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June
13

International Sushi Day: 5 Places to Order Sushi in Central Virginia

Richmond Sushi

Have you been itching to visit your favorite sushi restaurant? International Sushi Day, which takes place every year on June 18, provides the perfect excuse to enjoy your favorite Japanese delicacies. Whether you're already a pro with chopsticks or you're interested in trying something new, you can find fresh, delicious sushi close to home in Central Virginia. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 5 Central Virginia sushi spots for International Sushi Day this year.

  1. Wabi-Sabi – 29 Bollingbrook St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    For a full night of fun and fantastic food close to Petersburg homes for sale, it's tough to top the experience at the Wabi-Sabi sushi restaurant. Start your evening in the dining room, where you can sample some of the best sushi that Central Virginia has to offer in an elegant setting with antique hardwood floors and high ceilings. Then try a visit to the Martini Bar, where expert bartenders whip up creative spins on your favorite cocktails, or head downstairs to the Tavern to grab a seat at the bar while you take in the evening's live entertainment.

  2. Kanpai Steak & Sushi – 5303 Oaklawn Blvd., Hopewell, VA 23860
    Open every day near Hopewell homes for sale for lunch and dinner, Kanpai Steak & Sushi has been family-owned for more than 28 years. The family-friendly atmosphere is apparent as soon as you walk through the door, with friendly, personal service and a menu that features something for everyone. The restaurant also features a full-service bar, hibachi tables where you're sure to be entertained while you dine, and event spaces to accommodate groups of any size for International Sushi Day.

  3. Hiro Sushi – 9958 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235
    With great daily lunch specials, convenient online ordering, and delicious dinners, there's never a bad time to visit Hiro Sushi for a meal. The rotating chef's specials ensure that you'll always have something new to try, and every meal is carefully prepared down to the beautiful presentation of each dish. If you visit for dinner, be sure to leave room to enjoy the extensive dessert menu that features some unique treats that you won't find at other restaurants.

  4. Yoshi Sushi Restaurant – 1601 Willow Lawn Dr., Ste. 800, Richmond, VA 23230
    Known for serving some of the best sushi near Richmond homes for sale in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere, Yoshi Sushi Restaurant has earned its place as a local favorite. All of the sushi here is made with fresh, high-quality ingredients, and everything is served with a smile. As a casual restaurant, Hiro Sushi is an ideal choice for a quick lunch during work or an evening out with friends. The reviews for Yoshi Sushi Restaurant consistently highlight the high quality of the service and the friendliness of the staff.

  5. Carytown Sushi – 2925 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23222
    An affordable menu packed with unique, creative chef specials highlights the experience that you can expect when you visit Carytown Sushi. Lunch is available on the weekend, while dinner is served every evening from Tuesday through Sunday. In addition to dozens of sushi rolls, the menu features soups, salads, teriyaki, hibachi, and vegetarian options. Visiting with a group? Try the Sushi Heaven platter, which is sure to satisfy any appetite.

Ready to buy or sell your next home close to the great dining destinations of Central Virginia? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Central Virginia communities.

March
21

Coffee Roasters in Central Virginia

Coffee Roasters

Much like the craft beer explosion, coffee has grown from a handful of basic brands to a wide spectrum of flavors, blends, and roasts. Thanks to bulk sales and online ordering, you can even enjoy gourmet coffee at home. Our real estate agents get their java fix from these amazing coffee roasters only minutes away from Richmond homes for sale.

  • Demolition Coffee - 215 E. Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Start your day with a charge when you pick up one of the delicious beverages at Demolition Coffee. Choose from coffee or tea, handcrafted in Richmond, and sit back in their cozy shop in a historic building near Petersburg homes for sale. Demo Coffee is open 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. weekends.
  • Ironclad Coffee Roasters - 1805 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23223 
    Ironclad Coffee Roasters
    has its promise to customers built right into their name. After living in Europe for nearly five years, founder Ryan O'Roarke knew he wanted to provide a first-class product along with an "ironclad" commitment to a level of customer service he found lacking in many other businesses. Get a free bag of coffee with an order of Mexican Cocoa, Earl Grey & Lavender, or one of their other whole layer cakes. Cafe hours are 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekends.

  • Roastology Coffee - 2701 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Dan Allen, the owner of Roastology Coffee, believes he has a greater purpose than creating a superior brand of coffee. In order to build a strong community connection, Dan shares his knowledge with the public to enrich their own experience. Dan's approach is working as Roastology moved into a new 4,500-square-foot facility to accommodate their booming business. Roastology is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Riverbend Roastery - 2623 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23223
    After traveling the country in an RV in search of a "real job," Alexa and Brittany Schuett realized their calling was back in their hometown of Richmond. In a stroke of serendipity, they took the opportunity to purchase Riverbend Roastery. In late 2021, Riverbend brought back the popular Church Hill Blend, a delicious mix of hazelnut and cinnamon. Hours are 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekends.

  • Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co. - 3121 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23230
    Coffee from a vending machine? No, not the white paper cups of generic brew you used to find in hospitals and laundromats. Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co. operates vending machines around town where you can purchase bags of their quality gourmet coffee. Be sure to check out Handshake Quarterly, Blanchard's digital newsletter, with fascinating insights into their business and the coffee industry overall. Weekday hours are 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., and weekend hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Legacy Roasting - Guncotton Coffee, 238 E. Broadway, Hopewell, VA 23860
    The Legacy Roasting operation began in a garage with a grill purchased off Craiglist and supplemented with a Chevy windshield wiper motor and rotisserie drum. Today, the process takes place in a historic 1920s brick building, just down the street from Hopewell homes for sale. In addition to shipping online orders, Legacy has partnered with Guncotton Coffee to provide a convenient retail outlet. Hours are 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

When you wake up in your own Richmond home, it's always a great day. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for help with all your real estate questions. 

September
27

Home Security Tech Upgrades

Richmond Home Security

Home security is a big deal for Virginia homebuyers. Whether showing historic homes with older features or new homes with all the bells and whistles, our real estate agents are always asked about home security.

While some Richmond homes for sale have state-of-the-art security systems, others may need security improvements. If you're a techie, you may know about laser security systems, safe-room doors, and biometric locks, but those aren't the only ways to keep your home safe. Take a look at 7 tech-centered ways to increase home security:

  1. Smart Home Alarm Systems
    Smart home alarm systems like Google Nest and SimpliSafe are easy to install and affordable for DIY homeowners. Both systems link to smartphones and come with sensors that attach to windows and doors. Google Nest also syncs with your Nest camera and Google Assistant. These systems will help give you peace of mind whether you're home or away on a trip.

  2. Biometric Digital Door Locks
    Sure, a conventional key works for locking your doors. But are you looking to secure your doors even more without making a trip to the locksmith? Check out the Samsung SHS-P718-LMK Push Pull Biometric Touchscreen Digital Door Lock that requires dual activation by a fingerprint and a password for entry. An IR sensor sounds an alarm if suspicious movements are detected or if doors open while you're away.

  3. Ring Video Doorbells
    Ring video doorbells have been around a while, but they're upgraded each year. The Ring Video Doorbell Elite works during the day and at night with its infrared night vision. By linking to your smartphone, it immediately sends an alert when someone approaches your door.

  4. Shatterproof Windows
    Windows are common entries for home intruders, but not anymore with shatterproof, bullet-resistant, high-security windows. For added protection, these windows can be fitted with electronic keypad readers and electro-mechanical locks. 

  5. Perimeter Fencing
    Perimeter fencing may not be a high-tech home security feature, but it does protect your home against unwanted 2 -legged and 4-legged intruders. Seco-Larm E-9644- IR Curtain Sensors added to your fence top will trigger when a single beam or two adjacent beams are disrupted.

  6. Landscape Lighting
    If your front or backyard is unlit after dark, you're welcoming intruders to your home. Protect your home with security lights, up-lights and down-lights in trees, spotlights on walls, and pathway lights along driveways and walkways. An upgrade like this will help deter potential intruders. 

  7. Locking Mailboxes
    Mail theft is big business these days for burglars and thieves who want to steal your identity. A locking mailbox will deter mail thieves, porch pirates, and hackers who can make your life a nightmare. Check your local hardware store for a variety of locking mailboxes to protect your home.

Still searching for a home that you'll want to add all the latest smart home technology to? Contact us today to learn more about homes in Central Virginia. We can help you find your dream home!

August
9

Pay Attention to These Things When Your Neighbor Lists

Neighbor Selling

Has your neighbor recently listed their home? After you spot that for sale sign, this is an opportunity to find out more information about your neighborhood, your competition, and even your own house. Here are five things our real estate agents recommend you check out, especially if you plan on listing your home in the near future.

  1. Who is listing the house? 
    Is it someone who specializes in your neighborhood, for instance? It might not be a bad idea to have a conversation with your neighbor's real estate agent. See how well they know the area and if they have any recommendations.

  2. How similar is their home to yours?
    If you've never been inside your neighbor's house, go to the open house or ask if you can schedule an appointment. Another option is to view the listing photos online. If you do attend the open house, while you're there, consider features such as square footage, floor plan, number of rooms and bathrooms, and how updated their home is compared to yours. Taking a look around can tell you whether your home is comparable to theirs, so you know whether you can use their final sale price as an indicator for what your home might be worth.

  3. What does your home look like from a neighbor's point of view?
    Before you go into your neighbor's house, stand on the walk and look over at your house. Try to view it as a prospective buyer or a neighbor would. Take a look at your house from the neighbor's windows and backyard, too. What would you think about your house if you were a homebuyer visiting your neighbor's home? 

  4. How does the sale go?
    Continue tracking the listing, and note important details such as how long it takes to sell and what the final sale price is. If it sells within days, for instance, now might be an excellent time to list your home, too. If it takes weeks or months to sell, on the other hand, it might benefit you to wait out the slow market and list once home sales in your area pick up more.

  5. Is this an opportunity to work together?
    If you were about to list your own home, consider whether your neighbor's listing is an opportunity to work together. Rather than viewing your neighbor as competition, for instance, consider the ways in which your homes are different. You and your neighbor could use the same agent or encourage your agents to work together. Not all Richmond homes for sale are the same, and your two homes may have important differences that set them apart and make one or the other more appealing to specific buyers.

Whether you're thinking of selling soon or just biding your time, your neighbor's home sale can provide a wealth of information to help with your decision. If you're interested to learn about selling in your Central Virginia neighborhood, contact us today, and one of our experienced agents will talk to you about what you can expect when listing your home for sale.

July
12

Learn How to Keep Your Pets Safe on National Pet Fire Safety Day

Pet Fire Safety Day

July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day, making it a perfect reminder to revamp your family's fire safety plan to ensure your four-legged family members stay safe. Our real estate agents know that a little preparation makes a big difference in your family's safety. Check out these tips to keep your pet safe from a house fire. 

  1. Install Monitored Smoke Detectors
    Monitored smoke detectors are usually installed in a home as part of a security system. With a monitored smoke detector, emergency services are notified about the fire, even if you aren't home. If you're concerned about a fire breaking out while your home is unattended, a monitored smoke detector can help protect your pets by shortening the response time of first responders.
  1. See That Your Pet is Used to a Crate or Leash
    During a fire, you'll need to quickly evacuate your pet. The easiest way to do so is by putting them on a leash or in a portable crate. However, if your pet has never been exposed to a leash or crate, they'll likely freak out if they're expected to tolerate these items, especially during the stress of a fire. Check that you have a secure way to transport your pet and that your pet is comfortable with that method. Make sure that you always know the location of your pet's leash or crate.
  1. Put Decals on Your Home to Alert First Responders
    If a fire breaks out when you're away, first responders won't know that your pets are inside. Prevent this problem by placing a rescue alert stick on your front door. This sticker first responders know that pets are inside of the home and tells them what pets they're looking for. 
  1. Create a Fire Evacuation Plan
    Your family needs a fire evacuation plan to ensure everyone gets out safely. Assign each pet to a specific family member. Ideally, assign the pet to a person with who they're likely to be in close proximity and that they're comfortable with. Make sure that each family member knows their assigned pet's favorite hiding spots so they can quickly locate them. 
  1. Take Steps to Prevent a Housefire
    Keep your pets safe by making a few changes that prevent the likelihood of a fire. Richmond homes for sale that have certain safety features are also likely to attract potential homebuyers. Check that all the electrical cords in your home are secured; unsecured cords often look like toys to curious pets. You can even conceal them with a box or fixture designed to contain and hold cords. See that your pets can't reach or access the knobs to your stove, and avoid leaving candles unattended around your pets. Or, swap your candles for flameless alternatives. 
  1. Have Your Pets Microchipped
    In the chaos of a housefire, a frightened pet may get loose or hide outside. Have your pets microchipped and regularly check that the information is up-to-date. If someone finds your pet, they'll be able to quickly get them back to you. 

Find a home both you and your pets will love in the Central Virginia area. Contact us today to start your search!

July
5

Summer Cookout Near Richmond: Local Butcher Shops for Summer Grilling

Summer Cookout Richmond

What could be better than a warm, pleasant Richmond summer evening spent around the grill, creating and enjoying a fresh, delicious meal with your whole family? Whether you're already a grill master or you're just getting started, the outstanding butcher shops of the Richmond area have both the fresh ingredients and expertise to help you make the most of your time in front of the grill. Our real estate agents have all the delicious details on 5 great butcher shops where you can find fresh ingredients and so much more around the Central Virginia area.

  • Belmont Butchery – 15 N. Belmont Ave., Richmond, VA 23221
    If you're looking for a butcher that offers more than great meat and has a convenient location close to Richmond homes for sale, it's hard to top the experience at Belmont Butchery. The husband and wife ownership team of Tanya Cauthen and Henry Reidy are there to help you make the most of their high-quality ingredients. Tanya is the butcher and expert on all things meat, while Henry can help you pick the perfect wine pairing for your next summer grilling session.

  • Libbie Market – 400 Libbie Ave., Richmond, VA 23226
    Stock up on everything you need for an evening of grilling at Libbie Market, a locally owned and operated market with a reputation for stocking the highest quality ingredients. Libbie Market is best known for its Certified Angus butcher shop, where you can pick out your fresh ingredients with the help of an experienced butcher. It's also a full-service grocery store with a bakery, fresh produce, and a selection of artisanal ingredients that you won't find anywhere else.

  • Tom's Meats & Produce – 2410 Magnolia Court, Richmond, VA 23223
    A wholesale supplier that is happy to accommodate orders both small and large, Tom's Meat & Produce is a great place to shop when you're looking to stock up your freezer for the whole summer. Tom's Meat & Produce offers nearly every cut of pork, chicken, and beef you can imagine, along with a selection of fresh, local seafood that's ready to grill. This market has been locally owned and operated since it first opened its doors in 1975.

  • Randolph Market – 300 N. 6th Ave., Hopewell, VA 23860
    With fresh ingredients, a wide selection of meat, and tons of weekly specials, Randolph Market is your one-stop shop for grilling needs near Hopewell homes for sale. If you're looking for great deals, you can find them here. Be sure to check the weekly advertisement for the latest deals from the butcher at Randolph Market. This market also offers a great selection of customized fruit baskets and deli trays perfect for when you're entertaining guests around the grill.

  • Tom Leonard's – 4150 Tom Leonard Dr., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    An award-winning, local farmers market close to Glen Allen homes for sale that has been recognized for offering the best fresh produce in the region, Tom Leonard's also features a full-service butcher shop with an experienced butcher to help you get the perfect cut of meat for your next masterpiece on the grill. Nearly every cut of meat at Tom Leonard's is sourced from local Virginia farms, providing quality that you can count on. 

Searching for a home with the perfect yard for grilling and entertaining? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the area.

June
14

How to Get Started With Upcycling Furniture

Upcycle Furniture

Where mere recycling does keep junk from hitting the landfills, upcycling breathes new life into old items and increases their value. The result is one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture that make a statement in your home. As our real estate agents show you some of our beautiful Central Virginia homes for sale, look for ways some homeowners have used upcycling to their advantage. Then let your own imagination soar.

  • A Solid Foundation
    As you browse thrift shops, you'll notice a vast difference in the quality of the materials used. Close your eyes to the water ring on the top of the bureau; it can be sanded away. Pay more attention to the sturdiness of the structure. While loose table legs can be secured, deep gouges in the wood or peeling veneer can be difficult to repair without leaving unsightly scars. 

  • Get Creative
    Some items can be difficult to imagine fulfilling a different purpose. For example, an outdated television cabinet, try to envision it with the doors removed and a new finish. Would it serve as shelving in the craft room? Or would it look better holding that eclectic collection of memorabilia from your travels? And don't get hung up on the boring maple stain from the '70s. You can change it to whatever finish you want to match the rest of your furniture.

  • Be Bold
    The real beauty of a home decorated with upcycled furniture is its totally unique character. You won't find a duplicate in a magazine or on Pinterest. This is your opportunity to inject your own personality in the house beyond just hanging family photos. So if you want to repurpose a thrift store treasure completely, go for it! An old cabinet door can become a beautiful end table, while dresser drawers can make stunning shelves. The only voice that will tell you that you can't do that is the one in your head.

  • Research Finish Options
    If your distressed chest of drawers makes your eyes hurt, don't feel alone. That weathered look is great if that's what you want, but what if your goal is an ultra-modern house? The good news is that the home improvement stores are loaded with millions of options. Think about the overall color scheme of the house and what will look best with it. Consider the style. A tabletop could be a piece of polished metal or a mirror. Remember, it's all about you.
     
  • Outsource if Needed
    Let's face it. We don't all have unlimited skills. But you don't have to limit your goals. When you find that great overstuffed chair for your home library, but the Naugahyde is split, there's no reason why you can't pay to have it reupholstered in the luxury fabric of your choice. Or perhaps you don't have the time or inclination to do a job yourself. A handyman would be happy to hang the shelves or paint a chest of drawers. An art student from your local junior college would likely be thrilled to get paid to add a mosaic top to an end table. 

Richmond has many beautiful houses just waiting for someone to make them their own. Contact us for assistance in finding yours. 

May
17

Why You Shouldn't Skip These Home Maintenance Tasks

Richmond Home MaintenanceOwning a home is a great investment, but it's not all fun and games. Any property requires regular maintenance to keep it in good repair, and as the owner, it falls to you. You'll find that there is typically a hierarchy of maintenance: things you can hold off on for a little while versus things that need to be done on time or immediately lest bigger problems develop. Here are five home maintenance tasks our real estate agents say you shouldn't skip and why you should prioritize them.

  1. HVAC Tune-ups
    A professional should set eyes on your HVAC system at least once a year, preferably twice if you have central AC. The general rule of thumb is to have your furnace tuned up in the fall and your AC tuned up in the spring. This not only keeps everything running smoothly and extends the life of the system and its components but also enables your technician to keep an eye out for developing problems before they become large (and expensive) problems. Having a well-maintained HVAC system can also help when it comes time to sell, as the furnace is one of the things buyers look at when they browse Central Virginia homes for sale.

  2. Water Heater Maintenance
    Many people install a water heater and forget about it until, of course, it stops working or starts leaking. Annual maintenance can actually make a huge difference in the life of your water heater, however, and possibly even catch problems before they lead to significant water damage. A tech will inspect your water heater for signs of problems and then drain and flush it to get rid of sediment buildup that collects on the bottom of the water heater, leading to corrosion and heating element failure.

  3. Gutter Cleaning
    Cleaning your gutters is another thing that needs to happen on a seasonal basis. Most experts recommend having your gutters cleaned in the spring and fall, but if you live in an area with many big trees, you may need to clean them more frequently. Gutters that aren't cleaned regularly may get clogged with debris from nearby trees, causing them to back up. The resulting overflow of water could cause expensive water damage to your home if not caught in time.

  4. Sump Pump Testing
    A sump pump isn't a "set it and forget it" kind of feature. It's easy to forget that it's down there in the basement, but if you don't do some periodic maintenance, you could end up without it when it's finally needed. You can test your sump pump by simply pouring some water in just to make sure it'll still kick on when needed. If it doesn't, you should get a technician out to have a look as soon as possible.

  5. Dryer Vent Cleaning
    Many people forget or don't realize that their dryer vents need to be cleaned out periodically. The lint trap collects most of the lint from your laundry, but some still gets by and will build up in the dryer vent over time. In addition to making your clothes dry more slowly, if that lint buildup gets bad enough, it can actually start a fire!

A well-cared-for house requires less emergency maintenance and will show better when it's time to sell. If you're thinking about selling your home, take the time to get caught up on all of your deferred maintenance, and then contact us to get the listing process started.

May
3

Central Virginia Restaurants Perfect for Mother's Day

Richmond Restaurants

Mother's Day is the biggest holiday of the year for restaurants, surpassing even Valentine's Day. If you're taking mom out for brunch or dinner, head to one of these great restaurants in Richmond recommended by our real estate agents

  1. Independence Golf Club - 600 Founders Bridge Blvd., Midlothian, VA 23113
    Treat mom to stunning sunset views near Midlothian homes for sale at Tavern 19, the onsite restaurant at Independence Golf Club. Relax on the patio or at the Lexus View as you dine on inventive small plates such as coconut lime cauliflower, short rib egg rolls, or seared sesame seed tuna. You can't go wrong with Tavern 19's hand-tossed and wood-fired pizzas, available in both traditional and gourmet options. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

  2. Laura Lee's - 3410 Semmes Ave., Richmond, VA 23225
    Laura Lee's is named after owner Kendra Feather's mom, making it a particularly appropriate choice for a Mother's Day outing not far from Richmond homes for sale. With vibrant artwork on exposed brick walls and beautiful splashes of greenery, Laura Lee's is a 21st-century update of the iconic fern bar. The menu includes seafood, meat, and vegetarian dishes, so there's something to satisfy any taste. Dine alfresco on the charming and secluded garden patio. Laura Lee's is open 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. daily, with extended hours until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

  3. Howlett's Restaurant & Tavern - 3530 Festival Park Plaza, Chester, VA 23831
    After a day of viewing Chesterfield County homes for sale, join mom for a special dinner at family-owned Howlett's Restaurant & Tavern. Customers keep coming back for Howlett's famous prime rib, offered in 12-ounce and 16-ounce portions, as well as their crab cakes, prepared with their own special recipe. Make sure mom saves room for one of co-owner Brooke Helbling's homemade desserts, such as the signature peanut butter pie. Dinner is served Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

  4. The Boathouse - 701 W. Randolph Rd., Hopewell, VA 23860
    While the name has changed since the restaurant's debut in 1988, The Boathouse has always focused on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Located just minutes from Hopewell homes for sale, the restaurant overlooks the Appomattox and James Rivers. Not surprisingly, seafood takes center stage, from the popular crab cakes to the Southern classic shrimp and grits. If you prefer an earlier celebration, The Boathouse serves Sunday brunch with a mix of breakfast favorites, sandwiches, salads, and appetizers. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday, with brunch until 2:45 p.m. Reservations are required.

  5. Kitchenette - 1405 Prince Arthur Rd., Richmond, VA 23225
    Treat mom to a home-cooked meal where she doesn't have to do the work. Kitchenette is a take-out eatery that offers full meals and a la carte main dishes, salads, and sides. Daily specials include mouthwatering items such as Parmesan-breaded chicken tenders, garlic-citrus pork tenderloin, and meatloaf with mashed potatoes. Mix-and-match your own dinner with choices like salmon filets, pasta, grilled asparagus, and roasted butternut squash. Hours are 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. - noon Saturday.

Richmond's history, culture, and natural surroundings make it a perfect place to raise a family. Contact us for friendly and knowledgeable help with all your real estate needs.

February
22

DIY Tips for Your Home Library

Richmond Home Library

A home library is a great way to add a touch of elegance to your home while showing off your books. Plus with so many wonderful bookstores around Richmond, it's no surprise if you've accumulated quite the collection! 

Whether you're looking to convert an entire room into a library or just simply looking to set up a reading nook, our real estate agents pulled together a list of tips to help you create your own DIY library.

  1. Choose The Right Location
    The best location for your library is largely dependent on how much space you have available. It's also somewhat contingent on the size of your book collection. Those with a lot of space to spare and a lot of books may want to convert an entire room into a library. If you're looking to display a small number of books, consider placing them under a staircase or on a living room shelf. With a couple of bookshelves and a comfy chair, you can also convert any bedroom or living room corner into a cozy reading nook.

  2. Arrange Books By Color
    Organizing books alphabetically can create a stuffy look. Instead, why not arrange your books in a more creative way? Grouping books by colors can really create a vibrant look, especially if you have a lot of bright covers. You can also consider arranging them by size, or by separating horizontal rows with vertical stacks.

  3. Comfortable Seating is a Must
    Figuring out how to display your books is only one component of creating your own library. You also need a comfortable place to sit. Whether it's a big couch or your favorite recliner, be sure to add a comfortable surface, so you can curl up with your favorite read.

  4. Make Sure There Is A Table Nearby
    A good table is a key part of any library. If you've transformed an entire room into a library, try to add a long center table to the middle of the room. If your library is more of a reading nook, a smaller end table can add a nice touch.

  5. Add A Ladder
    Nothing creates a library vibe quite like a ladder attached to floor-to-ceiling shelving. If your library is big enough, definitely consider adding a rolling ladder into your library design, so you and your visitors can reach that top shelf book.

  6. Optimize Your Lighting
    Your home library shouldn't be in a dark area of the home. If your bookshelves aren't getting enough natural light, consider adding additional lighting fixtures at the top of each shelf so you can easily read the titles. You'll also want to make sure there is adequate lighting for reading so you don't have to strain your eyes.

Looking for the perfect home among the Richmond homes for sale to display your book collection? We're here to help!

For more tips on interior design or help finding your dream home, contact us today!

February
1

Renovating? 5 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe

Richmond Pet Tips

Home renovations can be stressful for the whole family, as you shift furniture out of the way or temporarily lose access to important parts of the home. It can be especially hard on the furry members of your household, who struggle to understand why their favorite spot by the window is suddenly off-limits. But with some careful planning and reassurance, you and your pets can get through the renovation process comfortably. Follow these tips to make the process less stressful for your pets. 

  1. Communicate With Your Contractors
    Ask the contractor what areas of the home the workers will need access to for the renovation and for approximately how many hours of the day. Note that this may change slightly, as projects can take unpredictable turns. But you'll be able to know which areas of the house to keep your pet out of most of the time. Let them know how many pets you have and where they will be while they are working. Clear communication will help ensure your pet isn't let out of the house accidentally while the renovation is in progress. 

  2. Give Them a Spot 
    Choose an area well away from the noise and mess for your pet to seek refuge. This area should have their food, water, favorite toys, and a bed or blanket. Your bedroom may be the best room for this, but if yours is one of the Richmond homes for sale getting a new master bath downstairs would be better suited for your pet's space. 
     
  3. Take Them Away from the Noise
    Getting out might be the best strategy for large or noisy projects. Visiting a pet-friendly store is a great chance to get a new treat or toy as a reward for putting up with all the mess. Stop by a dog park, or if your backyard isn't full of lumber and tools, a day closer to home might work well. If your renovation project is extensive or your pet is especially nervous around strangers, you may want to consider boarding your pet for a portion of the project's duration. 

  4. Don't Forget Their Routine
    Change is always stressful, and the antidote to stress is routine. As much as possible, keep feeding times and other important rituals as closely as possible. Remember to take them on their daily walk or other activities they enjoy.

  5. Examine the Space
    When the work is completed, do a thorough inspection of the area. Look for small tools or bits left behind that could harm your pet. Make sure there are no chemicals left behind, and any paint or lacquer is at least dry to the touch. The "after" of a home renovation looks amazing, but for a pet, it's a maze of unfamiliar sights and smells. Ensure that these aren't overwhelming as you and your pet get used to the new look. 

Our real estate agents love seeing all family members enjoy their home, four-legged family members being no exception. If you have any questions about keeping your pets happy through home renovations and projects to complete before listing your home for sale, contact us today. 

January
4

2021: Top Colors for the Year

Colors for 2021

Each year, paint companies and color pros choose hues that will make a splash in the coming year based on the current trends. Brighter, bolder colors were unveiled for 2020 in anticipation of a year filled with confidence and optimism. For 2021, however, things are moving in a subtle direction. The reignited passions for creating beautiful homes, along with the need for more peace and serenity, have influenced many of the expected color trends of 2021. Here are the top shades our real estate agents know so far and how you can use them in your home.

  1. Aegean Teal by Benjamin Moore
    Benjamin Moore selected Aegean Teal 2136-40 for its 2021 color of the year. This intriguing, soft color is a blend of gray and blue-green. It marries green's association with nature and wellness with the tranquil nature of blue. The gray undertone helps provide a modern look to it. The color creates natural harmony and an invitation to reflect and reset.

    Add it to your home: This color's calming qualities make it a great option for home offices, bedrooms, and kitchen cabinetry.

  2. Ultimate Gray and Illuminating by Pantone
    Pantone chose two contrasting colors for 2021: Ultimate Gray (a dull, familiar gray) and Illuminating (the bright yellow of lemon skin). These colors combine to reflect a sense of resilience and optimism. The gray cloudy skies evoke our collective experiences over the past year of quarantine. The yellow highlights hope and light at the end of the tunnel. 

    Add it to your home: Perfect for upholstered furniture and walls, gray is a timeless neutral that provides a foundation for interiors. The yellow adds a dash of positivity and brightness when used on wall decor, accent furniture, the front door, and accessories like throws and pillows.

  3. Satin Paprika by Rust Oleum
    Popular spray paint brand Rust-Oleum chose its 2021 color of the year, emphasizing warmth, calm, and comfort. Satin Paprika, an earthy red hue, anchors other trending shades the brand has chosen, curated to complement modern boho aesthetics, outdoor living spaces, and midcentury modern style.

    Add it to your home:
    To add this earthy, spicy hue to your space, try spraying a few coats on accent furniture or update wall decor for a vibrant feel. The color pairs well with earthy tones like black matte and brass finishes.

  4. Passionate by HGTV by Sherwin-Williams
    A rich, bold red, Passionate is a hue that blurs the line between modern and traditional. It is part of a larger collection dubbed "Delightfully Daring," which comprises shades of rich brown, aqua, and energetic green. When used thoughtfully in design, this red shade can easily incite emotion and add energy to a room. It creates a refreshing backdrop for nature-inspired accents and neutral furniture.

    Add it to your home: The warm hue of this paint looks cozy in a home library or den. Or consider adding it to your home office for a professional touch. 

  5. Aqua Fiesta by Glidden
    Rather than select a Color of the Year, Glidden announced its first-ever Accent Color of the Year: Aqua Fiesta. This bright, refreshing aquamarine hue looks great on millwork or accent wall. While the color might be overwhelming if painted all over a wall, it helps perk up a room even in small doses, especially when combined with neutral colors.

    Add it to your home: Pair it with a cool gray to lend spa vibes to your bathroom. In living areas and bedrooms, combine with neutral accessories or cream-colored fabric for a soft look.

Are you dreaming of a new home that you can paint with some of these top colors in 2021? Contact us today to discuss your goals and start touring some of the best Richmond homes for sale.

December
28

Fireplace Safety Guide to Follow This Winter

Fireplace Tips

One of the best ways to warm up this winter is to curl up by the fireplace with a good book. A fireplace adds a cozy touch to your home in colder weather, but if it's not maintained and used properly, it can pose a fire hazard.

Our real estate agents suggest the following fireplace maintenance and safety tips you need to know this winter:

  1. Have your fireplace inspected and cleaned annually
    Creosote and soot – byproducts of fires that aren't burning efficiently – can build up and coat the inside of your chimney. Once this happens, these substances can catch fire. To prevent this from happening, call a professional to clean and inspect your chimney before using it this season.

  2. Take care of ashes properly
    After using your fireplace, take care of the ashes properly, so a smoldering one doesn't start a fire. Don't vacuum them up because live coals can still remain and could cause a fire in your vacuum cleaner bag. Instead, remove them from the firebox by using the ash dump or scooping them out from the firebox once the ashes are cold. 

  3. Use a non-flammable rug
    Buy a non-flammable rug – which you should be able to find at a fireplace supply store – to put in front of your fireplace. That way, if sparks fly out, they won't damage your carpet.

  4. Protect your kids
    Never leave a fire unattended if you have children in the house. Now's the time for them to learn to stay away from the fireplace as well as the tools you use for it.

  5. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
    Make sure you have enough working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. This will help your family stay safe in case of a fire or if there's a buildup of carbon monoxide – an odorless, clear, and tasteless toxic gas. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be tested monthly, and their batteries should be replaced annually.

  6. Your fireplace should have a door
    Make sure your door has a tight-fitting door rather than a screen. A door will keep sparks inside the fireplace, while a screen may let some escape.

  7. Check the flue or damper
    Before starting a fire, check your damper or flue to make sure it's open by looking up into your chimney with a flashlight or mirror. It should remain open to let smoke out of your house, so keep it that way until all the embers have stopped burning.

  8. Use wood that's dry and well-aged
    Avoid using wet or green wood in your fireplace. These woods cause more smoke and make more soot build up in your chimney.

  9. Keep the area around your fireplace clear
    Keep all flammable items – including draperies, newspapers, and furniture – away from your fireplace. If they get too close, they could catch fire from a sparking ember.

  10. Never leave a fire unattended
    Never fall asleep or leave your home with a fire burning, even if it's just for a brief moment.

  11. Keep a window cracked
    If you can, leave a window slightly cracked when you have a fire going. That way, you'll be keeping the room ventilated and give any smoke or gasses a chance to escape.

Contact us today at Napier ERA if you're interested in Richmond homes for sale. If a fireplace is on your list of must-have items for your new home, we can show you houses where one or more fireplaces creates a beautiful focal point.

June
15

Summer 2020 Market Update

May & June are going strong in Richmond's Real Estate Market

It's a GREAT time to list your home in Central Virginia because home inventory is low and prices are rising.

The real estate market in our area continues to be extremely active and in the month of May alone, 2,513 homes were listed, and 1,952 homes were successfully sold!The average sales price in our area was $300,826 in May 2020 compared to $288,203 last May – more than a 4% increase!

If you've been putting off listing your home, this could be the perfect opportunity to contact a Napier ERA sales professional, who can give you an accurate assessment of what you can expect in your market.

Contact Napier ERA today to get started!

 

September
14

Hopewell VA –Main Street America

Hopewell's Time to Shine

Hopewell Revitalization
Anyone who has spent some time in Hopewell, VA is probably familiar with the Hopewell Downtown Partnership (HDP). HDP is an organization focused on building a vibrant and prosperous downtown area for the Hopewell community.

It's behind many initiatives throughout the year that help to give Hopewell its unique character.

Hopewell, VA is a charming little city of about 23,000 people that overlooks two rivers – the James and Appomattox. Founded in 1613 and originally associated with the Quakers, it has been on the rise since an ambitious urban renewal plan launched in the 1960s.

Although the original idea hit snags, it sparked greater community interest in rebuilding the downtown area. That inspiration has carried forward to today, where the Hopewell Downtown Partnership is one of the most active community groups of its kind anywhere in the country. 

2017 National Main Street Accreditation Boosts the HDP Mission 

The Hopewell Downtown Partnership is committed to the highest standards of quality, and it shows – just ask Main Street America™ , which accredits similar community groups for following strict standards in community revitalization and involvement.

HDP was one of only 24 community groups throughout the state of Virginia to be accredited.

In recent years, HDP has consistently maintained the credential. It depends, among several other things, on demonstrating broad-based community support and reporting results regularly. Community members must be deeply involved in the organization's work, too.

The Main Street America™ program was founded in 1980 and has been adopted by more than 1,000 communities coast to coast. It delivers a program of restoration for historic commercial district by balancing preservation and economic development.

Hopewell Downtown Project has been accredited since 2011. 828 programs made the cut this year. Accreditation of organizations throughout the U.S. is managed by a state-level Main Street program, which in turn coordinates with the National Main Street Center.

During its accreditation period, HDP has sparked more than $7 million in public and private investment in the Hopewell downtown area. Burnette's Baked Goods, K&J Fitness, and a variety of others have been attracted partially through HDP's work.

A Flourishing Community Awaits You in Hopewell

Hopewell homes benefit from all the hard work done in the downtown area and so much more. A growing downtown means a strong economic engine and diverse jobs for people at any stage of their careers – essential for a growing community you may want to make your own.

Want to find out more? Expert help is just a quick call away. Contact Napier ERA to learn about your many Hopewell VA real estate opportunities. Our real estate agents in the area will be glad to work with you to find an amazing home.

August
24

Salesperson Licensing Course September 11-15

Salesperson Licensing Course

Sept. 11-15 9am-5pm

Napier ERA now offers a 5-day, 60-hour course that will fully satisfy your Virginia Real Estate Salesperson License Education requirement.  

Classes will run from  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and you'll leave fully prepared to begin a rewarding career in real estate!

Click here to complete the registration form, and you will be contacted promptly so that we can get you into the next class!

 

July
17

Boathouse Restaurant Opens Hopewell Location

Boathouse Opens Hopewell

Our real estate agents are excited to see The Boathouse at City Point become a part of Hopewell's commercial revitalization. The restaurant's contemporary style, good service, and great food fit neatly into the city's entertainment traditions. 

Boathouse Waterfront View

The Boathouse is located on a scenic waterfront site that presents diners with a dramatic view of the James and Appomattox Rivers. It offers locals a new upscale dining option for family celebrations or a special date night. Residents with homes in Hopewell need only drive a short distance to enjoy the newest restaurant in the area.

Contemporary Building
Boathouse owner, Kevin Healy, transformed an existing commercial building into a contemporary showplace. Exterior dining areas now offer a stylish yacht club atmosphere and an impressive view of both rivers.

Interior dining spaces, bar, and private event areas have an open, modern look. Each section is accessorized with trendy seating, modern light fixtures, and artisan-inspired metal, glass, and fabric decor.

Boathouse Great Food

Great Food
The Boathouse at City Point serves a menu similar to the three other Boathouse restaurants. You can begin your meal with calamari, clam chowder, raw bar options, and a variety of additional delicious appetizer choices.

Entrees include fresh seafood, steak, and chicken dishes, and the restaurant's legendary Boathouse Crab cakes. Many menu items are prepared with locally-sourced ingredients.

The restaurant operates a full meal schedule each day.

  • Lunch: Daily beginning at 11:30, except for Sundays
  • Dinner: Daily beginning at 3:00, 4:00 on Sundays.
  • Happy Hour: Food and drink specials from 3:00 to 7:00, Fridays 3:00 to 6:00
  • Sunday Brunch: 10:00 to 3:00, Sunday dinner served at 4:00, No happy hour on Sundays

Boathouse Events

Private Events
The Boathouse event staff will tailor a special event that exceeds your expectations. The staff can plan the menu package of your choice: breakfast, lunch, dinner, hors d'oeuvres, and more. They keep your planning options open with venues sized to accommodate weddings, office parties, and other private events.

  • The Navigator's Den holds up to 40 people.
  • The Tent Pavilion accommodates larger groups such as wedding receptions.

Boathouse Holiday Events
On July 1st, diners were the first to enjoy a Holiday meal at the new Boathouse at City Point. The chef creates a special menu for these occasions. Be sure to check the Holiday Menu page for upcoming events.

Let us Help You Find a Home in Hopewell

We believe that getting to know your community is an important part of settling into your home. Contact Napier ERA if you have questions about buying or selling a home in Hopewell. We're here to help.

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