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.
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.
As an independent real estate firm, our goal is to provide the best possible service to you and provide comprehensive assistance in achieving your real estate goals. This is true whether you're moving to a Virginia/West Virginia community from across town or across the world. One of the ways that we provide that level of service is through our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a worldwide network of top independent real estate brokerages.
Both our real estate agents and our clients benefit from our affiliation with LeadingRE, whose mantra is "Making the Best Brokerages Better." No matter where you're moving from, our team is here to help you find the home that perfectly suits your needs.
Get to Know Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®
Founded in 1997 by 50 of the largest real estate brokerages in the United States, LeadingRE has grown into a worldwide network over the last 25 years. It's now comprised of 550 companies in more than 70 countries, with 4,700 offices located across the world and 136,000 sales associates. LeadingRE is a by-invitation-only network focused on raising the bar in real estate, with industry-leading metrics in sales and market coverage.
What this means for clients is that no matter where you're currently located and where you're planning to move, there's a global network of like-minded real estate firms ready to serve you. Long-distance moves are so much easier when you have a worldwide network to lean on, and we're proud to be part of a network that's built to serve you.
A Global Network with Local Knowledge
Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® is made up of industry-leading local and regional real estate firms. As a client, one key benefit of working with a local or regional real estate brand is that you have access to unparalleled local knowledge. In our case, that means helping you find the right home, in the right neighborhood, in Virginia and West Virginia communities.
When you're relocating from far away, there are so many factors to consider, whether you're relocating for work, family, military service, or simply to experience something new. Starting a new life in a new location is so much smoother when you have access to a global network with unmatched local knowledge. Take the guesswork out of a long-distance move, and find a real estate brand you can trust to make your transition a smooth, streamlined experience so you can focus on settling into your new home.
Our Affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®
You can find our Old Dominion Realty page on the LeadingRE website and our video on Old Dominion Realty and LeadingRE to learn more about our affiliation with the network. If you're moving from out of state or outside the country, we can help you manage the logistics, find the right neighborhood, and find the right home. If you're moving from Virginia/West Virginia to another location, our affiliation with LeadingRE means that we can help you find the right agent in communities across the world.
On the LeadingRE website, you can also access tools like the Global Cost of Living Report, Currency Converter, and Mortgage Calculator to help you make informed decisions. The goal is to provide you with the best possible service, no matter where you're moving from or where you're moving to, through a network with global reach.
Services from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®
Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® offers a variety of tools to help facilitate long-distance moves for individuals and organizations.
Let Us Help You Plan Your Next Move
Whether you're shopping for Augusta County homes for sale or homes in another Virginia or West Virginia community, our team is here to help you accomplish your real estate goals. Our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® can help us accommodate your needs, no matter where you're moving from or what is motivating your move. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Augusta County, VA area.
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:
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.
As life changes, people naturally seek new homes that are better suited for that next stage of life. Whether it's starting a new family or starting to downsize, our needs are constantly changing.
Understanding what buyers are looking for can really pay off when it comes time to sell. Our real estate agents always recommend you put yourself in the shoes of your target buyer, so you can market features of your home that are most desirable. Here are some of the top home features we believe consumers are willing to move for in 2022:
By learning what buyers are looking for in a home, you can be better prepared to market the best features of your listing. For more tips on how to maximize your property, contact us.
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:
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.
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.
Ready to put your home on the market? Contact us today to get started!
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.
Ready to sell your home this holiday season? Contact us today to get started!
Spring is just around the corner, and if you're thinking about putting your home on the market, now is the time to start getting ready. The real estate market heats up every spring, and with interest at historic lows, there couldn't be a better time to take advantage of the seller's market.
Preparing to list your home can be a lengthy process, especially if it's your first time. From cleaning to staging, you may not know where to even start. If you want to make sure your home stands out among these beautiful Virginia homes for sale, be sure to follow these tips below:
Selling your home doesn't have to be an intimidating process. Working with a good real estate agent is the best way to ensure a smooth transaction. If you're planning to list your home this spring, contact us today.
As you prepare to show your home, our real estate agents suggest that you and your agent take an afternoon to evaluate the entire house once more to ensure that everything is as presentable as possible. Unless you've hired a professional staging company, you may want to consider these easy last-minute staging suggestions that will showcase your home.
When listing Virginia homes for sale, we typically recommend hiring a professional staging company to showcase your home for a successful sale! For help buying or selling homes in Virginia, contact us today.
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.
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.
If the first three rules of real estate are, "Location, location, location," the fourth rule would be, "Timing is everything." Selling and buying a home simultaneously is a tightrope act that defies the skills of the most experienced circus acrobat.
Fortunately, our real estate agents have a superior sense of balance. Here are their top tips for buying and selling a home at the same time.
It's beginning to look a lot like a home sale! Homeowners across the city are listing their Harrisonburg homes for sale during the most wonderful time of the year. If you're interested in listing your home during the winter, our REALTORS® have eight things you should know about selling your home during the holidays.
If you'd like help selling your home during the holidays (and all throughout the year), contact us at Old Dominion Realty today!
There is a reason most sellers--roughly 90 percent--use a professional real estate to sell their homes. Professionals have the real estate "know how" to sell your home quickly and for the right price. If you're still considering a FSBO to save the price of a commission, think again. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® reports people who choose to "go it alone" and sell without a REALTOR® often make less money than they would hiring a REALTOR®.
Selling a house quickly and for the most money takes time, marketing skills, knowledge of the local neighborhood, and negotiation skills--to name a few. Using a real estate agent can be the difference between a successful sale and months of frustration.
If that's not enough cause to hire a professional, here are four more reasons why hiring a REALTOR® like those on our team at Old Dominion Realty is the right choice for you.
Our real estate agents understand the importance of professional photography and its powerful impact on selling your home. Professional photos make a lasting first-impression and can help you sell your home quicker and for more money. Over 90 percent of home buyers use the internet to search for a house, and the use of professional photos of your home is a great way to grab their attention.
Here are just five reasons why you should consider using a professional photographer for selling your home.
Professional photography plays a vital role in attracting potential home buyers and can help improve the speed of the entire process, while also allowing you to sell your home at a much better price. If you wish to learn more, feel free to contact Old Dominion Realty for more ideas on selling or buying your home in the Virginia and West Virginia real estate markets.
When selling your home, you may teeter between having a professional home inspector evaluate your home prior to listing or not.
Something you need to know ... A report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed that nearly four out of every five homes sold in the United States are evaluated by a professional home inspector before they are sold. In addition, realtors recommend buyers get a home inspection nearly 99 percent of the time. Most buyers heed their agent's advice and request a home inspection in 84 percent of all transactions.
Understanding the home inspection process and getting your home ready for the inspection only helps to ensure that your home sale goes through reaping the best selling price possible.
During a home inspection, a qualified inspector will check over every aspect of the home and produce a detailed report on potential issues. Ideally, everything from the roof to the foundation will get a once-over from an expert.
It's often best to hire your own inspector, not wait for the buyers to decide they need one. When you hire an inspector, they work for you and will provide the inspection report only to you. With enough lead time, you have the option of resolving any serious issues.
For a successful home inspection:
The worst-case scenario for a seller is that a home inspection turns out to be bad news that throws the potential sale into doubt. Still, you can usually get your sale back on track if you know how.
Follow these steps to stay on track:
As Punxsutawney Phil popped his head into the daylight on February 2, he saw his shadow...calling for six more weeks of winter weather. If you're planning on selling your home this spring, lucky you! It gives you a few more weeks to get your home ready for the spring selling season because as the days warm up, so does the real estate market.
Our REALTORS® offer these ten tips to get your home ready for a quick spring sale.
If you plan to list your home this spring, we can tell you what to do right now to make the process easier. Contact Old Dominion Realty when you're ready to list your home for sale.
Staunton, Virginia is a vibrant community with many attractive attributes, and a great place to settle down in your first home. There are a wide variety of cultural and social opportunities in the area including outdoor exploration of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. Deciding to buy a home can be intimidating, though, no matter how much you like the community. Here's some helpful information for anyone considering buying a house for the first time.
It's perfectly natural to feel some anxiety about buying a house for the first time. However, if you're feeling anxious because you're unsure whether you want to own a home at all, it's extremely important to make the decision of whether you really want to own a home, or if it's just what you're "supposed to do" when you're an adult. It's much better to explore your options before getting involved in securing a mortgage and becoming a homeowner than to go through the process and be unhappy with your choice.
Once you've decided home ownership is right for you, start looking at your finances. They should be well organized before you start talking to lenders about a mortgage. Getting ready for a mortgage might include:
Before shopping for a specific loan, ask various lenders about any available first-time homebuyer programs, government-backed loans that you might be able to use, and their fees for financing your mortgage. It's your right to ask questions about anything you don't understand. Remember, just because you talk to a lender doesn't mean you're obligated to go through them for your loan.
Buying a house means being fairly certain of your plans over the next several years. You should know whether kids will be coming into the picture, which amenities might be most important over the long term and if there's enough room for your future growth, both personally and professionally. A list of things you might want in your new home can help you narrow your choices to properties that fit your needs now and into the future.
When you're looking into buying a house, it's best to consider a lot of different properties that are offered for sale due to foreclosure, short sales or as part of a real estate auction, especially if you're willing to make some investments in the home. Many of these situations will have different requirements than a traditional "fair market listing" sale, so it's best to work with a local real estate agent to understand different sale options and find the right property for your needs.
At Old Dominion Realty, we have a lot of useful information about relocating to Staunton, VA. You can even view our listings for gorgeous homes in Staunton easily from your computer. Contact Old Dominion Realty when you're considering buying a house in Virginia. Our REALTORS® in Staunton have all the experience and information you'll need to find your perfect new home.
Have you noticed your friends and neighbors talking about downsizing their homes? Whether their decision is the result of a life event or a need to live more simply, people are realizing that many advantages exist when you live in a more manageable space. If you're trying to decide whether downsizing is the right move for you and your family, here are some benefits to consider before taking the plunge.
The larger the home, the more you have to maintain. Properties, no matter how new, require consistent care. People downsize for several reasons, whether recent empty nesters, divorces, lifestyle adjustments or to save on expenses. The nice part living smaller is less to worry about in interior and exterior care and cleaning, meaning you have more time and money to spend doing other things.
Large, spread-out floor plans often leave people going in their own separate directions. Families and roommates that live in cozier situations often talk about the ability to spend time together and bond. It's perfect for learning to co-exist with one another, and grow closer in a way you may not have before.
If you're an eco-conscious person, downsizing your home will make you feel good. Less space requires fewer resources. You'll reduce energy consumption markedly. It's a win-win for go-green fans and the Earth.
People who are going through a major life change like children leaving the home, divorce, or death of a spouse often find a change of scenery refreshing. Living in the same house can bring up painful memories and elevate depression. Downsizing has its perks. You can choose to live in a place with grounds maintenance assistance, or even a condor or townhome where there's less exterior care. Plus, with a new space comes the opportunity for a new outlook, something that can be extremely important for healing.
By increasing savings and decreasing time spent on home maintenance, you increase the ability for leisure time and travel. Not only can you close up shop easier and take off for a bit (especially if you go with a condo), but if you're saving a lot from the downsize, you can put that money into a vacation home.
Downsizing your home can involve moving to the heart of the city. What you lose in space you gain in new, exciting things to do nearby. Urban areas are lively, dynamic, and full of walkable options for art, music, food, culture, and other types of attractions. The trade-off is ideal for those looking for a boost in activity.
Reducing debt and saving money are perhaps the most essential advantages to downsizing your home. You'll save in many areas, including:
If you're convinced that downsizing your home is the right option, contact our experienced REALTORS® in Virginia and West Virginia. Our team of professionals at Old Dominion Realty can help you sell your current house and buy a new house to move into the next chapter of your life.
Join Old Dominion Realty at the 36th Annual Home and Garden Show on April 2 – 3, 2016 at the Augusta Expo in Fishersville, VA.
Get a true taste of what living in Virginia is all about with Old Dominion Realty at Booths K10 and L10 for the unveiling of our new Myers Corner model home plans and subdivision plat as well as complimentary scoops of delicious ice cream from Virginia's own Kline's Ice Cream. 104.3 Country KCY will be onsite with a live remote from 11AM – 1PM with giveaways throughout the day.
Old Dominion Realty along with other "home and garden" businesses ranging in categories from real estate, home improvement, home repair, building and remodeling, HVAC, financial, and travel will showcase their services and products to the local Augusta County community.
Originating in 1980, the Augusta Home and Garden Show showcases great ideas for your home and garden to check a few of those "honey do" items off your list. Show times are Saturday from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Sunday from 10AM – 4PM. Don't miss the Home and Garden Show's demonstrations and displays to get your spring season started right.
CVR, Home Depot, Dutch Way, Cox Construction, Outback Heating, Valley Building and Absolute Stone Design are among the sponsors for this year's event.
The Augusta Expo is located in Fishersville, VA just off I-64 and only 4 miles from I-81.
If you're interested in buying or selling homes in the Augusta County real estate area, contact our team of local REALTORS® in Fishersville, Virginia. Old Dominion Realty is a locally owned real estate broker with offices in the West Virginia and Virginia real estate areas (Harrisonburg, Crossroads Plaza, Augusta County, Moorefield and Franklin) and a proud Member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (www.LeadingRE.com).
Spring arrives on Sunday. As we welcome warmer weather, you might be considering selling your home. If you are a newcomer to the real estate market, you might not know where to start. Not to worry…our team of REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty is filled with real estate wisdom when it comes to selling and buying homes. We've created this simple, spring cleaning checklist that will add a little sparkle and shine to your home, helping it stand out from the crowd.
1. Start with the Windows: Getting your windows in tip top condition should be at the top of your spring cleaning checklist. Clean windows let in more sunlight, making your home feel brighter and more beautiful. Mix an eco-friendly solution of 1 part white vinegar, 8 parts water and a drop of dishwashing liquid. Keep your windows streak free by using newspapers and washing windows on a cloudy day.
2. Don't Ignore the Landscaping: Your home's first impression begins at the curb, meaning your yard needs to be as pretty as your home. Pay attention to the often-ignored yard chores or hire a professional landscaper for a spring spruce up. Rake up old leaves. Clean out flower beds and fill them in with new soil and fertilizer. Bring a smile to a buyer's face by adding in some pretty, fresh blooms.
3. Freshen the Walls: In a well-loved house, our walls show the wear. Giving your walls some love goes a long way toward making your home look fresh and clean. If possible, consider a fresh coat of paint. At a minimum, wash the walls to get rid of grime and fingerprints. For best results, use an all-purpose cleaner and use a mop to scrub from the top of the walls to the bottom.
4. Say Goodbye to Clutter: When you're preparing to sell, it is essential to make rooms look spacious and functional. Help your home put its best foot forward by making a whole-home organization plan. Clean out drawers, getting rid of junk. Clean out the fridge, giving it a good scrub down and tossing unwanted food. Untangle and hide unsightly electronic wires. Go through each room, eliminating unwanted items and furniture.
5. Dust Frequently: Keep your home looking and smelling fresh with frequent dusting. Work from top to bottom, using a dust-trapping product. Start with ceiling molding and fan blades, working your way down to the furniture.
6. Clean the Carpets: Cleaning the carpets should be on everyone's spring cleaning checklist. If you are planning to sell, removing deep down grime instantly makes the home feel refreshed.
7. Vacuum, Vacuum, and Vacuum: When it comes to spring cleaning, your vacuum will quickly become your favorite tool. It is certainly is not just for the carpets. Use the vacuum to remove dust from the mattress, drapes, dust ruffles and upholstered furniture. Ensure your rugs and carpets look their best by using long, even strokes. Bonus tip: Make your bed, every morning!
8. Give the Bathroom Attention Daily: Keep disinfecting wipes on hand, giving your bathroom a daily wipe down. Couple this with a good, weekly scrub and you will always be prepared for an unexpected showing. Bonus tip: clean tile grout and caulk around the tub. If it doesn't easily come clean, consider removing and replacing grout and caulk.
Now that you've checked off your spring cleaning checklist and you are ready to sell your home, contact Old Dominion Realty today. Our team of REALTORS® in Virginia and West Virgina will help take you from "for sale" to "sold."
So you want to sell your house? Did you know while most home buyers make a list of features they want in a home, many also have a list of "pet peeves" that will send them running as soon as they see them?
If you want a home buyer's heart to go pitter patter, avoid these six deadly home-selling sins.
Need help selling your house? Our team of experienced REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty has the knowledge and resources you need to make your home selling process hassle-free. Contact us to take the first step toward selling your home.
"Let the Good Times Roll" will be the theme in Augusta County, VA at this year's Good Times Festival presented by Blue Ridge Beverage and Seven Arrows Brewing Company and hosted by the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce. Perhaps the perfect place in the Blue Ridge Mountains to find the best burgers, beverages, and bands on September 19, the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual signature event has been relocated to the Shenandoah Acres Family Campground.
With the goal of telling residents and visitors about the local Augusta community and businesses, the Chamber of Commerce will feature:
The Good Times Festival benefits the Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce. However, it also embraces community spirit and brings people together for some serious fun. This year's event takes place on Saturday, September 19 at Shenandoah Acres Family Campground. All ages are welcome, and the event features activities for the whole family. Some festival highlights include:
The festival runs from 12 - 5 p.m. and the concert from 5 - 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per car, and you can pre-purchase online. Preferred seating and VIP tickets are also available. Beer passes are $5, and the burger cook off sample tickets are $1 per slider.
With a little bit of planning, the Good Times Festival can be a weekend getaway. The Shenandoah Acres Family Campground has tent sites, RV sites, and cottages. With access to a beautiful lake and other wonderful amenities, your whole weekend can be a celebration of the wonderful area you live in, or would like to live in.
Contact the Great Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce if you are interested in volunteering during this event.
The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce is focused on the growth and development of area businesses, industry, and agriculture. The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber serves Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County and welcomes small businesses to large industrial complexes and remains true to their motto is, "Your Success is our Business!"
Old Dominion Realty is a proud sponsor of the Good Times Festival. For us, introducing people to Augusta County and its surrounding communities is a worthwhile endeavor. The festival has a positive impact on the region, one we are thrilled to be a part of. If the Good Times Festival is enough to convince you to become a member of Augusta's community, contact one of our real estate agents to find your new home in Augusta County.
Remember when all it took to sell a house was an ad in the Sunday classifieds? That's okay--I don't either. Back then, home buyers depended only on their real estate agents to lead the way to find a home.
Fast forward to 2015 and discover over 90 percent of house hunters search for their "dream homes" on the Internet. In today's digitally driven marketplace, real estate and technology go hand in hand. Technology has improved the way business is done for both customers and real estate agents.
Real estate customers are web savvy. They use specific online tools during different phases of the home buying process. Information such as property listings, prices, neighborhoods, demographics, real estate agent reviews and mortgage rates are available with one click of a mouse. The use of mobile devices—whether smartphones or tablets--is steadily increasing as we search for the American dream. 2014 trend research shows that mobile traffic will soon rise above 50 percent for some real estate brokers.
How does all of this impact the way Old Dominion Realty serves our customers?
As real estate professionals, we understand selling real estate is as much about the people as the properties. Because of our customers' growing demands for information, Old Dominion Realty has provided them with specialized and enhanced services. The use of innovative technologies has allowed us to help buyers find homes; sellers list houses; and real estate transactions to be closed quickly and easily.
As the real estate industry continues to advance with the help of technology, Old Dominion Realty's goal is to give our clients the best possible online experience. By providing customers with the information they want when they need it, we are bringing our agents closer to their clients. However, the digital house hunt is only part of the story. Home buyers still rely on their real estate agents to marry their online and real worlds.
Contact Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell houses in the Virginia real estate and West Virginia real estate markets.
The unparalleled beauty of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley attracts thousands each year. From rolling hills and mountain vistas to stunning wildflower meadows, the landscape throughout the Shenandoah National Park System offers sights that simply should not be missed. Include a drive along the area's picturesque Skyline Drive at the top of your list of things to do Virginia list this summer.
Skyline Drive stretches for 105-miles through the Shenandoah National Park. A drive along the Skyline evokes a different time, when life moved at a slower pace, and people commonly took drives for sheer pleasure. Families trying to decide what to do in Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley, should consider a cruise down the park's only public road. Running north and south through the park, Skyline Drive travels along a crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering unique views of the park and the surrounding region.
Animal lovers need to look no further for things to do in Virginia. Skyline Drive is frequently visited by the park's wildlife, especially during dawn and dusk. The Shenandoah National Park is home to one of the country's largest populations of black bears. In addition to bears, use Skyline Drive's vantage points to spot white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and gray fox, river otters, woodchucks and over 200 species of birds.
For photographers and artists, the Shenandoah Valley's natural beauty brings new inspiration. Scattered along the drive are 75 scenic overlooks providing plenty of photo opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Of course, you do not need to be a professional artist to find inspiration along this drive. Skyline Drive varies greatly in width as it curves along the mountains, offering varied and stunning views.
Along Skyline Drive, you will find plenty of opportunities to get out of the car and stretch your legs. Hiking often tops the list of what to do in Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley National Park for many nature and outdoor adventure enthusiasts. The Appalachian Trail, one of the East Coast's most famed and challenging hiking trails, runs parallel to Skyline Drive. Overall, you have access to more than 500 miles of hiking trails from various points along the drive. Additionally, horseback riding and cycling are allowed along the Skyline.
Keep in mind, animals frequently dart into the road, so please adhere to the posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour. A cruise along Skyline Drive is a ride meant to be savored; slow down, take your time and do not forget to stop and smell the wildflowers. You are welcome to tow campers and trailers along Skyline Drive. Just be prepared to shift into low gear. Make sure your trailer will clear Mary's Rock Tunnel, which features a 12'8" height limit.
Claim a piece of the Shenandoah Valley for yourself. Contact Old Dominion Realty to begin your home search today and discover the many, picturesque communities dotting the region.
Summer officially arrives this weekend on Sunday, June 21. Just because temperatures will be on the rise doesn't mean your electric bill needs to increase also. If you are looking for ways to reduce the costs of using your air conditioning system this summer, consider these tips from us at Old Dominion Realty. With a few small changes, you can enjoy energy savings all summer long.
Dining out may not be cost effective, but cooking out can help prevent heat gain by using your oven or stove. Grill outside as much as possible or use the microwave and crock pot to cook your food without heating up your home. Using the oven during hot days will cause your air conditioner to work overtime.
The summer sun beating through your window can cause quite a bit of heat gain. Eliminate this by closing the blinds to block out the warm rays especially when you are not home to enjoy the light. Your air conditioner won't have to work as hard and you will enjoy energy savings with one simple step.
The air moving through your air conditioning system is dirty and grimy. Unfortunately, much of that grit ends up in the air conditioning filter. Over time, a dirty filter can lessen the efficiency of your system overall. For simple energy savings, keep the filter clean . US News and World Report recommends cleaning the air conditioning or replacing the filter once a month.
It's easy to forget to increase the temperature in your home at night or when you leave for the day. Use a programmable thermostat. You can save up to 30 percent on energy savings every year by increasing the temperature when you leave for the day during the summer so the air conditioner works less. Raising the temperature by as little as five degrees for the eight hours you are at work can lower cooling costs by three to five percent.
If you leave your electronics, including your TV and radio, plugged in when not in use, you are using up electricity unnecessarily. Electricity still flows to these items, and then when they do not use it, back through the cord, and this causes some electricity to be lost. Either learn to unplug these items when they are turned off, or use a Smart Strip that will cut power to them.
Unless you are an HVAC professional, you have no way of knowing if your system is working efficiently. Have your air conditioning system inspected at the start to the summer to rule out any problems that may be increasing your energy costs.
Fans cost less energy to run than the air conditioner and create a cooling effect in rooms. To make the most out of your fans, only run them in rooms you are using. The wind effect does not actually lower the temperature of the room, but only how comfortable you feel, so turn the fans off when you leave a room.
Everyone needs to pay attention to energy savings especially when the temperatures in Virigina and West Virginia start to soar. If your summer plans include buying or selling a house in the area, contact Old Dominion Realty.
Rarely is selling a home a simple decision. Once you've determined an asking price, found a real estate agent, and listed your home, you may think the hard work is over. Taking a little more time to properly prepare your home can help you up the chances of selling a home quickly and for top dollar.
When selling a home, add your home's social profile to your list of must-have tools. Your home should have a presence online. Studies show that many buyers begin their home search online, and often skip over listings without online photos. Also, consider posting a video love letter to your home. Buyers want to be able to see themselves in a home, but also appreciate a home that is well-loved. Walk through the home and your neighborhood, talking about what makes both truly special.
Take the social sell to the streets. Host a block party for local agents, potential buyers and your neighbors. Encourage everyone to mingle, providing your neighbors with the perfect opportunity to talk up the neighborhood and your home.
Your home's curb appeal makes a first impression upon buyers when selling a home. Create a facade that's inviting and pretty, encouraging buyers to stop the car and come inside. Display easy-to-read address numbers. Clean the exterior and lawn. Plant fresh flowers in the flower bed. Make your porch more attractive. Take the time to play-up your home's exterior place. Show how it adds to a family's overall, quality of life. For example, clean the pool and stage its deck with outdoor furniture. Place plush, club chairs around an outdoor fire pit. Hang a hammock from your mature, shade trees.
When selling a home, it's important to remain objective. You love your dog and your kids, but not every buyer is an animal-lover. Kids do not factor into every family. Make arrangement to send your kids and your pets to a neighbor's or a family member's home during showings. Be sure to clean up pet-related and child-related clutter. Give your furniture a quick vacuum, removing hair. Keep attractive storage at hand, in order to quickly stash toys.
While you may love your home's style, it probably is not the style of every buyer. Make your home more attractive by creating a clean slate. Remove personal effects and clutter. Shine up your appliances, keeping the kitchen clean and sparkly. Give your floors some extra love, shine up hardwoods and steam cleaning carpets.
Almost every home as the same challenge: there are always awkward spaces. Turn those spaces into assets when selling a home. Stage awkward places, showing how each of them could function for a family. Create a mini-office from an unused area. Place a bench or console table in the foyer, creating an inviting interest. Give each room in your home a purpose, helping buyers see how the home function as a whole.
Finally, sweeten the deal, helping your home stand out from the competition. Consider a transferable home warranty, giving the buyers some peace of mind regarding future repairs. Consider leaving behind some personal property, such as a large television, the hot tub or your top-of-the-line kitchen appliances, basically anything that helps buyers feel "at home."
Last, but not least, in our "Seven Secrets to Selling a Home" is to contact Old Dominion Realty today. An expert in Virginia and West Virginia real estate, Old Dominion Realty has been connecting sellers and buyers since 1962. Let us help you turn your home from "for sale" to "sold."
Renovating any house requires a homeowner to make a host of difficult decisions as they go. No matter how you plan on retooling an existing home, your modifications should add to the cumulative value of the domicile rather than subtract from it. The following upgrades are sure to bump up the resale value of any house.
As a focal point of the modern home, the kitchen is an obvious renovation target. Update your existing layout with a multi-purpose island, some custom fixtures or a few unique storage options such as hanging racks. If you feel like going all out, you could always put in a granite or marble countertop.
You'd be surprised at how big a difference things like crown molding and wainscoting can make. Such accents can completely change the look and feel of a house's interior without costing a fortune. Spend a little time researching novel interior design ideas such as the use of reclaimed wood to make your home's insides really stand out.
Nothing improves the overall look of a home like beautiful hardwood floors. Though a quality installation or renovation is never cheap, hardwood floors are an excellent long-term investment that can yield serious dividends come sales time. Whether you're partial to pine, maple or red oak, hardwood floors are a home improvement no-brainer.
Like it or not, appearances matter greatly when it comes to home value. They're almost as important as structural integrity, quality materials and square footage. As such, an interior or exterior paint makeover can make an aging house look brand new. Repainting your digs is an excellent opportunity to play around with a new color scheme.
Adding a sunroom greatly increases the appeal and versatility of any home. It can even reduce heating bills during the winter months if you position it properly. A well-planned sunroom with french doors, retractable screens and access to the outdoors can bump up the value of a home by a surprising amount.
Building a deck in your backyard makes the area much more functional and enjoyable. A deck is the perfect place to entertain guests, and it's an ideal spot to enjoy a good book on a Sunday afternoon. In terms of return on investment, decks are one of the best home improvement projects to take on.
There are hundreds of other ways to add value to your home such as putting in a new bathroom or adding a covered deck. Be sure to carefully consider how any upgrade will jive with the rest of the house before pulling the trigger and you'll be pleased with the results.
Contact an Old Dominion Realty real estate expert to discuss more ways to add value to your home!
Tim Smith writes for Modernize.
The kitchen is the heart and soul of any home. The kitchen is where people get together to enjoy food in the presence of friends and family members. Trends in kitchen design are always changing based on current styles and tastes. Here are a few popular trends in kitchen design for people that are thinking about a remodel or want some inspiration to spruce up their kitchen.
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This popular neutral color will go well with almost any other kitchen design scheme. Karin Beuerlein and H. Camille Smith wrote in an HGTV article about kitchen trends that while white cabinets are still the most popular, gray is another very desirable color for kitchen cabinets and may soon overtake white's top spot. Many tasteful homeowners will choose to contrast their lighter color cabinets with a dark backsplash or darker appliances.
Although hidden lighting was stylish for a long while, modern trends in kitchen design are shifting back towards sconce and other types of exposed lighting fixtures. A large chandelier-style light in the center of the room will serve as an elegant focal point. Be sure that lighting is also set up in a way that makes it easy to complete work that needs to be done in the kitchen.
Today's appliances are very high-tech: it is common to see a refrigerator that can play music or a sink that turns on and off automatically. Many new kitchen design trends incorporate technology. At This Old House Online, Kristen Mucci shows readers a multimedia ventilation hood that includes a 17" LCD display that can be used for television or DVDs.
Like an accessory in a trendy outfit, backsplashes allow homeowners the ability to express their unique tastes. White tile is a common material, but many people decide to accentuate other colors in the room with their backsplashes. Other homeowners add flair by using bright oranges, greens, and pinks for their backsplash.
A kitchen should have the right balance of sophistication and comfort. People that want to remodel their kitchen to sell their home or those that are buying a new home and are curious about trends in kitchen design should research consistently to find out about trends as they change. At Old Dominion Realty, we help our customers use kitchen trends and other information to quickly sell their home or find their ideal residence.
Selling a home begins long before the sign goes in the yard. In the months prior to officially listing your home for sale, you will be spending time prepping the home, getting everything from the carpets to the walls clean and in move-in condition. Sometimes knowing where to start on this task is difficult. These tips will help you get the job started well, so you can enjoy a fast sale for a good price.
In order to sell well, your home needs to be clean. You need to deep clean everything, and consider hiring a professional for jobs like the carpets. Remember, potential buyers are going to look at everything in more detail than the occasional house guest would, so your home needs to shine.
Repairing things in your home that are broken is one of the most important tips for selling your home. Buyers do not want to purchase someone else's problem. If you're moving because the home needs updating, and you aren't willing to do the updating, you will struggle to find an interested buyer.
That said, this is not the time to invest thousands upon thousands of dollars into upgrades for your home. You need to weigh the potential benefit on the sales side against the investment you would be making. If your carpets are worn out, for example, you may be able to get by with a professional cleaning and even re-stretching. investing in brand new carpets is an investment you might not see again.
If your kitchen or bathrooms are in need of upgrading, proceed cautiously. Often you can give the appearance of an upgraded space without spending a fortune. For instance, refinishing counter tops or cabinets, rather than replacing, will make the kitchen look brand new, without as big of a monetary investment. Your Old Dominion Realty real estate agent is ready to help you see what areas you can improve, and what areas are best left untouched.
What is your home's curb appeal like? Another of the most important tips for selling your home is curb appeal. Trim shrubs, clean up yard waste and plant a few colorful flowers to make your home look great for those people who are driving by. Drive by buyers will turn into showings and potential buyers if the curb appeal catches their eyes.
Finally, pay attention to the arrangement of your home's furnishings. You may need to de-clutter and remove some furniture to a storage unit for a period of time. You want the home to look spacious and inviting, not crammed and cluttered.
Preparing your home for sale can be a frustrating process, especially if you aren't sure of the specific steps you need to take. Old Dominion Realty is here to help.
Join us on April 15 at 6:30PM for a live webinar on this very topic. Watch our webinar by going to www.OldDominionRealty.com. The live webinar will be streaming on our home page beginning at 6:30PM. Our real estate experts will provide you with tips for selling your home from industry experts. Email us your questions to email@example.com; our experts will answer them live during the webinar.
If you can't attend the webinar, contact Old Dominion Realty to get started on listing your home.