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July
5

8 Safety Tips for Boating This Summer

Boating Safety Virginia

With so many beautiful lakes in Northern Virginia, it's no surprise that recreational boating is a popular summer pastime. Boating is one of the most relaxing and fun ways to spend time with friends and family. It's also an excellent way to meet new people. If boating is something you enjoy, it may be worth checking out these Augusta County homes for sale, which are within driving distance of some amazing lakes. 

Our real estate agents love recreational boating and recognize the importance of being safe out on the water. Now that summer is in full swing, it's not a bad idea to take time to refresh yourself on these boating safety tips:

Life vest

  1. Always Wear A Life Jacket
    This one might seem obvious, but did you know that 86% of drowning victims in 2019 were not wearing a life jacket? Life jackets or life preservers are so critical when it comes to boating safety. If you own your own boat, it's your responsibility to make sure every person on board is wearing a life jacket. To be effective, life jackets should be in good condition and must fit comfortably. All passengers should wear them at all times while onboard.

  2. Stock Safety Supplies
    No one wants to think about an accident or tragedy while having fun out on the water, but you should always be prepared for the worst. Keeping a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, extra life jackets, and flotation devices on board will help ensure you're ready if a disaster occurs. Your boat should also be equipped with a VHF radio (with a GPS connection), so you're able to call for help if needed. If you're going to be out on the water for a long period of time, it might be a good idea to bring along some extra fuel.

Boating

  1. Avoid Alcohol
    While some people enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two out on the water, the captain or boat operator must always stay sober. In fact, operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol is illegal in all 50 states. Alcohol plays a role in more than half of boating accidents every year. Boat operators must stay sober and vigilant. 
    Weather Forecast

  1. Keep an Eye On The Weather
    Severe thunderstorms can pop up at a moment's notice, especially in the summer. Always stay up to date on the latest weather forecast and keep an eye on the sky for potential thunderstorms. Always be prepared with a plan for how to make your way back to shore quickly if a storm does roll in. It's also a good idea to register for a Maritime Mobile Service identity number and VHR with GPS, as these two items will help authorities locate your boat in the event of an emergency. 

  2. Be Attentive
    Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents on the road, and it's also one of the leading causes of boat accidents on the water. Keep your phone stored away while driving your boat, and avoid turning around and having conversations with other passengers while the boat is in motion. Make sure to stay aware of other boat traffic. Just like on the highway, it's your responsibility to be attentive and drive safely.

  3. Don't Overload Your Boat
    Overloading your boat with passengers or equipment can lead to major safety issues once you're out on the water. Too much weight can cause you to sink, capsize, or throw you off balance. Always adhere to your boat's capacity restrictions and don't try to push the limits.

  4. Know What To Do If Someone Falls Overboard
    If one of your passengers unexpectedly falls overboard, it's important to remain calm. First, immediately turn off the motor and propeller. If the passenger isn't wearing a life jacket, toss them one. Try to slowly pull up alongside the victim. If your boat doesn't have a ladder, use a heaving line or lifebuoy to help bring the individual back to the boat.
    Safety Course
  5. Take a Boater Safety Course
    A significant percentage of boating incidents occur due to a lack of training or boating education. Before you operate your boat, it's absolutely critical to know the rules and procedures, which can vary depending on the body of water and location. A boater safety course is a good idea for both beginners and experienced boaters.

Living near beautiful parks and scenic lakes makes Northern Virginia a great place to live for those who love the great outdoors. For local recommendations, contact us today.

October
26

Old Dominion Realty Open Houses | October 29

Open House Weekend
Don't forget to grab your umbrella when you head out to visit our open houses on Sunday.  The weatherman is predicting a 70 percent chance of precipitation with a high of 48 degrees; no better time to be inside getting an up-close look at what could possibly be your new home.

Our local real estate agents know the local Virginia and West Virginia real estate markets inside and out and are ready to show you homes in the area and to answer the questions you may have. Visit our open houses this weekend to find the home you've been dreaming of.

Featured Open Houses

158 Fairfield Dr, Staunton, VA 24401

Spring Lakes Subdivision

$445,000

Sq Ft: 2,250 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 

Open House: Sunday, October 29 from 2PM - 4PM

Open House - 158 Fairfield Drive, Staunton

 

166 Fairfield Dr, Staunton, VA 24401

$415,000

Sq Ft: 2,000 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 

Open House: Sunday, October 29 from 2PM - 4PM

166 Fairfield Drive, Staunton VA


14 Spring View Dr, Staunton, VA 24401

$247,500

Sq Ft: 1,610 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) /1 (partial)

Open House: Sunday, October 29 from 2PM - 4PM

14 Spring View Drive, Staunton, VA

April
21

Perks of Maintenance-Free Community Living

Why Chore-Free Living is Growing in Popularity

Benefits of maintenance free living

Owning a home has long been considered the quintessential American dream: a two-story home with a white picket fence and 2.5 children--give or take a mini-van and Golden Retriever. But with that home and yard come lots of maintenance, repairs and renovations. 

Today, many people are opting out of the traditional idea of homeownership and signing up for the new, 21st century version—Homeownership 2.0 … better known as Maintenance-Free Living.

People are buying condominiums and townhouses in communities where all—or nearly all—of the work is done for you.  They are saying good-bye to honey do-lists filled with mowing, weeding, snow shoveling and roof repairs.  

Types of Maintenance Free Homes

You'll find that there's no precise definition of what "maintenance free" actually means, but it generally indicates that most, if not all, of your home's maintenance will be taken care of for you. That includes everything from mowing the lawn and shoveling the driveway to annual pest control and exterior repainting as needed. Condominiums and townhomes are the most common types of maintenance-free housing choices available. 

Who's Buying Maintenance Free?

Maintenance-free living certainly has its perks--particularly among younger buyers whose dream homes aren't necessarily the white-picket-fence variety.  In a real estate market dominated by Generation X (ages 30 to 45) and—Millennials (ages 18 to 29), there simply aren't enough hours in a day to tackle home maintenance while working full-time and attempting to keep up some semblance of a social life, so maintenance free living just makes sense.  In addition, maintenance-free living is also popular among older buyers who may have neither the ability nor the inclination to manage home maintenance and repairs any longer.

Maintenance-Free Living in Virginia and West Virginia

Some of the most popular homes for sale the in Virginia and West Virginia real estate markets fall into the category of maintenance-free living.  Click on any of the Old Dominion Realty community names on our list to view homes and learn more.  

  • Crossroads Farms
    Crossroads Farm is a planned community located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Crossroads Farm offers a unique environment that includes spectacular mountain views, easy golf course access, and peaceful country living.
  • Spring Lakes
    Spring Lakes is a residential country club community nestled in the foothills of Central Virginia - just one mile from Historic Staunton. Conveniently located to the interstate, shopping, top medical facilities, colleges, universities and downtown, it offers the ideal setting for all ages.
  • Cedar Point Townhomes
    All brick and stone luxury townhomes—affordably priced—located in the City of Harrisonburg, VA.
  • Shady Creek Townhomes
    Receive upscale amenities at affordable prices in Grottoes, VA. Shady Creek Townhomes are located on a beautiful, wooded farmstead with surprising mountain views and represent classic small town life.

The Benefits of Living Maintenance Free

Beyond the simple fact that you don't have to work as hard to keep up your home, maintenance free living is appealing for a variety of reasons. Be sure to consider these benefits if you're thinking about buying a home:

  • Freedom to travel - You can hit the road any time without having to worry about who will cut the grass and water the flowers while you're gone.
  • Time to spare - It's not that maintaining your home is too hard to handle on your own; it's that for many people, there simply isn't the time. Maintenance free living frees you up to enjoy more of your spare time.
  • Increased safety - Accidents happen, from slipping while you're shoveling the sidewalk to falling from a ladder while you're cleaning out your gutters, but not when your home is maintenance free.

Maintenance-free living offers a host of benefits, making these types of homes perfect for first-time homeowners and retirees alike. Contact Old Dominion Realty today to learn more about maintenance-free living in the Eastern West Virginia and Central Virginia Shenandoah Valley Real Estate market.  

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July
8

Spring Lakes at the Woodlands

Creating a Lifestyle for Virginia Home Owners

Spring Lakes at the Woodlands, located just one mile south from historic Staunton, Virginia is a residential, country club community with a beautiful 300-acre, pastoral setting.  Nestled among the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains, Spring Lakes provides its residents with more than a house: They acquire a Lifestyle.

Spring Lakes CommunityDeveloped by The Lester Group, Martinsville, VA, Spring Lakes combines the best of country living with urban appeal making it the ideal, livable community.   Tim Armentrout, REALTOR® from Old Dominion Realty - Fishersville, and listing agent for Spring Lakes commented, "Spring Lakes' green fields and wide roads are hard to resist.  Sometimes living in the country does not provide the lifestyle many people want.  At Spring Lakes, we offer families a variety of housing selections including a Cottage Courtyard Home, Town Home Villa, or a single-family detached home with more amenities than typically found in this area."


Spring Lakes PoolSpring Lakes' homeowners enjoy 40 acres of green space, and neighborhood recreational facilities including a club house, a community swimming pool, tennis courts, and a pedestrian trail system.  Meet friends for tennis, take the children to the pool, or enjoy a workout in the clubhouse. Experience the serenity of the pedestrian trails. Bike, rollerblade or just take a leisurely stroll.  At Spring Lakes it's like having your own country club to enjoy as you like.


Mr. Armentrout continued, "Springs Lakes is a livable community where neighbors become friends and feel a part of their distinct community.  This is an area that satisfies the needs of people at all stages in their lives:  Singles, young families with small children and seniors will find a home at Spring Lakes."


Spring Lakes Home"The Lester Group and Mark Ingram from Landmark Home Builders Inc. have worked countless hours to create a sense of architectural timelessness and a consistent character with attractive streetscapes emphasizing quality, not quantity," said Mr. Armentrout.

Conveniently located on State Route 613 in Augusta County, Spring Lakes' home owners enjoy easy access to shopping, restaurants, employment, not to mention Staunton's historic downtown.  Contact Tim Armentrout at Old Dominion Realty for more information about Spring Lakes at the Woodlands.

 

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