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The Neighborhood Scoop: Great Bridge

 

Great Bridge is located in Chesapeake, Virginia and the city is known for its history and culture. It is the perfect place if you love the outdoors! If you love spending time, golfing, fishing, biking or kayaking with beautiful scenery this is the place for you!

 

REAL ESTATE

Great Bridge median real estate price is $311,309, which is more expensive than 61.7% of the neighborhoods in Virginia and 70.6% of the neighborhoods in the U.S.

The average rental price in Great Bridge is currently $1,877, based on NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive analysis. The average rental cost in this neighborhood is higher than 71.6% of the neighborhoods in Virginia.

Great Bridge real estate is primarily made up of medium sized (three or four bedroom) to large (four, five or more bedroom) single-family homes and townhomes. Most of the residential real estate is owner occupied. Many of the residences in the Great Bridge neighborhood are established but not old, having been built between 1970 and 1999. A number of residences were also built between 1940 and 1969.

Real estate vacancies in Great Bridge are 6.5%, which is lower than one will find in 65.7% of American neighborhoods. Demand for real estate in Great Bridge is above average for the U.S., and may signal some demand for either price increases or new construction of residential product for this neighborhood.


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What Not to Do as a New Homeowner?

 

Avoid these easy-to-prevent mistakes that could cost you big time.


#1 — Not Knowing Where to locate the Main Water Shutoff Valve

Did you know that water damage is one of the MOST COMMON of all household insurance claims? A water from a burst can pour DOZENS of GALLONS into your home’s interior in a matter of minutes, soaking everything in sight — including drywall, flooring, and valuables.

Before disaster hits, find your water shutoff valve, which will be located where a water main enters your house. Make sure everyone knows where it’s located and how to close the valve. A little penetrating oil on the valve stem makes sure it’ll work when you need it to.

#2 — Not Calling 811 Before Digging a Hole 

You have a new home and decide that the first thing you want to do is put up your fence or plant a fancy new bush! STOP..or at least wait until you’ve dialled 811 (the national dig safely hotline). The hotline will contact all your local utilities who will then come to your property — often within a day — to mark the location of underground pipes, cables, and wires.

This is a FREE  service that can save you both money and a headache if otherwise ignored. In many states, calling 811 is the law, so you’ll also avoid fines.

#3 — Not Checking the Slope of Foundation Soil

The ground around your foundation should slope away from your house at least 6 inches over 10 feet. Why? To make sure that water from rain and melting snow doesn’t soak the soil around your foundation walls, building up pressure that can cause leaks and crack your foundation, leading to mega-expensive repairs.

This kind of water damage doesn’t happen overnight — it’s accumulative — so the sooner you get after it, the better (and smarter) you’ll be. While you’re at it, make sure downspouts extend at least 5 feet away from your house.

#4 — Not Knowing the Depth of Attic Insulation 

This goes hand-in-hand with not knowing where your attic access is located, so let’s start there. Find the ceiling hatch, typically a square area framed with moulding in a hallway or closet ceiling. Push the hatch cover straight up. Get a ladder and check out the depth of the insulation. If you can see the tops of joists, you definitely don’t have enough.

The recommended insulation for most attics is about R-38 or 10 to 14 inches deep, depending on the type of insulation you choose. BTW, is your hatch insulated, too? Use 4-inch-thick foam board glued to the top.

#5 — Carelessly Drilling into Walls

Hanging shelves, closet systems, and artwork means drilling into your walls — but do you know what’s back there? Hidden inside your walls are plumbing pipes, ductwork, wires, and cables. You can check for some stuff with a stud sensor — a $25 battery-operated tool that detects changes in density to sniff out studs, cables, and ducts.

But stud sensors aren’t foolproof. Protect yourself by drilling only 1¼ inches deep max — enough to clear drywall and plaster but not deep enough to reach most wires and pipes. Household wiring runs horizontally from outlet to outlet about 8 inches to 2 feet from the floor, so that’s a no-drill zone. Stay clear of vertical locations above and below wall switches — wiring runs along studs to reach switches.

#6 — Cutting Down a Tree 

The risk isn’t worth it. Even small trees can fall awkwardly, damaging your house, property, or your neighbour’s property. In some locales, you have to obtain a permit first. Cutting down a tree is an art that’s best left to a professional tree service.

Plus, trees help preserve property values and provide shade that cuts energy bills. So think twice before going all Paul Bunyan.

The Neighborhood Scoop: Poquoson

Poquoson is an independent city located on the Virginia Peninsula. From seafood festivals to the Lighted Boat Parade there is always something fun to do in Poquoson. It is the perfect spot if you’re looking for beautiful scenery, an outstanding school system and a friendly community. 

 

REAL ESTATE

Poquoson’s median real estate price is $398,310, which is more expensive than 73.5% of the neighborhoods in Virginia and 79.4% of the neighborhoods in the U.S.

The average rental price in Poquoson is currently $1,815, based on NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive analysis. The average rental cost in this neighborhood is higher than 69.0% of the neighborhoods in Virginia.

Poquoson’s real estate is primarily made up of medium sized (three or four bedrooms) to large (four, five or more bedrooms) single-family homes. Most of the residential real estate is owner-occupied. Many of the residences in the Poquoson neighborhood are established but not old, having been built between 1970 and 1999. A number of residences were also built between 1940 and 1969.


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Selling Your Home This Halloween Season?

It’s that time of the year when the spooky Halloween decorations are creeping onto porches in your neighborhood. What if you’re trying to sell your home? Can your home still appeal to buyers with Halloween decorations?

Halloween Decorations When Selling Your Home

What TO Do: 

  • Keep it simple and neutral
  • Have a well-lit walkway to your front door
  • Place one or two pumpkins on your stairs or by your door
  • Place fall mums by your door or hang a Fall wreath on your door

What NOT to Do:

  • AVOID using skeletons, witches, goblins, inflatable pumpkins, etc. in your front yard
  • DO NOT crowd your front yard with too many decorations

You do not have to get rid of ALL your decorations but be sure to choose your decor wisely. The last thing you would want to do is scare off your buyers with spooky decorations covering up your home. Tone down your decorations to make the most of your curb appeal. Also, after the trick-or-treaters have come to your door. Clean up the yard where there might be leftover trash.

Always keep your potential buyer in mind when you are decorating your home for holiday seasons!

The Neighborhood Scoop: Chic’s Beach

Chesapeake Beach, also known as Chic’s Beach or Chick’s Beach is a coastal neighborhood with fantastic seafood restaurants, nature trails, and beautiful homes.

REAL ESTATE

Chic’s Beach median real estate price is $386,805, which is more expensive than 71.9% of the neighborhoods in Virginia and 78.4% of the neighborhoods in the U.S.

The average rental price in Chic’s Beach is currently $1,690, based on NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive analysis. The average rental cost in this neighborhood is higher than 64.1% of the neighborhoods in Virginia.

Chic’s Beach real estate is primarily made up of cottages, townhomes, condominiums, apartments and single-family homes. Many of the residences in the Chic’s Beach neighborhood are established but not old, having been built between 1970 and 1999. A number of residences were also built between 1940 and 1969.

The neighbors in the Chic’s Beach neighborhood are upper-middle income, making it an above average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher income than 80.0% of the neighborhoods in America.

During the summer, it is a great spot for locals with gentle waves making it perfect to swim, paddle-board or relax on a float. Chic’s Beach has endless activities for you to do around the neighborhood whether it’s shopping, dining or checking out the nature trail. The best part about this neighborhood is that the majority of things to do are walkable or a bike ride away. Live the beach life and enjoy the sights and sounds the neighborhood has to offer. Make Chic’s Beach your next home destination!


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