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July
25

Moving Tips That Help the Whole Family Adjust

Moving Tips

A move is challenging enough when it's just you, but moving with kids or pets makes the experience even more daunting. Our real estate agents suggest following these tips to make moving as easy as possible for the whole family. 

  • Help Them Understand What to Expect
    Children may have a lot of concerns when they learn that they're moving; explaining to them what they can expect during the move can alleviate their worries. Give them ample notice about the move. Ideally, you should discuss moving with them when you start looking at Richmond homes for sale or when moving becomes a likely possibility for your family. Explain to your kids what will happen during the move and how their stuff will be safely transported to their new home. 
  • Gather Moving Day Essentials
    Have your kids set aside any items that they want to keep with them during the move, like special toys or favorite stuffed animals, along with clothing and personal care items. They should also pick out a few activities to keep themselves entertained, like art supplies, a game, or a book. If you're moving with pets, assemble a moving kit for each pet that includes a leash or crate, food, a water and food bowl, toys, bedding, and anything else you might need to keep them comfortable.
  • Include Your Kids in the Move
    Children like to feel included, and moving is no exception. See that your kids feel included in the move by showing them pictures of their new rooms or even taking them to see their new home in person. Invite your children to brainstorm how they want to set up or decorate their new spaces. Encourage them to learn about their new neighborhood or city and find activities that they want to participate in or places they want to visit. 
  • Have Children Go Through Their Stuff Before Packing
    Suggest to your kids that they go through their stuff and get rid of items that they no longer use or want. This will reduce the amount of stuff that they have to pack and ensure that unnecessary clutter isn't transported to your new house. 
  • Host a See You Later Party
    A See You Later party is an opportunity for kids to say "see you later" to their friends and exchange contact info (like phone numbers, email addresses, or whatever you're comfortable with them using). You can also take a few photos of your children and their friends so that they'll have recent photographs to put up in their room. 
  • Recruit Help for the Move
    Whether you're handling the move yourself or outsourcing the job, there's a lot that needs to be done on moving day. Consider arranging an outing with a friend, recruiting a family member, or hiring a babysitter to get your kids out of the house and keep them entertained. This also applies to pets; with so many people entering and exiting your home, this can make moving a stressful experience. You might see if your pets can stay with a friend for a day or two or even utilize a pet daycare service. 

With a little planning and preparation, it's possible to minimize moving-related stress for the whole family. Ready to start searching for your next home? Contact us today!

July
18

Farm-to-Table Dining in Richmond

Dining in Richmond

There's no doubt that farm-to-table dining is a trendy option, and for good reason. The benefits to local farmers are significant, and the difference that comes with fresh, locally sourced ingredients can be tasted in every bite of your meal. Richmond is in the perfect position to offer farm-to-table dining, with so many fantastic local farms located throughout Central Virginia. Our real estate agents have all of the delicious details on 5 of the best farm-to-table dining experiences located in Richmond.

  • ShoreDog Cafe – 435-B N. Ridge Rd., Richmond, VA 23229
    Located near Richmond homes for sale and named in honor of a beloved family pet, ShoreDog Cafe is a relaxed, casual dining destination offering farm-to-table favorites and an espresso bar serving up premium coffee. ShoreDog Cafe recently added a cocktail hour menu, which includes charcuterie boards made with fresh, local ingredients and a variety of other special appetizers. They also offer a diverse selection of locally sourced craft beers, along with wine from around the world available by the bottle.

  • Shagbark – 4901 Libbie Mill East Blvd., Ste. 175, Richmond, VA 23230
    Open every evening for dinner from Tuesday through Saturday, Shagbark is a foodie's dream that bases its entire menu on the seasonal ingredients offered by local farms, fishermen, and artisans. The restaurant has been recognized by USA Today, Wine Spectator, and more well-known publications for its mix of elegant atmosphere, friendly service, and fresh, farm-to-table entrees that rotate with the seasons. The menu is updated with new options every week, and there are special menus available during big holidays throughout the year.

  • The Broken Tulip – 3129 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
    Owned and operated by a husband and wife team who have traveled the world in search of the best international cuisine, The Broken Tulip infuses that unique, global feel into every aspect of its menu. The owners delight in uncovering lost recipes, discovering unique culinary creations, and sharing it all with you using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The Broken Tulip also offers a fun selection of group trips and tours that will take you on culinary adventures to different corners of the world.

  • Heritage – 1627 W. Main St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Chef Joe Sparatta and wine director Emilia Sparatta began their culinary journey at one of New Jersey's top-rated restaurants, which included a 4-acre organic farm where many of the ingredients were sourced. They relied on that experience when opening Heritage, with a focus on warm, friendly service, farm-to-table meals, and a wine selection that consistently ranks among Virginia's best. Every dinner here includes 3 courses, and the menu is updated with new options every week so that there will be something new to try every time that you visit.

  • The Daily Kitchen & Bar – 2934 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
    With patio dining, a sleek, modern dining room, and an in-house bar, The Daily Kitchen & Bar offers a setting to suit every mood with a menu to match. The ingredients for everything on the menu are sourced fresh from local farms, and this is also the only farm-to-table restaurant on our list that offers brunch every weekend. The menu includes a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo options as well.

Your next amazing meal is never far from your front door when you live in Richmond, and our team is here to help with all of your real estate needs in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond area.

July
11

Rearrange Your Furniture Like a Pro

Furniture Tips

Furniture really makes a room. Arrange the furniture one way, and you have a sleek and sophisticated look. Arrange it another way, and the same room looks cozy and inviting. Whether you're already in a home or still looking at Richmond homes for sale, the following furniture rearranging tips are sure to come in handy.

  • Decide on a Focal Point
    Before you move anything, decide on a focal point for the room. The focal point is the place that you want the eyes to be drawn to. All of your other furnishings will be oriented towards the focal point. In a living room, common focal points are the television and a picture window. In a dining room, the focal point may be a china cabinet or a piece of art.

  • Create Symmetry
    One way to make a room look balanced is to arrange your furniture symmetrically. In other words, you want there to be a clear dividing line between the room, and for furnishings on either side of that dividing line to match. For instance, you could put matching end tables on either side of the sofa and matching ottomans in front of the sofa on either side.

  • Consider a Floating Furniture Arrangement
    People often put furnishings along the walls by default. However, you can give your space a whole new look by opting for a floating furniture arrangement instead. Move chairs and sofas off the wall, orienting them around an area rug or coffee table. Create little "islands" of furniture throughout the room — maybe a TV area in one corner and a reading nook in another.

  • Measure First
    Regardless of how you arrange your furniture, make sure you measure it first. This will keep you from having to move heavy furniture more than once. With measurements in hand, you can measure your walls and spaces to ensure the furniture will fit in the area where you intend to place it.

  • Use Graph Paper
    If you're struggling to decide on a layout, grab some graph paper. Measure your room and draw its outline on the graph paper, allowing each square to account for one foot. Then, start drawing in your furniture. Create a few different layouts. Then, compare and contrast them to decide which one you like best.

  • Move the Big Items First
    You don't have to design the whole room at once if this feels overwhelming to you. Instead, start by putting your largest furnishings into place. In a living room, for example, this would typically be your sofa, entertainment center, and coffee table. Smaller items, like ottomans and end tables, are easier to move. So, you can experiment with a few different locations for these pieces until you find the one that feels right.

  • Leave Room for Traffic
    No matter how you arrange your furniture, always consider how people will travel through the room. Make sure there is a clear footpath with enough room for people to fit through without bumping into anything.

  • Use Light as an Accent
    Remember, lamps and portable lights are furniture, and they can also be used to accentuate other furniture. If you want to draw more attention to a certain table, put a small lamp on it. If a corner of the room looks dark, add a floor lamp. The right lights can transform a space.

At the end of the day, rearranging your furniture is about finding what works for you and your family. If you're still looking for the perfect home to refurnish, contact us soon. Our real estate agents are happy to help.

July
5

2022 Music in the Park Concert Series

Music in the Park

There's nothing like warm weather and live music to bring people together. That's the ethos behind Richmond's annual Music in the Park concert series. Our real estate agents have attended several of these concerts, and we couldn't be more excited about this year's series! Keep reading to learn more about this exciting event and when you can stop by Forest Hill Park for a free live show. 

About the Concert Series

Music in the Park is an annual concert series hosted at Forest Hill Park. Its goal is to foster community togetherness and bring more attention to the area's local talent. 

On a Sunday evening each month from May to October, local musicians perform in a free two-hour concert in the park. Summer shows take place from 6 PM to 8 PM. Fall shows are held slightly earlier (4 PM to 6 PM) to ensure that they finish before the sun goes down. You can access the park from either of its two major entrances at New Kent Avenue at 42nd Street and Forest Hill Avenue at West 41st Street. Be sure to catch a show if you're in the area!

The 2022 Lineup

Each month of the Music in the Park series features a different local group. Here is the current schedule for 2022.

  • The Boulevardiers – July 17th, 6 PM to 8 PM
    Love old Elvis tunes? You'll love The Boulevardiers. This group's fusion of rock n' roll and blues is very similar to the deep, sincere sounds that made The King so famous. At this event, they are scheduled to play a set of covers of some of the most soulful songs from the 60s and 70s. 

  • Unity Sound Reggae Band – August 7, 6 PM to 8 PM
    Enjoy an evening of carefree Caribbean vibes with Unity Sound Reggae Band, Richmond's leading reggae group. With more than 15 years of shows under their belt, this batch of talented musicians has brought joy and peace to countless Virginia residents. Their August performance is sure to leave you and your neighbors in high spirits.

  • Lighthouse Rodeo – September 11, 4 PM to 6 PM 
    Enjoy nearly all-original music from this RVA band. Known for music that incorporates country and singer/songwriter sounds, expect a fun evening when they take the stage in September.

  • Afro-Zen – October 2, 4 PM to 6 PM
    Eclectic, soothing, and always unforgettable, Afro-Zen is unique among Richmond's musical acts. The group blends genres like world beat, jazz, and African sounds to create something entirely new. Stop by their October show to experience a distinctive style of music you won't hear anywhere else.

If any of these groups sound interesting to you, mark your calendar. Visitors are welcome to bring some blankets and folding chairs and set up next to your fellow Richmond residents. Take a cooler of cold drinks with you and spend an evening getting to know the people around you. You may just discover your new favorite band!

This concert series is just one of the many ways the city's residents make time to come together. Contact us today for more information on our available Richmond homes and put down roots in this close-knit community. 

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