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Found 12 blog entries about Sustainability.

You've probably thought about these things before, but we'll pull them all together in this quick list for you.

Spring is right around the corner, so if you're planning on having one, now's the time to start planning!

So here goes...

6 FANTASTIC TIPS For Your Garage/Yard Sale:

1.) Make sure ALL of your signs LOOK the same! Obviously, the arrow may change, but if a prospective shopper is driving around your neighborhood LOOKING to find your house, they are subliminally looking for the SAME sign--- thus one is neon, make them all neon. If you put a balloon on one, put a balloon on ALL of them. That way, as they are driving through a neighborhood and trying to find the "next" sign marker, your next sign will stick out to them. Remember... the

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Everyone seems to have an interest in something.

This often leads to collecting, a past time of what seems like generations past, but is actually still prevalent!

But is what you are keeping a collection, or just keeping some clutter?

Marie Kondo, a #1 New York Times best-selling author of both Spark Joy and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up , approaches whether or not items give you joy, in deciding whether to keep them or send them on to another place in their life. 

Some items in your home may truly bring you joy; others, you may have forgotten the reason of why you have them in your home.

Some may have been gifts you accepted on a memorable holiday, others may be something that was passed down by someone else who had a hard time

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We have over 100 years combined living experience in the Hampton Roads area. As such, we thought to poll our agents and see who stayed and went with Hurricane Florence coming in.... and what they did to prepare their homes. Turns out everyone actually stayed in the area, thus their preparation was for hunkering down to weather the storm (if it came this way)!

Here's what some of them had to say:


We picked up the standard stuff, except I bought some junk food that I normally don’t get. 

  We bought extra gas, fired up the generator to make sure it was good to go, froze a dozen bottles of water to help use as ice to keep things cold if power goes out. I turned the refrigerators & freezers to the coldest settings. 


Monday and

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According to the NCOA (National Council On Aging):
  • Millions of older Americans are at risk for hunger. In 2014, 10.2 million older Americans faced the threat of hunger, representing 15.8% of adults aged 60+ in the U.S.
  • Food insecurity is growing among older adults. The food insecurity rate for all senior households was 7.8% in 2016, down slightly from the year before but up from 5.5% in 2001. At the same time, the percentage of seniors facing the threat of hunger has more than doubled.
The Buffalow Family & Friends Community Days have focused their efforts on senior citizens in Hampton Roads, to help with the issue of food insecurity through the following event:   Senior Community Meal Bags: Packing & Distribution
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Hampton Roads’ most powerful home marketing machine has MOVED.

Yes, you read that right: The team that has helped thousands of families move in, out and around the area, has moved, as well.

Yes: Even real estate teams move!

After more than 20 years at Rose & Womble Realty, we've made the move to The Real Estate Group (TREG), bringing with us over 100 years of combined real estate experience and excitement for what this change brings to our personal client experiences.

For years, The Perfect House Team stood as the #1 Sales and Listing Team at Rose & Womble, one of the top firms in the Hampton Roads area. 

But with time comes a need for change, especially with emerging technologies at the forefront of what our clients truly need . In our

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Do visions of cheerful, vintage kitchens make your heart flutter? Seriously, what could be cuter? You just don’t want to end up with an island decimated by termites, or a farmhouse sink that’s spent one too many seasons getting banged up on an actual farm.

After all, the line between a chic, functional antique and a piece of shabby debris can be hard to distinguish for vintage newbies. Knowing you want authentic, schoolhouse pendant lights is one thing; sourcing ones that work (and won’t burn your house down) is a key part of the equation.

Here, three seasoned pros share advice on how to sort the gems from the junk, and make them work in your kitchen.

Think Function First

Interior designer Eddie Ross, a trained chef and designer who’s worked

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You can believe this list will be a good one. Are you ready for some surprises? Read below!


Homes cost a lot of money to maintain. But are you spending extra money unnecessarily on upkeep? Here are 10 of the most expensive mistakes you could be making in your home.

1. Using Traditional Light bulbs

If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be throwing a lot of money away every month on inflated electric bills. Over its life span, an incandescent bulb can use $180 worth of electricity. A CFL will only use $41 worth of electricity over the same time period. Even better is the LED bulb, which only uses $30 per bulb. Think what replacing every light bulb in your home could do to your home's bottom

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It's something we don't really WANT to spend time thinking about, but our appliances CAN BE a huge HAZARD in our homes.


Check out this great write up from our friends at VECTOR for tips on preventing those appliances from being problematic! 


The household appliances you use every day can be more dangerous than you might think. Fires, electric shocks, carbon monoxide leaks, and floods can all wreak havoc on your home at the hand of a household appliance.

Below are some appliances to be mindful of, and tips to avoid disaster.

1. Stoves

Gas or electric stoves can severely damage your home. Stoves are often left unattended, and that’s when trouble strikes. There have even been instances of stoves turning on unprompted,

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Let's be honest, 4pm comes quick this time of year. Next thing you know, it's 5 and the streetlights are the only thing giving light on the streets....! Check out this fun write up (full of gifs to keep your attention) from Alyse Kalish at The Muse:


Daylight savings. We love it when we gain that extra blessed hour of sleep—and hate it when it means it’s pitch black by the time we leave the office.

No doubt your productivity takes a hit during this dark time of year. And I’d guess that by 4 or 5 PM, you’re ready to get the hell out of there (winter Fridays, anyone?).

So, how can we stay focused and determined when there’s a lot on our plates but we can barely keep our eyes open?

These tips might do the trick:


1. Get

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Does your Perfect House include less clutter... from less toys... that your kids might not play with past the first day, week, or month?

You're not the only one! Check out this great write up from Brittany at City Moms Blog on suggestions for NON-TOY gift ideas.... It's brilliant!


 If your house is anything like mine, then it is probably overflowing with too many toys that seem to never get played with or are missing pieces. As birthdays and holidays come around each year, the toy box continues to grow, sometimes out of our control. With my son’s birthday in July, this had me thinking about gift ideas for him that are more practical, that have a longer life span, or that provide a day of making memories together!

I’ve complied a list of

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