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Have You Been to Launch Yet?

Have you been to Launch Trampoline Park? If you haven’t, you’ll be visiting soon.

We’re back again to introduce you to another great local business. This time, we’re with Mike Heath of Launch Trampoline Park here in Herndon. Our family has been here quite a lot because there is something here for the whole family. Here are three things that you have to come check out at Launch:

1. The Ninja Warrior course. Based on the popular TV show, Launch has their own custom ninja warrior course complete with a foam pit to protect you from any falls. It’s a tough course, after all.

2. Extreme dodgeball course. They actually have two of them. A lot of trampoline parks don’t have these courses at all.

3. Nightly specials. For example, you can buy one hour of jumping and get one free on Monday nights. On Thursdays, a family of five can jump for one hour for just $40 bucks. That’s an incredible deal.

"Launch has their own custom ninja warrior course."

In addition to the state-of-the-art courses and nightly specials, The specials are subject to change at any time. Check with Launch for current specials. Launch also has great food, drinks, and even a full arcade.

Launch Trampoline Park is located at 13348 Franklin Farm Road in Herndon. To learn more about them, check out their website here. You can complete your waiver ahead of time as well, here. 

If you have any real estate related questions for us in the meantime, give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
 


 

Do You Have Water and Sewer Line Insurance?

 

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If you don’t have water and sewer line insurance, you need to get it from Dominion Power. 

You may be thinking, “Why is she talking about Dominion Power? They do my electricity.” It may seem confusing, but Dominion Power is the company that holds the insurance for water and sewer lines. 

You may have heard neighbors talking about getting insurance for water and sewer lines, especially after this horrendous weather we’ve had. A lot of pipes were freezing and water meters were freezing, so you should definitely get water and sewer line insurance. 

"$15 a month in insurance payments can save you from up to $5,000 in repair costs."

After you sign up for the insurance, there is a 30-day wait period. The water insurance is $4.99 a month, and the sewer line is $5.99 a month. You can add restoration to both of those for $1.99 a month.

If you get both types of insurance, an extra $15 a month gets tacked on to the electric bill. This insurance has really saved a lot of folks from expensive repairs. 

Before we bought our house, the water line broke and the previous owners had to pay $5,000 to repair it. We still carry the insurance. Just because the water line has been replaced doesn’t mean that there won’t be an issue again. 

This insurance is only $15 a month, so it’s worth it to set it up. You won’t regret it. 

Go to DominionEnergy.com for more information. As always, you can give me a call with any real estate questions you might have. I would be happy to help you!

 


 

What Can Your Child Learn at Primrose School of Chantilly?

 

In the latest edition of Fairfax Fridays, we were able to take a tour of Primrose School of Chantilly and visit with Kathy Sheanh, the school’s owner. 

Primrose has been open for a little over a year and offers before and after school care for a little over 100 students, ages six weeks to 12 years. It features four different playgrounds, a garden, and their own chef. We were able to witness this facility being built and we can attest to what a beautiful stone building it sits inside of.

One of the things Kathy hears the most from both the staff and the children’s families is how warm and welcoming the school can be. “All of our staff are amazing,” she says. “They love children, and they’re passionate about teaching the Primrose curriculum. We have an amazing curriculum that we’re really proud of.”

According to Kathy, Primrose partners with experts from many different child-related fields to produce what they call “The Balanced Learning Curriculum,” where children learn seven different learning domains, including literacy, science, numbers, social studies, etc. 

One of Kathy’s favorite things to teach, though, is character development. An example of this is reflected in their Caring and Giving Food Drive. All their classrooms have been busy collecting canned goods and other non-perishable goods for families in need in Fairfax County.

Kathy’s most important tip for anyone looking to place a child in preschool or daycare is to find a place that gives you peace of mind. You want the child to have a good experience, and you want to know what the teachers love about the school and what they love teaching. What they love teaching is what your child will love as well. 

Kathy’s own daughter attends Primrose, so she’s been able to see firsthand the results her school has been able to produce. Kathy is a neighbor and a client of ours, and she’s created an amazing business. 

"What teachers love teaching is what your child will love as well."

If you take a tour of Primrose and mention “Get Keyed Up,” you’ll receive a free special gift for your family. Now that our tour is over, we’re going to enjoy some special Primrose pumpkin bread!

Visit www.primroseschools.com to learn more or schedule a tour for your family. If you have any real estate questions for us, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to help you. 
 

 

 


 

5 Reasons That You Shouldn't Wait to List Your Home

 

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Today, let’s discuss why it is that you shouldn’t wait until after the winter to list your home. I have five reasons why I think this season can be a great time to sell.

1. There is less inventory, which means your home will get more attention. We have a listing that went live yesterday and we’ve had eight to 10 showings per day since. Most people don’t put their homes on the market during the holidays.

2. Many companies relocate their employees during the first quarter. In January, February, and March, those employees are hunting for houses. It just makes sense to ensure that your house is seen by them.

"The folks that are out there looking for homes now in the chilly weather are serious homebuyers."

3. Your agent will be locked in. They can give you all the attention you need because come spring, we all get spread a little thin.

4. Hopefully, we’ll get more snow, which means less attention is paid to your landscaping. All you need to do is make sure your walkway is shoveled and safe. You won’t have to worry about new mulch, flowers, or having perfect landscaping.

5. You’ll get more serious buyers to cross your threshold and fewer looky-loos. The folks that are out there looking for homes now in the chilly weather are serious homebuyers, especially given that rates are going up.

If you have any questions about this or other topics, please feel free to reach out to us. We’d be glad to help you. Otherwise, keep following our blog to receive tips and advice about your home buying or selling needs.


 

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What Is Actually Covered by Your Condo's Master Policy?

 

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Today I’m speaking with Austin Head, who is the Long & Foster insurance guru. Austin is going to give us some insight into the subject of condo insurance.

With condo insurance, owners are usually only responsible for the interior of the building. This is because the condo association holds a master policy over the exterior. 

But recently, Austin says he’s been seeing many master policies that are covering not only the exterior, but also the interior of the unit. 

This sounds like a good thing at face value, but it is still important to be aware of what is covered. For a better understanding of this, Austin always recommends obtaining a copy of the master policy and taking it to your insurance agent. 

The master policy may state that the interior is only covered up to builder’s grade materials. So, if you lived in a very nice condo and it happened to burn down, it may be rebuilt using builder's grade material. 

"If you lived in a very nice condo that was covered by a master policy and it happened to burn down, it may be rebuilt using builder's grade material."

If you spent a lot of money upgrading your living space with high-quality amenities and something were to happen to require them to be replaced, the replacements would be installed with a much lower grade of material. 

Even if the interior is covered by a master policy, Austin highly advises that you get additional condo insurance to cover any upgrades. 

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon. 
 


 

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Let Total Wine Help You Celebrate the Holidays in Style

 

This time on “Fairfax Fridays,” we decided to stop in at Total Wine and talk with assistant manager Kathleen Scott about what makes their store unique and how they can help you celebrate this holiday season.

According to Kathleen, Total Wine’s best quality is their knowledgeable staff. Not everybody is totally comfortable when it comes to making wine choices, but they’re always able to assist people with their questions. 

Kathleen also says Total Wine has the best selection and best pricing of any store in the area. They offer product knowledge classes throughout the year which you can sign up for, along with weekly wine tastings on Fridays and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

If you’re hosting a party this holiday season, Kathleen has a couple useful tips for you. 

"Total Wine has the best selection and best pricing of any store in the area."

First, keep your wine selection simple—try for a crowd-pleasing red and a crowd-pleasing white. A good example for red wines would be a Pinot Noir because it goes well with any type of food. For white wines, you can try a Riesling or a Prosecco. 

Also, allow your wine enough time to breathe. To do this, you can use a regular decanter or a decanter with an aerator attached to it to save time. 

Lastly, as an added bonus, if you walk into the Total Wine located in Greenbriar Shopping Center and say the words “Get Keyed Up,” you’ll earn a free gift. 

We want to thank Kathleen for allowing us to stop in and visit with her. If you have any questions for us, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We’d love to speak with you. 
 

 

 


 

Who Pays Real Estate Commissions in Virginia?

 

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The No. 1 question we get from folks who are either new homebuyers or new to buying homes in Virginia is this: “Who pays the commission of the buyer’s and seller’s agents? How does it work?” To show you, I’ll use this example.

I recently met with a client who contacted me through Zillow at a house. When I met him, we started to chat and I found that he was looking at a bunch of different houses with a bunch of different agents. I was curious about this. 

He felt very strongly that he needed to interview multiple agents. I agreed with him, and think it’s a great idea. However, his reasoning was that he was going to be paying them a 3% commission, so he wanted to make sure to hire someone he trusted. 

"It’s extremely important to interview multiple agents."

In Virginia, commissions work a little differently. The sellers are actually the ones who are responsible for the commission for both agent's. However, the amount they spend on the buyer’s agent commission is usually reflected in the sale price.

Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, it is extremely important that you interview multiple agents and find one with the experience, communication skills, and business savvy to help you accomplish your goals.

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Prepare Your Home for Winter With the Autumn 8

 

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What are the eight things you can do to your home to get it ready for the winter to come? 

The first is to get your furnace inspected. You may have a contract that comes twice a year, so October is always a good time to get it inspected, get the filter cleaned, and make sure you won’t be without heat this winter. 

The second thing you can do is winterize your AC unit. A lot of us don’t do this in our area, and it’s not necessary, but if you live up north and sometimes experience feet upon feet of snow, it might be a good idea to cover your AC unit with a canvas.

Third, draft-proof your home. I did this in my own home two years ago. We looked for any leaks where cold air could seep in from, and we added some weather stripping around our door. We also bought outlet insulators, which helped a lot. 

Next, test your home’s safety devices, especially your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

"These eight tasks will have your home ready for cold weather."

Fifth, do a quick roof check. See if you’re missing any shingles or if there is any damage. You never know if the winter is going to be good or bad, so now is a good time to check your roof just in case. 

Sixth, check the exterior of your home for cracks or holes. A rodent can get in through a dime-sized hole. The area where your AC unit attaches to your foundation is a prime entry point for anything small that wants to escape the cold. 

Seventh, clean your gutters. The No. 1 reason people have water in their homes this time of year is fallen leaves clogging up their gutters and causing leaks they wouldn’t normally have. 

Lastly, walk the perimeter of the house and look for dead trees, dead branches, or anything that might be a hazard if there is a big storm.

If you have any more questions about preparing your home for winter, please don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I’d be glad to help you. 
 


 

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How Can Snap Fitness Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals?

 

 

Recently, I got a chance to visit with Sean Boyd, one of the owners of Snap Fitness, to talk about everything their gym and fitness center has to offer.  

Snap Fitness is located at 13300 Franklin Farm Road in the Franklin Farm shopping center. They’ve been there for seven years, and I was at their grand opening, which makes me one of their first clients. One of the great things about this place is it truly has a community feel to it. Sean, his wife and co-owner Schatem, and all of their trainers have great relationships with all of their clients. 

Here are a few things you might not know about Snap Fitness:

  • They’re open 24 hours a day worldwide, meaning you can enter any establishment at anytime if you have your access key card. They have 2,600 total locations that span eight different countries.
  • They’re all one big family. As I said before, they take pride in having personal relationships with their clients. Most of their members are local, and their training is specialized. They don’t just sign you up and walk away. They also help oversee diet and nutrition plans with their clients. 
  • Some of their best success stories come from their own employees. Their manager, Marie, has lost 100 pounds since joining them.  

For anyone who has a hard time getting to the gym due to their busy schedules, Sean maintains that you have to be committed and set realistic goals. If you set your goals too high and don’t meet them, that will wear on your motivation to keep coming back. 

At Snap Fitness, being fit is about more than just losing pounds; your body mass index and body fat percentage are more valuable indicators of fitness than just lost weight. Their trainers give assessments to their clients based on how they progress in their fitness regimen. If they want to continue their training once they’ve met their goals, they have the option to do so. 

Now that we’re getting closer to the holidays, we’re doing a special joint-promotion with Snap Fitness where if you buy a home through us, you’ll receive a free, month-long membership from them.  

"At Snap Fitness, everyone knows your name."

But that’s not all! If you simply walk through their doors and mention our team name during their staff hours, you’ll receive a free training session and week-long trial. Their staff hours are as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

I want to thank Sean for taking the time to visit with me. If you’d like to reach out to him and learn more about Snap Fitness, you can give him a call at (703) 463-9886.

If you have any questions for me, feel free to reach out to me. I’d be glad to help you! 

 


 

3 Home Improvements to Consider When Selling Your Home

 

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If you’re thinking about selling your home, I’ve got a few areas for you to consider updating that will add tremendous value to your property:

1. Kitchens and bathrooms. Because of the hassle involved with renovating them, folks are always interested in new and updated items in these rooms. If you keep things neutral with new cabinets and/or countertops that would remain in style for a long time, you could add thousands of dollars to your sale price. If you have specific tastes, however, and have all red appliances, that might not be something that adds much value. It’s best to keep things neutral. Buyers love large floor tiles as well.

        "Keep the colors neutral in the bathroom. " 

2. Hardwood floors. We are seeing more and more homes with hardwood flooring on two levels. Carpet isn’t as durable as it used to be, at least that’s what I hear from buyers all the time. I constantly see people replacing their carpet with hardwood flooring in this market.

3. Outdoor living spaces. Any kind of outdoor living space will bring value. Whether it’s something big like an outdoor kitchen or large patio, or a deck with some furniture, it will bring value to your home. 

If you have any questions for me in the meantime about selling your home or anything else related to real estate, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I would love to hear from you.


 

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