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November
30

Try These 5 Painting Tips From the Pros

Richmond Painting Tips

Nothing livens up a room quite like a fresh coat of paint. If you're getting ready to list your home for sale, or just simply improving your living space this winter, painting a room can have some major benefits. In addition to improving aesthetics, paint also prevents dust build-up and keeps out moisture. While painting a room is a relatively simple home improvement project, there is a good bit of skill required. If you're getting ready to paint a room in your home, consider these 5 tips from our real estate agents.

  1. Properly Prepare Your Surfaces
    Painting before properly preparing and inspecting your walls is a common mistake. If you want a perfect coat of paint, your walls should be as smooth as possible. Take the time to sand rough spots, fill cracks and holes with putty, and thoroughly clean your walls prior to painting. Wash any greasy spots with soap and water. Remember, painting over a dirty surface can result in premature peeling. 
  2. Maintain a Wet Edge
    Applying wet paint over partially dry paint can result in lap marks or uneven layers. The trick to avoiding lap marks is maintaining a wet edge. In other words, always be sure your roller overlaps with the previous stroke before it has a chance to dry. You'll want to make sure you're always painting an entire wall at once. Simply move the roller up and down the height of the wall, while slightly moving over with each stroke. Also, reload your roller frequently so it doesn't become dry.
  3. Protect Your Baseboards From Drips 
    Masking tape can go a long way towards helping to keep your trim safe from dripping paint. Be sure to clean any dust or dirt from your trim or baseboards before applying the tape. Then, simply apply the tape over the edge of your baseboard and press it against the wood with a putty knife. We recommend using tape that is at least twice as long as the trim.
  4. Buy Quality Supplies
    The quality of your paint, brush, and roller can have a major impact on the quality of your finished product. Cheap materials might be appealing, but using them may result in you having to repaint sooner than you expected. Good paint is easier to apply and it lasts longer. Also, good paint often requires fewer coats to get the job done, which can ultimately save you money.
  5. Wash and Wrap Your Rollers
    Always wash your roller before using it. Excess fluff or fibers can stick to your wall while you're painting, so it's best to rinse your roller off before you begin. Simply place the roller under running water and move your hand up and down to remove any extra fluff. Once you're done for the day, use a plastic bag to securely wrap your roller and brushes, especially if you're planning to paint more the next day. This will help ensure your materials don't dry out overnight. 

It takes practice to become a seasoned painter, but by following these tips you can be well on your way. Plus, a new coat of paint is a great way to impress potential buyers! Contact us today for more tips for getting your home ready to list among the many great Richmond homes for sale

November
19

Toys for Tots 2020

Hey Central Virginia – join us in our goal of gathering hundreds of toys for local kids this holiday season!

All Napier ERA offices are gathering new, unwrapped toys to be donated to the Marines Corps Toys for Tots foundation.

Drop off toys during business hours (or have them delivered in the mail – Santa style!) at any of our locations in Central Virginia:

Midlothian/Corporate 14361 Sommerville Court

Midlothian, VA 23113

Powhatan 2600 Rocky Oak Road

Powhatan, VA 23139

Tri-Cities 20 Dunlop Village Circle

Colonial Heights, VA 23834

West End 10148 W. Broad St, Suite 200

Glen Allen, VA 23060

November
17

Powhatan 2020 Fall Market Report

Central Virginia Is Still Buying And Selling As We Move Into The Fall – get an update on the Powhatan area!

From Amelia County to Cumberland – we know Powhatan and beyond!

Contact Napier Realtors ERA for your buying and selling needs. https://www.napierera.com/contact/

November
16

October 2020 Market Update for Central Virginia

Central Virginia is still buying and selling as we move into the fall!

October had thousands of transactions and we're seeing big jumps in higher home prices as time goes on, month over month, year over year.

Contact Napier Realtors ERA for your buying and selling needs. https://www.napierera.com/contact/

November
16

5 Richmond Florists for Your Holiday Poinsettias

Richmond Poinsettias

Did you know that the first poinsettias came to the United States from Mexico in 1828? This popular holiday flower gets its name from Dr. Poinsett, the ambassador to Mexico at the time who brought the first poinsettias to the US. Nearly a century later, poinsettias remain the most popular holiday flower, and Richmond's florists feature a beautiful variety of poinsettias whether you're looking for the ideal gift or the perfect finishing touch for your holiday decorating at home. Our real estate agents have the details on 5 local florists where you can order beautiful poinsettias this year.

  1. Strange's Florists – 3313 Mechanicsville Pike, Richmond, VA 23223

    With more than 30 varieties of poinsettias, two locations near Richmond homes for sale, and delivery available throughout Central Virginia, Strange's Florists is an excellent place to shop for your favorite flowers this holiday season. The team at Strange's Florists develops their own poinsettia varieties every year, with a selection of colors and styles that you won't find anywhere else. Order a traditional red poinsettia, or try unique varieties like the Jingle Bell, Marble, Monet, or pink poinsettia. Every poinsettia you can order has been hand-picked, wrapped, and finished with a beautiful bow.

  2. Coleman Brothers Flowers – 2104 Dumbarton Rd., Richmond, VA 23228
    Coleman Brothers Flowers has been serving the Richmond area for more than 45 years, offers same-day delivery in the Richmond area, and has an excellent variety available whether you order online or visit the store. In the fall, Coleman Brothers Flowers stocks a diverse selection of red, white, and pink poinsettias for you to choose from, all beautifully packaged for gift giving or decorating your home. You'll find a special selection of flowers at Coleman Brothers for nearly every holiday, so be sure to check back often.

  3. Flowers Make Scents – 1272 Alverser Plaza, Midlothian, VA 23113
    Flower Make Scents is a family-owned and operated florist with a convenient location close to Midlothian homes for sale. In addition to a lovely selection of poinsettias, Flower Make Scents specializes in creating bouquets for any occasion. This shop offers same-day delivery in the Midlothian area, perfect for surprising someone special with a gift of poinsettias.

  4. Rivers Bend Florist – 220 Johnson Creek Dr., Chester, VA 23836

    It's easy to find beautiful poinsettias near Chester homes for sale, thanks to great local shops like Rivers Bend Florist. You can order online or shop in the store – either way, you'll love the gorgeous red poinsettias from Rivers Bend Florist. Searching for a little something extra to decorate your home? Rivers Bend Florist also offers a beautiful selection of holiday centerpieces and decorative bouquets for your home.

  5. The Great Big Greenhouse – 2051 Huguenot Rd., Richmond, VA 23235

    Whether you're shopping for poinsettias, a gift bouquet, or flowers for your garden, it's hard to match the selection available at The Great Big Greenhouse. This popular local garden center, which merged with Meadows Farms Nursery, brings nearly a century of combined gardening experience to help you pick the perfect plants. The Great Big Greenhouse offers an excellent selection of poinsettias for the holidays, which you can order online or shop for in the large Richmond store location. 

Still searching for the perfect Richmond home where you can display your holiday decorations this year? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

November
9

Lighting Upgrades That Make a Noticeable Difference

Lighting Upgrades

No home makeover is complete until you upgrade the lighting. Proper lighting choices can set the ambiance, change the mood, and help highlight a room's design. Plus, why settle for outdated and inefficient lighting when the fun, functional options out there are unlimited? With the right pendants, recessed lights, lamps, task lights, sconces, and flush mounts, you can purposefully give your rooms an entirely new look. Here are our real estate agents' tips for transformative room-by-room lighting upgrades.

  1. In the Kitchen
    Cooking, baking, cleaning, and gatherings can benefit from careful consideration of task and ambient lighting. When it comes to your kitchen, lighting should set the mood and help you see properly for all your food preparation. Think in particular of under-cabinet lighting that can illuminate your countertops while you work without relying on an overhead light that casts shadows. Light the dark corners of your kitchen like counters, pantries, shelves, cupboards, and counters. These areas become more beautiful and functional when properly lit. Pendant lamps above kitchen islands, breakfast nooks, and kitchen sinks can be a fun and functional upgrade.


  2. The Bathroom
    With an emphasis on personal grooming, the bathroom requires proper lighting placement. Most bathrooms have a central ceiling-mounted fixture and over-the-mirror strips of lights that cast odd shadows. You can replace those with recessed light in the ceiling and vertical wall sconces on the sides of the mirror. Alternatively, you can install vanity lighting around your mirror to cast the perfect amount of light and create a soft glow. 


  3. Living Rooms
    As an area where people spend a lot of time and engage in a wide range of activities such as watching TV, chilling after work, having conversations, hosting friends, or playing board games, the living room is incredibly versatile. As such, you should consider making your lighting as adaptable as the room. The concept of layering light works great in the living room. Table lamps are great, but adding a big floor lamp, oversized pendant, or large lantern can create a great focal point.

  4. In Hallways and Along Staircases
    Staircases often form the main focal point in a hallway, but dark ones aren't safe. This offers great opportunities for fun, dramatic, and practical lighting. To begin with, the space above a staircase is a perfect place to add sparkle and visual interest with a show-stopping chandelier. You can also layer your lighting and bring a dramatic effect to your hallways and stairs with inset floor-level lights, LED strips, and wall lights. If you want to focus on the stairs, LED strips underneath individual stair treads can bring that noticeable difference you're going for. LED lights are a good choice because they're inexpensive to burn, cool to the touch, and have a lifespan of 10 or more years.

In general, when you are planning to install new lighting fixtures in your space, it's best to:

  • Install layered lighting. Go for general lighting (pendant or overhead), ambient lighting (decorative sconces or candles), and specific lighting (table or task).
  • Incorporate reflective surfaces such as metallic finishes, glossy floors, and mirrors.
  • Choose the right shade for fixtures.
  • Install smart lighting, energy-efficient lighting, and dimmers.

Contact us today to learn more about how lighting can bring a noticeable difference to your space while also appealing to buyers looking for Richmond homes for sale.

November
2

Go to an Art Museum Day: Where to See Art Around Richmond

Richmond Galleries

There's nothing like art to liven up a space! Our real estate agents know that a thriving art scene is an attractive reason to pick Richmond homes for sale or explore one of our fine neighboring communities!

It's no surprise that the Richmond area is steeped in history, and where you find history, you're sure to find art. National Go to An Art Museum Day is Monday, November 9th, and you'll have lots of places to choose from in and around Richmond.

From large city museums to eclectic private galleries, Richmond is bursting with color, culture, and life. Let's peek in on some of the area's most intriguing spaces and see what the art world has to offer:

  1. 1708 Gallery – 319 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Founded by artists in 1978, 1708 Gallery is a nonprofit gallery focused on innovation and appreciation of the new. Originally set in a flood-damaged warehouse at 1708 East Main Street, it has evolved over the years into a hip and happening place where established, and emerging artists can be seen side by side. New exhibits and events take place every month.
  2. Artspace – 31 East 3rd Street, Richmond, VA 23224
    Artspace is a nonprofit gallery open to the public Thursday through Sunday. Artist-run since its inception in 1988, it launches eleven new exhibits each year. In addition to the professional gallery space, there's also room for poets, comedians, musicians, dancers, and dramatic troupes to perform live. Artist talks and fundraisers are also held periodically to benefit the Richmond community.
  3. Crossroads Art Center – 2016 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA 23230
    Crossroads Art Center is open Monday through Sunday and by appointment, giving you multiple ways to savor its exclusive collection. Hosting a busy calendar of events, Crossroads is known for juried art shows, lively receptions, and a remarkable selection of pre-owned pieces ready for a second act in your home. Looking for a gift? Drop by the Design Store and see exquisite handicrafts by local artisans.
  4. Virginia Museum of Fine Art – 200 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
    Virginia Museum of Fine Art is one of the premier museums in the region, welcoming visitors with free admission every day of the year. It is also one of America's leading institutions in digitization of its artistic treasures for online viewing. Its permanent collection encompasses 50,000 works spanning 6,000 years of human history. It's especially acclaimed for its ancient, African, and East Asian collections.
  5. Side Street Gallery & Gifts – 127-129 Pickwick Avenue, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    Open Tuesday through Saturday not far from Colonial Heights homes for sale, go to Side Street Gallery & Gifts for a chic and trendy gallery experience with some of the best jewelry around. Side Street artists and artisans are highly active in the community, organizing various festivals and events. They also lead a range of art classes and live demonstrations with wit and warmth.
  6. Collector's Gallery – 13543 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
    Looking for the premier art gallery near Midlothian homes for sale? You've found it with Collector's Gallery, a family-owned business that offers a full assortment of custom framing and hanging services. Original watercolors and oil paintings await along with some of the most fascinating gift ideas from across the globe – including pieces from Egypt, Russia, and Africa.

For a flourishing culture of art, music, drama, and dance, Richmond is the place to be. To find out more, contact us at Napier ERA.

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