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January
27

Before Listing Your Home

If you're considering selling your home, you should make sure that your property is ready for potential buyers. You want your home to stand out among the other Richmond homes for sale and create a fantastic first impression. Check out a few important tasks before listing.

  • Give Your Entire Home a Thorough Power Cleaning
    One of the first things you should do to prepare your home for listing is give every nook and cranny a thorough cleaning. Your house needs to gleam and be free of dirt, dust, and grime from the ceiling to the floors. If you're short on time or feel overwhelmed by the task at hand, you can hire a cleaning service to tackle the job. 
  • Declutter Your Spaces
    Once your home is sparkling clean, it's time to declutter every room in your house. Less is more when it comes to furniture and decorative items. If you aren't sure what things should remain and which items need to go in storage, call our real estate agents to schedule an appointment for personalized recommendations catered to your home. When you're decluttering, remove overly personal items. Items like bulletin boards, vision boards, and large photo collages should go in storage.
  • Complete Any Overlooked Maintenance
    If your home maintenance has fallen by the wayside, it's time to get all these maintenance tasks up-to-date. Some items that you might need to complete include:
    • Replacing light bulbs
    • Fixing leaky faucets and toilets
    • Repairing cracks or dings in your walls
    • Fixing squeaky doors 
    • Securing loose railing
    • Replacing broken or aging doorknobs, handles, shower curtain rods, and towel rods
  • Research Your Local Real Estate Market
    To assist you with getting a realistic idea of how much you can get for your home, it's essential to research your local real estate market. Look at homes in your neighborhood with similar features, and ideally, a comparable size. An experienced real estate agent is also a valuable resource for helping you set an appropriate asking price for your home.
  • Find a Great Real Estate Agent
    You want to have a fantastic real estate agent on your side when selling your home. Your real estate agent will assist you with an assortment of tasks, like staging and preparing your home for open houses and determining the asking price for your home. When you get an offer, your agent will help you decide if it's reasonable and what your counteroffer should be. Since you'll be working near your real estate agent, it's important to find someone that you trust. 
  • Create a Plan for Your Pets
    When selling your home, your family will need to leave your house during showings and open houses. While it's difficult enough getting your human family members out of the house, it's even trickier whisking away your pets on quick notice. Make sure that you have a crate, leash, or travel kennel on hand to transport your pets during showings. Prepare a bag with food, water, feeding and watering bowls, and a couple of toys. You might want to locate pet-friendly businesses or parks in your area that you can go during your home showings. 

Have more questions about preparing your home for listing? Contact us today to make an appointment. 

January
20

Richmond Wedding Venue

Do you dream of a small, intimate gathering of family and close friends or a spectacular event with hundreds of guests? Whatever your vision, see it fulfilled at one of these incredible wedding venues recommended by our real estate agents.

  1. The Westin Richmond - 6631 W. Broad St., Richmond 23230
    The Westin Richmond has the amenities and know-how to stage a wedding to remember. Choose from three ballrooms with various configurations to accommodate up to 300 guests. An experienced wedding planner on staff will make sure your wishes are satisfied down to the smallest detail. While the hotel is close to Richmond homes for sale, guest rooms of all sizes offer convenience for out-of-town or local guests. 

  2. Fairview Farm Events - 1626 Ballsville Rd., Powhatan 23219
    Fairview Farm Events is just minutes from Powhatan homes for sale, but you'll feel as though you're in another magical world. Family-owned for more than 100 years, Fairview Farm's 115 acres feature 20,000-square-feet of facilities, including a climate-controlled two-story barn and 2,400-square-foot pavilion. Sites such as a pond with fountain, wooded areas, gazebos, porches, and decks provide multiple options for photo-friendly ceremony locations. Weekday, weekend, and customized packages are available.

  3. The Estate at Independence Golf Club - 600 Founders Bridge Blvd., Midlothian 23113
    Golf courses are noted for their displays of natural beauty. Grounds at the Estate at Independence Golf Club, not far from Midlothian homes for sale, provide a stunning backdrop for both indoor and outdoor weddings. Hold your ceremony right out on the lawn, under the open-air pavilion, or in one of two buildings with floor-to-ceiling windows for plenty of natural light and lovely views. Also, three on-site facilities serve as overnight accommodations or site for a rehearsal dinner. Enjoy a private oasis before and during the wedding in the fully-appointed bridal suite and groom's rooms.

  4. The Dominion Club - 6000 Dominion Club Dr., Glen Allen 23059
    Based on six consecutive years being voted best wedding venue in Richmond, the Dominion Club was named to the Hall of Fame of popular wedding planning website The Knot. Foremost among 25,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor event space near Glen Allen homes for sale is the breathtaking Rotunda. This two-level room overlooking the golf course and Dominion Lake features chandelier lighting, grand fireplace, double spiral staircase, and hardwood dance floor. Lower and upper Rotundas may be reserved separately, or the entire room is available to host weddings of up to 300 people.

  5. The Virginia Cliffe Inn - 2900 Mountain Rd., Glen Allen 23060
    Look up "Southern charm" in the dictionary, and you'll find a picture of the Virginia Cliffe Inn. The Georgian-style family home of James and Margaret Clifton now serves as a bed-and-breakfast and delightful wedding venue. Virginia Cliffe's style was inspired by a colonial designer once hired by George Washington. An in-house event coordinator is available for consultation at no additional charge.

  6. Wisteria Farms - 11825 Ivey Mill Rd., Chesterfield 23838
    Expansive fields and meadows around Chesterfield homes for sale make Wisteria Farms a top local wedding venue. The centerpiece of the 190-acre estate and horse farm is a formal Italianate garden behind the mansion with a reflecting pool and serene views of the woods. For indoor weddings, there is a beautiful brick barn.

After the wedding, continue living the dream in your perfect Richmond home. Contact us for experienced guidance with all your real estate needs.

January
13

Energy Efficient Richmond homes

If one of your New Year's resolutions is cutting costs, there are a few easy changes that not only benefit your pocketbook but the environment. Our real estate agents are seeing more and more energy-efficient Richmond homes for sale, and are always discovering new ways to save on energy costs. These tips can help reduce your utility bills and put more money in your pocket.

  1. Adjust Your Thermostat
    In the colder months, lowering the temperature on your thermostat just three to five degrees can reduce energy use and severely cut down your gas and electric bills. Whether you're away from home during work or just running out to do some errands, lowering it 10 to 15 degrees will help you save even more. In the summer, turning the thermostat up just a few degrees can also provide significant savings on A/C costs.

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January
6

How to be a Good Neighbor

Neighbors can make a big difference in determining how happy you are in your community. Good neighbors can make your neighborhood feel supportive but bad neighbors can be a constant pain point.

One of the first steps toward having a good neighbor is to set the right tone by being a good neighbor yourself. The following tips from our REALTORS® will help you be an ideal neighbor in your neighborhood.

Be friendly.

Make it easy for your neighbors to approach you by smiling and waving at them and saying hello when you get a chance. It's also a nice gesture to make cookies and take them over if you see a new family has moved in. 

As you get to know them a little better, offer to help by babysitting or providing other small favors.

Keep noise at a minimum.

Different neighborhoods have different tolerances for noise. If you're living in a community filled with retirees, they may appreciate more peace and quiet than a neighborhood with lots of young children.

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