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Where is Clutter Hiding in Your Home?

Clutter in Your Home

You might think your home is neat and tidy, but it's likely that clutter is hiding in your home. If you're getting ready to list your home, excess clutter will make it harder to prepare your home to add to the inventory of Richmond homes for sale. Before you list your home, here are a few common spaces that clutter may be lurking and a few tips for taming these hidden areas.

  1. Your Kitchen Counters
    The kitchen is the heart of the home for many families. It's only natural that your kitchen counters act as a breeding spot for various stuff, like seldom-used appliances, papers, mail, and snacks. Not only does clutter make it harder to keep your kitchen counters clean and clear of crumbs and other debris, but our real estate agents know that properties with cluttered kitchen counters actually look smaller than those with clear counters. Tame your kitchen clutter by stowing your seldom-used appliances in your cabinets or pantry. Only keep appliances out that you use every single day out, like your coffee maker. Tackle the mountain of papers on your counters by organizing a filing system for incoming papers and mail. A wall box is a fantastic option to get paper off your kitchen while it's still "in process." Don't let papers linger indefinitely in this box! Make a commitment to go through it once a month and deal with each document. Half-eaten snacks are another common problem for many homeowners. Consider dedicating a bin in your pantry or cabinets to snacks that have already been opened. This will also keep you from having three open bags of tortilla chips at one time. 
  1. Your Entryway
    The entryway is another area prone to accumulating clutter simply because you use it so much. It's the first spot your family uses when they come home, making it the prime gathering spot for bags, shoes, coats, and winter gear. Make sure that all the clutter that likes to accumulate in your entryway has a home. One way to do so is by adding a hall tree to this space. A hall tree is a fabulous addition that includes storage for multiple items (and you can customize the storage to your family's needs). Look for a hall tree with hooks so that you have an area to neatly hang a coat or bookbag. Or, if you prefer to keep some things out of sight, a unit with a storage bench is a necessity. Have a lot of shoes that you keep in your entryway? Check out a hall tree with storage cubbies.
  1. Your Laundry Room
    Don't let your laundry room become the storage space for unfolded clothing, dirty laundry, and articles of clothing that aren't quite clean or dirty (i.e., a shirt you wore for an hour or two). Commit to folding a load of laundry and putting it away the same day it's dry. If you have a large family, you might invest in multiple hampers so that each family member can get their own laundry and put it away when they have a chunk of free time. When you're through wearing an item, either hang the item back up or put it in the dirty clothes hamper. Get rid of the in-between pile that breeds clothing clutter. Have a collection of half-used laundry detergents and fabric softeners? Shelving above your washer and dryer is an excellent spot to stow your laundry essentials. 

Now that you've tackled the clutter in your home are you ready to sell your home? Contact us today to get started!


Pet Owners: 7 Things You Need to Do Before a Showing

Showing a Home with Pets

Are you thinking about listing your home this year? There are a lot of great Richmond homes for sale right now! If you want to get the best possible offer, you'll need to do everything you can to make sure your property stands out from the crowd.

Our real estate agents work with many sellers who consider their pets to be a part of the family. Unfortunately, not all buyers agree. While it doesn't take much extra effort for pet owners to prepare their homes, there are a few things you'll want to do. 

  1. Hide the Evidence
    Two of the most important words to remember when preparing your home to sell are "declutter" and "depersonalize." This goes for your pet's belongings as well. Before showing your home, remove all pet beds, toys, crates, scratching posts, and litter boxes. Wash your pet's food and water bowls and put them out of sight. Before you leave the house, take one final look to ensure you've removed all evidence that a pet lives there. 
  1. Deep Clean
    When you're a pet lover, you tend to stop noticing things like cat hair on throw rugs or drool slingers on baseboards. However, we can promise you that potential buyers will notice. It's a great idea to hire a professional to deep clean your entire home, including steam cleaning the carpets and scrubbing the baseboards. Also, make sure to wash any blankets, throw pillows, curtains, and comforters, as they often hold onto hair and odors. 
  1. Get Rid of Odors
    Don't make the mistake of simply trying to mask odors with perfume spray or candles. Instead, use a neutralizing enzyme cleaner or a pet-specific deodorizer. You'll also want to change your air filter and consider adding an air purifier in the most-used rooms. Lastly, it's a great idea to invite a friend over or ask your real estate agent to stop by and give the house an honest sniff. This is the best way to ensure that you've fully eliminated any pet odors. 
  1. Repair Damage
    Scratches on your door frames damaged floors, and shredded furniture are all dead giveaways that there has been a pet in the home. Fix door scratches with wood filler and paint and remove or replace any damaged furniture or fabrics. If you have badly damaged hardwood floors, consider having them sanded down and refinished. 
  1. Clean Up the Yard
    Obviously, you'll want to do a thorough job of cleaning up any areas outdoors where your dog does his business. However, the work doesn't stop there. You'll also want to fix any holes in the yard, paint over claw marks on your fence, and remove any plants that have been damaged. 
  1. Remove Pets During Showing
    As soon as you decide to list your home, start thinking about where you'll take your pet during showings. Having strangers in the home can be stressful for your pet, and buyers will have a hard time concentrating if the dog is barking or the cat is scratching on the basement door. 
  1. Don't Forget About the Neighbor's Pets
    A dog yapping relentlessly next door or growling over the fence won't do you any favors. You won't always be able to do anything about this, but if you're on good terms with your neighbors, consider letting them know you're having a showing and asking them to keep their pets indoors while the potential buyers are there.  

Selling your home is easy when you have a great real estate agent by your side! Contact us today to get started. 


Soup Season: Order a Bowl of Homemade Soup in Richmond

Soup in Richmond

With temperatures cooling, it's the perfect time to check out the soup of the day! Richmond is no stranger to delicious dining, and that of course includes fall soups. Our REALTORS® recommend these wonderful local restaurants for homemade soups that'll warm your belly and your soul during the chilly weather.

  1. Home Sweet Home - 3433 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23220
    What else would you call a restaurant specializing in grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup than ... Home Sweet Home? This classic comfort food combo is updated for 21st-century palates with a number of gourmet add-ons, including kimchi, hummus, and green apples. Customers come back for the specialty Mac and Me, which features house-made macaroni and cheese and bbq smoked pork. Sandwiches are served with HSH's own chicken stock-based tomato soup. This is the perfect spot for a lunch break when you're looking for your own home, a sweet home among Richmond homes for sale. Hours are noon - 2 a.m. daily except weekends when doors open at 11 a.m.

  2. HogsHead Cafe - 8902 W. Broad St., Henrico, VA 23294
    HogsHead Cafe specializes in two iconic cuisines that are near and dear to the hearts and taste buds of Virginians: BBQ and seafood. The latter is highlighted in the cafe's rotating selection of scratch-made soups posted in the chalkboard specials. A typical day's choices may include lobster bisque, shrimp and corn chowder, and she-crab. Enjoy the soup solo or accompanied by a plate of pork wings or the signature clamwich. Stop in after a day of viewing Henrico homes for sale. HogsHead opens at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

  3. Tarrant's Cafe - 1 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    The corner of Broad and Foushee Streets has been a significant part of Richmond's history. As the current occupant, Tarrant's Cafe carries on the tradition of serving the local community. The decor includes signs and other memorabilia from the building's turn-of-the-century incarnation as Tarrant Drug Co. Rich and flavorful she-crab soup is the star of the menu, but you can add variety by ordering the second flavor, which changes daily. Tarrant's Cafe is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  4. Fresca on Addison - 22 S. Addison St., Richmond, VA 23220
    As vegetarian lifestyles become increasingly popular, restaurants are turning toward more meatless dishes. Not only is the menu at Fresca on Addison 100 percent vegetarian, but every item is available in a vegan option. The velvety-smooth curried butternut squash soup is made with coconut milk and toasted almonds and comes gluten-free and nut-free on request. Try a bowl of creamy tomato soup with a freshly-made whole wheat pita for dunking. Order online for pickup or delivery from 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

  5. Bella Sicilia Italian Restaurant - 2913 River Rd. W., Goochland, VA 23063
    It's late Saturday afternoon, you've had a great day touring Goochland homes for sale, but now the kids are starving. What's the solution? Pick up a freshly-baked pizza and some homemade soup from Bella Sicilia Italian Restaurant. Choose from regular or Sicilian pan pizza along with minestrone or New England clam chowder. 

Noted French chef Louis Diat called soup "important, basic and essential," much like finding the right home. Whether you're buying or selling a house in Richmond, contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to get started.


National Seafood Month: Where to Get Fresh Seafood in Richmond

Richmond Seafood

When you're in the mood for seafood, the Richmond area is the place to be. Whether you're searching for a prepared meal from expert chefs or fresh ingredients for your own home-cooked seafood feast, it's not hard to find when you call Richmond home. National Seafood Month takes place every October, providing the perfect excuse to explore Richmond's seafood scene. Our REALTORS® have all the delicious details on where you can find fresh seafood in the Richmond area for National Seafood Month this year.

  1. Yellow Umbrella Provisions – 5607 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23226

    With both fresh-caught seafood and deliciously prepared seafood meals that you can enjoy at home, Yellow Umbrella Provisions is your source for all things seafood close to Richmond homes for sale. If you'd like to bring home a fresh seafood meal that's ready to enjoy, take a look at the daily prepared food specials or call ahead to create a custom, prepared order. For fresh ingredients, you'll find a little bit of everything at Yellow Umbrella. There's tons of seafood available, along with meat from local farms and fresh produce that's perfect for putting the finishing touch on any meal.

  2. Bay Seafood – 6305 Midlothian Tpke., Richmond, VA 23225

    If you're searching for fresh-caught crab, then you're sure to find what you seek when you visit the Bay Seafood carryout market. Bay Seafood specializes in locally sourced crab, which you can purchase by the bushel or half-bushel. You can pick up live crabs ideal for cooking at home, or have your order steamed to perfection by the team at Bay Seafood. The spicy snow crab legs at Bay Seafood are always a hit, and you can also find fresh shrimp here on most days.

  3. Tuckahoe Seafood – 1007 Starling Dr., Henrico, VA 23229

    Grab everything you need to celebrate National Seafood Month at Tuckahoe Seafood, where you can also pick up gourmet grocery items and even the perfect bottle of wine to pair with your meal. Tuckahoe Seafood has a convenient location near Henrico homes for sale and has been serving up fresh, local seafood for more than 45 years. In addition to stocking all of the ingredients you need for your own meal, Tuckahoe Seafood offers custom made seafood platters that are great for parties or family seafood celebrations.

  4. Ocean World Seafood Company – 4814 Government Rd., Richmond, VA 23231

    With crabs, clams, oysters, and plenty of other fresh seafood, Ocean World Seafood Company has all of the ingredients you need for your culinary creations. Ocean World Seafood Company stocks fresh, local blue crabs all year round, so you can expect the best no matter when you visit. If you like a little kick with your seafood, this shop also has a variety of spicy options for shrimp and crab legs.

  5. Bon Air Seafood – 2722 Tinsley Dr., Richmond, VA 23235

    With a huge variety of fish that's stocked fresh every day, you can count on Bon Air Seafood for all of your seafood needs. When you shop at Bon Air Seafood, you get more than just fresh seafood. Everything here comes with recipes for bringing the most out of your ingredients.

Living in the Richmond area means that you're never far from fresh seafood, and now is a great time to shop for a home. Contact us today.

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