere with your ability to open and close it. When adding a rug to your entryway, it's also important to make sure you have a doormat on the outside. This will help keep guests from ruining your rug by tracking in dirt and moisture from the outdoors.  

      Entryway

      1. Layer the Lighting
        The right lighting can go a long way towards making a space feel welcoming. Most entryways have an overhead light, but this usually isn't enough. If you want to warm up the space, you'll need to layer in some lighting. Try adding a table lamp, some wall sconces, or even some lanterns to help give your space a warm glow. You can also make a statement by choosing an attention-grabbing chandelier or pendant light. Just make sure the combination you choose sufficiently lights up the entire space. 

      2. Keep it Clutter-Free
        Your entryway is the first impression of your home, so make sure it's not a mess. The best way to do this is to add a chest of drawers, a storage bench, or a console table to the space. This will give you a place to stash mail, keys, and other essentials so they're handy when you need them but still neatly out of sight.

        Entryway Style
      3. Give it a Sense of Style
        Our real estate agents love showing homes that have entryways with a big, bold style. Whether you chose a piece of statement art, a large mirror, or some plush stools, adding interesting decor to your entryway is the perfect way to set the tone and give guests an idea of what they can expect from the rest of your home. Don't be afraid to add bright colors to the walls, paint the inside of your front door, or experiment with wallpaper. All of these things can add style and make the space more inviting. You can also use your entryway decor to ease the transition between the outdoors and the inside of your home. Adding elements like large plants, rich wood, and stone accents can help turn the space into a transitional area.  
      1. Pay Attention to Scale
        Whether you have a large, grand entryway or one that's small and quaint, it's important to choose pieces that match. A tiny table will look strange in a huge foyer, and pieces that are too large will make a small entryway feel claustrophobic. Make sure you get the scale right, then add some accent pieces to pull it all together. 

      Entryway Tips

      1. Add a Personal Touch
        To give your entryway even more warmth, be sure to incorporate your unique personality. Consider adding a vase of your favorite flowers, a piece of art you truly love, or a framed photo of people who mean a lot to you. This will make the area feel homey and give you a warm, fuzzy feeling every time you walk in the front door. 

      Are you looking for your dream home? There are many beautiful Rockingham and Shenandoah County homes for sale, and the experts at Old Dominion Realty are here to help! Contact us today to discuss your goals and learn how to get started. 

      September
      13

      Happy Cat Month: How to Make Your Home Cat-Friendly

      Home Improvement for PetsWhether you have one beloved cat or a full house with multiple cats, you want to provide a comfortable, safe, cat-friendly home environment.

      September is National Happy Cat Month. Yes, there really is a recognized month when cat lovers celebrate their feline friends. Happy Cat Month is an annual event held in September that serves to inform and educate cat owners about creating a cat-friendly home. At Old Dominion Realty, our real estate agents take pride in supporting the well-being of our furry felines. Take a look at ways you can create a cat-friendly home.

      Cat in Home

      Create an Outdoor View

      Although your cat may be an indoor-only feline, they will welcome an outdoor view of trees, plants, flowers, and outdoor critters. Cats are curious creatures, and they need stimulation to stay happy. If you're looking for properties in Virginia, many homes have spectacular outdoor views that will keep your cat mesmerize your cat for hours.

      Keep Your Cat Active

      Keeping your cat active will provide exercise and mental stimulation. Cats love to play, so they love cat toys with playful interaction. You don't need to buy expensive toys since cats like unwinding balls of string, attacking shadows on the floor, jumping up to catch a feather, and chasing toy mice. Taking time to play with your cat shows affection, creates strong bonds and promotes healthy activity.

      Tabby Cat

      Create Vertical Spaces

      One of the best ways to create a cat-friendly home is by providing vertical spaces where your cat can climb. This is especially important in multiple-cat households where cats need their own private space. Cats love to climb and perch themselves high above the floor where they feel safe. If Broadway homes for sale have high ceilings, you can use tall cat trees with multiple levels, as well as cat shelves that can be attached to walls and windows.

      Indoor Cat

      Provide a Cozy Bed

      Cats spend a lot of time sleeping, so they need a cozy bed where they feel safe. Some cats like to rest and relax in different spots in the house, so you can use soft quilts, blankets, and large throw pillows to create cozy places to relax in different rooms. For cats who like to hide, soft baskets and decorative containers are cozy options for Dayton homes for sale with large rooms and open floor plans. 

      Buy a Scratching Post

      Cats scratch to file their claws and mark their territory. If you don't buy a scratching post, you're likely to find scratches on your walls, cabinets, furniture, and upholstery. Scratching posts should be as tall as possible to allow your cat to scratch vertically at a full stretch. If you build a floor-to-ceiling scratching post in an area where your cat likes to scratch, your cat will love you, and your furniture will last a lot longer.

      Indoor Cats

      Buy a Quality Food Bowl

      Cats look forward to eating their food. As creatures of habit, they prefer regular daily feeding schedules, food placed in particular bowls, and meals served in certain places. Cats are picky about their food. It's best to buy a food bowl made of glass, ceramic, or stainless steel so you can wash it. Avoid bowls made of plastic that can give off chemical odors because your cat will turn up his nose. An elevated food bowl will keep your cat's whiskers cleaner and out of the food.

      Provide Fresh, Clean Water

      Water is essential to your cat's health, so make sure they always have fresh, clean water. Most cats like their water bowl near their food, but some cats prefer water in separate locations. Cats are natural hunters, so finding a water bowl in a different room rewards their hunting instincts. Cats prefer water bowls that are filled to the brim so they can drink without putting their heads down. Pet drinking fountains encourage drinking while creating a playful experience.

      Pay Attention to the Litter Box

      If you have a cat, you need a litter box. Cats instinctively know how to use a litter box, even if they have never stepped into one. Make sure your cat's litter box is big enough for your cat to easily move around. If you have two cats, get three litter boxes. As a cat owner, you owe it to your cat and yourself to clean out litter boxes every day and refill them with clean, fresh litter. Dirty litter boxes can quickly create unhealthy, stinky odors in your home. 

      Ready to find a new home for you and your cats? For information on Virginia homes for sale, contact us for available listings and prices in different neighborhoods. 

      July
      19

      Summer Projects That Increase The Value of Your Home

      Summer Projects

      If you're thinking about selling your home, there are a lot of things you can do to make it more appealing to potential buyers. There are plenty of Augusta homes for sale. What does your house have that the others don't? Even if you're NOT thinking of selling your home right away, a few improvements won't go amiss. They can make your house look better, feel better, and increase its overall value when you do decide to sell. Here are a few improvement projects you can do this summer to increase the value of your home.

      Painting

      • Painting
        If you've lived in your house for any length of time, the walls are probably a bit worn. There's dirt and grime, and the paint may be peeling. A new coat of paint in an inviting, neutral color can make it feel cleaner and brighter and even make the room look bigger. Neutral color doesn't necessarily have to mean white or grey, either. A nice warm yellow or cool green can add a splash of color while still being generally unassuming.

      Caulking

      • Caulking
        Over time, the caulking around your sinks starts to get brown and dirty and disgusting. Removing the old caulking and putting in fresh is a fast and inexpensive job that will make your sinks look worlds better to potential buyers.

      Landscaping

      • Landscaping
        This can be as simple or as involved as you want. Adding a small garden to your yard can make it look appealing. Planting a couple of trees can add hundreds, even thousands of dollars to your home's value. Installing a flower box can be helpful, too. If you really want to go all out, you could add a brick walkway through your yard. If you prefer something simpler, even just mowing your lawn and doing a bit of edging can increase your curb appeal - and thus your home's value - significantly.

      Front Door

      • Front Door
        This has some benefits. Your front door is the first thing people see before entering your home so that a new one can create a better first impression. Both steel and fiberglass doors are sturdy and durable, low maintenance, and highly energy efficient. This gives them a very high return on investment - the immediate value they add to your home is almost equal to the installation cost. Not to mention the amount you'll save in energy bills in the meantime. Steel and fiberglass doors are great for keeping outside air from creeping into your home, which allows your HVAC system to heat and cool more efficiently.

      Windows

      • Windows
        Replacing your existing windows with energy-efficient panes can go a long way. They keep heat in during the winter and keep it out during the summer. This decrease in heating and cooling bills will add to your home's resale value. You can also get significant energy savings by combining windows and landscaping. If you have a large window or glass door that gets direct sunlight, plant a deciduous tree in the yard near it. In the summer, the shade from the tree will keep the sun out, providing natural cooling. In the winter, the tree will shed its leaves, letting the sunlight in and providing natural heating. This simple addition to your home can really boost your resale value.

      Fencing

      • Fences
        A fence will add a sense of security to your property, which increases its value. If you don't have one, consider putting one in. If your home has a fence already, fix it up and get it in good condition. Make sure the door closes and locks securely. If you have a picket fence, give it a fresh coat of paint, and replace any slats that are worn or broken. In addition to security, this adds curb appeal, which is also great for a property value increase.

      Whether you've just bought your home, are looking to sell it, or are somewhere in between, a few improvements can always be helpful. Our real estate agents can help you figure out the best improvements to your home to increase its value to future owners. Contact us for help with both buying and selling your home!

      January
      11

      Home Office Decorating Tips From Our Agents

      Home Office Augusta

      Have you spent 2020 working from home? If you're like many of us, remote working may be your new nine-to-five. Whether you're browsing our Harrisonburg homes for sale or planning on staying put in your current house, you may be considering ways to turn bedrooms or other areas into a functional working space. Here are a few home office decorating tips from our real estate agents.

      Home Office Agents

      Lightening the Workload with Krista Fields

      When designing your home office, you'll need to prioritize functionality. Thankfully, that doesn't mean that you need to sacrifice aesthetic. In fact, there are many homes or areas of your home that are ready-made to act as practical offices. Bedrooms with windows are especially easy to convert into offices, as there's already enough space for a desk and the windows provide ample light. Take it from our agent, Krista Fields:

      "I do like a lot of light as well as having a space on the top of my desk to put paperwork or files that need my attention. I also like to surround myself with décor that I like; I use "outside the box" accessories such as wooden crates for files and old glass jars or wooden boxes from antique stores to use as pen holders. For an added touch of comfort, I always love having pictures and a cozy blanket."

      Along with the natural light, Krista's insistence on creating a comfortable "homey" space within her workspace is a great idea. Her use of antiques and furnishings as nontraditional office equipment bring a fantastic balance to the space. A potted plant would be another excellent addition to a light-filled office.

      However, we do recommend that you invest in a few resources to help control the lighting and temperature of your space. Depending on the time of the year, the natural light may provide varying degrees of light and heat. Blinds or curtains are useful, as are anti-glare shields for your computer screen.

      Home Office Tips

      Polishing Up Your Workspace with Duane Turner

      When you envision your perfect home office, what furnishings do you see? It's natural for many professionals to assume that they need to purchase brand-new office furniture to help them function optimally. Take it from our Duane Turner who had a little help from his wife Catina, you can still accomplish your goals by buying items that are new to you. For example, she's taken an older desk and refurbished it with chalk paint to create a statement piece.

      There are dozens of gently used or antique items that you can give a second life to. Thrift stores and antique shops are perfect places to find unique pieces for your home office. Believe it or not, your home is the best place to "shop" first! You'd be surprised how quickly a fresh coat of paint could turn an under-used desk or side table into a useful addition to your office space.

      Bea Miller Office

      Keep Your Business in the Black (But Your Office in the Red) with Bea Miller

      Let's talk about color! Professionals rarely have a say in the décor and design of their company workspaces — but when it comes to a home office aesthetic, all rules are out the window! Just look at what our agent Bea Miller did to her workspace. Her office is cozy and inviting thanks to rich wooden furniture and a warm red wall color. White trim and doors provide contrast while small décor pieces complement the aesthetic.

      It's your house which means it's your rules, though we do caution all homeowners to put some consideration into their choice of wall paint. Each color has a psychological impact on us, for example, green sparks creativity, and blue produces calmness. Before you throw your favorite color up on the walls, discover how these hues can potentially influence your productivity. Keep in mind that the amount of natural and artificial light in the space will affect the appearance of the color, too. Remember that you can always choose to make the dominant colors neutral and use your favorite colors to complement the space without having too strong of an influence.

      Are you interested in visiting the latest listings of Augusta County homes for sale? Contact us today and let our agents help you find the perfect home office in a new house.

      July
      27

      Home Selling Ideas to Make Your House Stand Out

      Home Selling Ideas to Make Your House Stand Out
      Selling your house runs more smoothly when you begin with a plan.

      Buyers have ample options when shopping for West Virginia real estate, so it's essential to present your listing in the most favorable light possible. Our real estate agents are here to help for selling your home, with six tips to make your home stand out in your local real estate market.

      • Clean Your Home, Remove Clutter, and Keep It Looking Great 
        A deep cleaning of your home – both indoors and outside – is an absolute must if you want to maximize the appeal of your property, and cleaning before you list will also make life easier when it's time to move. While you're cleaning, take the time to remove clutter as much as possible, whether you decide to store it, sell it, donate it, or toss it. Remember to keep the home clean throughout the sales process, so it will always be ready for buyers who want to visit.
      • Consider Curb Appeal for a Positive First Impression
        Buyers start forming an impression of your home the minute they arrive. Curb appeal is a crucial ingredient when you want your home to stand out from other Virginia homes for sale. Start by cleaning your yard, keeping the lawn cut, trimming trees, pruning shrubs, and removing any plant debris that has built up. If your home's exterior could use a boost, adding fresh landscaping features can be a cost-effective way to enhance curb appeal.
      • Fresh Paint and DIY Fixes
        When buyers visit a home, they will be looking for small indicators of how well you've taken care of the property. So if your home has any small maintenance issues, it's worth investing the time and effort necessary to fix them. While you're tackling maintenance issues, check whether any walls need a touch-up or a fresh coat of paint.
      • Highlight Areas Where You've Added Value 
        Have you made any improvements to the home that you feel deserve the attention of buyers? Perhaps you've added an area for entertaining guests outdoors, turned an unfinished basement into an attractive living space, or made improvements to the master bedroom/bathroom. While not every upgrade adds value in every buyer's eyes, it's well worth pointing out areas where you have upgraded the home.
      • Professional Photography Helps Your Home Stand Out Online
        With all of the work you've put into prepping your home for sale, you want to make sure that buyers get a great impression when they find your property online. Professional quality photography is a must for your online listing and will help buyers fall in love before visiting in person.
      • Pick the Right Price to Maximize Your Market
        Choosing the right price, based on a comparative market analysis (CMA) from your real estate agent, is one of the biggest keys to maximizing your home market. A price well above market value will scare off potential buyers, but you also don't want to leave money. Your real estate agent should be your number one resource for picking a price that will get your home sold.

      Sell Your Home

      The right real estate team can make your life so much easier when selling your home, and we're here to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Eastern West Virginia and the Central Shenandoah Valley.

      February
      18

      Why Classic Blue Accents Might Help Sell Your Home

      Classic Blue to Sell your Home
      Do you want prospective home buyers to fall in love with your home? Then maybe you should leave them feeling blue in the best of ways! The Pantone Color of the Year for 2020 is 19-4052 Classic Blue and it's safe to say that men and women of all tastes are diving into this refreshing hue. Whether you're considering a full remodel or a small renovation project before you list, you'll want to increase your chances for success by integrating Classic Blue into your space.

      Pantone Color of the Year

      Pantone, the dynamic company that provides a universal language through color, chooses a Color of the Year through research at their Pantone Color Institute. The shade is chosen based on forecasted color trends for the following year. This year's selection, 19-4052 Classic Blue, was hand-picked for its elegance and simplicity. In an age where uncertainty and disconnection are often prevalent, the reassuring qualities of Classic Blue bring a sense of tranquility, confidence, and stability to our lives. Step into the world of Classic Blue and immerse yourself in peaceful reflection.

      Incorporating Classic Blue into Your Home

      When it comes to choosing colors for your home, you need to think beyond wall paint. Although the color of your walls can dramatically change the perception of a room, it's important to understand that the entire room's color palette will consciously and subconsciously impact buyers as they browse homes for sale in West Virginia. Let's look at a few effective ways that you can easily integrate Classic Blue into any room of your home.

      • The Kitchen: The heart of every home, Classic Blue's calming and welcoming nature embraces those who step foot in the space. Consider painting your cabinetry, adding a strip of backsplash, or even upgrading to new appliances that are Classic Blue.

      • The Dining Room: Depending on your home's layout, you can integrate Classic Blue in a number of ways. For seamless connections to the kitchen, balance the hues by adding Classic Blue place settings, dishware, or décor. For an enclosed dining room, consider a Classic Blue furniture piece such as a hutch or china cabinet.

      • Bedrooms: You can effortlessly integrate Classic Blue into the master suite or guest bedrooms by creating an accent wall. If you're planning on selling the home fully furnished and will use white walls for the home house, we recommend adorning your master bedroom with an inviting Classic Blue comforter, sheets, and pillows.

      • Living Areas: Help buyers envision a calming, comfortable space in your living areas by adding a touch of Classic Blue. You can use Classic Blue curtains, end tables, or wall art to subconsciously make them feel at ease.           

      • Bathrooms: The bathroom is the best place to let Classic Blue shine, especially in the master suite. Give buyers the tranquility they seek by painting the walls in this relaxing hue.

      • Laundry Room: A laundry area or mudroom is a perfect spot to have fun with color without overwhelming conservative buyers. Use this opportunity to invest in Classic Blue appliances, wall paint, or even flooring.

      • Furniture & Décor: Not all Classic Blue elements need to be large or luxurious. Simply adding a few dashes of Classic Blue via décor and furniture can go a long way. Consider children's playrooms with Classic Blue beanbags to sit on, libraries with Classic Blue artwork, or simply a half-bath Classic Blue floor rugs and hand towels.

      • Exterior: You don't need to limit Classic Blue to only the indoors. Let this color spread to the outdoors by painting your door, window shutters, or mailbox Classic Blue.

      Position Your Home for Selling Success With Classic Blue

      Sell Your Home

      While you should showcase every room with the best color and décor possible, we recommend that all sellers try to incorporate Classic Blue into their homes prior to listing. Whether you paint the walls and cabinetry or simply add a few accents into your living spaces,  Classic Blue is a favorite of our REALTORS® and we know that buyers will love it too! For assistance with homes for sale in Virginia, contact us today.

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      11

      Home Staging Ideas To Increase Buyer Interest

      4 Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell


      Selling a house in today's housing market can be a tricky undertaking. Sellers must ensure that their home appeals to the largest number of prospective buyers by presenting the home in a way that highlights its positive attributes. Home staging is an important concept to help generate buyer interest in a home. Here are four home staging ideas to help sellers make their homes more attractive.

       

      1.  Remove Personal Belongings And Clutter

      Those that are moving might have boxes of their possessions laying around or personal items in places where they are easily visible to potential buyers visiting the home. To help make a home more appealing, remove things like movie and music cases, pictures of friends and family members, and trophies or awards. The focus of a prospective buyer should be on the room, not the things in it.

       

      Tips on Staging a Home

       

      2.  Use Neutral Colors

      It is true that homeowners get the unique advantage of being able to paint their walls any color that they wish, but when it is time to sell it is important to avoid unorthodox color choices that may put off certain people. Stick with whites, tans, grays, and other colors that are easy on the eye. Be sure that these colors accentuate the furniture that is being displayed in the home.

       

      Tips on Staging a Home Neutral Colors

       

      3.  Get Rid Of Odors

      Smell is one of the most powerful human senses. Although homeowners may be used to unique odors in the home, some of them may not sit well with prospective buyers. Candles or plug-in air fresheners are a great option to remove odors. A more unique option is to bake cookies or other treats right before visitors come in, which will help them associate a home with pleasant smells.

       

      4.  Maximize Space

      Almost every homebuyer wants to get as big of a space as possible for the money that they are investing. Be sure to arrange furniture in a way that emphasizes the space in every room: use walls and corners cleverly to create open spaces. For adjacent rooms, HGTV recommends painting walls the same color to make them feel like one open area.

       

      Tips on Staging a Home Maximize Space

       

      These home staging ideas will give sellers an advantage on today's competitive market. For more home staging ideas, call on the experts at Old Dominion Realty. The professionals at Old Dominion pride themselves on offering their clients excellent advice on home staging and every other part of the home selling process.

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