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April
27

How to Stay Productive While Working From Home

Working From Home

More people than ever are working from home in the Richmond area and around the country. If you have never worked from home before, it's normal to feel that it can be a challenge to juggle family, work, and other obligations the same as if you were going to an office on a daily basis. Our real estate agents understand the struggle and compiled these seven strategies you can apply to make working from home a bit easier.

  1. Ease into the New Routine 
    Don't feel as if you have to become a work-from-home professional overnight. It takes time to adjust to working from home. You may feel isolated, frustrated, and a bit anxious. That's entirely common, and it's alright to ease yourself through the transition gently. 
  2. Dress for Success
    It may seem silly, and while you can work in your pajamas or sweats, wearing your "work clothes" can help you maintain a professional mindset and protect your morale.
  3. Manage Your Time Wisely
    You should stick to a set schedule that mimics as closely as possible to your regular routine. Sticking to a set schedule during remote work helps keep you on schedule with work-related tasks. While you will need to make some adjustments to take care of children, don't give in to the temptation to knock off early for shopping errands, yard work, etc.
  4. Establish a Workspace
    If you're one of the fortunate few who still have a home office, this is the time to use it. If not, establish a workspace in the bedroom, kitchen, or living room where you can go to work without interruption. Make sure your spouse or partner and children understand that this is a work area and encourage them to respect that. Similarly, establish study areas for your children where they can get schoolwork done.
  5. Learn the Technology You Will Use
    Many companies already have established programs and tools for employees who work from home. However, many are jumping into the deep end without dedicated programs, computers, etc. in place. If you are suddenly using new programs and tools, set aside some time to familiarize yourself with the technology your employer wants you to use to communicate with clients and co-workers.
  6. Create Lists
    Lists are a great way to help keep your day on course. Making a list each morning can help you accomplish your goals for the day. Moreover, it can boost your morale significantly as you check off tasks and can see the progress you are making toward your goals.
  7. Stay Away From Distractions
    The news can be depressing, and distractions, such as neighbors who drop by or family members who call, can take away your focus. Stay off social media, and do your best to maintain a sustained focus on work-related responsibilities.

Looking for a home with the home office space you need? We encourage you to contact us for more information about Richmond homes for sale.

April
20

Your Guide to Starting a Garden in Richmond

Richmond Garden Tips

When potential homeowners are exploring Richmond homes for sale, they're often impressed by the availability of backyard space. Our REALTORS® find that this is a big selling point for most homes. 

Now, more than ever, homeowners are interested in learning how to turn a portion of their backyard into a garden. Being able to create your own food supply is appealing, and gardening is actually much easier than you might think! 

Follow these simple steps, and you'll have a flourishing garden before you know it. 

  1. Decide on Your Gardening Goals
    First, you'll want to decide what type of garden you want to grow. If you're a veggie-lover, you'll want to focus on a garden full of edible plants like lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers. Otherwise, an herb garden might be more your style. 
  1. Choose the Right Location
    There are a few important things to consider when choosing the perfect spot for your garden. First, look for a section of your backyard that gets plenty of sun. Most plants need six to eight hours of sunlight each day to flourish. It's also best if the garden is near your house, a shed, or a fence. This will help protect the plants from wind damage. A flat area is also easier to maintain than a sloped part of your yard. While not necessary, it's better if your garden is in a visible spot that's also nearby your water source. This will make it easier to notice when your plants need some attention and will simplify the watering process. 
  1. Get the Right Tools
    You'll need certain tools to tend your garden. This includes a hoe, a garden shovel, and some hand tools. You may also want to pick up some gardening gloves and knee pads. 
  1. Prepare Your Garden Bed
    Next, remove the grass from the area where you'll put your garden bed and turn the soil. If you're putting in a large garden, you'll want to get your hands on a rototiller. Otherwise, it's more practical to just do it by hand with a hoe and shovel. Add some organic material to make your soil as rich and fertile as possible. 
  1. Select Your Plants
    It's less expensive to start your garden from seeds, but it takes longer. If you're crunched for time, you're better off buying young plants instead. Choose the vegetables or herbs you enjoy eating, but also pay attention to the plant's needs when it comes to sunlight, climate, and soil type. 
  1. Plant Your Garden
    Your seeds or plants should come with instructions that will tell you exactly how to plant and care for them in the initial weeks. Once your plants are in the ground, it's also a good idea to add a few inches of mulch. If you choose an organic mulch, it will add a pleasant smell to your garden and will make your soil more fertile as it decomposes. 
  1. Nurture Your Garden
    Once your plants are established, the hard work is done! Now you just need to set up a regular watering schedule, pull up weeds when they appear, and deal with any bugs that try to eat your plants. 

Then, sit back, relax, and watch your garden grow! Contact us today to learn more and get started. 

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