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Radford VA Home Sales October 2018

by Desi Sowers

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

by Desi Sowers

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and if you are planning to have a houseful of kids at your celebration, you may want to prepare some fun crafts for them to do to keep them busy until the feast is ready.  If they are busy creating fun Thanksgiving crafts, you won’t have to worry about them being underfoot while preparing your meal.  It’s an especially good idea if the weather is not nice and they can’t get outside to play and burn off energy.  Plus, kids love to feel like they are helping, so let them make placemats, place cards and decorations for your table.  Check out these fun, simple crafts:

THANKSGIVING PLACEMATS - This easy craft can be done by kids of all ages.  Simply use these Fun Printable Thanksgiving Placemats and provide crayons, colored pencils, watercolor paints, or markers.  Print them on nice, thick art paper so that they will lie flat on the table.  If the kids use paints, make sure they start early to give them plenty of time to dry.  And if there is an older child or adult with time on their hands, you can even purchase laminating paper so that the placemats can be preserved and used again next year!


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TURKEY FINGER PUPPET -  Little ones be delighted by these precious little DIY TURKEY FINGER PUPPETS.  All you need are foam sheet, scissors, glue, and a hole punch.  If there are older kids, they can help by doing the cutting. Otherwise, an adult should prepare the materials by pre-cutting them and then the little ones can do the gluing.  When they are done, they will have a terrific turkey friend top play with all day!


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THANKFUL TREE - The whole family can take part in this activity that helps to teach little ones about the true meaning of Thanksgiving.  Use a large piece of butcher paper to draw a leafless tree (or have an older child do it). Hang the butcher paper on the wall with sticky putty.  Provide templates for different shaped leaves.  The kids can trace and cut out the leaves and write what they are thankful for on them.  They can also cut out leaves for all the adults and let them write what they are thankful for as well.  Then everyone can put their leaves on the tree with sticky putty or glue and you will have a beautiful, colorful Thanksgiving Tree!


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DIY HANDPRINT TURKEY PLACE CARD HOLDER - You will have to plan ahead for this craft so that you have the materials you need on hand.  But the result will be these precious place card holders literally made from your little ones’ hands!  You will need brown construction paper, natural wood clothespins, paints in fall colors, stick-on googly eyes, paintbrushes, scissors, glue, pencils, and white cardstock.   Depending on the age of the children, they may need help writing the names on the cards. Allow them to help set the table by putting their homemade place cards at each setting.


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THANKSGIVING CENTERPIECE - You may not know this, but little kids LOVE to pour.  It sounds so simple…and it is, but they get great joy out of it!  So why not let them add to your lovely  table by making this Easy DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece.  You will need six empty glass containers like milk bottles or mason jars, various colors of dried beans and corn, six taper candles, some ribbon and letters to spell out “thanks”.  You can let older kids cut the letters out of construction paper, or you can purchase chipboard letters in the scrapbooking section of the craft store.


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So, keep those kids busy Thanksgiving Day with these fun crafts and be thankful for their wonderful contributions to this special holiday!  Happy Thanksgiving!

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!

VA Momentum presents the 1st Annual Blacksburg Turkey Trot and The Gobble Gobble Kids Dash on Thursday, November 22, 2018 starting and ending at the intersection of Draper Road and Roanoke Street in downtown Blacksburg, VA.

Race Schedule:

• 8:00 am: Gobble Gobble Kids Dash Begins

• 8:15 am: Announcements & National Anthem

• 8:30 am: Blacksburg Turkey Trot Begins

• ~9:30 am: Awards Presentation

The Blacksburg Turkey Trot is the perfect mix of fun and fitness on Thanksgiving morning. The 5k course is designed with all skill levels of walkers and runners in mind! It's ideal for first-timers and veteran runners alike. The Turkey Trot is a professionally timed event, you'll receive a race bib and chip timing device at packet pickup, but don't let that deter you from coming dressed in your favorite Thanksgiving-themed running gear!

The Gobble Gobble Kids Dash is a can't-miss tradition for kids ages 3-12 on Thanksgiving. The Kids Dash features all the excitement of the Blacksburg Turkey Trot and we'll kick it off with some music and warm-ups. They'll be energized by the roar of the crowd and feel the freedom of wind in their face as they run through the streets (Draper Road) of Blacksburg. Kids Dash participants will finish prior to the start of the Blacksburg Turkey Trot. 

Information and photo provided by VA Momentum

Christiansburg VA Home Sales October 2018

by Desi Sowers

New River Valley VA Real Estate For Sale
135 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 Rendition Grande model offers main level living, Timberlake cabinets, a brick/vinyl façade with stucco accents, hardwood flooring, vaulted ceilings, arched doorways, granite counters, tiled backsplash, stainless appliances, recessed lighting and two car garage. Gorgeous open floor plan offers comfort and quality to meet today’s busy lifestyle with a living, kitchen and dining room combination plus a large sunroom. 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, hospitals, shopping and Huckleberry Trail.  Come see this new home!

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.

You’re putting your house on the market and the idea is to MAKE money, not spend it.  But there are costs involved when selling a home that you might not anticipate.  Don’t let yourself be blindsided by these unexpected expenses:

  1. Utilities: Keeping your utilities running until closing is a good idea.  Not only does it allow the Realtor to show that the home is fully operational, it also helps prevent other possible issues. For example, during hot, summer months having the A/C on will help to keep the home mold-free.  And of course, you want the utilities on for the buyer’s final walk through.  Your Realtor can help you decide when it is the right day to have the utilities turned off.
     
  2. Renovations & Repairs: Before putting your home on the market, you need to budget for any renovations and/or repairs that will need to be done.  Walls looking drab?  They will need a fresh coat of paint.  Stains on the carpet? You’ll want to give it a good steam cleaning.  There may be a lot of little things that need to be done, or there might be one or two major projects.  Either way, you’ll want to be prepared for the costs involved. Before getting started, do your homework and find out which home improvements get the best return on investment. 6 Home Renovations That Return the Most at Resale
     
  3. Seller Credits to Buyer: If you don’t want to deal with repairs or renovations, it is possible to extend a seller credit to the buyer to compensate for the cost of fixing up the house. These credits are a loan option that allows buyers to finance their closing costs and, thus, purchase the home with less cash down. But be aware that lenders cap the credit amount that a seller can extend to a buyer at 3% to 6% of the total mortgage.
     
  4. Staging Costs: When your house is on the market, you want it to get as much exposure to potential buyers as possible.  You will need to not only stage your home, but digital staging services will be needed as well.  Great pictures and/or videos and descriptions of your home online are one of the most efficient ways to reach potential buyers. You may need to hire a professional home stager as well as someone to take care of the digital staging services.  Costs to do this can range from a couple of hundred dollars to $5,000 or more, depending on what you request. Sellers: The Benefits of Staging Your Home
     
  5. Agent Commissions: Realtors are paid on commission.  They usually get 5 to 6 percent of the home’s sale price.  Generally, commission is split between the seller’s agent and the buyer’s agent.  The home seller typically pays the commission fee, and therefore should take that into consideration when determining the asking price.
     
  6. Moving Costs: Make sure you include moving expenses in your budget when selling your house.  Hopefully you will get your asking price and make a nice profit on your home sale, but you should be prepared to cover your moving costs even if the house sells for less than you hope.

So, if you are planning to put your house on the market in 2019, now is the time to start planning for the extra costs involved.  An experienced Realtor like Desi Sowers can assist you in figuring out the right asking price for your home to help cover all your expenses. If you are thinking about buying and/or selling a home in the New River Valley area, contact Desi today at 540-320-1328 and let her assist you with all your real estate needs!

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Happy Veteran's Day!

by Desi Sowers

Adventures in the New River Valley: 2018 YMCA Craft Fair

by Desi Sowers

The YMCA at Virginia Tech presents their 49th Annual YMCA Craft Fair at the Blacksburg Community Center on Friday, November 9, 2018, through Sunday, November 11, 2018

YMCA Craft Fair Schedule:

• Friday, November 9th from 1:00-7:00 pm

• Saturday, November 10th from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

• Sunday, November 11th from 12:00-4:00 pm

Join us for the 49th annual YMCA Craft Fair! Get ready for the holidays when you shop juried vendors and celebrate the beauty and diversity of handmade art.

This year also features coffee, teas and baked good from Bollo's, food trucks, live music and other fun family entertainment!

Information provided by the YMCA at Virginia Tech

Pulaski VA Home Sales October 2018

by Desi Sowers

Preparing for Cozy Nights Around the Fire

by Desi Sowers

This past weekend we fell back to standard time which means the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer.  It also means that the weather is getting cooler.  There is nothing more comforting on a cold night than getting cozy around a roaring fire in the fireplace.  But before you do that, there are some fireplace maintenance and safety tips you should be aware of:

For wood-burning fireplaces

     - If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you need to get your chimney inspected by a licensed professional prior to lighting your first fire of the season.  Remember that safety is the top priority when using a fireplace. The Facts About Chimney Fires

     - Next you need to get your fireplace ready for use.  If there are any ashes leftover from last year, clean them out with a broom. Make sure that the damper is open and working properly.

     - Gather and prep the logs you are going to use.  Seasoned hardwood that has been split and dried for at least six month; even better if it’s been a year.  You will know it’s seasoned hardwood if it’s dark and cracked at the ends and makes a hollow sound when knocked together.  Prepare for a long-lasting fire by placing a rolled=up ball of newspaper beneath the grates. Then lay narrow pieces of finely split wood in a crisscross pattern on the grates.  To finish up, stack one to three dry logs over the kindling. How to Choose the Best Firewood for Your Needs

     - Now it’s time to prime the flue.  This is to heat up the cold air inside the flue so that smoke doesn’t back up into your house.  Before you light the fire, light a tightly rolled-up sheet of newspaper, and hold it toward the open damper.  Leave it there for a couple of minutes until you see smoke going up the flue.

     - Come on baby light your fire!  Now you are ready to get that roaring fire going so you can relax and enjoy it!  If the fire starts to wane, gently fan the flames with folded newspaper or use a poker to get the air flowing again.  Use tongs to add logs as needed to provide more fuel.

     - One of the most important thing you must do for safety is to make sure the fire has gone completely out before you go to be for the night.  If your fireplace has metal or glass doors, close them after the fire is out.

For gas fireplaces

     - Take a look at your owner’s manual just got give yourself a reminder of the basic cleaning and maintenance needed to keep your fireplace functional and safe.  Remember that different fireplace models may require different types of cleaning and maintenance.

     - Examine the outdoor vent.  During the off season your fireplace vent can become clogged with debris.  If the vent is clogged and you light a fire, you risk not having a fire hazard, but also having unsafe amounts of carbon monoxide levels in your home.  Clear away any cobwebs, leaves or other debris that in in the vent. If it appears that there have been pests living in the vent, you may need to call a pest control professional to come out and address it. Troubleshooting a Direct Vent Fireplace

     - Check your glass covering for any cracks or chips that might weaken it or allow harmful gases into your home.  Remember that the enclosure helps regulate carbon monoxide when the fireplace is on.  Tighten any hinges that might have loosened to make sure the glass closes securely over the fireplace.

     - Clean the internal elements of the fireplace.  The ceramic log, rocks, or beads in your gas fireplace can become dusty while not being used. This can create an unpleasant burning smell when you start a fire. How to Clean a Gas Fireplace

     - Dust the blower. The electric blower in your fireplace helps circulate warm air throughout your home.  It can become dirty during the summer and needs to be cleaned to run more efficiently.

     - Inspect your pilot light to make sure there are no loose or exposed wires.  If you do see issues, have a professional come to assess the problem before you turn the pilot light on.

     - If you’re not comfortable with your own assessment of your gas fireplace, schedule a professional inspection.  And inspection can help identify problems such as gas leaks or broken sensors. 

Whether you have a wood burning or gas fireplace, just remember SAFETY FIRST!  Then, make some hot chocolate, grab a good book, and cozy up by the crackling fire for warm, comforting relaxation!

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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