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Pulaski VA Home Sales August 2018

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Preparing to Sell - 5 Things You Must Fix Before Listing Your Home

by Desi Sowers

If you want the best price for your house, you may have to do some repairs before selling it. Potential buyers will be willing to spend more for a home that doesn’t need a lot of work.  Here are 5 important things to fix before selling:

     - Exterior - When was the last time the exterior of your house was painted?  Is the paint faded and chipping?  Is wood rotting around the windows?  Is your front door dingy?  First Impressions matter when it comes to selling your home and buyers will get their first impression when they see the outside of your house whether in pictures or in person.  Don’t forget the landscaping.  A well-kept lawn and simple, but clean flower beds will go a long way toward creating an enticing aesthetic for your property.

     - Interior Paint - If the walls are looking a bit shabby and the trim a bit grimy, painting is a quick and easy fix.  The same applies if you went through a crazy color phase a few years back and decorated with hues that might not appeal to everyone.  Choose neutral colors that will allow buyers to focus on the spaces without being distracted. Behr's Paint Color of the Year 2018

     - Kitchen - The kitchen is one of the most important rooms that buyers focus on when looking at a house.  So, if yours is looking run-down you will want to update it.  It will be worth the investment to replace appliances that are on their last legs or putting in a new granite counter.  Or it might be as simple as repainting cabinets and adding shiny, new handles.

     - Bathroom - Nothing turns buyers off faster than an unsightly bathroom.  Sparkling, clean fixtures and a fresh coat of paint will go a long way toward impressing someone searching for their dream home.  Inexpensive touches like a decorative mirror or a lovely picture on the wall will add to the ambiance without breaking the bank.

     - Flooring - If your carpets are stained or thread bare, it is worth your while to replace them.  Otherwise, buyers may ask for a carpet allowance when they make an offer on your house.  The same applies if your vinyl floors are in bad shape.  Hardwoods are always popular, but you may want to consider getting them refinished if they are looking old and scruffy.

It may seem counter intuitive to spend money on repairing or fixing up a house you are getting ready to sell, but at the end of the day, it will not only help you sell your house faster, but you will get a better price for it too.

If you’re thinking about selling or buying a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!

Adventures in the New River Valley: Farmfest 2018

by Desi Sowers

Join the New River Land Trust for FarmFest 2018 at Glade Road Growing, a conserved 48-acre property in Blacksburg, VA, on Saturday, September 1, 2018, from 5pm to 10pm.

Event Schedule:

• 5:00-6:00 pm: Farm Tour

• 6:00-10:00 pm: Music, Food, Ice Cream

• 6:00-8:00 pm: Make Bird Houses at the Kid’s Tent

• 6:45-7:15 pm: Guided Bird Walk

They will have live music from Swampcandy, food from Tabula Rasa on Glade, ice cream from Homestead Creamery, a farm tour and activities for the kids. 

Information and photo provided by New River Land Trust

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

by Desi Sowers

View the Tour

If you are looking for space to spread out and build your own home look no further. Centrally located in Pulaski County this perfectly flat 2.85 acres offers the ideal homesite for peaceful country living. Nestled in the heart of Belspring VA where there is a host of can’t-miss things to do, from attending special events, learning about local history; to dining at independent restaurants and staying active at area parks. There is public water available but not public sewer, so the new owner will need to install a septic system and none of the lots have been perked. Great building site for single family home or possible investor for more than one home site. Come on over take a look!

You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play.

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.

Life in a College Town

by Desi Sowers

With Radford and Virginia Tech students back at school, things are hopping in the New River Valley!  Living in a college town comes with many perks that you won’t find anywhere else. Sports, the arts, great restaurants, educational opportunities, and a lively culture are just some things that make living in a college town so wonderful. Recently, Blacksburg, VA, home of Virginia Tech, was named as one of the best affordable college towns for recent graduates…and everyone else.   With a median home list price of $231,400, achieving the American dream of home ownership is easily within reach in Blacksburg and the surrounding area. Many graduates of Va. Tech head to big cities like Washington DC or Charlotte, NC to pursue careers, but if you prefer an outdoor lifestyle and fresh mountain air, Blacksburg just may be the perfect home sweet home for you!  The Appalachian Trail is only a short drive away and nearby Claytor Lake State Park is fantastic for fishing and boating.  Not only does Blacksburg offer a great quality of life for people who love the outdoors, it also enjoys all the benefits of having the university there. There are many employment opportunities at Va. Tech, but there are other options too.  For example, The Dish Network employs about 1000 people and aerospace/defense company MOOG also has a presence there. While historic, single family homes in Downtown Blacksburg are popular, they can also be pricey. So many people opt to live in the outskirts. The New River Valley includes Blacksburg, Radford, Christiansburg and Pulaski. 

Desi Sowers is an experienced Realtor who knows the New River Valley like the back of her hand.  If you are thinking about living the good life in a college town, contact Desi at 540-320-1328 and she can help you find your dream home today!

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Adventures in the New River Valley: 2018 Heritage Day

by Desi Sowers

The Montgomery Museum celebrates it's annual Heritage Day on Saturday, August 25, 2018, 10:00AM – 3:00PM, on the lawn at the museum.

Heritage Day is a celebration of Montgomery County, VA and its history. There will be food and live entertainment all day.

Activities include:

• Vintage Craft Demonstrations

• Historical Re-enactments

• Tuxedo Panda Robotics

• Adult Pie Cook-Off

• Children's Pie Cook-Off for 12 & Under

• Children's Activities & Crafts

• Antique Cars

• Fiber Arts

• Animals

• Dancers

• Artists

and more!

The Montgomery Museum is located at 300 Pepper Street in Christiansburg, Virginia.

Information and flyer from The Montgomery Museum

Blacksburg VA Home Sales July 2018

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Cyber Safety - Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet

by Desi Sowers

With children back in school, technology is going to be part of their everyday lives.  They will be using the internet for things such as research and projects.  Some schools have even moved to using computers and tablets instead of textbooks.  Kids today are very tech-savvy; often even more so than some adults.  Keeping them safe in this digital age is challenging.  As parents, we want to provide everything they need for their education, while at the same time making sure they are using technology safely.  Here are some tips to help:

SET RULES - Limit not only the amount of screen time they can have, but where they have it.  If they are using a computer for homework, have them do it in a room where you can check in with them periodically. You don’t have to hover, but if they know you are present, they are more likely to stay on task.  If they have a smart phone, let them know that they cannot have it out while doing homework.  Make your rules clear and concise so they will know what your expectations are.  Define what the consequences will be if the rules are broken and follow through if that happens. The Importance of Limiting Screen Time

SET PARENTAL CONTROLS - Sometimes Parental Controls on a computer can be a pain because they will block sites that your child might need to access. But by having the controls, that means your child will need you to help them get to the site…which keeps you in the loop. 

EXPLAIN INTERNET SAFETY - You don’t want to scare your children, but it is important they understand what internet safety is and why they need to be careful.  An Internet Safety Talk should include information about protecting privacy, avoiding communication with strangers and cyber-bullying.

There are several kid-friendly websites  that you can introduce to your children that will allow them to have fun online while safely gaining experience with technology. Fun and Free Educational Websites for Kids

As children get older and enter the teen years, it can be more challenging than ever to control what they see on the internet.  That’s why it’s vital that you keep the lines of communication open and keep up with what they are doing online.  Stay in the know about current popular social media apps and technological advances. The more informed you are, the more you can help your children stay safe online.

If you’re thinking about selling or buying a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!

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Adventures in the New River Valley: Touch-A-Truck NRV

by Desi Sowers

The 4th Annual Touch-A-Truck event is happening on August 18th from 10-3 in the NRV Mall front parking, near Belk! Horn free from 10-12pm for our most sensitive ears.

Kids will get their imaginations in gear as they climb in the driver's seat to honk horns, sound sirens and learn about the big trucks that come with some cool careers.

There will be fun kids activities, food trucks, and even a fun photo booth for the little ones! \

Photo and information provided by Touch a Truck NRV

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Desi Sowers, Associate Broker,
Certified Residential Specialist at REMAX 8
1344 N. Main Street
Blacksburg VA 24060
Phone: (540) 320-1328

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