Fall Gardening Tips

Fall has arrived! With the changing season, there are a few changes to make to prepare your garden beds as well. Preparing your garden each season will keep your curb appeal looking its best from season to season.

 

Mulch

Adding a fresh layer of mulch this time of year will help protect your shrubs, trees, and other plants that will go dormant as winter comes near.

 

Take Containers Inside

If possible, move your container plants inside. Herbs, vegetables, and smaller perennials will come back in the spring if you keep them warm and in the sunshine throughout the colder months.

 

Fall Fruits and Vegetables

All the wonderful fall harvest fruits and vegetables are in season! If your garden is small enough, pick them all when they are ripe and don’t forget the ones that may have fallen on the ground. If they are left on the ground, as they decompose they will bring ants, wasps, and other unwelcome critters to your gardens!

 

Plant Fall Bulbs

It’s time to plant your fall bulbs! Planting your bulbs in the fall will give your garden a head start in the spring. Many fall bulb varieties are more tolerant to the cooler temperatures, so when spring arrives they will start blooming even if the weather is still chilly.

How do you prepare your garden for fall? Share your tips and tricks below!

 

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Four “Around The Home” Tasks To Do This Month

As the fall season approaches, there are a few things that should be done to prepare your home. Here are four things to do now in order to make sure your home is ready for the Autumn days that are ahead.

 

Gutters and Downspouts

Autumn is synonymous with beautiful foliage falling from the trees. Over the summer months, debris may have accumulated in your gutters. To prepare your home for the leaves that will inevitably fall onto your roof and in your gutters, these areas should be checked and cleaned 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, it is time to pull or cut them down. This time of year mulching is a great thing to do before cold weather strikes because it will keep the base of the plants warmer and healthier. If there are any lingering 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.

 

How do you prepare your home for Autumn? Share in the comment section!

 

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Preparing The Home To Sell

 

When you are preparing to put your home on the market there are endless things you can do to ensure your home will show its best for potential buyers. However, most people do not have the time or resources to devote to endless touch-ups. Instead, we picked out some of the most important things you can do when selling your home to give the best impression to potential buyers.

 

Clean Everything

This one seems like a no-brainer but surprisingly gets neglected. Even the places and spots you generally overlook when doing your typical cleaning regime need to be given a thorough cleaning. This is especially important if you have pets to help eliminate any potential odors. When in doubt hire a professional. They have the tools and the expertise to get your home in tip-top shape.

 

Vacating the Home/Staging 

Make arrangements to be out of the property during the sales process. If you are moving after you sell your current home, it is best to leave and take pets with you when Realtor’s are taking clients through your home. If you are moving out before the sale,  consider leaving a few pieces of furniture behind to help with staging or talk to your agent if they have a plan to stage your home.  

 

Spend Some Time Outside 

Make your curb appeal the envy of the neighborhood. Sweep the porch, touch-up existing landscaping, refresh mulch, and cut the grass. Drought resistant landscaping is a PLUS amongst buyers. 

 

Repaint

Dramatic colors are not for everyone. Deep or vibrant colors throughout your home may be a major turn off or distraction to the buyer. Ask your agent their opinion on the paint colors in your home and if they recommend using more neutral paints throughout.

 

Lighten Up

Put your home in the best light possible by checking all the light fixtures in your home! Make sure they all work appropriately and replace any dead bulbs. Incorporating natural light is another simple way to make your home look more appealing. Open blinds and let the sun show off the house for you.

 

Do you have any other tips for preparing a home to sell? We love hearing from our readers!

 

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.

 

 

Tips to DIY a Safe Firepit

An outdoor fire pit is great any time of year. Here are some tips to DIY your own 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 safe distance from anything combustible. A good rule of thumb is to keep it at least 25 feet away from any other trees, shrubbery, or homes. This will help eliminate the chances of the fire spreading to unwanted areas if a gust of wind comes through.  

 

Dig a Pit

Mark the area and then dig a shallow hole for the fire pit. The pit should around 6 inches deep (if you have a lot of space to build a larger fire, dig a larger pit). 

 

Build a Wall Around the Pit

Bricks and stone are great for bordering fire pits because they aren’t flammable. This means they will help keep the fire contained. The stonework around the fire pit can be as fancy or as simple as you would like! Fancier stonework might take more time, but it can make your firepit a beautiful accessory to your outdoor living area.

 

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.  

 

Do you have any other fire safety tips to share? Comment and 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.

 

Why You Need More Houseplants

Are you considering getting more houseplants? Or maybe you don’t have any yet and you are wondering if you should invest in a few?  Adding more houseplants into your home can make your home feel like a serene oasis. Here are three benefits to adding more plants into your space: 

 

They Clean The Air

Plants absorb the toxins and pollutants in the air and produce fresh oxygen in exchange. Some varieties are better than others, especially for those who experience allergies. Go to a local plant nursery or greenhouse to learn more about what plants would work best for your needs. 

 

Decreased Stress

Studies have found that keeping flowering plants in your home can also be associated with lower stress levels! This is because caring for a plant can be therapeutic and plants and greenery are associated with a serene atmosphere. If you are feeling stressed, add a few plants to your home or work area! 

 

Easy & Natural Decor

Depending on the plants you choose, there is a variety of different colors you could bring into your home! Plants are a nice, complementing accessory to any room. They add color and texture to a room without looking overbearing. 

 

What are your thoughts? How do you keep your houseplants healthy? Share your tips and tricks in the comments section!

 

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.

Why You Need a Professional Home Inspector – From the Buyers and Sellers Standpoint

 

Buying a home is the largest and most important purchase people make in their lifetime. Whether you are the buyer or the seller, having a home inspection done can save you money in the future. The home inspector will bring attention to issues that may not be obvious. Many costly issues that arise are from “out of sight – out of mind” problems behind walls or hiding in the home’s foundation. A good home inspector can also assess whether they think there are any necessary repairs or recommend other inspections. If money or time are playing a role, they can also help prioritize the problems that require attention first.

 

As the seller, having a home inspection done will give you the opportunity to fix any problems before putting your home on the market. This will eliminate having a buyer involved in the renovations.  Choosing to have a home inspection done can also be to your advantage, it will help give the buyer more confidence in potentially purchasing the home. If, as the seller, you refrain from having an inspection performed the buyer can choose to have a home inspector look at the home. If there are things that require maintenance in the home the buyer may ask for the price of the home to be lowered.

 

As the buyer, it is important to have a home inspection done because it will eliminate any surprises after making a purchase. You will become aware of any problems the home may have that could require repair. Some sellers refuse to get home inspections so they remain unaware of problems. If they are unaware of problems then they are released from their obligation to inform the buyer of them. Even if the seller did have an inspection done, it is always a good idea to have one done for yourself as well to ensure it was thorough. If you have the ability to go through the home with the inspector it can be a great learning opportunity and give you insight on the condition of the entire home.

 

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Maximizing Kitchen Storage

The kitchen, to most, is considered the heart of the home. For those who love to cook or bake, there seems to be an endless list of pots, pans, & utensils that are necessary for various dishes. The problem that frequently arises is that there is a lack of storage space. If you are struggling with storage in your kitchen, here are some tips and ideas that can help!

 

Map It Out First

Before starting the process of putting your kitchen utensils throughout the kitchen, map out where you think everything should go first. This will make things go more smoothly when you start the process of moving things around. It will also help eliminate having to switch things around when you realize they are not stored in their optimal spaces.

 

Add Drawers

Most kitchens have drawers incorporated in their design, but if there’s room for more feel free to add more! Especially if you need more space for kitchen utensils.  

 

Layer Storage

If drawer space is limited, you can increase your storage by adding layers. In cabinets, add more shelving or removable racks. This will allow you to access more vertical space.

 

Attractive Open Storage

Utilize your counter space by incorporating attractive storage containers. Tall and slender containers are great for holding long spoons, spatulas, and other kitchen tools with long handles. Open racks for pretty dinner plates are also a great solution for storing dining ware.

How do you maximize storage in your kitchen? Share your ideas below! We love feedback from our readers!

 

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.