Monday, 1 May 2017

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7 Questions to Ask When Buying New Construction

Are you considering buying a new construction? That’s a smart move, but it is important to conduct your research and ask a few questions before going ahead with the purchase. Here are 7 critical questions to ask when buying a new construction. What warranties do you offer? You must make…

Virginia’s Presidential Estates

Eight presidents were born in Virginia, something us Virginians take pride in. In honor of Presidents Day, we put together this guide to those eight presidential estates that are found in the Old Dominion! Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello:  Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States, author of the…

5 Reasons to Own a Home

Laura Ingall Wilder wrote “home is the nicest word there is,” and we couldn’t agree more. Here are 5 reasons why you should own a home. Freedom – Decorate it to suit your tastes. Remodel to fit your lifestyle. Landscape how you like. Pride of Ownership – Home ownership gives…

A Guide to Home Appraisals

A home appraisal is one of the most important steps in buying a home, refinancing your current mortgage, or pursuing a reverse mortgage, and there are many different types of appraisals.  Below we’ll walk you through everything you need to know. Types of Appraisals:  There are four types of appraisals…

What to Expect During a Home Inspection

Whether you’re selling your first home or a buyer who is purchasing your fifth home, it is a huge event in anyone’s life. Before you buy or sell, a thorough home inspection from a qualified and certified inspector is key. Home inspections are typically required before purchase, but remember, an…

Preparing Your Home for the Winter Ahead

Now that we are deep into fall and winter is approaching, it’s time to prepare your home for the chilly weather ahead. As the coldness looms and you prepare to pump the heat, it’s important to protect your home from potential damage and address heat and energy leaks. These seven simple…

Hostess Gifts Under $30

It’s that time of year again:  there is an abundance of food to be eaten, parties to attend and merriment to be had! Instead of gifting a holiday party host or hostess with the typical bottle of wine, choose one of these five thoughtful and unique gifts (all under $30):  …

Holiday Decorations to Avoid if You Have Pets

It’s the time of year when we’re pulling out holiday decor and preparing our homes for the festivities. But some of our decorations can be hazardous to our pets.  Take a look at the items below and take precautions when placing them in your home, even for a short period…

Decorating Your Home for the Holidays While Selling

Clean and Stage:  Pare down any knick-knacks you already have on display in your home. Adding more decor to an already cluttered room will make it feel overcrowded. Less is More: Create a cozy vibe with a few subtle touches.  A bowl of pine cones on the coffee table, or…

Gifts for New Homeowners

‘Tis the season of giving!  If you know any new homeowners, consider giving them one or more of these five gifts!     The weather-resistant cedar wood backing and steel stakes make this latitude and longitude sign from Uncommon Goods a long-standing welcome to their new home.        …