Real Estate Group Blog for Hampton Roads, Williamsburg & N. Carolina - Blog Archive: April, 2020

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April 2020

There are 10 blog entries for April 2020.

The warmer weather plus being at home more than usual offer many people the chance to boost the curb appeal of their homes. There are quite a few ways to boost the curb appeal (and value of your home) that are quick, relatively easy, and surprisingly affordable!

Clean (and Fix) Gutters

This is something that is likely on everyone’s “to do “ list after Winter. After checking on your gutters to make sure that they are in good condition, you can fix any that are needing some attention. From the street, it’s surprising to see how easily you can notice gutter issues on your home. 

Break Out The Power Washer

A power washer can accomplish multiple curb appeal projects at once. A one day power washer rental can provide a huge curb appeal upgrade

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Everything going on in life regarding quarantine and social distancing can be hectic, it’s important to look at your home as not only a safe haven during this time, but also as a source of peace and relaxation. Adding calming elements to your home to make it an overall more tranquil place to be and will help you keep sane while spending most of your time indoors. Here are a few ways you can make your home feel more like a pleasant retreat.

String lights

Adding string lights to a space in your home can give that area a beautiful and calming soft glow. This is a great way to kick start the ambience in a room, string lights naturally give you a cozy “at home” feeling. The possibilities are endless for placement, drape the lights around a doorway,

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During these times where we are quarantined due to Covid-19, some of us may be searching for things to keep us busy. The extra time on our hands allows us to check off some of the "to-do" list items that we haven’t had the chance to get around to due to our regular busy schedules. Even if you’re in the position where you may not have the extra time or budget to tackle a larger home improvement project, there are still projects you can take on that are time and cost efficient. Here are a few ideas that can be accomplished quickly and inexpensively.

Furniture Updates

Stripping and restaining or painting a chair, end table, or other piece of furniture is something that is quick, relatively inexpensive, and when completed gives an immense amount of

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There’s no denying that COVID-19 has made a huge impact on our everyday lives. Our local communities are the hardest hit, this is an especially important reason why we should be supporting them now more than ever. Due to the unusual times, people are coming together to support each other, their communities, and those on the front lines. 

Here are some local businesses you can support that are making adjustments to ensure you can still enjoy your favorites while you’re safe at home.  

Norfolk - Naro Virtual Screenings

This Norfolk movie theater has been standing since 1936. If you thought Coronavirus was going to stop them from keeping on, you thought wrong. Although the theater is temporarily closed,  the Naro is continuing to work with movie

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Despite the fact that we’re living in uncertain times dealing with Covid-19  and it’s changed how we do business, the fact remains that homes are continuing to be bought and sold. In the last month, hundreds of homes in The Real Estate Group alone have been listed or are pending home sales. 

So, how are we doing it? Is there some magic secret? Actually no. Our TREG REALTORS® and the staff that back them up along with Title Companies and Mortgage professionals are working hard to take care of clients. The truth of it is that real estate can be safely transacted while following all guidelines for social distancing.

We are actively working with clients, listing and selling homes, and helping buyers find the home of their dreams everyday. 

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Home is the safest place to be right now and almost everyone has made mindful adjustments to their everyday lives. Due to the quickly changing nature of the pandemic, a lot of people may be left wondering what they can and can’t do. Luckily, you don’t necessarily need to be restricted entirely to your home - going outside is still allowed. You can still exercise and get some fresh air outside, however, you must still practice social distancing guidelines. Here are some local places in Hampton Roads you can take advantage of if you’re itching to switch up the scenery and get outside!

Norfolk Botanical Gardens

Calling all plant admirers! Explore 175 acres of fresh air and beautiful garden space. All outdoor gardens remain open and tickets and

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Right now there sure seems to be a lot of uncertainty going on in the world. And yet, despite the things we are not sure of when we look around Hampton Roads we are certainly seeing some good things happening. If there is one thing that will help us get through uncertain times it is good things that we can be certain of.

So here are some examples of everyday Virginians living life in Hampton Roads who are doing some certainly good things.

Mobile Birthday Wishes

In Hampton, a local woman named Frances Lucido was given the ultimate birthday surprise over this past weekend. Her family knew they couldn’t celebrate in a traditional way this year due to social distancing requirements, but they had something very creative up their sleeve. 35

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Navigating through unfamiliar territory can bring us through different emotions. Some of those emotions could easily be stress and uncertainty. The good news is, we can take control of how we respond to a situation by staying productive through difficult times. So, let’s explore some ways we can relieve stress and help maintain a positive outlook while practicing social distancing, you may even want to stick with some of these for the long run!

Try something new
Is there a valuable skill you’d like to brush up on? Or maybe there’s an online class or new recipe you’d like to explore. Keep your mind sharp during this extended time at home. Now is an ideal time to try new things. Here’s a link to free online classes you can take advantage of while

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Design trends are often shifted when there are large events that change how we live. The Covid-19 Pandemic is an example of that. Almost overnight, it has changed how many of us work. Home Offices have gained a lot of popularity over the past decade, so much so that home stagers often chose to change a bedroom into a home office. This trend has accelerated dramatically with Covid-19 and many people are now being required to work from home.

A lot of people now have the need to convert extra rooms or corners into an office space that is productive and efficient. Here are some ways to make your home office as effective as possible!

Color Choices: Warm vs Cool


One of the first things to consider when trying to set up your home office is the color

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In the midst of COVID-19, we find ourselves limiting outside interaction as much as possible. Other than the nonessentials that are easily avoidable, grocery shopping is something we must continue to have access to. Thankfully, many grocery stores are offering delivery options to help take the burden of going in public off the shoulders of shoppers. 

Walmart

Walmart offers curbside pickup for your grocery order and delivery is an option as well in select cities. You’re able to search pickup and delivery options by zip code and once you find your closest store, you’re easily able to add to your cart online! Everything from fresh produce to everyday essentials are available, choose from same-day or next-day delivery.

Instacart

With Instacart

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