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March 2014

There are 4 blog entries for March 2014.

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The ins and outs of renting an apartment or home is an undertaking in which many people don’t understand. When moving to a new area, or even across town; there are some things that you will want to know regarding rental scams that can save you time, money and a whole lot of heartache. First things first, It is a really good idea to find a reputable property management company that not only has access to and knowledge about the area and available properties, but also has experience in working with homeowners and renters.

Licensed property management companies are held to higher standards of ethics and business practices under the Virginia Landlord Residential Tennant Act (VLRTA) and must abide by the regulations concerning fair housing.  Individual

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If you are a homeowner, or a potential home buyer, you will want to take some precautions if you are planning remodels, renovations or home improvements or you are purchasing a home where these things have been done. 

As a homeowner, it is your due diligence to ensure that proper permits have been pulled and inspections have been finalized for home improvement projects in which they are required.  Do not assume that contractors have taken these steps because it is ultimately your responsibility, not theirs.  City ordinances vary by municipality so each city will have different requirements for which types of projects require permits.  In the event you have done renovations that required a permit, and one was never filed with the city in which you live,

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With the weather FINALLY warming up here in Hampton Roads, many of us are getting motivated to get up and out of our winter rut! If spring cleaning is on your list of things to do soon, we have some unique ways to get your home in tip top shape for warmer weather.

So, where to begin? Let’s start with one of the more dreaded places first – The Closet:

It’s time to think about warmer weather and the proper attire that goes with it. So, now we need to clear out those sweaters and make room for lighter clothing. But, what do you do with all of it? For starters, a good investment would be in storage bins that can fit nicely under a bed.

Color coordinating is a great way to cut down on your dressing time in the morning. Also, organizing your closet in

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Hampton Roads has been notorious this year for some really drastic weather changes.  With 70 degree weather this past weekend, we happily sported t-shirts and flip flops in an attempt to will spring in our direction.  Waking up the following day with dropping temperatures, school closings and the threat of ice and snow was another huge blow to our hopes for consistently warmer temps. 

Despite these drastic spikes and drops in temperature, spring really is close! The American Society of Landscape Architects recently conducted a study of nearly 180 landscape architects in which they were asked to rate the anticipated popularity for 2014 of a variety of residential outdoor elements. 

As a homeowner, it is important to know that designed landscapes and

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