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April
4

Helpful Tips for Planting a Tree This Spring

Tree Planting

Trees provide some much-needed shade in the summer and can even attract beautiful birds to your land. The right trees may also increase the value of your property as they improve your home's curb appeal. If you've been looking for the perfect time to add a new tree to your landscape, that time has come. Spring is the best season for tree planting. To help ensure your trees grow strong and healthy, our real estate agents have some helpful tips to share.

  • Plan Ahead When Choosing a Planting Site
    When deciding where to plant a tree, make sure you consider how your home and yard will look with a mature tree in that spot. Ensure the tree won't interfere with your home or structures once it's grown. 

  • Choose the Right Tree for the Site
    Consider the conditions in the site where you'll be planting, and choose a tree that can thrive under those conditions. For example, if you're planting in a shady area, you need a tree that tolerates shade. If your soil is poorly drained, look for a tree that can tolerate some flooding. Take your time reading the labels at your local garden center to ensure you pick a suitable tree.

  • Remove the Container
    While you can technically plant a tree that's been wrapped in burlap, doing so will slow down the tree's root growth. So, whether the tree is contained in burlap, wire casing, or a plastic pot, it's best to remove the root container before planting.

  • Create a Wide Hole
    When digging a hole in which to plant your tree, you need to make sure that the hole is wide enough. The loose soil in the hole around the root ball makes it easier for the tree's roots to expand when it first begins growing. Experts generally recommend the hole is at least three times as wide as your tree's root ball, but it's perfectly okay to dig wider than this.

  • Don't Pack the Soil Too Tightly
    After you put the root ball in the hole, you'll need to refill the hole with loose soil. Be careful not to pack this soil down too tightly. Pack it firmly enough that it holds the tree upright, but not so firmly that the tree's roots will struggle to push through it.

Mulch

  • Mulch Around the Tree
    After you plant the tree, put some mulch around it. Organic mulch will break down over time, serving as a natural fertilizer for the tree as it grows. Wood mulch tends to look the nicest, but you can use pine needles, straw, or even leaf litter if desired.

    When mulching around the tree, be careful not to pile the mulch directly against the trunk. Doing this could trap moisture against the tree trunk, leading to rot.

Water

  • Avoid Overwatering
    Sometimes homeowners, having the best of intentions, end up overwatering their young trees after planting. Overwatering the tree can be even worse than not watering it enough. Long-term exposure to overly moist soil can cause root rot, which will eventually cause your tree to wither and die.

    A good strategy is to always test your soil before watering. Stick your finger or a stick into the soil, and see if it's still moist an inch or two beneath the surface. If the soil at this level is still moist enough to clump together, your tree does not need watering yet. When you determine that the tree does need watering, make sure you water for long enough to penetrate into the deeper soil. Consider setting a hose about a foot from the tree, then letting it flood the area for about an hour.

planting tips

  • Wait a Year Before Fertilizing
    The soil and mulch should contain enough nutrients to sustain the young tree for its first year. Fertilizing too soon after planting can cause the roots to remain "stuck" in the area where you dug rather than expanding out into the surrounding soil.

    Once a year passes, you can fertilize the tree, but make sure you use a fertilizer formulated specifically for young trees. General-purpose fertilizers are sometimes too high in nitrogen, which can cause a tree to develop too much foliage and not enough branch growth.

If you follow the tips above when planting your trees, you should have many years of shade and beauty to look forward to. If you're new to the area and still looking for Staunton homes for sale, feel free to contact us. We'll help you find the perfect spot so you can plant your own trees next spring.

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.

    April
    19

    Exciting Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors Near Shenandoah County

    Shenandoah County Outdoors

    Is it any wonder that Shenandoah County is known for its glorious natural landscapes?

    When our real estate agents hear the call of the great outdoors, they head to these exciting locations and activities not far from Shenandoah County homes for sale.

    • Bear Mountain Ziplines - 2354 US Hwy. 211 E., Luray, VA 22835
      Even after we "grow up," do we ever truly lose our fantasies of being superheroes? The whole family can get the experience of flying at Bear Mountain Ziplines, just minutes from Luray homes for sale. With Mama Bear and Baby Bear courses, the park accommodates nearly every age and any level of experience. If you prefer something a little more solid to hold on to, opt for the three-story climbing wall, which also makes a great finish for the Mama Bear course. Bear Mountain is planning several exciting additions, so be sure to follow them on Facebook. Reservations are suggested, but walk-ins are welcome if space permits. Hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily.

    • Rope Adventure Park - 970 US Hwy. 211 W., Luray, VA 22835
      Are you steady on your feet? Test your sense of balance at the Rope Adventure Park at Luray Caverns. There are three different levels to choose from, including one that's only three feet off the ground for kids less than 48 inches tall. Navigate the course while hooked into a full-body harness that allows you to complete the challenges at your own pace and safely pass other participants. Once you're on the course, you can stay as long as you like. Admission is $11 for the Navigator course and $7 for the Sky Tyke course. The park is open 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekends.

    • Harpers Ferry Adventure Center - 37410 Adventure Center Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132
      Between tubing, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, ziplining, and rope courses, your feet literally won't touch the ground at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center. Even sightseeing is done on a Segway! HFAC isn't far from Purcellville homes for sale, but you can keep the fun going with an overnight stay at one of the cabins or campsites. Activities are offered a la carte or as part of a variety of packages. HFAC is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekends from May 1 through Labor Day, when they move to a seasonal schedule. 

    • Massanutten Family Adventure Park - 3827 Massanutten Dr., Massanutten, VA 22840
      At Massanutten Family Adventure Park, what goes up must come down. Their newest attractions are a 30-foot climbing wall and Quick Flight, which provides the sensation of a 30-foot free fall. These additions complement an already packed menu of activities, including a Mega Zipline that reaches speeds up to 30 MPH. Head to the mountains for the Ridge Rappel and Climbing Excursion, or go for the breathtaking Canopy Tour, a two-hour trip through the forest via bridges, hanging vines, and ziplines. Between the Kids' Adventure Course and Playland, the little ones aren't left out of the excitement. Advance purchase is required for some activities. 

    • Shenandoah National Park - 22591 Spotswood Trail, Elkton, VA 22835
      One of the biggest benefits of Virginia homes for sale is living near some of the country's most spectacular and accessible natural resources. Shenandoah National Park covers more than 200,000 acres across eight counties, providing infinite variety for different experiences with every visit. Hardcore hikers who climb Old Rag Mountain are rewarded with 360-degree views of miles around, but there's plenty to do closer to the ground. More than 500 miles of hiking trails accommodate all levels of experience, and most permit leashed dogs as well. Other activities include backpacking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, and rock climbing. Families love the plentiful opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife spotting, capturing the results with memorable photos. The park is always open. While the main road is occasionally closed for inclement weather, visitors can still enter on foot. 

    What's more exciting than a home of your own in Shenandoah County? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty for cheerful and experienced help with your search.

    March
    22

    Your Guide to Historic Augusta

    Historic AugustaDid you know that the borders of Augusta County once stretched all the way to the Mississippi River? The county was established in 1738 and has played an important role in American history ever since. While the size of the county is slightly smaller than it was back in those days, today's Augusta County remains one of the most historic places in Virginia. You can still visit many historic destinations and see how the county has evolved in its nearly 300 years of existence. Our REALTORS® are here to help you discover the unique history of the region with our guide to historic Augusta County.

    Your Guide to Historic Augusta

    The Earliest Days of Augusta County
    When Augusta County was founded in 1738, settlers from Europe were just beginning to push into the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. The territory included land that would eventually be carved into seven states. So while the border of the county really did include lands up to the Mississippi River, most of those lands hadn't been settled or explored. Still, Augusta County represented the frontier at the time, attracting a wide range of settlers and some notable names who would eventually write their names in the history books. Eventually, as more counties were established in the region in 1790, Augusta County was reduced to its current size – which still makes it the second-largest county in Virginia.

    Augusta County Historical Society – 20 S New St., Staunton, VA 24401
    There's no better place to discover the history of the region than the Augusta County Historical Society, which can be found in downtown Staunton at the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art. The dedicated volunteers at the Augusta County Historical Society work hard to record, preserve, and present local history for anyone who's interested in learning about the area. When you visit, you can find information on historic buildings, forgotten communities from Augusta's earliest days, and the many historic figures with ties to the area. Because Augusta County was so large when it was first founded, the Augusta County Historical Society also has early records from other Shenandoah Valley communities, which would eventually become part of other nearby counties in Virginia.

    Discover Augusta County History through the Words of Those Who Created It
    Among the many archives at the Augusta County Historical Society, you will find a vast collection of letters, journal entries, and personal writings from throughout the area's history. If your family has deep roots in the area, you may even find writings from your own ancestors! All of these writings provide a unique view of local history, recorded by the people who shaped it. Find out what it was like to live here when Augusta County was on the frontier, and see how the area developed over time into the place that we all love so much today.

    Enjoy a Driving Tour of Historic Augusta County
    The history of Augusta County can be discovered in many towns throughout the area, and the Augusta County Historic Society has created a self-guided driving tour of Augusta County to help you explore some of the county's most prominent historic sites. It's a great way to learn about the history and see some unique Virginia homes for sale along the way. As you travel, you'll have the chance to see historic churches, schools, cemeteries, businesses, homes, and much more. Download the guide to the driving tour to learn more about each historic site as you pass. And local history doesn't end in Augusta County! As you head north and pass beautiful Bridgewater homes for sale, you'll soon find yourself in historic Harrisonburg, where you can learn even more about Virginia's history.

    Ready to find a home that allows you to discover the fascinating history of Augusta County first-hand and write your own name in the local history books? Our team is here to help you find a home you'll love, but making history is up to you. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Augusta County, VA area

    March
    1

    Top 10 Things To Get Your House Ready for The Spring Market

    List Home in Augusta County

    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:

    1. Find A Good Real Estate Agent
      The first and arguably most important step to listing your home is to find a reputable real estate agent. Referrals from trusted sources are usually the best ways to find a good agent. Working with a trusted real estate agent is the key to a smooth and successful transaction.

    2. Scope Out The Market
      Make sure to do some research about other Augusta County homes for sale, so you can get a sense of what other properties are selling for in your area. Look at homes that are similar in size to your own, as this can help you at least establish a starting point for a sale price.

    update lighting

    1. Invest In Lighting
      Lighting is one of the most important aspects of the staging process. If you have rooms in your house that don't receive adequate sunlight, it's time to invest in additional lamps and lighting fixtures. Remember, bright rooms often appear larger and more welcoming. A real estate agent can help you optimize the lighting placements in each room.

    2. Declutter Your Home
      If you're planning to move soon, do yourself a favor and start the decluttering process early. Empty the attic and basement and get rid of any junk you no longer need. Decluttering will not only help streamline the staging process, but it will also make your move a lot easier.

    3. Make Repairs
      If you've been procrastinating on repairing that leaky faucet, running toilet, or squeaky door, now is the time to address it. Go through your home and make sure to repair anything that isn't functioning as it's supposed to. Even if it doesn't seem like a big deal, you can bet that potential buyers will notice.

    4. Depersonalize Your Home
      As much as you may enjoy looking at your family photos and favorite art, any personalized items can certainly be off-putting to prospective buyers. Seeing personalization in a home can make it difficult for buyers to envision themselves living in the home.

    Fresh Coat of Paint

    1. Paint
      It's always a good idea to add a fresh coat of paint to your home's interior before listing it for sale. This can help give your home a fresh, clean look and also help your rooms appear brighter. Just be sure to stick to neutral colors, as anything bright or creative may turn off potential buyers. 

    deep cleaning tips

    1. Deep Clean
      Once you're almost ready to list your home, it's time to clean like you've never cleaned before. Every corner, nook, and cranny will need your attention. It's also a good idea to have your carpets professionally cleaned. You don't want potential buyers noticing any dust or odors, so it's best to make sure the home is pristine. 

    2. Create a Relocation Plan For Your Pets
      Your furry friends might be cute, but not every buyer will think so. It's wise to come up with a relocation plan for your pets so they're not in the way when you're showing your home. Also, be sure to hide any bowls, litter boxes, or toys and eliminate any odors caused by your pets.

    3. Consider a Professional Photographer
      High-quality photos are one of the best ways to attract buyers to your listing, so you might want to consider hiring a professional photographer. Good photos are a great way to help your listing stand out from the competition. Check out some of the listing photos for these Staunton homes for sale. If you're having trouble finding a good photographer, ask your real estate agent for recommendations.

    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.

    February
    16

    How to Start Planning for Your Spring Garden

    Augusta Spring Garden

    April showers may bring May flowers, but planning the perfect spring garden starts well before that. When it comes to creating the right conditions and choosing the best plants, even Mother Nature needs a helping hand.

    So what are the secrets to adding curb appeal to Virginia homes for sale with a stunning garden? Our real estate agents share their favorite tips for planning a garden that makes your vision a reality.

    1. Do Your Homework
      Johnny Appleseed may have been successful with random planting, but that's the stuff of legends and children's tales. Agent Judy Linhoss points out that it's easy to find webinars, how-to guides, and all the information you need online. Sit down with your tablet or laptop and a hot cup of coffee, and you're ready to go.

    2. Put It in Writing
      Any goal begins taking shape when you write it down. Use whichever style you prefer, whether electronic or paper and pencil. In addition to documenting the actual steps, be sure to sketch out a diagram of the layout, including which plants will go where.

    3. Create a Schedule
      Agent Renee Whitmore warns about planting too early, advice she learned from her husband's grandmother, Janice. Despite warm weather and sunshine in April, the danger of frost still lingers, and you may be left scrambling to save your plants. As Renee says, "Always listen to Grandma! She knows best."

      Indoor Garden tips
    4. Order Seeds and Plants
      As soon as you decide exactly what you'll be planting, order the corresponding seeds from a local nursery or online source. If you decide to go with garden-ready starter plants, they'll be shipped when it's the right time to plant them.

    5. Clean Garden Beds
      Agent Kay Horn stresses the importance of cleaning the garden beds as soon as weather permits.  Clear out any rocks or dead leaves and sticks cluttering up the surface and removing existing weeds. Start a compost pile to hold any organic debris. Adding a layer of mulch will help keep moisture in while preventing new weeds from gaining a foothold.

    6. Gather Your Gardening Tools
      When you're having a great gardening session, the last thing you want is constant interruptions having to look for the proper tool. Assemble your gloves, pruners, trowels, and other tools in a convenient location. If you don't already have one, consider purchasing a tote or bag that will make it easy to store and carry tools. Be sure to get a tune-up for shears, spades, hoses, and other items that may need maintenance.

    7. Collect Starter Pots and Trays
      Some seedlings, such as petunias and tomatoes, are too fragile to survive outdoors, no matter how warm the weather is. If this applies to any plants you'll be including in your garden, you'll want to start them indoors and transplant them once they have grown enough to gain some strength.

      Planting Tips
    8. Prepare the Soil
      Just as food fuels our bodies, soil provides the nutrients that plants need to thrive. If a handful of soil clumps together, it's still too damp for planting. Whether you're using in-ground beds, raised beds, or container gardens, supplement the existing soil with a revitalizer that can be found at nurseries or home improvement stores. A soil testing kit gives more detailed information as to which specific minerals and nutrients are lacking.

    9. Manicure the Yard
      This dormant period is a good time to prune bushes and trim trees and ornamental grass. Use a flat-bladed spade to cut a clean edge around the garden beds so the lawn won't creep into them. 

      Garden Tips

    10. Make Plant Markers
      Markers help you identify what has been planted where until the plants grow large enough to take shape. While a wide variety of plant markers can be purchased in stores and online, it's a great DIY craft project, especially if you have kids who will love to join in on the fun.

    11. Develop a Contingency Plan
      As in many parts of the country, weather around Rockingham homes for sale can be unpredictable. Come up with an action plan outlining the steps you'll take if the area should be hit by an unexpected frost or heavy rains.

    12. Update Accessories
      Styling gardens at Augusta homes for sale increases the visual appeal. Use this time to paint and repair bird feeders, statues, and other accessories or add new ones for an updated look.

    Want more tips for indoor and outdoor projects that will boost your home's value? Our experienced and knowledgeable real estate agents are ready to help. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to learn more.

    February
    25

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

    Home Selling Tips Spring Real Estate Market

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

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

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

    February
    19

    10 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for a Spring Sale

    10 Tips for a Quick Home Sale SpringAs 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.

    1. Declutter inside and out
      What you see as rooms full of keepsakes and a yard full of treasures, a buyer may see as clutter. Clutter can sabotage your sale by preventing a buyer from seeing your home as their own. It's easier to identify and manage with help from an unbiased friend, neighbor, or agent.

    2. Clean, clean, clean
      As you prepare your home for the market, it's important to do a deep-down cleaning--just like grandma used to do. Buyers see every piece of dirt as an imperfection. A soiled baseboard, smudged light fixture, or grungy dishwasher can reduce your chances of a quick sale. Consider hiring a cleaning professional.

    3. Paint your walls
      Rethink your interior walls. Consider a fresh coat of pale taupe to brighten your living room. Try pale shades of blue in your dining room or kitchen. Light blue and blue-gray can be a soothing addition to your bedroom. Avoid white-whites or deep reds. They can be home buyer turn-offs.

    4. Lighten and brighten
      Remove heavy winter drapes. Redo your windows with minimalist treatments such as blinds or shades. Install LED lighting for more illumination.

    5. Clean your exterior
      Clean away winter grime with a whole-house powerwash. If your paint is worn or peeling, schedule a paint job when the weather warms. White shows off your home's exterior features. Greige (gray & beige) is popular. Paint your front door blue for a decorative, inviting accent.

    6. Maintain your gutters
      Your gutters have had several months to fill up with leaves, twigs, and dirt. To prevent clogging, clean away the debris with a gutter scoop or a small rake. Rinse away the remaining debris and check for gutter and downspout leaks with a water hose.

    7. Inspect your roof
      Check your roof for problems caused by winter weather. Look for damaged or missing tiles or shingles. Check flashing, vents, and pipes for proper position and seal. If you're uncertain what to look for or you can't handle heights, call a roofer for an inspection.

    8. Freshen your landscaping
      If your grass is still brown, the Toro Spring Lawncare Checklist recommends you avoid mowing, aeration, and maintenance until it's green. It's okay to gently rake away the winter's accumulated debris. Your yard will look neater and sunlight will get through to green-up your grass.

    9. Clean and maintain sidewalks and driveways
      Inspect, clean, and repair sidewalk and driveway chips, cracks, and potholes caused by winter weather. Areas of disrepair can diminish your home's curb appeal and cause a safety hazard for visiting home buyers.

    10. Clean your windows
      Dirty windows might seem like a little thing, but buyers will notice streaks, smudges, and fingerprints. Clean windows add a hint of shine to your exterior and allow more light to enter your home.

    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.

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    March
    18

    8 Spring Cleaning Tips for Home Sellers

    Polishing Your Home to Perfection

    House for Sale Spring Cleaning Tips

     

    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.

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    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."

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