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August
22

How to Select the Perfect Air Purifier for Your Home

home tips

Air purifiers have become popular household devices in the last few years. An air purifier is designed to filter out particles from the air and cleans the air of everything from dust and other airborne particles to common allergens such as pet dander and cigarette smoke. Choosing a good air purifier, however, requires a little understanding of how they work and what standards they have to meet. Here are a few things our real estate agents recommend knowing before you buy an air purifier.

  • Where are you going to put your air purifier?
    Where you'll put your air purifier is important. If you're only going to get one, the most common recommendation is to place it in the bedroom since the time you spend sleeping typically makes up the majority of the time you spend at home. You'll find that some Richmond homes for sale even have a whole house air purifier, which hooks up to your HVAC system for better coverage.

  • How large of a space is the air purifier rated for?
    An air purifier will typically be rated for a certain size space. This is especially important to know when you're trying to determine where to put yours or whether you need to buy more than one for your home.

  • Does the air purifier use HEPA filters?
    HEPA filters are the highest standard of particle removal. HEPA means "high-efficiency particulate air," and in order to use the HEPA label, a filter needs to remove 99.7 percent of anything in the air .3 microns or larger. Beware of air purifiers that boast of "HEPA-like" filters or don't mention anything about HEPA at all, as they likely won't be able to perform the job you're buying them for.

  • What types of pollutants does the air purifier remove?
    While all HEPA-rated air filters have to meet the minimum requirements of removing 99.7 percent of particles from the air, different air purifiers are better at different things. For instance, if you're trying to remove odors before you list your home for sale, look for an air purifier with an activated carbon filter. Other units are rated high for the removal of pet dander and can help you remove allergens from the air before selling your home.

  • How much noise will the air purifier make?
    When choosing an air purifier, be sure to look at the noise rating on the device, which is listed in decibels in the device specs. Depending on where you'll be using it, you may want an ultra-quiet device, such as if you plan to put yours in the bedroom.

  • How much energy does the air purifier use?
    Just like with any appliance, there are a variety of types of air purifiers, and they all use different amounts of energy. If you want one that won't cost a lot to run, be sure to look for one with the Energy Star rating, just like you would with other household appliances.

  • What maintenance will the air purifier require?
    It's also a good idea to look at what maintenance an air purifier is expected to require so that you can get a better idea of what it will cost to run over the long term. For instance, HEPA filters typically only need to be replaced every year, while activated carbon filters (for odor control) need to be replaced about every six months, and pre-filters often need replacement every three months.

For more information about home improvement projects before selling a home, contact us today. 

August
15

New to Richmond? 5 Things to Know About the Area

RVA New

So you're new to Richmond and anxious to get your footing, but you don't know where to begin. Our real estate agents are here to help with their top five tips on learning the essentials about Richmond and why it's such a wonderful place to call home.

  1. Richmond's Job Market Is Healthy
    If you're searching for a job or looking for ways to advance, you're in the right place. In a 2021 study, financial website WalletHub ranked Richmond #20 on their list of best cities for professional opportunities. Richmond also comes in at #3 for availability of entry-level jobs, making it a great place for college graduates and others who are starting their career.

    In another sign of Richmond's solid economic climate, the city is home to seven companies that routinely appear in the Fortune 500, including CarMax, Dominion Energy, and Markel Insurance. Richmond has also proven to be a fertile area for tech startups, thanks in part to Startup Virginia, a nonprofit organization that fosters fledgling companies.

  2. Richmond Is Budget-Friendly
    Your hard-earned dollar goes further in Richmond. According to Best Places, which has been compiling and publishing data about U.S. cities for more than 30 years, Richmond's cost of living index is 95.1, placing it below the national index of 100. Cost of living is also lower than the rest of Virginia, which sits at 103.7, well above national.

    One of the biggest savings is in housing. Thanks to affordable home prices and rental properties, Richmond's index is 92.7. Transportation, which evaluates the cost of owning and operating a car along with mass transit fares, comes in at a low 83.5.

  3. Richmond Is Both Historic and Hip
    As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Richmond's historical significance predates the country's founding. Richmond features more than 300 historical landmarks, including the Old Senate Chambers at the Virginia State Capitol, which is the country's oldest legislative body.

    But the city also has a delightful hipster vibe that's right in step with the times. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Carytown, a nine-block district with fun and funky shops, restaurants, and theaters.

  4. Richmond Brings the Great Outdoors to the City
    Did you know that Richmond is the only place in the country where you can raft Class III and IV rapids right in the heart of the city? The James River Park System, which spans upwards of 550 acres along the downtown waterfront, offers boating, hiking, climbing, and numerous other outdoor activities just minutes from Richmond homes for sale

  5. Richmond Is a Food Lover's Paradise
    Bon Appetit named the area "America's next great restaurant-obsessed town." Of course, Southern cooking is an art form here, but the increasingly eclectic restaurant scene includes tasty treats such as Proper Pie Co., serving up New Zealand-style sweet and savory pies, and Brenner Pass, headed up by Top Chef contestant Brittanny Anderson, which features a modern twist on Alpine-inspired dishes. 

Whether you're new to Richmond or you've been a lifelong resident, contact us at Joyner Fine Properties for all your real estate needs. 

August
8

National Thrift Shop Day: Go Thrift Shopping in Richmond

Richmond Thrift Shop

August 17 is National Thrift Shop Day, and thrifters in the Richmond area have plenty of options when it comes to finding vintage goods at a bargain! 

Whether you're on the hunt for vintage clothes, antique furniture, or artwork, you never know what treasures await at your local thrift shop. That's why our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite thrift stores in Richmond.

  • Buffalo Exchange - 3140 W Cary St B, Richmond, VA 23221
    Located in Richmond's vibrant Carytown neighborhood, Buffalo Exchange is a hip vintage establishment that focuses on trendy clothes, shoes, and accessories for men and women. Buffalo Exchange is just minutes from countless Richmond homes for sale, and you're sure to find something that suits your style in their ever-changing collection. It's also a great place to sell and trade your own vintage wares, so bring in your gently used clothes in exchange for cash or store credit. 

  • West End Thrift - 7219 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23294
    West End Thrift is a classic you-never-know-what-you'll find thrift shop. There's always a great selection of used clothes and furniture, but you could just as easily snag a few vinyl records for your collection, a funky lamp for your eclectic living room, or a painting that is truly one-of-a-kind.

  • Nifty Thrifty Store - 2821 Hathaway Rd, Richmond, VA 23225
    You can find all kinds of fun (and sometimes strange) items at Nifty Thrifty Store, a cozy little thrift shop in the Stratford Hills Shopping Center. On a typical day, Nifty Thrifty is well-stocked with kitchen wares like mugs, dinnerware sets, and cookware, along with books, records, and CDs. Best of all, Nifty Thrifty Store donates a portion of its profits to helping fight homelessness in Virginia, so it's great to know that you're supporting a good cause when you shop in the store or donate your own items. 

  • Indigo Avenue Clothes - 448 N Ridge Rd, Richmond, VA 23229
    Arguably the leading vintage store in Richmond for women's fashion, Indigo Avenue Clothes is a great place to get like-new and gently used designer brand clothes at a fraction of the price. From dresses and blouses to shoes and handbags, this place always has a unique selection of great clothes. There's also a steady stream of new arrivals, and you're welcome to bring in your own vintage clothing to sell on consignment. 

  • Class and Trash - 1720 Altamont Ave, Richmond, VA 23230
    You'll find Class and Trash tucked away in the rapidly-revitalizing Scott's Addition neighborhood, where they sell all kinds of antiques, vintage goods, and old-fashioned oddities. With a focus on furniture, fixtures, décor, and collectibles, they offer some truly surprising and one-of-a-kind stuff. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Virginia! And if you're looking for the perfect Richmond home for you and your family, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 

August
1

Hidden Gems in Richmond That Locals Love

RVA Hidden Gems

Nearly eight million people visit Richmond each year, but some of the more fascinating attractions remain known only to locals. Get in on the fun at these hidden gems that are particular favorites of our real estate agents.

  • Pipeline Walk - 310 S. 14th St., Richmond, VA 23219
    You'll feel like a true insider when you visit the Pipeline Walk, part of the beautiful James River Park System. Once you reach the parking lot, descend a metal ladder that leads to the catwalk on top of the pipeline. When levels are high on the namesake rapids, the churning waters offer mesmerizing views. Low levels expose massive granite boulders. See how many birds you can spot on nearby Bailey's Island and Devil's Kitchen Island. Hours are sunrise to sunset daily.

  • Whilom Goods - 1 N. 2nd St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Everything old is new again at Whilom Goods, a charming vintage shop. "Whilom" is an old-fashioned term referring to "something that once was," which is fitting for the carefully curated collection of finds from flea markets, estate sales, and thrift shops. Items range from art and accessories to clothing and home decor. Whitney, owner, and curator of Whilom Goods, also creates handmade clay jewelry and soy candles that are sold in the store. Whilom Goods is open weekends from noon - 4 p.m.

  • Capitol Waffle Shop - 1110 E. Main St., Suite B, Richmond, VA 23219
    When it comes to sweet and savory mash-ups, chicken and waffles just scratches the surface. Capitol Waffle Shop features an incredible 18 savory waffle options, including classic chicken and waffles and chicken Philly, topped with melted queso, arugula, sundried tomatoes, and sauteed peppers and onions. Their decadent sriracha baked mac & cheese queso waffle was featured on Food Network's Cheat Day USA. Can't wait for the weekend? Waffle and mimosa brunch is served daily. Hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily except Monday and Tuesday when doors close at 2 p.m.

  • Institute for Contemporary Art - Virginia Commonwealth University, 601 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    World-class art is available just minutes from Richmond homes for sale at the Institute for Contemporary Art. This incredible facility is part of VCU's School of the Arts, but it's open to the public. The ICA showcases a fascinating selection of exhibits, performances, films, and cultural programs to encourage open discussion and innovation. Current exhibits include Doing Language: Word Work, which explores the role of language in expressing life experiences. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and admission is free for all visitors.

  • Sandman Comedy Club - 401 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Aristotle declared that laughter is "a bodily exercise, precious to health." If that's the case, a visit to Sandman Comedy Club is better than an apple a day. Enjoy dinner and signature cocktails as you watch some of today's top comedians perform. If you have a joke or two of your own, stop by on Sunday for Sandman's popular open mic night. Shows are scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with ticket prices starting at $15. Visit the website for a full calendar of events.

Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties for all your real estate needs. 

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