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September
27

Home Security Tech Upgrades

Richmond Home Security

Home security is a big deal for Virginia homebuyers. Whether showing historic homes with older features or new homes with all the bells and whistles, our real estate agents are always asked about home security.

While some Richmond homes for sale have state-of-the-art security systems, others may need security improvements. If you're a techie, you may know about laser security systems, safe-room doors, and biometric locks, but those aren't the only ways to keep your home safe. Take a look at 7 tech-centered ways to increase home security:

  1. Smart Home Alarm Systems
    Smart home alarm systems like Google Nest and SimpliSafe are easy to install and affordable for DIY homeowners. Both systems link to smartphones and come with sensors that attach to windows and doors. Google Nest also syncs with your Nest camera and Google Assistant. These systems will help give you peace of mind whether you're home or away on a trip.

  2. Biometric Digital Door Locks
    Sure, a conventional key works for locking your doors. But are you looking to secure your doors even more without making a trip to the locksmith? Check out the Samsung SHS-P718-LMK Push Pull Biometric Touchscreen Digital Door Lock that requires dual activation by a fingerprint and a password for entry. An IR sensor sounds an alarm if suspicious movements are detected or if doors open while you're away.

  3. Ring Video Doorbells
    Ring video doorbells have been around a while, but they're upgraded each year. The Ring Video Doorbell Elite works during the day and at night with its infrared night vision. By linking to your smartphone, it immediately sends an alert when someone approaches your door.

  4. Shatterproof Windows
    Windows are common entries for home intruders, but not anymore with shatterproof, bullet-resistant, high-security windows. For added protection, these windows can be fitted with electronic keypad readers and electro-mechanical locks. 

  5. Perimeter Fencing
    Perimeter fencing may not be a high-tech home security feature, but it does protect your home against unwanted 2 -legged and 4-legged intruders. Seco-Larm E-9644- IR Curtain Sensors added to your fence top will trigger when a single beam or two adjacent beams are disrupted.

  6. Landscape Lighting
    If your front or backyard is unlit after dark, you're welcoming intruders to your home. Protect your home with security lights, up-lights and down-lights in trees, spotlights on walls, and pathway lights along driveways and walkways. An upgrade like this will help deter potential intruders. 

  7. Locking Mailboxes
    Mail theft is big business these days for burglars and thieves who want to steal your identity. A locking mailbox will deter mail thieves, porch pirates, and hackers who can make your life a nightmare. Check your local hardware store for a variety of locking mailboxes to protect your home.

Still searching for a home that you'll want to add all the latest smart home technology to? Contact us today to learn more about homes in Central Virginia. We can help you find your dream home!

August
30

What to Know About Credit Scores Before Buying a Home

Credit Score Tips

Credit scores have long been a mystery to homebuyers, in both how they are determined and how they matter in the long run. Most people think that if you pay your bills on time, you'll have a good score, but our real estate agents can tell you that there is far more to it than that. But while the exact formula used to determine your score is not public knowledge, you still have a great deal of control over it. Here's how you can optimize your credit score and qualify for a mortgage with a good rate.

  • Monitor Your Credit Activity
    Federal law requires that you be able to access your credit reports once each year, free of charge. Ignore all the ads you see for quick credit repair and go to the federally mandated site: annualcreditreport.com. Run one report from TransUnion, Equifax, or Experian. Each will have the same information and will vary by only a few points. Check for any item that is not accurate. Such items could be fraudulent use of your name and Social Security number, debts that were paid but still show open, or items older than seven to ten years. A single negative item can drop your credit score by a hundred points or more!
  • Pay Down Your Debts
    You may think that paying the minimum balance on time each month will mean you have great credit, but it's important that you don't use close to your limit. You never want your debt to exceed 30 percent of your total credit available. Carrying a monthly balance on a card does not increase your credit score. Paying it off each month does. Many people with high credit scores use one card each month for convenience in tracking expenses, then pay off the entire balance each month. Not only does this practice support a healthy score, but it also eliminates interest payments.
  • Don't Chase Credit
    Retailers often lure buyers with special deals if they apply for a store credit card. Credit companies consider the length of time the card has been open, lowering scores for new cards. Be particularly careful when purchasing a car, as multiple credit checks can also indicate poor financial health. Apply for additional credit with as much consideration as you use when considering a major purchase. This is an example of a hidden cost.
  • Maintain a Healthy Credit Mix
    Maintaining a few credit cards and paying them off each month will help your overall score, but the scoring model also looks at car loans, cash loans, and mortgages. Making your payments late on any of these, even by just a few days, can really damage your credit score. Just because you make your payment before a late fee is applied, that doesn't mean "on time." Use auto-draft options if you have trouble tracking payments to avoid being late. 
  • Understand How Your Score Affects Your Rate
    Mortgage companies offer different interest rates for different credit scores. While you may be able to qualify for a $300,000 home with a credit score of 620, that could mean an APR of about 3.962%. The same loan to a buyer with a credit score of 800 may have an APR of about 2.373%. The difference over 30 years is $93,611!

If you're considering Richmond homes for sale, be sure to contact us for help navigating the mortgage process. 

July
12

Learn How to Keep Your Pets Safe on National Pet Fire Safety Day

Pet Fire Safety Day

July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day, making it a perfect reminder to revamp your family's fire safety plan to ensure your four-legged family members stay safe. Our real estate agents know that a little preparation makes a big difference in your family's safety. Check out these tips to keep your pet safe from a house fire. 

  1. Install Monitored Smoke Detectors
    Monitored smoke detectors are usually installed in a home as part of a security system. With a monitored smoke detector, emergency services are notified about the fire, even if you aren't home. If you're concerned about a fire breaking out while your home is unattended, a monitored smoke detector can help protect your pets by shortening the response time of first responders.
  1. See That Your Pet is Used to a Crate or Leash
    During a fire, you'll need to quickly evacuate your pet. The easiest way to do so is by putting them on a leash or in a portable crate. However, if your pet has never been exposed to a leash or crate, they'll likely freak out if they're expected to tolerate these items, especially during the stress of a fire. Check that you have a secure way to transport your pet and that your pet is comfortable with that method. Make sure that you always know the location of your pet's leash or crate.
  1. Put Decals on Your Home to Alert First Responders
    If a fire breaks out when you're away, first responders won't know that your pets are inside. Prevent this problem by placing a rescue alert stick on your front door. This sticker first responders know that pets are inside of the home and tells them what pets they're looking for. 
  1. Create a Fire Evacuation Plan
    Your family needs a fire evacuation plan to ensure everyone gets out safely. Assign each pet to a specific family member. Ideally, assign the pet to a person with who they're likely to be in close proximity and that they're comfortable with. Make sure that each family member knows their assigned pet's favorite hiding spots so they can quickly locate them. 
  1. Take Steps to Prevent a Housefire
    Keep your pets safe by making a few changes that prevent the likelihood of a fire. Richmond homes for sale that have certain safety features are also likely to attract potential homebuyers. Check that all the electrical cords in your home are secured; unsecured cords often look like toys to curious pets. You can even conceal them with a box or fixture designed to contain and hold cords. See that your pets can't reach or access the knobs to your stove, and avoid leaving candles unattended around your pets. Or, swap your candles for flameless alternatives. 
  1. Have Your Pets Microchipped
    In the chaos of a housefire, a frightened pet may get loose or hide outside. Have your pets microchipped and regularly check that the information is up-to-date. If someone finds your pet, they'll be able to quickly get them back to you. 

Find a home both you and your pets will love in the Central Virginia area. Contact us today to start your search!

June
14

How to Get Started With Upcycling Furniture

Upcycle Furniture

Where mere recycling does keep junk from hitting the landfills, upcycling breathes new life into old items and increases their value. The result is one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture that make a statement in your home. As our real estate agents show you some of our beautiful Central Virginia homes for sale, look for ways some homeowners have used upcycling to their advantage. Then let your own imagination soar.

  • A Solid Foundation
    As you browse thrift shops, you'll notice a vast difference in the quality of the materials used. Close your eyes to the water ring on the top of the bureau; it can be sanded away. Pay more attention to the sturdiness of the structure. While loose table legs can be secured, deep gouges in the wood or peeling veneer can be difficult to repair without leaving unsightly scars. 

  • Get Creative
    Some items can be difficult to imagine fulfilling a different purpose. For example, an outdated television cabinet, try to envision it with the doors removed and a new finish. Would it serve as shelving in the craft room? Or would it look better holding that eclectic collection of memorabilia from your travels? And don't get hung up on the boring maple stain from the '70s. You can change it to whatever finish you want to match the rest of your furniture.

  • Be Bold
    The real beauty of a home decorated with upcycled furniture is its totally unique character. You won't find a duplicate in a magazine or on Pinterest. This is your opportunity to inject your own personality in the house beyond just hanging family photos. So if you want to repurpose a thrift store treasure completely, go for it! An old cabinet door can become a beautiful end table, while dresser drawers can make stunning shelves. The only voice that will tell you that you can't do that is the one in your head.

  • Research Finish Options
    If your distressed chest of drawers makes your eyes hurt, don't feel alone. That weathered look is great if that's what you want, but what if your goal is an ultra-modern house? The good news is that the home improvement stores are loaded with millions of options. Think about the overall color scheme of the house and what will look best with it. Consider the style. A tabletop could be a piece of polished metal or a mirror. Remember, it's all about you.
     
  • Outsource if Needed
    Let's face it. We don't all have unlimited skills. But you don't have to limit your goals. When you find that great overstuffed chair for your home library, but the Naugahyde is split, there's no reason why you can't pay to have it reupholstered in the luxury fabric of your choice. Or perhaps you don't have the time or inclination to do a job yourself. A handyman would be happy to hang the shelves or paint a chest of drawers. An art student from your local junior college would likely be thrilled to get paid to add a mosaic top to an end table. 

Richmond has many beautiful houses just waiting for someone to make them their own. Contact us for assistance in finding yours. 

May
17

Why You Shouldn't Skip These Home Maintenance Tasks

Richmond Home MaintenanceOwning a home is a great investment, but it's not all fun and games. Any property requires regular maintenance to keep it in good repair, and as the owner, it falls to you. You'll find that there is typically a hierarchy of maintenance: things you can hold off on for a little while versus things that need to be done on time or immediately lest bigger problems develop. Here are five home maintenance tasks our real estate agents say you shouldn't skip and why you should prioritize them.

  1. HVAC Tune-ups
    A professional should set eyes on your HVAC system at least once a year, preferably twice if you have central AC. The general rule of thumb is to have your furnace tuned up in the fall and your AC tuned up in the spring. This not only keeps everything running smoothly and extends the life of the system and its components but also enables your technician to keep an eye out for developing problems before they become large (and expensive) problems. Having a well-maintained HVAC system can also help when it comes time to sell, as the furnace is one of the things buyers look at when they browse Central Virginia homes for sale.

  2. Water Heater Maintenance
    Many people install a water heater and forget about it until, of course, it stops working or starts leaking. Annual maintenance can actually make a huge difference in the life of your water heater, however, and possibly even catch problems before they lead to significant water damage. A tech will inspect your water heater for signs of problems and then drain and flush it to get rid of sediment buildup that collects on the bottom of the water heater, leading to corrosion and heating element failure.

  3. Gutter Cleaning
    Cleaning your gutters is another thing that needs to happen on a seasonal basis. Most experts recommend having your gutters cleaned in the spring and fall, but if you live in an area with many big trees, you may need to clean them more frequently. Gutters that aren't cleaned regularly may get clogged with debris from nearby trees, causing them to back up. The resulting overflow of water could cause expensive water damage to your home if not caught in time.

  4. Sump Pump Testing
    A sump pump isn't a "set it and forget it" kind of feature. It's easy to forget that it's down there in the basement, but if you don't do some periodic maintenance, you could end up without it when it's finally needed. You can test your sump pump by simply pouring some water in just to make sure it'll still kick on when needed. If it doesn't, you should get a technician out to have a look as soon as possible.

  5. Dryer Vent Cleaning
    Many people forget or don't realize that their dryer vents need to be cleaned out periodically. The lint trap collects most of the lint from your laundry, but some still gets by and will build up in the dryer vent over time. In addition to making your clothes dry more slowly, if that lint buildup gets bad enough, it can actually start a fire!

A well-cared-for house requires less emergency maintenance and will show better when it's time to sell. If you're thinking about selling your home, take the time to get caught up on all of your deferred maintenance, and then contact us to get the listing process started.

February
22

DIY Tips for Your Home Library

Richmond Home Library

A home library is a great way to add a touch of elegance to your home while showing off your books. Plus with so many wonderful bookstores around Richmond, it's no surprise if you've accumulated quite the collection! 

Whether you're looking to convert an entire room into a library or just simply looking to set up a reading nook, our real estate agents pulled together a list of tips to help you create your own DIY library.

  1. Choose The Right Location
    The best location for your library is largely dependent on how much space you have available. It's also somewhat contingent on the size of your book collection. Those with a lot of space to spare and a lot of books may want to convert an entire room into a library. If you're looking to display a small number of books, consider placing them under a staircase or on a living room shelf. With a couple of bookshelves and a comfy chair, you can also convert any bedroom or living room corner into a cozy reading nook.

  2. Arrange Books By Color
    Organizing books alphabetically can create a stuffy look. Instead, why not arrange your books in a more creative way? Grouping books by colors can really create a vibrant look, especially if you have a lot of bright covers. You can also consider arranging them by size, or by separating horizontal rows with vertical stacks.

  3. Comfortable Seating is a Must
    Figuring out how to display your books is only one component of creating your own library. You also need a comfortable place to sit. Whether it's a big couch or your favorite recliner, be sure to add a comfortable surface, so you can curl up with your favorite read.

  4. Make Sure There Is A Table Nearby
    A good table is a key part of any library. If you've transformed an entire room into a library, try to add a long center table to the middle of the room. If your library is more of a reading nook, a smaller end table can add a nice touch.

  5. Add A Ladder
    Nothing creates a library vibe quite like a ladder attached to floor-to-ceiling shelving. If your library is big enough, definitely consider adding a rolling ladder into your library design, so you and your visitors can reach that top shelf book.

  6. Optimize Your Lighting
    Your home library shouldn't be in a dark area of the home. If your bookshelves aren't getting enough natural light, consider adding additional lighting fixtures at the top of each shelf so you can easily read the titles. You'll also want to make sure there is adequate lighting for reading so you don't have to strain your eyes.

Looking for the perfect home among the Richmond homes for sale to display your book collection? We're here to help!

For more tips on interior design or help finding your dream home, contact us today!

January
18

National Cheese Lover's Day: Cheese Shops and Delis in Richmond

Richmond Cheese Shops

It's almost time to celebrate a very delicious holiday, with National Lover's Cheese Day right around the corner. Fortunately, the delis, markets, cheese shops, and wine bars of the Richmond area are ready to supply everything you need for this special day, including some of the best cheese that you'll find anywhere. These shops offer a mix of fresh, locally created cheese, and delectable imports from all around the world. Our real estate agents have all the details on 5 local shops where you can find special treats for National Lover's Cheese Day this year.

  1. Truckle Cheesemongers – 1320 Summit Ave., Richmond, VA 23230

    If you're searching for the best cheese close to Richmond homes for sale, then Truckle Cheesemongers is the perfect place to start. Every cheese here is cut to order, the selection is outstanding, and contactless delivery is available by appointment. You can also stop by the shop to see the selection in person, check out the great options for cheese boards, grab a gift basket, and get personalized advice from Richmond's cheese experts.

  2. Secco Wine Bar – 325 N Robinson St., Richmond, VA 23220

    Would it truly be a cheese celebration without a nice glass of wine to pair with your favorite cheese? Pick up everything you need in one place at Secco Wine Bar, which offers delicious cheese, fantastic wine, and so much more. Grab a fantastic cheese board with selections from Chef Julie Heins, or shop from a great selection of gourmet cheese, meat, and wine. You can pick up your cheese in-store, or schedule a local delivery anytime.

  3. Belmont Butchery – 15 N Belmont Ave., Richmond, VA 23221

    If you're aiming to put together a charcuterie board to pair your cheese with delicious meats, nuts, and dried fruits, then Belmont Butchery is more than worth a visit. This Richmond butcher shop offers a wide variety of specialty items, including special smoked cheeses and a huge selection of artisanal meats that are hard to find at other butcher shops. The knowledgeable team here will be happy to help you pick the perfect pairings, and put together a charcuterie board that your guests are sure to love.

  4. Murray's Cheese – 14101 Midlothian Tpke., Midlothian, VA 23113

    For the best cheese close to Midlothian homes for sale, try a quick visit to Murray's Cheese. If you want the widest selection of cheese and meat from around the world, this is the perfect place to shop. The list of cheeses available at Murray's Cheese is a mile long and includes varieties that you may not find at other shops. Don't want to restrict your celebration to National Lover's Cheese Day? Sign up for a monthly cheese club, and enjoy something new in your mailbox every month.

  5. Route 1 Country Store – 13723 Boydton Plank Rd., Dinwiddie, VA 23841

    Great cheese is never far from your front door around Dinwiddie homes for sale, thanks to great local shops like the Route 1 Country Store. This family-owned and operated shop has a little bit of everything, with a full-service deli that offers cheese, fresh cold cuts, and delicious sides. Planning a full meal for National Cheese Lover's Day? Be sure to check out all of the fresh bread, delightful desserts, and specialty drinks available at Route 1 Country Store.

When you want access to food that's as fresh as it gets all year long, the Richmond area is the perfect place to call home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

January
4

2021: Top Colors for the Year

Colors for 2021

Each year, paint companies and color pros choose hues that will make a splash in the coming year based on the current trends. Brighter, bolder colors were unveiled for 2020 in anticipation of a year filled with confidence and optimism. For 2021, however, things are moving in a subtle direction. The reignited passions for creating beautiful homes, along with the need for more peace and serenity, have influenced many of the expected color trends of 2021. Here are the top shades our real estate agents know so far and how you can use them in your home.

  1. Aegean Teal by Benjamin Moore
    Benjamin Moore selected Aegean Teal 2136-40 for its 2021 color of the year. This intriguing, soft color is a blend of gray and blue-green. It marries green's association with nature and wellness with the tranquil nature of blue. The gray undertone helps provide a modern look to it. The color creates natural harmony and an invitation to reflect and reset.

    Add it to your home: This color's calming qualities make it a great option for home offices, bedrooms, and kitchen cabinetry.

  2. Ultimate Gray and Illuminating by Pantone
    Pantone chose two contrasting colors for 2021: Ultimate Gray (a dull, familiar gray) and Illuminating (the bright yellow of lemon skin). These colors combine to reflect a sense of resilience and optimism. The gray cloudy skies evoke our collective experiences over the past year of quarantine. The yellow highlights hope and light at the end of the tunnel. 

    Add it to your home: Perfect for upholstered furniture and walls, gray is a timeless neutral that provides a foundation for interiors. The yellow adds a dash of positivity and brightness when used on wall decor, accent furniture, the front door, and accessories like throws and pillows.

  3. Satin Paprika by Rust Oleum
    Popular spray paint brand Rust-Oleum chose its 2021 color of the year, emphasizing warmth, calm, and comfort. Satin Paprika, an earthy red hue, anchors other trending shades the brand has chosen, curated to complement modern boho aesthetics, outdoor living spaces, and midcentury modern style.

    Add it to your home:
    To add this earthy, spicy hue to your space, try spraying a few coats on accent furniture or update wall decor for a vibrant feel. The color pairs well with earthy tones like black matte and brass finishes.

  4. Passionate by HGTV by Sherwin-Williams
    A rich, bold red, Passionate is a hue that blurs the line between modern and traditional. It is part of a larger collection dubbed "Delightfully Daring," which comprises shades of rich brown, aqua, and energetic green. When used thoughtfully in design, this red shade can easily incite emotion and add energy to a room. It creates a refreshing backdrop for nature-inspired accents and neutral furniture.

    Add it to your home: The warm hue of this paint looks cozy in a home library or den. Or consider adding it to your home office for a professional touch. 

  5. Aqua Fiesta by Glidden
    Rather than select a Color of the Year, Glidden announced its first-ever Accent Color of the Year: Aqua Fiesta. This bright, refreshing aquamarine hue looks great on millwork or accent wall. While the color might be overwhelming if painted all over a wall, it helps perk up a room even in small doses, especially when combined with neutral colors.

    Add it to your home: Pair it with a cool gray to lend spa vibes to your bathroom. In living areas and bedrooms, combine with neutral accessories or cream-colored fabric for a soft look.

Are you dreaming of a new home that you can paint with some of these top colors in 2021? Contact us today to discuss your goals and start touring some of the best Richmond homes for sale.

December
28

Fireplace Safety Guide to Follow This Winter

Fireplace Tips

One of the best ways to warm up this winter is to curl up by the fireplace with a good book. A fireplace adds a cozy touch to your home in colder weather, but if it's not maintained and used properly, it can pose a fire hazard.

Our real estate agents suggest the following fireplace maintenance and safety tips you need to know this winter:

  1. Have your fireplace inspected and cleaned annually
    Creosote and soot – byproducts of fires that aren't burning efficiently – can build up and coat the inside of your chimney. Once this happens, these substances can catch fire. To prevent this from happening, call a professional to clean and inspect your chimney before using it this season.

  2. Take care of ashes properly
    After using your fireplace, take care of the ashes properly, so a smoldering one doesn't start a fire. Don't vacuum them up because live coals can still remain and could cause a fire in your vacuum cleaner bag. Instead, remove them from the firebox by using the ash dump or scooping them out from the firebox once the ashes are cold. 

  3. Use a non-flammable rug
    Buy a non-flammable rug – which you should be able to find at a fireplace supply store – to put in front of your fireplace. That way, if sparks fly out, they won't damage your carpet.

  4. Protect your kids
    Never leave a fire unattended if you have children in the house. Now's the time for them to learn to stay away from the fireplace as well as the tools you use for it.

  5. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
    Make sure you have enough working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. This will help your family stay safe in case of a fire or if there's a buildup of carbon monoxide – an odorless, clear, and tasteless toxic gas. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be tested monthly, and their batteries should be replaced annually.

  6. Your fireplace should have a door
    Make sure your door has a tight-fitting door rather than a screen. A door will keep sparks inside the fireplace, while a screen may let some escape.

  7. Check the flue or damper
    Before starting a fire, check your damper or flue to make sure it's open by looking up into your chimney with a flashlight or mirror. It should remain open to let smoke out of your house, so keep it that way until all the embers have stopped burning.

  8. Use wood that's dry and well-aged
    Avoid using wet or green wood in your fireplace. These woods cause more smoke and make more soot build up in your chimney.

  9. Keep the area around your fireplace clear
    Keep all flammable items – including draperies, newspapers, and furniture – away from your fireplace. If they get too close, they could catch fire from a sparking ember.

  10. Never leave a fire unattended
    Never fall asleep or leave your home with a fire burning, even if it's just for a brief moment.

  11. Keep a window cracked
    If you can, leave a window slightly cracked when you have a fire going. That way, you'll be keeping the room ventilated and give any smoke or gasses a chance to escape.

Contact us today at Napier ERA if you're interested in Richmond homes for sale. If a fireplace is on your list of must-have items for your new home, we can show you houses where one or more fireplaces creates a beautiful focal point.

December
14

Holidays at Home: 7 Ways to Step Up Your Decorating Game

Richmond Holiday Decorating

Ask any of our real estate agents, and they'll tell you that the holidays are a big deal around here! From enjoying delicious baked treats to over-the-top decor, we love everything about it. If you're ready to step up your decorating game, we've got plenty of excellent tips. Here are a few of our favorites! 

  1. Decorate Your Front Porch
    Boost your curb appeal and make sure your guests get a festive feeling right from the start by decorating your porch. A wreath is a simple way to add a touch of class to your front door. Take things a step further by adding some garland and ribbon to your banister. If you have space, place matching evergreen trees on either side of the door or choose other festive decor like vintage sleds, a statue of a woodland creature, or a painted porch leaner. 

  2. Don't Stop with the Entryway
    Many homeowners beautifully decorate their front porch and entryway, but that's as far as they go. If you want to step up your decorating game, make sure you continue your decor theme throughout your home. Adding small, simple touches in each room will make a huge difference! 

  3. Deck the Halls (And the Stairs)
    Some of the best Richmond homes for sale have multiple stories. If you're lucky enough to have a staircase in your home, take advantage of this great decorating opportunity. For a simple, classy look, add some greenery or garland down your banister and accent it with red, green, or gold bows. Are you an expert wrapper? Show off your style by stacking elegantly adorned gifts on the edge of each step. You can also use your stairway to hang stockings or other treasured trinkets.

  4. Bring Nature Indoors 
    One of the most beautiful ways to decorate your home for the holidays is to incorporate natural elements into your interior decor. Think sprigs of pine, poinsettias, pinecones, and natural wreaths. 

  5. Rock Your Christmas Tree 
    In most homes, the tree is the centerpiece of the holiday decor. Whether you buy a fresh new tree every year or opt for a pre-lit artificial tree, knowing a few simple decorating tips can help you create a stunning look time and again. After you've strung up your lights, it's time to add some garland. Feel free to get creative with this. Use beaded strands, wide ribbon, or any other style that appeals to you. 

  6. Don't Forget the Base 
    If you want to take your holiday decor to the next level, don't forget your tree's base! Start with a coordinating tree skirt that matches your decor, or choose a neutral white or off-white skirt that matches everything. Then, add something under the tree to create visual interest. Think a train track, snowmen, or even a vintage wagon or sled. Pull everything together by wrapping gifts or empty boxes, so they coordinate with your decor and place them under the tree. 

  7. Dim the Lights 
    The soft glow and twinkle of your holiday lights will look much more attractive when the other lights in your house are slightly dimmed. If you don't already have dimmer switches on your lamps, it's time to get some. This is an easy and inexpensive way to add instant ambiance to your home. 

Are you dreaming of a new home this holiday season? We can help turn your dreams into a reality! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

November
30

Try These 5 Painting Tips From the Pros

Richmond Painting Tips

Nothing livens up a room quite like a fresh coat of paint. If you're getting ready to list your home for sale, or just simply improving your living space this winter, painting a room can have some major benefits. In addition to improving aesthetics, paint also prevents dust build-up and keeps out moisture. While painting a room is a relatively simple home improvement project, there is a good bit of skill required. If you're getting ready to paint a room in your home, consider these 5 tips from our real estate agents.

  1. Properly Prepare Your Surfaces
    Painting before properly preparing and inspecting your walls is a common mistake. If you want a perfect coat of paint, your walls should be as smooth as possible. Take the time to sand rough spots, fill cracks and holes with putty, and thoroughly clean your walls prior to painting. Wash any greasy spots with soap and water. Remember, painting over a dirty surface can result in premature peeling. 
  2. Maintain a Wet Edge
    Applying wet paint over partially dry paint can result in lap marks or uneven layers. The trick to avoiding lap marks is maintaining a wet edge. In other words, always be sure your roller overlaps with the previous stroke before it has a chance to dry. You'll want to make sure you're always painting an entire wall at once. Simply move the roller up and down the height of the wall, while slightly moving over with each stroke. Also, reload your roller frequently so it doesn't become dry.
  3. Protect Your Baseboards From Drips 
    Masking tape can go a long way towards helping to keep your trim safe from dripping paint. Be sure to clean any dust or dirt from your trim or baseboards before applying the tape. Then, simply apply the tape over the edge of your baseboard and press it against the wood with a putty knife. We recommend using tape that is at least twice as long as the trim.
  4. Buy Quality Supplies
    The quality of your paint, brush, and roller can have a major impact on the quality of your finished product. Cheap materials might be appealing, but using them may result in you having to repaint sooner than you expected. Good paint is easier to apply and it lasts longer. Also, good paint often requires fewer coats to get the job done, which can ultimately save you money.
  5. Wash and Wrap Your Rollers
    Always wash your roller before using it. Excess fluff or fibers can stick to your wall while you're painting, so it's best to rinse your roller off before you begin. Simply place the roller under running water and move your hand up and down to remove any extra fluff. Once you're done for the day, use a plastic bag to securely wrap your roller and brushes, especially if you're planning to paint more the next day. This will help ensure your materials don't dry out overnight. 

It takes practice to become a seasoned painter, but by following these tips you can be well on your way. Plus, a new coat of paint is a great way to impress potential buyers! Contact us today for more tips for getting your home ready to list among the many great Richmond homes for sale

October
12

Tri Cities Market Update

Central Virginia Is Still Buying And Selling As We Move Into The Fall – especially in the Tri Cities area!

From Dinwiddie to Colonial Heights, to Fort Lee from Petersburg – we've got the Tri Cities covered!

Contact Napier Realtors ERA for your buying and selling needs. https://www.napierera.com/contact/

June
15

Summer 2020 Market Update

May & June are going strong in Richmond's Real Estate Market

It's a GREAT time to list your home in Central Virginia because home inventory is low and prices are rising.

The real estate market in our area continues to be extremely active and in the month of May alone, 2,513 homes were listed, and 1,952 homes were successfully sold!The average sales price in our area was $300,826 in May 2020 compared to $288,203 last May – more than a 4% increase!

If you've been putting off listing your home, this could be the perfect opportunity to contact a Napier ERA sales professional, who can give you an accurate assessment of what you can expect in your market.

Contact Napier ERA today to get started!

 

July
15

6 Favorite Ice Cream Shops in the RVA

Richmond VA Ice Cream Shops

July 21 National Ice Cream Day

When Weather.com forecasts Richmond-area temperatures to soar above 90 degrees, you need to find a way to beat the heat.  Why not cool off with a scoop or two of your favorite frozen treat?  National Ice Cream Day is July 21.  While consuming copious amounts of this cool confection is a great way to celebrate this holiday, our REALTORS® know ice cream isn't just for summer anymore.  

So, if you're new to our area and can't go another day without two scoops of mint chocolate chip, we've got our list of six local ice cream shops waiting for you.

  1. IC Scoops - 12106 C Boydton Plank Rd, Dinwiddie, VA 23841
    The friendly atmosphere at IC Scoops is perfect for families with Dinwiddie homes for sale and everyone else too! With 36 flavors you're sure to find something you like. Try a milkshake in your favorite flavor for a memorable summer treat! 

  2. Tj Petal - 11500 Midlothian Tpke. Richmond, VA 23235
    If you're looking for something a little different check out the trendiest dessert in town at Tj Petal in Chesterfield Towne Center near Richmond homes for sale. Rolled ice cream is taking the dessert world by storm, and for good reason! There's a variety of fruit flavors, as well as more unique options like green tea and lots of mix in's and toppings.

  3. Sweet Frog -72 Southgate Square, Colonial Heights, VA 23834-3611
    Sweet Frog
    is located not far from our homes for sale in Colonial Heights. Sweet Frog's menu at its Colonial Heights location includes 16 flavors of self-serve, premium frozen yogurt made with fresh ingredients and over 60 toppings are available from its self-serve bar.  One scoop or two ... it's up to you.  At Sweet Frog's you pick the flavors and toppings to create your healthy, sweet treat.

  4. Bev's Homemade Ice Cream - 2911 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221
    Bev's Homemade Ice Cream
    delivers exactly what the name promises.  Homemade ice cream in a variety of flavors like Espresso Oreo, Raspberry Chip, and traditional favorites, Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry. A local Richmond staple since 1998, Bev Mazursky and her crew have specialty flavors ready for customers to enjoy every day. Bev's is open Sunday-Thursday noon-10 p.m. and Friday - Saturday noon-11 p.m.

  5. Bruster's Real Ice Cream - 2602 Anderson Hwy, Powhatan, VA 23139
    Stop by Bruster's Real Ice Cream for a sweet treat after looking at Powhatan homes for sale. Their classic ice cream is made on site and you can even bring the pup by for a free treat.  Try a waffle cone with Sea Salt Caramel with almonds or indulge in one of Bruster's Peanut Butter Banana Sundaes. 

  6. Gelati Celesti, 11805 W Broad St. Henrico, VA 23233
    After a busy afternoon looking at Henrico homes for sale, go for a one-of-a-kind taste experience at Gelati Celesti. Handmade ice cream with only the best ingredients will leave you wishing for more! With 85 rotating flavors, you can have something different every time you come and try just about any flavor imaginable.

Our REALTORS® know about all the things that make the Richmond area a great place to live, and we're sure you'll love it too! Napier ERA can help you find the home that's right for you. Contact us today to get started.

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