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February
15

How to Start Your Garden Indoors This Month

Richmond Indoor Garden

If you have plans for a garden this year and prefer to save money and start your own plants from seed, now is the time to start those seeds indoors. Even if you're planning on selling your home this year, our real estate agents advise moving ahead with your normal gardening plans, as adding pretty flowers to your landscaping or to pots around the front door and porch can dramatically improve your home's curb appeal. Here are a few tips to help you successfully start seeds inside.

  1. Know what plants need to be started indoors.
    Plants that are native to warmer climates closer to the equator tend to require long growing seasons. These include fruits and vegetables like melons, squash (including pumpkins), peppers, tomatoes, and many others. The same goes for many flowers. Some vegetables, on the other hand, don't need to be started indoors or don't do well if transplanted, such as carrots. Do your research now and make sure you know what needs to get started indoors this month.

  2. Choose an appropriate soil.
    Seedlings are picky about soil, and the wrong soil can doom your starting attempts. The soil needs to be light and fluffy and should be fertilized so you don't have to worry about fertilizing for a little while. It should also be clean and disease-free. Seed starting kits should have everything you need to start your garden indoors, or you can buy bags of appropriate soil.

  3. Provide enough light.
    Many people think that simply putting seedlings in a kitchen window will provide enough sunlight, but remember, you're trying to mimic a climate that has more hours of sunlight throughout the growing season. Insufficient light will leave your seedlings leggy and weak if they make it at all. Instead, position lights 3 to 4 inches from your seedlings, set on a timer so the plants get around 16 hours of light per day. Even just goose-necked desk lamps will do. This will help ensure that your seedlings leaf out and are strong enough to transplant.

  4. Start your seeds far enough in advance.
    Seeds need to be started far enough in advance that they are stable by the time you transplant them into your garden. This means 4 to 6 weeks for most plants, with as much as 8 weeks for warmer weather plants, such as tomatoes and peppers. Starting vegetables far enough in advance ensures that you'll be able to harvest your garden before the first frost. Likewise, if you start your flowers now, you'll have plenty of flowering plants to boost your home's curb appeal and help it to stand out among other Richmond homes for sale.

A successful garden takes some preparation, so start your research and get your seeds started now! In a few months, you'll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor (pun intended). For help deciding what touches like flowers and landscaping your home might need, or determining when the best time is to list your home on the market, contact us today.

February
9

5 Pro Tips for Arranging a Gallery Wall

Gallery Wall Tips

The traditional way to decorate your walls is to hang a few select pieces of artwork or mirrors, leaving a lot of empty wall space. If this seems a little boring to you, you'll love an alternative approach we often see in well-staged Richmond homes for sale: the gallery wall, which is where you hang many pieces of artwork together for a collage-like effect. While some of these gallery walls might look haphazard at first glance, usually they're well planned out with a theme and with an eye for balance and design. They're great for family photos or eclectic displays of artwork. Here are a few tips for bringing this savvy look into your own home.

  1. Create your collection.
    The first thing is to determine what's going to be on the wall. You want to emphasize variety, so don't make them all the same style or size. Use a common theme to pull everything together. Family photos are another frequent choice for a gallery wall, although if you're staging a home for sale, our real estate agents recommend replacing the family photos with framed artwork for a less personal effect. 

  2. Frame it right.
    Once you have your collection assembled, it's time to decide how you plan on framing it. Most interior designers recommend museum glass because it will minimize reflection and keep damaging UV light from your photographs and artwork. The frames you choose are also important, as they are a part of the overall aesthetic of your gallery wall. Subtle, matching frames can tie everything together and help provide balance if the wallpaper or collection is very busy. A variety of interesting frames can provide a more eclectic look or help draw attention to favorite pieces.

  3. Maintain balance.
    Balance is how you can hang an entire wall's worth of photos and make it look interesting and pleasing instead of cluttered. Start by paying attention to where the permanent furniture will be on your gallery wall. Large artwork should be placed first in a balanced fashion, and then smaller artwork can be used to fill in the spaces around it. The space between frames should be narrower than the artwork and fairly (although not perfectly) uniform. Don't cram something in where it doesn't fit; instead, shift the other pieces or find a different place.

  4. Do a trial run.
    Many designers recommend that you start planning a gallery wall by laying everything out on the floor the way you'll want it on the wall. You can arrange and rearrange to your heart's content, making sure everything looks even, balanced, and interesting. You can even mock it up on the wall when you're done by measuring and creating outlines of each pieces on the wall in blue painter's tape. 

  5. Leave room to grow.
    If your gallery wall will be up for a long time, leave room to grow. Many people start with a smaller area of the wall and build it into a larger area, especially if it is something like family photos. Or you might eventually decide to turn an adjacent wall into an extension of the original gallery wall. Just keep in mind that you'll need to maintain the same principles of balance as you expand.

A gallery wall is an excellent way to express yourself and your sense of style, but it also can be a useful tool for staging your home as you get ready to sell. For more staging ideas and information about selling your Richmond area home, contact us today.

January
11

How to Find the Right Style of Decor For Your Home

Decor for Richmond Home

When it comes to your home decorating style, do you struggle to pick out pieces because you don't know what to focus on? Do you feel pulled around by trends? Or do you feel like you can't put your finger on it because everything is mismatched and pieced together? Identifying your home decorating style can be a minefield of indecision and procrastination.

Our real estate agents believe that our homes should be a reflection of our personalities. It has to do with trusting your intuition instead of following the crowd. The following tips for finding the right style of décor for your home will help you create spaces that look beautiful, feel authentic, and make you happy.

  • Look in Your Closet
    Take a good, hard look at what's in your closet. Pay attention to the colors, textures, patterns, and fabrics you turn to again and again. Are they mostly neutral?  Or are your favorite clothes made with bold patterns and lots of colors? Let the colors guide you when choosing textiles and décor items for your home.


  • Design a Style Vignette
    A style vignette is an arrangement of objects displayed together in a pleasing, balanced way. The grouping is typically made up of homeware pieces but can also feature craft objects, art, natural elements, flowers, and other mementos. Walk around your home and gather anything that tickles your fantasy and captures the look you're going for. Arrange them and live with them for a few days to help you define the decorating style that appeals to you. If you end up liking the overall vibe, tone, and color scheme, you can spread that style across your entire home.


  • Get Inspired
    You can also use outside inspiration to find your design style. You might want to create a Pinterest board with places and rooms you love or scroll through home décor hashtags on Instagram. See if you can spot a color scheme, trend, or theme that you're most drawn to. Sometimes, however, Instagram and Pinterest can be a bit overwhelming because there are so many beautiful images at one time. Instead, you can just flip through a magazine to find out what you love. Next, look through your magazine and Pinterest boards to decipher commonalities among the photos.


  • Take an Online Decorating Quiz
    There are tons of online decorating quizzes that can help you discover and pinpoint your tastes and preferences, so you can start designing your dream home. Some quizzes will also reveal the paint colors, types of furniture, and accent pieces that you should have in your space. Consider taking multiple design style quizzes at your leisure. You know you've found your style and are ready to start designing if the quizzes end in similar results.


  • Think About Your Current Décor
    It's not common to start decorating from scratch. Walk through your house and make a list of all pieces of furniture, accessories, or art that have to stay. Separate what you love from what you wish you could replace. Next, review the list of things you love to see the common traits and write those down. This will serve as a guide to keep you true to your style.

Need some additional advice about decorating your home as you think about buying one of the Richmond homes for sale? We can help you. Contact us today to schedule tours of beautiful homes in the RVA.

December
14

Simple Tricks to Lower Your Heating Bill

Heating Bill Tips

High heating bills pack a real punch into homeowners' budgets each winter. Sure, it's not cheap to keep your entire house warm, but that doesn't mean you accept this as an annual hit to your wallet. Consider these tips from our real estate agents that are free or low-cost tricks for staying warm and saving money.

  1. Turn Down Your Thermostat
    Turning your thermostat down a few degrees can shave up to 10% off your heating bill. Whether you're going to be at work all day, running some errands for a few hours, or will be headed out for the weekend, lower your thermostat temperature by 3 to 7 degrees. If you're slightly forgetful or the back and forth is just getting on your nerves, consider upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat. You can set it to adjust the heat on a predetermined schedule. Many are Wi-Fi compatible and let you control your thermostat from an app.


  2. Seal Up Air Leaks
    Air leaks allow heat to escape your home easily. Light a candle, and let's do some detective work here. Hold the flame near doors, windows, light fixtures, ceilings, walls, switches, and in areas where cables and wires enter your house. If you see the flame flicker, that could mean you've spotted an air leak. Sealing up those air leaks is as easy as applying some inexpensive caulking, weather stripping, or adding insulating material.


  3. Let Ceiling Fans Work to Your Advantage
    Yep, you read that right. Ceiling fans are typically meant to cool down a room, but they can also be good at warming them up and helping you save on heating bill costs. During cold weather, get that fan to spin clockwise and keep it on the lowest setting. This will push warm air downward, leaving your house feeling warmer.


  4. Don't Let Heat Escape 
    If you don't use a certain room in your house, why heat it? Everyone knows that turning off the lights when exiting a room helps lower your electric bill. The same goes for keeping your windows and doors shut when you leave a room. Even when you're in the room, shutting the doors will allow the heat to hang out in the room, reducing the load on your HVAC system. If you aren't using your fireplace, seal the chimney flue and ensure the glass door is in place to minimize heat loss.


  5. Use a Humidifier
    The air in your home tends to be dry during the winter months. Using a humidifier can help put some moisture in the air and keep your home warm without causing a dramatic increase in your heating bill. The moisture released by the humidifier will retain heat, keeping you more comfortable. 


  6. Let the Sun Hit Things Up
    When the sun comes out, open your shades, curtains, and blinds to make the best use of "passive solar gain." Your home's exterior walls can soak the heat and give some serious warmth the old-fashioned way. 


  7. Call for a Checkup
    Proper maintenance of your heating systems can make a big difference in your home's heating efficiency. You can keep your furnaces or heaters running at peak performance by having them checked by a professional at least once a year. It also pays to have your ductwork fixed to prevent the loss of heated air. Similarly, you should change the air filters to allow better airflow and reduce the strain on your furnace.

Are you looking for beautiful and winter-ready property among the wonderful Richmond homes for saleContact us to get started.

August
12

6 Pet-Friendly Restaurants in Richmond

Pet Friendly Places in Richmond

Does it make you sad to leave your furry pal behind when you go out to dinner? Man's (and woman's) best friend is now welcome at a growing number of eateries. Our REALTORS® recommend their favorite dog-friendly restaurants in the Richmond area.

  1. Ammo Brewing - 235 N. Market St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Four-legged dogs aren't the only kind you'll find on the patio at Ammo Brewing. Hot dogs are the specialty at this brewpub near Petersburg homes for sale. Choose from beef, brat, chicken or vegan for a basic dog or opt for a "show dog" with unique toppings such as kimchi, bleu cheese, and smoked brisket. Save room for a brownie or moon pie topped with Ammo's special beerberry sauce. Ammo Brewing is open Wednesday through Sunday with brunch served 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday.

  2. Saladworks - 11845 W. Broad St., Henrico, VA 23230
    In the mood for a light summer lunch, you can enjoy with Fido at your side? Saladworks, located just minutes from Henrico homes for sale, has a wide variety of fresh and healthy soups, sandwiches, salads, wraps and grain bowls available for dining at their outdoor tables. If you prefer, create your own wrap or salad with ingredients like kale, quinoa, roasted Brussels sprouts, and edamame. Top with one of 19 different dressings such as green goddess, pumpkin vinaigrette and salsa ranch. Hours at Saladworks are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekends.

  3. 526 Grille - 3635 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    Cap off a great day of viewing Colonial Heights homes for sale with some delicious comfort food at 526 Grille. The menu at this dog-friendly restaurant features Southern-style pork chops, grilled ham and cheese sandwich, peach cobbler and other classics as well as a weekly burger special. 526 Grille is open 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday.

  4. Made in Asia - 7302 Hancock Village Dr., Chesterfield, VA 23832
    Your dog's palate is pretty basic, but he won't mind you indulging in the exotic dishes from Made in Asia, only a short drive from Chesterfield homes for sale. Relax at one of the outdoor tables as you select from the extensive menu of traditional pan-Asian and Thai dishes including curries, noodles, fried rice, and sushi. You'll also find a dozen small plates that are just the right size to share with a two-legged friend. Hours are noon - 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  5. Sweet Shop Donuts Café - 1800A S. Creek One, Powhatan, VA 23139
    Sweet Shop Donuts Café is a charming restaurant serving all-day breakfast along with burgers, sandwiches, and salads. But it's no secret that the stars of the show are the luscious treats for which the café is named. Take a break from touring Powhatan homes for sale to sit out front and people-watch with your dog as you savor an apple fritter, cinnamon roll or sea-salted caramel donut. Sweet Shop is open until 2 p.m. daily except for extended hours until 6 p.m. on Friday.

  6. Bottoms Up - 1700 Dock St., Richmond, VA 23223
    What family doesn't love a good pizza joint? Now your four-legged family members can join you at on the downstairs patio at Bottoms Up, not far from Richmond homes for sale. Between the specialty pizzas and the make-your-own options, the combinations are endless. There's even a low-carb pizza with Portobello mushroom as the "crust." Bottoms Up opens at 11 a.m. seven days a week.

Whether you're buying or selling a home in the Richmond area, we can handle all your real estate needs. Contact us to learn more.

July
22

6 Places Around Richmond for a Girlfriends' Getaway

Richmond Spots for a Girlfriends Getaway

Your best friends are always there to celebrate the highs and cheer you up during the lows. August 1 is National Girlfriends Day, so show your gal pals how much you love and appreciate them with an outing to one of these great places around Richmond suggested by our REALTORS®.

  1. Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa - 7204 Hancock Village Dr., Chesterfield, VA 23832
    Take time out from your many responsibilities to enjoy some pampering with your BFFs at Hand & Stone. Their comprehensive menu of services includes a full range of massage styles as well as facials, aromatherapy, exfoliation, hair removal, and hot towel treatments. New customers receive special pricing on a one-hour massage or facial. Reservations are recommended, but they also accept walk-ins. Hand & Stone is open seven days a week, so it's a perfect treat after a day of viewing Chesterfield homes for sale.

  2. Beacon Theatre - 401 N. Main St., Hopewell, VA 23860
    Beacon Theatre, centrally located to Hopewell homes for sale. began its life nearly 100 years ago hosting silent movies and vaudeville shows. Today the fully restored Beacon is an intimate venue for both contemporary and classic performers such as the Oak Ridge Boys and Blue Oyster Cult, along with tribute acts honoring Motown, Elton John, and other favorites. 

  3. Virginia Rep at Hanover Tavern - 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd., Hanover, VA 23069
    Instead of dinner and a movie at a generic multiplex, why not have dinner and live theater at a charming tavern? It's only minutes from Hanover homes for sale to historic Hanover Tavern, a unique setting for performances staged by Virginia Repertory Theatre. The showtime menu includes Southern favorites such as fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and pork cassoulet. Can't make the show? Lunch and dinner are served Wednesday through Sunday.

  4. Stony Point Fashion Park - 9200 Stony Point Pkwy., Richmond, VA 23235
    Is "shop 'til you drop" your personal mission statement? You and your BFFs will be in seventh heaven at Stony Point Fashion Park, conveniently located near Richmond homes for sale. Browse the latest in fashion at upscale stores such as Anthropologie, Lucky Brand and Talbots, then relax over a late lunch at Fleming's, La Hacienda or P.F. Chang's. Check out the classes, demonstrations, and workshops at Live 360°. Hours are 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  5. Old Towne Studio 7 - 230 E. Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Everyone's an artist at Old Towne Studio 7, not far from Petersburg homes for sale. Owner Denise Tipton expands the popular "paint and sip" concept to "create and sip," in which you and your friends may find yourself pouring candles or making a macrame plant hanger as well as painting. It's ladies only from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Wine Down Wednesdays. Fees are just $20 and bring your own beverages and snacks. 

  6. County Seat Restaurant - 3883 Old Buckingham Rd., Powhatan, VA 23139
    Weekend brunch is a traditional way to share time with good friends. County Seat Restaurant refers to itself as a "Gathering Place" close to Powhatan homes for sale, so they specialize in creating an ambiance encouraging warm and leisurely get-togethers. Weekend brunch buffets include biscuits and gravy, breakfast meats and an assortment of fresh baked goods with the addition of a waffle and omelet station on Sunday. Hours are 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Sunday. There's also a Sunday lunch buffet from noon - 3 p.m. for late risers. 

Richmond is a great area to put down roots and nurture close relationships. If you're buying or selling a home around Richmond, contact us for personalized service.

July
8

Don't Throw It Away, Give It Way

6 Donation Centers in the RVA

Where to Donate Your Stuff Before Moving

Donating unused and unwanted items pays benefits beyond a clean, orderly home. Contributions help support deserving organizations and keep trash out of landfills. In honor of National Give Something Away Day on July 15, our REALTORS® take a look at six donation centers in the Richmond area to declutter your home.

  1. Regenesis Thrift Store - 24 Pickwick Ave., Colonial Heights 23835
    The namesake charity of Regenesis Thrift Store runs programs assisting people who are low-income or homeless as well as individuals battling substance abuse or recently released from prison. Their shop accepts donations of just about any item that's in reasonably good condition, including vehicles. Free pick-up is available for larger items. Regenesis is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. every day but Sunday, so you can drop off donations while touring Colonial Heights homes for sale.
  2. Clothes Closet - 2999 River Rd. W., Goochland 23063
    Are closets and dressers getting too full? Clothes Closet, located close to Goochland homes for sale, accepts donations of new and gently used men's, women's and children's clothing along with books, toys, and household items. GoochlandCares, a local free clinic and family services organization, provides clients and each member of their families with a $25 voucher each month to use at the Clothes Closet, but the shop is also open to the public. Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday starting at 9 a.m. and there are drop-off bins for after hours.
  3. Hope Thrift - 11260 Patterson Ave., Henrico 23238
    If you're moving into or out of one of the great Henrico homes for sale, lighten the load and donate unwanted but still good furniture, clothing, and housewares to Hope Thrift. Proceeds from the store help support local and global charities through Hope Church's outreach programs. Store hours are 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday
  4. Crater Community Hospice Thrift Store - 3916 S. Crater Rd., Petersburg, 23805
    In 2017 and 2018, Crater Community Hospice Thrift Store was recognized as "Best of the Best" near Petersburg homes for sale. The shop accepts donations of clothing, books, sporting goods, and household items from smoke-free and chemical-free homes. Daily specials offer 50 percent off specific categories and proceeds of all sales go toward hospice patient care. CCHTS is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day but Sunday.
  5. Goodwill Stavemill Crossing Retail Store - 1885 Stavemill Crossing Lane, Powhatan 23139
    For nearly a century, Goodwill has been serving the Richmond community by helping those in need to become self-sufficient through employment. Their Stavemill Crossing Retail Store is one of several outlets funding Goodwill's mission through sales of donated household items, from linens and dinnerware to computers and electronics. The Stavemill Crossing store is open seven days a week, so stop in on a break from viewing Powhatan homes for sale
  6. ChildSavers - 200 N. 22nd St., Richmond 23223
    Is your home full of toys, games, and books your kids have outgrown or lost interest in? Give them a second home at ChildSavers, an organization offering mental health and developmental services to children, particularly those who have suffered from trauma. ChildSavers is in need of art supplies, costumes, toys and games, pillows and small chairs for use in their programs. Contact the ChildSavers office, conveniently located not far from Richmond homes for sale, for information about dropping off your donation. 

Our experienced REALTORS® can offer a wealth of information and tips about living in the Richmond area. Contact us for professional assistance in buying or selling your home.

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