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Are You Buying in a Safe Neighborhood?

by Desi Sowers

 

Are You Buying A Home In A Safe Neighborhood?

In this day and age, if you ask a question, the internet most likely has the answer!  Before you BUY or RENT a home, you should look for crime statistics offered at crimemapping.com and at the sex offender registry at www.vsp.state.va.us If you are buying a home in Blacksburg, VA, check out Blacksburg’s cool crime mapping websitehttp://www.crimemapping.com/map/va/blacksburg.  See the sample crime report below.

Don’t be alarmed, Blacksburg is not a high crime area!  National statistics show that local governments that keep citizens’ informed about crime data have fewer crimes.  You can even sign up to receive alerts when a crime is committed on your street! 

The Town of Blacksburg is offering crime prevention classes too.

Identity Theft Prevention

February 27, 2012, 6-8 pm 
Learn about the dangers of identity theft and measures that can be taken to decrease the likelihood of becoming a victim. To register send an email to Shaylin McNeil, smcneil@blacksburg.gov

Home Security 
March 26, 2012, 6-8 pm 
Learn ways to make your home less desirable to would-be burglars.

To register send an email to Shaylin McNeil, smcneil@blacksburg.gov

Classes are FREE and held at 200 Clay Street in the Blacksburg Police Department Training Room. For more information about these classes, contact Lieutenant Steven M. Taylor, at (540) 961-1811 orstaylor@blacksburg.gov.

A SAMPLE CRIME REPORT FROM CRIMEMAPPING.COM IS BELOW:

Crime report for 1/27/2012 - 2/2/2012

31 crimes found.


Type:

Description:

Case #:

Location:

Agency:

Date:

           

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/theft-larceny.png

DESTRUCTION/DAMAGE/VANDALISM OF PROPERTY

2012-001976

200 BLK MAIN ST

Blacksburg Police

2/1/2012 09:55 PM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/theft-larceny.png

DESTRUCTION/DAMAGE/VANDALISM OF PROPERTY

2012-001964

1200 BLK NORTH MAIN ST.

Blacksburg Police

2/1/2012 04:34 PM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/theft-larceny.png

DESTRUCTION/DAMAGE/VANDALISM OF PROPERTY

2012-001928

100 BLK DRAPER RD

Blacksburg Police

2/1/2012 02:23 AM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/drugs-alcohol-violations.png

DRUNKENNESS

2012-001844

3100 BLK MEADOWBROOK DR

Blacksburg Police

1/30/2012 10:03 PM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/theft-larceny.png

ALL OTHER LARCENY

2012-001832

800 BLK N MAIN ST

Blacksburg Police

1/30/2012 05:57 PM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/theft-larceny.png

DESTRUCTION/DAMAGE/VANDALISM OF PROPERTY

2012-001830

800 BLK UNIVERSITY CITY BLVD

Blacksburg Police

1/30/2012 05:14 PM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/theft-larceny.png

THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE

2012-001829

11600 BLK FOXTRAIL LN

Blacksburg Police

1/30/2012 05:01 PM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/theft-larceny.png

ALL OTHER LARCENY

2012-001776

700 BLK MAIN ST

Blacksburg Police

1/29/2012 08:24 PM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/fraud.png

WIRE FRAUD

2012-001766

200 BLK CLAY ST

Blacksburg Police

1/29/2012 04:51 PM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/theft-larceny.png

ALL OTHER LARCENY

2012-001751

200 BLK HEIGHTS LN

Blacksburg Police

1/29/2012 12:06 PM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/theft-larceny.png

ALL OTHER LARCENY

2012-001750

1600 BLK PATRICK HENRY DR

Blacksburg Police

1/29/2012 11:07 AM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/dui.png

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

2012-001734

0 ROANOKE ST

Blacksburg Police

1/29/2012 02:06 AM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/drugs-alcohol-violations.png

DRUNKENNESS

2012-001729

1400 BLK MAIN ST # 120

Blacksburg Police

1/29/2012 01:38 AM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/assault.png

SIMPLE ASSAULT

2012-001726

200 BLK MAIN ST

Blacksburg Police

1/29/2012 01:04 AM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/drugs-alcohol-violations.png

DRUNKENNESS

2012-001723

200 BLK DRAPER RD

Blacksburg Police

1/29/2012 12:49 AM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/drugs-alcohol-violations.png

DRUNKENNESS

2012-001720

1400 BLK MAIN ST # 120

Blacksburg Police

1/29/2012 12:36 AM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/assault.png

SIMPLE ASSAULT

2012-001718

200 BLK HEIGHTS LN

Blacksburg Police

1/29/2012 12:17 AM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/drugs-alcohol-violations.png

DRUNKENNESS

2012-001716

500 BLK NORTH M AIN ST

Blacksburg Police

1/29/2012 12:10 AM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/theft-larceny.png

DESTRUCTION/DAMAGE/VANDALISM OF PROPERTY

2012-001668

100 BLK CLOVER VALLEY CIR

Blacksburg Police

1/28/2012 02:02 PM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/theft-larceny.png

DESTRUCTION/DAMAGE/VANDALISM OF PROPERTY

2012-001653

400 BLK HARDING AVE

Blacksburg Police

1/28/2012 09:14 AM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/drugs-alcohol-violations.png

DRUNKENNESS

2012-001646

0 TURNER ST

Blacksburg Police

1/28/2012 03:16 AM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/drugs-alcohol-violations.png

DRUNKENNESS

2012-001638

600 BLK NORTH MAIN ST

Blacksburg Police

1/28/2012 02:10 AM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/dui.png

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

2012-001634

-

Blacksburg Police

1/28/2012 01:49 AM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/drugs-alcohol-violations.png

DRUNKENNESS

2012-001632

0 GILES RD

Blacksburg Police

1/28/2012 01:38 AM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/assault.png

DOMESTIC ASSAULT

2012-001627

3100 BLK MEADOWBROOK DR

Blacksburg Police

1/28/2012 01:03 AM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/drugs-alcohol-violations.png

DRUNKENNESS

2012-001624

100 BLK CHURCH ST

Blacksburg Police

1/28/2012 12:49 AM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/theft-larceny.png

DESTRUCTION/DAMAGE/VANDALISM OF PROPERTY

2012-001621

1600 BLK WHIPPLE DR

Blacksburg Police

1/28/2012 12:35 AM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/drugs-alcohol-violations.png

DRUNKENNESS

2012-001616

200 BLK PRICES FORK RD

Blacksburg Police

1/27/2012 11:58 PM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/theft-larceny.png

DESTRUCTION/DAMAGE/VANDALISM OF PROPERTY

2012-001570

200 BLK PHEASANT RUN DR

Blacksburg Police

1/27/2012 08:17 PM

Description: Description: http://www.crimemapping.com/images/map/crime-types/legend/drugs-alcohol-violations.png

DRUNKENNESS

2012-001518

700 BLK HARDING AVE

Blacksburg Police

1/27/2012 01:14 AM

 

 

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What's the Magic Color for Selling Your House?

by Desi Sowers

What's the Magic Color for Selling Your House?

‚ÄčColor plays a big part in selling a house. How you decide to dress your walls can convince a buyer that your home is move-in ready or leave them looking elsewhere. If the goal is to see the sparkle of “love at first sight,” consider picking the right paint palette to suit a range of buyer tastes.

 

Proper Preparation

When you paint your walls, make sure you prepare the walls properly. Before you start, use a pre-made crack filler or drywall compound to fill in minor cracks and old picture hook holes. Lightly sanding baseboards, window frames and doors is also a great way to ensure that your paint will adhere to the surfaces properly. Make sure you are using the same base paint that currently exists on the surface you are repainting. Latex on latex, and oil base on oil base.

Picking The Magical Colors

Color choices are plentiful, as are the types of paints. When selecting interior colors, consider how you use each room or the feeling that you want to create for the space. White is a great accent, but for walls it is a harsh and cold color. Instead of white, choose warm, inviting and neutral paint colors such as yellows, warm beige and olive tones.

The best rule of thumb for home remodeling is to stick to a color palette that isn’t too bland but also isn’t too bold. For smaller spaces, such as bathrooms, choose colors that make the room look bigger such as warmer whites. For the bigger rooms, select a paint that is a couple shades darker to create a cozy atmosphere. For bedrooms, calming paint colors work best.

Make sure the palette you create flows from room to room. At paint stores, purchase a smaller can of paint and test it on the walls before committing to the color for the entire room.

Wallpaper Can Be A "Turnoff"

Potential homebuyers don’t always like wallpaper or at least the wallpaper you may have chosen 15 years ago. They want simple, clean, warm and inviting rooms and not the potential headache of steam cleaners and wallpaper removal. It is a good idea to consider removing wallpaper or at the very least painting over it where necessary in order to open the space and make the room feel fresh and clean.

Don’t Forget To Look Up

Potential buyers notice water stains and old-fashioned ceilings. If you have a home with a stucco ceiling, it can date your home to a buyer. Before you show your home, consider painting the ceiling with flat white paint. If you have crown molding, make sure you use the same ceiling paint for a consistent professional look.

 

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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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