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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.

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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.

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How to Save Water at Home

Water conservation is a great way to save money on water bills while also benefiting the environment. Many of these tips can be fit easily into your  normal routine with only slight adjustments.

Recycle Water

Water that isn’t used for its initial purpose can be easily recycled for something else. Instead of throwing water in the sink that is leftover in glasses, use it to water plants inside the house.

 

High-Efficiency Washing Machine

There are numerous energy-efficient washing machines on the market now. These machines can practically pay for themselves with the amount of water they save on your water bills over time.  

 

Be Dishwasher Savvy

Only run the dishwasher when it is full, this will save water by running the machine less frequently.

 

Don’t Use Sprinklers

Water outdoor plants and lawns by hand rather than with an automatic sprinkler system. This will keep you from over watering when the ground is already damp from recent rainfall or watering areas that do not need water.

 

Shorten Shower Time

Long showers are always tempting, but it is actually better for your skin and hair to shorten shower time. Take shorter showers to save water and benefit your hair and skin!

Do you have any tips or tricks about water conservation that you would like to share? 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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Affordable Updates For Your Home

Looking for a weekend home improvement project? Updating your home does not have to be expensive or time-consuming. Here are a few ideas to make updates to your home. Updating your home will could also increase the value of your home and add more selling points.

 

Install an Under-Sink Water Filter

There are under-the-sink water filters in a wide price range. These filters will give you purified water as soon as you turn on the faucet, eliminating the need for other filters and bottled water. This is an update that can save money long term.

 

Freshly Caulk The Bathroom

Over time, caulking gets discolored and cracked. This will quickly make the home look older and dirty. To keep the bathroom looking fresh and crisp add new lines of caulk in the bathroom.

 

Add Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are a great addition to bedroom and can save money on heating and cooling throughout the year. In the winter and can keep warm air circulating through the home and keeping the air moving during the warmer months.

 

Add a Programmable Thermostat

These are a great way to modernize your home. Having a programmable thermostat will save money on your heating and cooling bills and they are easy to use. This update can be accomplished in just an afternoon.

 

Add Crown Molding

Give rooms a crisp, finished look by adding crown molding throughout your home or in different rooms.

 

Give Fresh Paint to New Rooms

A fresh coat of paint can go a long way. It can brighten and bring new life into any room.

Fresh paint can brighten and bring new life into any room.

 

New Shower Head

Quickly upgrade your shower by installing a new shower head. This is an extremely quick project that can make a big difference.

 

Which one will you try first?   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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Incorporating Water Features in Your Garden

Have you thought about incorporating water features in your garden? Here are just a few reasons supporting garden water features. They are low maintenance ways to add character to your outdoor space and increase your curb appeal.

Attracts Birds and Other Creatures

Water features will attract various forms of wildlife to your yard. Dragonflies, birds, lizards and much more are drawn toward water, making it a great way to have beautiful nature views in sight.

 

Low Maintenance

Water features do not require a lot of maintenance.  Purchase a pump that cycles the water through the system to keep from wasting water. Periodic cleaning is needed to keep algae from growing, but that could take only a few minutes each week.

 

Tranquility

Water is typically viewed as tranquil or calming. Incorporating this into your garden space can add a soothing effect. The sound of trickling water from a fountain or waterfall can quickly make your garden go from simple to a soothing paradise.

 

Any Size

Despite the size of your outdoor space, there are options in a wide range of sizes. Some can easily can be worked into the garden, taking up no extra space.

 

Adds Character

Regardless of the style a garden encompasses, there are endless styles that can enhance your garden. They create unique and memorable focal points to any garden space.
Have you thought about adding a water feature to your landscape?  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.