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Moving? Here Are Some Relocation Tips

 

Whether you are moving for the first time or the tenth, each move always presents its own unique struggles. Here are a few tips to try to make your move easier and less stressful.

 

Hire Movers In Advance

If you need to hire movers, remember to hire them weeks in advance. Trying to hire a moving company at the last minute can result in more chaos and stress if the movers are booked past your moving date.

 

Clean

Clean before you start moving in. This isn’t always possible for longer distance moves, but it can be incredibly helpful when it is possible. Trying to clean while moving is much more difficult because boxes are being unpacked at the same time.

 

Paint

Just like cleaning, if you are able to paint before you move in so you have less to move around during the painting process.

 

Stop Buying Groceries (before you move)

Make your last grocery store visit at least two weeks prior to moving. Try to use up as much as you can and then throw out the rest.

 

Prepare the Refrigerator

Remove everything from the fridge and defrost it at least 24 hours before moving. After defrosting, wipe up any messes. This will prevent spills and weird smells as you move it into the new home.

 

Clothes

Keep clothes on hangers for faster unpacking. To keep the clothes together, encompass the bottom of the clothes in the bag and cinch the top, where the hangers are, together.

 

Have you made a move recently? Do you have any tips on how to make the process easier? Comment below!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

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Patio Scapes – Transforming your Outdoor Space for Fall

September 22nd marks the official first day of Autumn. As the season transitions, here are some tips to prepare your outdoor living spaces.  Even as the temperatures go down, there are still plenty of opportunities to take advantage of your outdoor space! Here are some tips to step-up your outdoor living spaces this season.

Incorporate Pops of Color

When thinking of Autumn, there are a few colors that come to mind. These colors are usually warm colors and earth tones. Using hues of oranges, yellows, and reds will make your outdoor space POP. Some simple ideas to add color while incorporating natural elements would be to use small pumpkins and gourds as centerpieces. Fall flowers such as sunflowers and chrysanthemums are also great for adding color.

Add Textures

Adding texture is a subtle way to incorporate the ambiance of fall. Wicker furniture, hay bales, corn husks, etc give texture to the space. Add contrast with soft, warm blankets that people can wrap around themselves on cooler days.

Lighten Up

Incorporate different types of lighting to provide a warm glow to the area. Outdoor fireplaces or fire pits are also great centers of entertainment and keeping warm. However, if you want to build fires, be sure to check on the fire regulations of your community.

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

 

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Preparing Your Home for Fall

As the fall season approaches, there are a few things that should be done to the home. Here are just a few things to consider doing now to make sure you and your home are ready for the Autumn days that are ahead.

Gutters and Downspouts

The first thoughts that come to mind when thinking of Autumn are about the beautiful fall foliage and leaves falling. Over the summer, debris may have accumulated in your gutters. To prepare for the upcoming weather and season, the gutters and downspouts should be cleared of any debris. Having a clear gutter system is also important because it keeps water from accumulating on the roof, which could result in water damage.

Landscaping

Walk around the exterior of your home and inspect your garden and landscaping. If there are any unhealthy plants, this might be the time to pull or cut them down. Mulching is a great thing to do to flower beds before the cold weather strikes because it will keep the base of the plants warmer and healthier. If there are still any landscaping tasks on your summer “to-do” list, now is the time to conquer them.

Windows and Doors

Go around the home and check windows and doors for cracks, gaps, or damage. Fix any damage by caulking or checking with a professional to prevent more damage. Doing this will help keep warm air in the home, and cool air out. A quick tip to help lower you heating and electric bill is the keep the windows of your home clean, letting more light into the home to warm the air.

Outdoor Lighting

In the fall, the days get shorter and more things have to be done with the sun down. To brighten the exterior of your home and up your curb appeal, incorporate lighting into your landscaping.  Light up walkways with small solar lights and think about adding more dramatic lighting to light up the exterior of your home.

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

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Tips For Painting Your Front Door

Pick the Color

First things first, you have to decide on a paint color! If you are stuck between several options, try taping different swatches of paint colors to your door. Then stand back and see which color is your favorite.

 

Check the Weather

Do not paint if there is rain in the forecast or if there is high humidity outside. Clear, dry weather is optimal for exterior paint jobs. Humid weather makes the paint take longer to dry, keeping the door sticky.

 

Getting Started

When you are ready to start painting, remove any hardware from the door. This is to ensure a cleaner paint job and keeps the hardware clean. Sand the door to ensure the paint goes on smoothly.

 

Add a Primer

Depending on the original color of the door and the color it is going to be painted, ask a professional if the primer should be clear or tinted. Tinted primers are better for dark colored doors that are being repainted.

 

Painting

When painting the edges and details of the door, use a smaller brush. For the flat part of the door use a standard roller brush. This will give a cleaner paint job. The door might require several coats of paint. Let the door dry fully between coats and before reattaching it to the hinges.

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

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Organic Gardening? Try a Compost Pile!

Are you interesting in learning how to start a compost pile? Composting is a great, all-natural way to fertilize your gardens and yard. Starting the process is relatively easy and cost free. Most kitchen and yard scraps can be collected for the composting.

 

To get started, pick a designated area outside to start the pile or purchase a composting bin. Any fruit or vegetable waste, egg shells, and coffee grinds are easy finds in most homes. Keep a container in the kitchen to collect the compost scraps instead of throwing the scraps away. Grass clippings, raked leaves, and other yard waste is also a great addition to compost piles.

 

It is important to turn the pile over with garden tools periodically to get new additions to the pile mixed throughout. Turning also mixes the different items together, making a nutrient-rich fertilizer.

 

It generally takes at least 2 weeks for the composting process to begin. After the process begins it takes the waste several months to a year to turn into usable soil. If you continually add new things to the pile, the process will take longer. Once it has turned into soil, just sprinkle it through gardens as an all natural fertilizer!

 

Have you tried composting? Let us know your tips and tricks!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

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Keeping Pets Happy During Renovations

During home renovations, it is important to keep your furry friends happy and safe. Renovations can put pets in dangerous and frightening situations. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you are planning on having renovations when you have pets:

 

Tag Them

Make sure they are wearing their collars with attached tags giving information about the pet and the owners. Phone numbers, name of owners, and name of the pet should be attached. This is for in case the animal gets frightened and bolts, which can happen with the loud sounds and strangers in the home.

 

Safe Room

Put the animals in a safe room where they are away from the commotion. It is also important to not let the pets roam around the house even after hours. There may be sharp or other dangerous objects left that could hurt them.

 

Consider Pet Daycare

If there will be loud noises or fumigations, it might be more relaxing for the pets to go to a pet daycare or to stay with a friend. When planning the renovations, also plan where your pets can stay throughout the process.

 

Routine

Try to keep the pet’s routine as close to normal as possible. Animals are creatures of habit, keeping them on their normal schedule will make them feel more comfortable.

 

Do you have any tips on caring for your pets during stressful times?  Share below!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

 

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How to D.I.Y. a Fire Pit

An outdoor fire pit is great any time of year. Here are some tips to DIY your own fire pit along with some safety tips. Fire pits can be basic or elaborate, depending on budgets and intended usage of the pit. Remember to never leave a fire going unattended. During high winds or during summer droughts, having an outdoor fire is not advised.

Check the Local Regulations Before Getting Started

There are different rules and regulations for different areas. Before getting started, it is important to check these rules and make sure your fire pit is going to be within the regulations.

Pick a Location that is at Least 20-25 Feet From Homes and Trees

The fire pit should always be a reasonable distance from anything combustible. This will help keep the fire contained and reduce the risk of having the fire get out of control.  

Dig a Pit

Mark the area and then dig a shallow hole for the fire pit. The pit should be at least 6 inches deep.

Build a Wall Around the Pit

Bricks and stone are great for bordering fire pits because they are not flammable. These will help keep the fire from spreading. Check with your local landscaping vendors for recommendations for materials to use.  Check out this site for custom materials for building your pit! 

Be Vigilant and Have Fun

Once the firepit is constructed, fire pits can be a lot of fun. However, it is important to be vigilant when having a fire. Use caution and never leave a fire unattended.  

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.