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Packing it Up and Moving it Out!

by Desi Sowers

Let’s face it, no matter how prepared you think you are, moving is stressful .  One of the worst parts of moving is packing up your current house.  You are probably busy enough already, and now you are adding this huge task to your “to do” list.  It can be overwhelming.  One way to make it a little easier is to spread it out over several weeks instead of trying to do it all right before you move.  Here is a general timeline for packing that you can use as a guide. 

FOUR WEEKS BEFORE MOVING DAY: PRE-PACKING - If you are lucky enough to know a full month before you have to move, take advantage of it.  Pre-pack items that you won’t need or use before you move.  Out of season clothing, tools and small appliances, and collectibles/knick knacks are items that you won’t miss and you can get them out of the way.

THREE WEEKS BEFORE MOVING DAY: NON-ESSENTIALS - Among the items that you didn’t pre-pack, choose those that you know you likely won’t need before moving.  Books, extra linens, and kitchen items can be packed up because you likely won’t be doing much reading, and you only need enough linens, plates, and utensils for the number of people living in the home.  CDs and DVDs can go as well.

TWO WEEKS BEFORE MOVING DAY: TIME TO GET SERIOUS - Yes…now it is time to really start paring down the amount of “stuff” still in your home. If you have children,  allow them to choose a few toys/games to keep out, and pack up the rest.  If you have a home office, clean it out and box up what you plan to take with you.  Jewelry and shoes that you don’t wear daily can go as well.  You may feel that two weeks is a long time to go without these items, but trust me, it will go by fast!

ONE WEEK BEFORE MOVING DAY: SEVEN DAYS AND COUNTING: Now it is time to pack up all but the few things you will need to get through the last few days at your current home.  The rest of your clothes and kitchen items can go (leaving yourself what you will need until the move, of course).  Go through your medicine cabinet and toss any expired medications. Pack the rest except for the ones you take daily.

TWO DAYS BEFORE MOVING DAY: NOW IT’S GETTING REAL: At this point the stress might reach maximum levels, but if you have been following the time-line and packing a bit each week, you should be almost finished!  Box up your electronics (in their original packaging when possible), bathroom items, and any miscellaneous items that are left.  Keep a box for essential items that you will keep with you as you are moving.

MOVING DAY: IT’S HERE! All that should be left is furniture and appliances.  Whether you have hired movers to load the large items or you are doing it yourself, it will be so much more manageable with everything else already boxed up and ready to go.

IMPORTANT TIP: Label every box.  You can either write what is in the box or what room the box should go to.  Or both.  You will be glad you did when you are unpacking!

Remember that this is simply a general guideline.  You should do what is right for you and your family when it comes to packing and moving. But hopefully this will make what can be a trying and overwhelming time a little more pleasant.

 

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The finest in low maintenance living awaits the lucky buyer of this beautiful new Senneca Springs home! The Kingston model offers a brick exterior wrapped around an open floor plan boasting vaulted living room ceiling, large sunroom/dining/office area, arched doorways and recessed lighting throughout home. You will love the kitchen with granite counter tops and a stainless steel appliances package. Energy efficient Pex Manifold Water Supply System and two car garage. The HOA features lawn maintenance, snow removal and common area maintenance. Only minutes from Blacksburg with the charm of country living and a small-town feel, yet just minutes to VT, mall, shopping and recreation.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Come out and enjoy the final day of the New River Valley Fair in Dublin this Saturday July 29th starting at 9:30 am.

Saturday Schedule of Events:
• 9:30 am: Open Sheep Show (Richardson Building Arena)
• 1:00 pm: Beef Cattle Showmanship (Richardson Building Arena)
• 2:00 pm: Gates and Rides Open
• 2:00-3:00 pm: Free Gate Admission (only one hour)
• 2:00-10:00 pm: Exhibit Halls Open
• 2:00 pm: Miss Rodeo Virginia Pageant (Bud Walsh Arena)
• 4:00 pm: Market Goat and Market Lamb Shows (Livestock Arena)
• 4:00 pm: Appalachian Hoedowners Performance (Wysor Building)
• 4:00-6:00 pm: Miss Izzy as Belle presented by Ballet with Miss Rachel (Wysor Building)
• 5:00 pm: Cutest Little Farmer Contest (Wysor Building)
• 6:00 pm: Terry Mullins in Concert (Wysor Building)
• 7:00 pm: Bulls & Barrels (Adults: $10.00, Children 6 & Under: Free)
(Bud Walsh Arena)
• 7:00 pm: Hootin' & Hollerin' Contest (Wysor Building)
• 8:00 pm: Eric Gress in Concert (Back Porch Stage)

The Bulls & Barrels rodeo will be held on Saturday in the Bud Walsh Arena. Tickets are $10.00 for Grandstand Seating and children 6 & under are free. 

The New River Valley Fairgrounds is located at 5581 Fairgrounds Circle in Dublin, VA.

Photo provided by the NRV Fair

New River Valley VA Real Estate
45 Gavins Court, Christiansburg, VA  24073

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Welcome to Senneca Springs in Christiansburg VA where homes match the taste and lifestyle of anyone who loves low maintenance living. The Augusta model features include brick façade with stucco accents, main level open floor plan, 9ft vaulted living room ceiling with crown molding, tray dining room ceiling, arched doorways, decorative tile, textured walls, recessed lighting, laundry room with cabinets throughout, maple kitchen cabinets with granite counter tops, stainless steel kitchen appliance package, tiled shower, Energy efficient Pex Manifold Water Supply System, two car garage plus a patio! HOA features lawn maintenance, snow removal and common area maintenance. Only minutes from Blacksburg, with the charm of country living and a small town feel, yet just minutes to VT, mall, shopping and recreation.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

New River Valley VA Real Estate
440 White Pine Drive, Christiansburg, VA  24073

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Welcome home to 440 White Pine Dr, a charming one level brick ranch where you will appreciate the convenient location to Christiansburg, Salem and Roanoke. Offering so much potential with the chance to add your own personal touches, this 3 bedroom, 1 bath home features easy care flooring, neutral colors, ceiling fans, storage, central air, laundry area and a partially finished basement. A large picture window illuminates the living room with natural light creating a comfortable space to relax. The delightful eat in kitchen provides a full appliance package, an abundance of cabinet space and sliding doors to the large deck making indoor/outdoor entertaining a breeze. Three spacious bedrooms and a full bath provide room for your growing family. The lower level family room is perfect for a media space, man cave or playroom. A single carport and newer storage shed help keep your outdoor equipment and tools organized. The back deck walks down to the sprawling yard with plenty of room to relax or play. Take advantage of all the opportunities this beautiful property offers, make your appointment today!

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Radford VA Home Sales June 2017

by Desi Sowers

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

New River Valley VA Real Estate
2750 Big Valley Drive, Draper, VA  24324

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Prepare to be impressed while enjoying the stunning golf course and mountain views provided at this gorgeous custom built one owner home. Located at Draper Valley Golf Club in the desirable Big Valley subdivision, this impeccably maintained classic colonial is outfitted with the finest quality craftsmanship, finishes and amenities…gleaming hardwood floors, a 2 story foyer, gourmet kitchen, extensive moldings, pocket doors, central vac, ceramic tile baths, plus an attached 2 car garage….just to name a few! The heart of the home will no doubt be the open kitchen, dining and family room with walls of windows and French doors to enjoy views to the 8th fairway. The chefs kitchen is a gorgeous blend of crisp white cabinetry, a large center island, full appliance package, walk in pantry and beautiful chandeliers. The gas log fireplace, built in bookcase and recessed lighting create a soothing atmosphere in the family room. Admire the attention to detail in the dazzling formal dining room where entertaining guests will be a sheer delight! French doors lead to the den or office for easy work at home options. The large laundry room with sink and cabinetry helps to keep you organized. A grand staircase leads you to the second level where a luxurious master suite is ready to relax and pamper you! Tray ceiling, private balcony, sitting area with fireplace, his and her vanities, spa tub, separate shower and a huge walk in closet await. Three generously sized secondary bedrooms, all connected to bathrooms, feature plush carpeting, abundant closet space and tons of natural light. The spacious bonus room is a thriving space to unwind, let the kids play or use as a media room. The professionally landscaped 1.23 acre lot provides expansive patios and balconies, plus a waterfall feature and hot tub to soak your cares away. Convenient for golfers and great for families, make your appointment today to see 2750 Big Valley Drive!

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

What Women Want - She Sheds!

by Desi Sowers

The she shed trend has arrived and it looks like it’s here to stay. And really, what took so long?  Men have had their “caves” for years.  Women should have their own space to get away and unwind too!  Whether a she shed is used for relaxation and contemplation, watching chick flicks, or as a space for hobbies, it is a long overdue oasis for hardworking women who deserve a peaceful space to call their own.  If you’re ready to create your own she shed, here are some ideas for you:

If you already have a backyard shed, you are going to need to clean it out.  Completely.  You will want a blank slate for designing your perfect environment.  Find new storage options for the items you are keeping and give away the rest.  If you don’t have a shed, you can build one with an  easy-to-build kit purchased online or from a local home improvement store.

Show off your one-of-kind sense of style by giving your she shed a fresh coat of paint.  Choose colors that you love.  Do you want a rustic look, or do you dream of a storybook cottage?    The ideas for designing your personal retreat are endless.  Remember, it’s all about YOU!

Think about what you want the purpose of your shed to be.  Will you use it as a peaceful sanctuary where you can curl up with a good book?  Perhaps you might set up an easel and use it as your art studio.  Whatever your intent, be sure to keep it in mind while coming up with your design. 

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to furnish and decorate your she shed.  Search antique stores and flea markets for unique pieces.  The idea is to make it feel relaxed and cozy.  You might already have everything you need, but just needed a special place for it all. 

Choose a spot in the yard that takes you away from your day to day grind and makes you feel surrounded by nature.  Lush plants and window boxes full of flowers will give you a tranquil ambiance that will provide the calm environment needed for quiet serenity.

The most important thing is to make your she shed a reflection of yourself.  And remember…it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, so as your interests and hobbies shift, your shed can transform with you and always be there to fulfill your needs and desires.

 

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http://www.desisowers.com/Blog/Ten-Décor-Trends-to-Avoid-in-2017

http://www.desisowers.com/Blog/Bedand-Breakfast

Adventures in the New River Valley-Superhero Science

by Desi Sowers

Join the librarians at the Christiansburg Library Saturday July 22 from 1pm-2pm for Superhero Science.  Come out and learn about the science behind some of your favorite superheroes.  Superman, Storm, Magneto, and more – join us for some super science!

 

Christiansburg VA Home Sales June 2017

by Desi Sowers

 

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

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