richmond virginia homes for sale: Putting Together A Black Lutyens Bench at Home Can Be a Fun Project - 04/01/14 11:41 AM
How many of us would ever use kits to build outdoor furniture?  As long as the kit appears to be relatively high quality, then I ask myself "why not"?  Building a four-foot wide Lutyens style bench last Saturday turned out to be much easier for me to accomplish than I had initially thought.  
 
Also, these benches are of relatively high quality.  Fortunately, Lewis Ginter Botantical Garden in Richmond Virginia sells these unassembled benches in boxes, and I also happened to be able to take advantage of the 15 % off "March Madness" sale available to members during last month. … (9 comments)

richmond virginia homes for sale: Spring is Now Here & Oregon Hill Door Knocking Helps Raise My Energy - 03/27/14 01:56 PM
It's exciting that those Richmond Virginia winter blues definitely are heading behind us, and the resurgence of spring energy finally is here!  Recent sunny days really have helped inspire me to reach out to local residents while door knocking in Oregon Hill, one of Richmond's most interesting and historic neighborhoods!
 

Oregon Hill homes typically are close together and allow neighbors to get to know one another.
 
The sunny weather yesterday helped lift my spirits and energy level.  How about yours?  I happen to enjoy knocking on doors and speaking with local residents on an individual basis.  Almost everyone … (1 comments)

richmond virginia homes for sale: Monumental Church in Richmond Virginia Honors Those Who Died in Fire - 03/16/14 01:40 PM
Recently, I went to Richmond Virginia City Hall to contest a parking violation.  The aluminum signs for no parking in the alley had completely faded over the years.  Luckily for me, I eventually won, and my case was dismissed!
 
While walking back to my car the day that I had contested my parking ticket, I happened to notice a bit of Richmond Virginia history before my eyes.  It helped remind me of how rich our history is, and how various monuments still honor Virginians from decades past.
 
Once such monument once served as an Episcopal church and honored people … (5 comments)

richmond virginia homes for sale: Berret's Makes a Delicious Destination While in Williamsburg Virginia - 03/11/14 07:31 AM
One of my favorite destinations in Historic Williamsburg Virginia in Merchants Square is Berret's Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill.  The food is exceptional and the wait staff are very friendly and customer service oriented.
 
One of the nice things about Williamsburg is that it's only about a one hour drive from my home in Richmond Virginia near Byrd Park and Carytown.  Berret's always is my top choice for having lunch in Williamsburg.  If lunch is any indication, then I know dinners at Berret's must be wonderful as well.
 
A very good friend of mine and I both happen to … (4 comments)

richmond virginia homes for sale: Williamsburg Salt Spa Helps Make for a Wonderful Saturday Road Trip - 03/10/14 10:39 PM
Williamsburg Salt Spa , known as the first salt spa on the East Coast, has become a popular destination in Virginia's Colonial Capitol in the last several years.  Opened in 2008, this spa contains over 15 tons of imported therapeutic salt.  The walls, floor and ceiling in the treatment room are covered with this special salt.
 
Fortunately for me, this wonderful spa is only about a one-hour drive from my home in Richmond Virginia.  Last Saturday, a friend and I spent 45 minutes in this spa's treatment room.  While in this room lounging in "zero gravity" recliners, a group of us … (0 comments)

richmond virginia homes for sale: Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes Are a Fun Addition at Notable Open Houses - 03/09/14 12:27 PM
Attending open houses that offer refreshments often are very memorable to buyers and their agents who happen to be with them.  While I was showing properties today in Chesterfield County Virginia for one of my clients, she asked that we stop at an open house in the vicinity and take a look at it.
 
Upon entering this beautiful home, we noticed a very welcoming aroma.  As soon as we entered the kitchen, a table with delicious refreshments and homemade cookies was shown to us.  It was very thoughtful that this listing agent and her affiliated mortgage specialist brought us some … (5 comments)

richmond virginia homes for sale: Eight Elevating Affirmations for People Looking to Buy or Sell Homes - 03/07/14 01:41 PM
Are you looking to have an exciting home buying or selling experience?  How's your mental attitude about buying or selling home in Richmond Virginia or elsewhere?  Are you looking for some inspirational words to set a positive tone?
 
In a nutshell, affirmations refer to positive, present tense statements declaring a positive condition or result desired for a specific situation.  It revolves around the theory that humans have the choice to focus their minds in ways to promote self-empowerment and positive thinking to achieve specific goals.  It all begins with having a positive mindset and positive expectations in life.  Taking positive … (5 comments)

richmond virginia homes for sale: Try this Trick to Deter Squirrels From Devouring Bird Food at Home - 03/04/14 12:55 PM
For years I've been feeding birds that live in the vicinity of my home very near Byrd Park, the Fan District and Carytown in Richmond Virginia.  Unfortunately, squirrels tend to hog the food.  What's the best way to set aside food for birds without squirrels devouring so much of it?
 
Well, this often can be no easy task.  Perhaps some strict animal rights activists would disagree.  However, I think my method would be considered relatively humane.  
 
Here's something you may wish to try at your home.  Make a very spicy hot paste for squirrels, and put it on the … (10 comments)

richmond virginia homes for sale: Caulking is One Way to Help Boost Home Energy Savings & Comfort - 03/03/14 04:21 AM
Are you ever surprised how small changes can bring great benefits in our homes?  Something even as simple as applying caulking can help boost home energy savings.  Energy.gov estimates an average annual savings around five to 10 percent.
 
Typically, caulking and weather stripping are put around windows and doors to help reduce drafts and add comfort in homes.  My 1921 Richmond Virginia (nickname RVA) home, as shown below, likely can benefit from having more caulk applied to it.  Can yours?
 
 More caulking and weather stripping often can help add home comfort and energy savings.
 
Energy.gov provides six easy steps for … (7 comments)

richmond virginia homes for sale: Enjoy a Delicious Lunch at the Richmond Virginia Spring 2014 Meet Up - 03/03/14 12:16 AM
Are you a fan of Mexican food that's freshly made?  Be prepared to have an appetite---and maybe even save some room for dessert---at our Greater Richmond Virginia Spring 2014 Meet Up being held at 12:30 PM on Wednesday, March 26th, at Tres Machos.
 
Located at 11521 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235, this locally owned restaurant actually is ideally positioned in Chesterfield County and simply has a Richmond mailing address.  Very close to Chesterfield Towne Center and found at the corner of Midlothian Turnpike and Courthouse Road, Tres Machos is a wonderfully authentic Mexican restaurant that offers probably the best food of its … (1 comments)

richmond virginia homes for sale: One Saturday Afternoon Showing Nine Houses Can Be Time Well Spent - 03/02/14 06:02 AM
As buyer agents, we often may feel obligated to serve our clients' best interests.  By showing them as many properties as we can in a single day, we may have a sense that we're doing them a good service.  It's just part of having a strong work ethic, isn't it? 
 
For argument's sake, let's just say that showing more than five properties in one afternoon is reasonable number.  By showing them more than five properties, we can help them see a lot of properties in a relatively short time period in order to help them make comparisons.  But is that … (1 comments)

richmond virginia homes for sale: Here are Ten Basic Tips to Help Reduce Stress During Tax Season - 02/26/14 11:42 AM
This morning I met with my tax consultant Diana in Midlothian Virginia,  a community within Chesterfield County.  As one of her loyal clients for nearly 20 consecutive years, I'm just amazed how well she can keep up with changing tax laws.  I would recommend her to anyone who has a small business in the Richmond Virginia area.  She's exceptionally knowledgable and highly ethical, and she usually will reply to a tax question via email either the same day or within 24 hours.
 
Although I personally have no certifications in professional tax preparation, I believe there are some basic common sense … (5 comments)

richmond virginia homes for sale: Street Parking for Many Richmond Virginia Homeowners Needs Improvement - 02/22/14 11:56 PM
There's no sense trying to hide it any longer.  For years residential street parking has been a major problem for a substantial number of Richmond Virginia homeowners.  For several years it particularly has been a problem in my neighborhood which is very close to Carytown and Byrd Park.  What can we do to remedy the situation?  The answer remains to be seen, and yet I still have hope.
 
One of the reasons that residential street parking is a such problem is the overflow parking from people who don't even live on our street.  Often people who rent from the apartment … (5 comments)

richmond virginia homes for sale: Action Steps and Preparation Make for More Successful Open Houses - 02/21/14 11:51 PM
While holding open houses in urban areas like Richmond Virginia, it often can be advantageous to take a few action steps before the day an open house is being held.  In other words, it helps to be proactive even before the day for holding open a house, condo or townhouse.  These following actions most likely help gain exposure for an open house as well as help inform potential home buyers.
 
1) At least one or two days befor the open house, distribute around 50 to 100 flyers in the neighborhood announcing the open house and mention some major features of … (4 comments)

richmond virginia homes for sale: Twelve Months of Single Family Homes for Sale in Glen Allen Virginia - 02/21/14 03:12 AM
Over the last several decades the area of Glen Allen Virginia has experienced a lot of growth in subdivisions and new homes.  Neighborhood Scout, an online national neighborhood data website, describes Glen Allen as having 88 percent white collar workers along with more people working in math and computer professions than 95 percent of the places in the United States.

 The above graph shows active listings for all of Glen Allen over the last 12 months.
 
Some names of subdivisions and neighborhoods in Glen Allen are:  Biltmore, Cedars at Innsbrook,  Claytonshire, Crawford Park at Greenbrooke, Deep Run, Oglethorpe Park at Sadler Walk, Sadler Woods, Sadler … (3 comments)

richmond virginia homes for sale: Carpet Cuts is a Cut Above in Richmond Virginia Carpet Installation - 02/19/14 04:37 AM
Are you considering having custom carpeting installed at your Richmond Virginia home?  Whether you live in the Fan District, Woodland Heights, Bon Air, or a subdivision in Goochland, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico or Powhatan counties, carpet installers from Carpet Cuts will come out to your home to get the job done.  In fact, I've been told that they will travel almost anywhere within a 50-mile radius of their storefront location on Forest Hill Avenue before making an extra travel charge.
 
If you're looking for quality binding, then Carpet Cuts does that for you before bringing the carpeting to your home for … (0 comments)

richmond virginia homes for sale: Working With an All-Cash Buyer Has Its Rewards---and a Few Challenges - 02/14/14 11:49 PM
My most recent Richmond Virginia area real estate transaction happened to be with an all-cash buyer.  He also happened to be a first-time home buyer fortunate to have sufficient cash set aside to make a particular purchase on a condo in Henrico County Virginia, a county adjacent to the City of Richmond.
 
One of the first things to do when working with a local first-time buyer is to try to focus on one or two or maybe three neighborhoods, if possible.  Initially, I showed my client several properties in various neighborhoods within the City of Richmond.  His initial strategy was to … (5 comments)

richmond virginia homes for sale: Which Company Do We Trust to Repair Only What's Necessary On a Boiler? - 02/12/14 11:00 PM
As homeowners, one of the last things we like to experience is something with our heating system that goes wrong during the winter cold.  Living in Richmond Virginia, I recently experienced a malfunctioning gas boiler that temporarily became inoperable last weekend.
 
It happened that the pressure relief valve on the boiler got stuck open by solder debris that finally broke loose recently---years after its installation back in 2007.  Fortunately, I have a high efficiency Munchkin boiler that has operated optimally without incident until this winter.
 
Also, this gas boiler heats water that gets pumped through my whole house cast iron … (1 comments)

richmond virginia homes for sale: Federal Architecture on Saturday Road Trip to Hampden-Sydney College - 02/10/14 02:25 AM
Distinctive architecture can enhance fine colleges, buildings and homes.  The architecture at Hampden-Sydney College is no exception.  While taking a road trip last Saturday, I had the opportunity to enjoy many examples of Federal architecture that adorn the campus.
 
Often called America's first national style, Federal architecture enjoyed its heyday during 1780-1830.  According to Jackie Dishner's article on this architectural style in www.frontdoor.com, Federal architecture is known for five key elements: a front facade, columns, windows, steps and brick.  
 
For example, curved steps with iron railing leading to the entry and brick are typical components of this style. … (1 comments)

richmond virginia homes for sale: Curbside Recycling is Making a Difference in Our Communities - 02/05/14 12:28 PM
Whether in Richmond Virginia or elsewhere, curbside recycling and other forms of recycling do help conserve natural resources, reduce the need for opening up extra public landfills and save energy.  For example, an article entitled Recycling Facts mentions that recycling steel or tin cans require 74 percent less energy than to produce them directly from their original raw materials.  Also, the same article mentions in the section "Key Recycling Facts" that recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to operate a TV for three hours!
 
Recycling at Home
Over the last 25 years or even longer in some communities, curbside recycling … (3 comments)

 
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