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Let’s say you’re preparing to put your home on the market and are looking for ways to get the highest ROI possible. There’s a few areas in your home that could no doubt use a little work before putting on the market, the question is .. Will you simply repair and refresh? Or, will you dive in a little deeper and remodel? Here are some smaller projects you can take on to prep your home for future buyers - they can even increase the value of your home!

Painting 

Without a doubt, curb appeal sells homes. Have unpleasant chipping or paint that has just faded over time or due to weather? That’s nothing a fresh coat of paint can’t fix, plus it’ll add a nice aesthetic appeal for those passing by. On the other hand, you may have some walls on the

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Warmer weather is on the rise and cranking up your AC might already be tempting. It’s never too early to start preparing for ways to keep costs down this Summer, but you want to make sure you can stay comfortable without overheating your wallet. Stay cool without worrying about breaking the bank. Try these tips to help make your home more energy efficient! 

Weatherproof/Seal windows and doors

Don’t let that cool air slip through the cracks (literally)! It’s possible that air could be seeping through into oblivillion or into spaces you don’t necessarily need cooled. Take some time to inspect your home for any leaks and seal, weather strip, and caulk what you can. 

Use ceilings and pedestal fans

Keep your home easy and breezy by using

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A lot of us have recently had the opportunity to do some much needed quarantine cleaning and organization around the home. As a result, you may now have an excess of rediscovered items you need a home for or simply just some things that need to go! Spending this extended time at home has probably helped you learn a more about the items you use in your home, maybe you’re not taking advantage of some of your appliances as much as you expected! It’s also possible that working from home in your favorite loungewear has made you realize that some items in your wardrobe have gone untouched for way longer than you had hoped for. 

Decluttering and making use of the space you have in your home is no small task. We’re also aware that given the current

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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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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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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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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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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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The days are longer and the flowers are starting to bloom, yes, it’s Spring! With that said, it’s finally the time of year to start sprucing up your home in preparation for warm weather activities. Now that the Winter weather has passed, you’ll want to take inventory of your home and look for any damages so that you can make the necessary repairs. Checking for repairs is crucial in addition to any “beauty” work around the house. Follow this Spring maintenance list to make sure your home is in top notch condition this year!

Clean the Gutters

No one looks forward to the possibility of water damage, especially during warmer temperatures. Making sure gutters are cleared of debris and leaks will save you some trouble in the future. 

Clean

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The recent COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has raised many questions and has caused a world of uncertainty for everyone. Although it’s easy for most people to be anxious about what the future may hold, a way to take action against a sense of helplessness is to service others and work together during this difficult time. High risk groups are more susceptible to the effects of the outbreak and the same goes for local businesses. 

Of course, the number one priority and solution to combating this virus is to follow the rules: refrain from touching your face, practice social distancing, wash your hands, wash your hands some more, and do not come into work if you’re feeling under the weather. Here are some ways we can offer some help to those who are

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