How To Decorate The Front Porch For Fall

Fall is here, and it is one of our favorite seasons for decorating. The season embraces of natural textures and warm colors.  Decorating your front porch can boost your curb appeal and make your home look more welcoming. Here are some of our favorite tips to decorate your front porch this season.

 

Use Flowers

Mums are probably the most popular fall flower. They come in a variety of beautiful colors; use one color for a monochromatic scheme, or mix several colors. Add more texture and depth to the arrangements by adding ornamental grasses.

 

Pumpkins and Gourds

Pumpkins and gourds are in season and are a great addition to your porch decor! Use pumpkins and gourds of various colors and sizes for a simple and classic look.

 

Natural Textures

If you have more porch space, hay bales, corn husks, and scarecrows are wonderful, neutral options. It adds texture and scarecrows can be decorated to look cheery or silly, this is a fun way to let your personality shine through your decor.

 

Add a Wreath

Add a fall wreath to your front door to instantly add fall style to your front porch. This is great for people who do not love to decorate because it can be as simple and minimalistic as desired.

 

How are you decorating your front porch for Fall? Share your decor and design ideas below! 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.

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Decorating Your Outdoor Living Space For Fall

It is officially Autumn and the weather is starting to transition to cooler weather and earlier evenings. As we shift from long, hot summer days, here are some tips to prepare your outdoor living spaces for fall. Even as the temperatures go down, there are still plenty of opportunities to take advantage of your outdoor space! Here is how we plan on preparing our outdoor living spaces this year!

 

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. However, do not be afraid to incorporate other non-traditional fall colors into your decor, these colors can add a unique personality to your home. 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 enhance your outdoor living space. Wicker furniture, hay bales, and corn husks are great examples of decor that can be easily incorporated. Complete the look by adding contrast with soft, warm blankets. The blankets will also add an inviting and cozy dynamic into your outdoor space.

 

Lighten Up

As the days get shorter, in order to enjoy your outdoor areas after dark you will need a variety of lighting options. Lanterns and overhead lights are practical options for smaller spaces. If you have more room to play with, outdoor fireplaces or fire pits are great centers of entertainment and keeping warm. However, if you plan on building fires, be sure to check on the fire regulations for your community.

 

How are you planning on decorating your outdoor living space for fall? Do you have any decorating tips? 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.

Places To Experience Fall in the Shenandoah Valley

 

It’s the first weekend of fall, the trees are changing color, and the weather in the Shenandoah Valley has been wonderful! Here in Virginia, we are surrounded by color-changing trees. If you want to take advantage of this beautiful scenery, here are a few trips near Winchester, Virginia that are worthwhile this season. 

 

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

This is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It’s family friendly and offers cultural and educational events throughout the year. The scenery is gorgeous and filled with native plants and winding trails. Pack a few snacks and you will find yourself spending hours walking through these beautiful trails!

 

Skyline Drive

This runs through the entire Shenandoah National Park and is recognized as a national landmark. Throughout the drive, there are several peaks and overlooks where you can pull over to enjoy the beautiful views. There is a $20 fee per vehicle once you enter the park, but the views are worth it.

 

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

The home of this museum is in Winchester, Virginia. The museum has exhibits and galleries that periodically change to display the area’s rich history. The museum is also surrounded by beautiful gardens that can be walked through as well.

 

Marker-Miller Orchards

This trip is a must for apple lovers! Stop by Marker-Miller to enjoy the beautiful valley scenery and meander through the orchard to pick your own apples. For those with a sweet tooth, there are fresh doughnuts, hot cider, cider slushies, fudge, and so many other delicious treats. This is a great trip for all ages.

 

These are only a few of the noteworthy spots. For fall lovers there are numerous places to visit throughout the Shenandoah Valley. For more ideas, go to www.virginia.org/fall/. Comment below with your favorite fall trips and getaways!

 

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.

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!

 

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.

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!

 

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.

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.