If you want to sell your home, Nesbitt Realty can sell the property fast and at the best price. Our Realtors are experienced and familiar with the real estate market in Northern Virginia. A Realtor can help you determine the best listing price for your property. We know how to market your home to get the best price as quickly as possibly. Nesbitt Realty knows how the home selling process works, so we are ready to assist you every step of the way. Nesbitt Realty has access to the MRIS (our local multiple listing service). MRIS is the MLS database that agents use to find homes for sale in the area. Our agent will add your property to it. Working with a Realtor will make the home selling process run smoothly and much simpler than if you attempt to do it on your own. We’re a local family-run business and we appreciate the opportunity to serve your needs.
Houzz at a Glance Who lives here: A family of three Location: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Size: 2,153 square feet (200 square meters); two bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms Architects: Dimitty Andersen, Tim Fenton and Samuel Jeyaseelan of Grieve Gillett Andersen Crayon House sits on a quiet street in Goodwood, a neighborhood of Adelaide. The project involved demolishing an existing residence to build a new house, one that would fit in with the streetscape of varying heritage and character dwellings.
“With pitches and points, spaces and setbacks, and rhythms in harmony, the house has a lively conversation with its surrounding street companions but has a language that’s warm and familiar,” says Dimitty Andersen, director at Grieve Gillett Andersen.
“The [goal] was to create a modern home with simple, clean lines and compelling forms — to bring a sense of light and spaciousness with natural and colorful materials,” Andersen says. Though the build was driven in large part by the client’s passion for sustainability, she says there had to be both communal and private spaces that would grow with the family.
Crayon House is composed of two contrasting yet complementary forms that distinguish between private and public space. The wood structure at the front houses two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a study and a powder room. The metal structure in the back accommodates an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area.
Access to the front door is via a wooden pathway along the side of the house that sits between the wood and the metal structures. The door opens to a glass entry that blurs the lines between inside and outside.
The private spaces are configured within the wood structure, to the right of the glass entry. Two bedrooms, separated by a study, are on the north side of the building where they take advantage of garden views and winter light. Both bathrooms and the utilities are on the south side.
High-level windows along the corridor can be opened, and an L-shaped, yellow-tinted window at the end of the structure creates interplays of light.
The client drove the vivid color palette for the house right from the start of the project. Throughout the house, primary and secondary colors are bold and bright against white walls, and they are used to create vibrant, inviting spaces. “There is a playfulness between light and color that leaps and dances on the walls, roofs and doors depending on the change of seasons,” architect Tim Fenton says.
The bathrooms and utilities on the south side of the wood structure have reduced external windows to prevent heat loss, but internal windows and open doorways are able to borrow light.
The bold colors continue throughout the bathrooms. One shower is tiled with vibrant red and white squares, which are reflected in the circular mirror, as is the canary yellow window frame and sill.
The other bathroom also plays with colors and shapes. Royal blue woodwork is set against the sunshine yellow doors and light effects, while square and rhombus-shaped tiles abut each other on the walls around the vanity.
The glass entry connects the front and back of the house.
The metal building contains the public spaces: an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area with glass doors on the northern side that extend the living space outside.“Theform flows outside onto multiple decks projecting out from the house, which are used for relaxing, swinging, bike riding, barbecues and beer-making experiments,” Andersen says.
There’s certainly no shying away from color here either. The kitchen has bright green countertops and backsplash that are softened by wood cabinets and trim and accented with dark green laminates.
Like the front structure, the rear building has a simple geometric form. “The solid and monochromatic main barn-shape forms were designed to balance the bright pops of color placed intentionally throughout the interiors and exteriors,” Andersen says.
The buildings are composed of raw materials that change with age, such as wood, galvanized metal and copper. In contrast to the saturated primary and secondary colors inside, the exterior has a warm, autumnal color palette of yellow, orange and red. “It complements the natural materiality of the [wood], especially as it turns silver and gray with age over time,” Andersen says.
The structures surround a low-maintenance lawn and garden with herbs, vegetables and plants that attract birds. “The garden design [by WAX Design] circles the house, creating lovely backdrops, vistas and functional zones,” Fenton says.
Retractable sails and shades installed along the northern side allow formaximum winter solar exposure to warm up the concrete slab.
Shades: Soltis retractable, SunBlinds
“Environmental considerations proved to be very important for the project, and the question the clients often asked was: Would the sustainable elements make it less enjoyable as a family home?” Fenton says.
For sustainability, comfort and functionality, the new house was oriented to the north to provide as much light exposure as possible and to optimize winter solar gain. The eaves were reduced to maximize the winter sun, while windows and walls that open provide cross-ventilation and cooling, and the metal siding on plywood reflects the summer sun.
Clients sometimes ask us about houses for sale in McLean for around $3,499,900. There are a lot of options in Fairfax County but if you’re looking at 22102 you can find a home that will fit your budget. If you want 8,301 sqft then you have to consider Rivinus.
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run small business that appreciates the opportunity to serve your Northern Virginia real estate needs. If the time has come to sell your home, rest assured that Nesbitt Realty understands the unique challenges of selling townhouses at Waterford in Vienna, Virginia. Contact us today to get a free estimate of your Brick Colonial’s value. We can also prepare a marketing plan to show you how we plan to get you the best price as quickly as possible.
Agent Ron Ginyard says, “When you put your home up for sale in Northern Virginia, most activity will happen within the first couple of weeks. If you put the right price on your home, you’ll notice immediate interest.”
Conversely, if there is very little activity that’s a sure sign that your price is too high. No matter how good or bad the market is, there are always buyers looking for homes in their price range in the Washington DC area. We always have buyers who are waiting for new homes to be listed or homes to be reduced in price. Our course, buyers who are waiting to purchase may miss seeing your home completely if the price is too high.
To determine the listing price of your home, you consult with our agent. Whether you’re in Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax County or even Prince William, our agents are equipped with latest technology and armed with experience to help you determine your best price. Learn more about selling
Why name your photos. Twenty years ago, you or your parents may have picked up photos from a local photo lab and simply written the basics on the back of the prints: the date, location, who is in the photo and what’s going on.
Today, we don’t give our photos this type of attention. Instead, we may think about doing something with them only when our phones run out of memory and prompt us to make more room by exporting the photos to other storage devices. Years of this saving go by, and then we find ourselves in the unforgiving sea of unnamed images.
Using metadata and a consistent file renaming pattern increases the “searchability,” of your images, says Caroline Guntur, a professional photo organizer who teaches online digital photo organizing classes. If you want to be able to quickly find your images, it’s important to start renaming your files now. Otherwise, a decade from now when you’re looking for a photo of your daughter’s first day of school to post on her graduation day, you might be wanting to pull your hair out as you try to locate it.
Consistency is key. First, professional photo organizers recommend using a consistent system when it comes to renaming files. This will tie your entire collection together, despite the years that may separate certain pictures. Professional organizers also encourage you to find a system and style of renaming photos that will work best for you. Feel free to make variations on the following suggestion, but whatever naming convention you pick, be consistent.
Who, what, when and where naming approach. This naming system — who, what, when and where — has proved to be the most popular with professionals and avid renamers, says Rita Norton, a professional photo organizer. For this system, you’ll include people, event, date and location in the file’s name.
Andi Willis, a professional photo organizer, highly recommends using a system that starts with the year, then month and then day. The location, event and people follow. Last, leave the sequence number, or the number automatically given to the image. An easy reference to remember this organizational tool is: YYYY-MM-DD-location-event-who-sequence number. For example, a birthday party for your mom, Susan Smith, in San Francisco on May 23 would look like this: 2017-05-23-san-francisco-birthday-party-mom-susan-smith-JPG-2839.
When you are naming files, avoid special characters except for hyphens and underscores. If you don’t like the version above, you can also use a style called “camel case.” This style removes the hyphens and instead capitalizes the first letter of each word. The above file would look like this in camel case: 20170523SanFranciscoBirthdayPartyMomSusanSmithJPG-2839
Once you have named individual files, you can put images in folders. Professional organizers have found that the simplest way is to organize by year, and you always have the option to further consolidate by decade. You can also create folders for specific people, such as your kids, or events, such as vacations and sports matches.
Where to find missing details. If you are unable to recall the specifics of a photo, refer to the metadata. All you have to do is right-click the photo, and then click on the option that says “get info” or “properties” to view the file’s metadata. This will reveal the date the image was created, which is vital for the above photo renaming system. But, you’ll also find the file size, the name of the device that took the image and sometimes even the location.
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Agents at Nesbitt Realty understand that no matter what you’ve been told Realtors really have no control at all over the real estate market, only the plan behind marketing.
Our Realtors never determine the asking price – the seller does. We can provide Realtor advice, but the seller makes the final decision. This not only applies to the list (asking) price, but it especially applies to the selling price. By the same token, we cannot control the offer price. We can only present the offers that are actually made. None-the-less, if the seller does things right and takes each step by step, together we’ll set a listing price in the right area and have no problems selling your property.
Photos by Eric Roth Project at a Glance What happens here: Reading, visiting, home office work, TV watching, entertaining, dining, storage Location: Boston Designers: Maribeth Brostowski of Lewis Interiors, and the pros at Adams + Beasley Associates
The living room is the heart of this home, which has sophisticated style and beautiful views of Boston Common. But with no separate dining room or office, it also needed to be hardworking, providing a place to work and have dinner with friends.
“Maribeth came up with the idea for these built-ins, and we worked with her to figure out how to execute it,” says Susie Tweed of Adams + Beasley Associates. Note the way the built-ins extend to the ceiling and have matching molding at the top and bottom that ties them to the rest of the room. “There was a 30-inch-by-30-inch structural column on the left side in a box that was bigger than it needed to be,” Brostowski says. “We were able to shave it down to about 20 inches by 20 inches and add oil-rubbed bronze architectural grilles for the heat register. Then I flanked the TV with matching cabinetry on the other side to make it pleasingly symmetrical.”
The cabinets on the right conceal media equipment, office equipment like the printer and a pullout file drawer. The grilles provide ventilation for the electronics.
They mounted the TV on a false panel and ran the wires behind it. Take a close look at the drawer underneath the TV, as its secret will be revealed next.
The drawer front flips down to reveal a sliding shelf that can be extended to use as a desk surface or a cafe table. The walnut surface slides straight out and required the builders to swipe a few extra inches from the wall behind the cabinetry for its recess.
They used the Top Flex pullout table system from Häfele as the sliding structure for the tabletop. It has a load-bearing capacity of 60 pounds.
Nearby armchairs and two ottomans normally tucked under the TV can pull up to the table with ease. “This seats four very comfortably, and we have squeezed in six people here,” Brostowski says. To make her mother feel at home, they used her belongings from her house, reupholstering many pieces and trimming a beloved rug to fit the space. The dining chairs are from her mother’s very first dining room, and she has kept them ever since. “I’ve been eating dinner on these chairs my whole life,” Brostowski says.
Library lights along the top of the built-ins provide plenty of illumination for working and can be dimmed to change the mood for dinner.
“I call this kind of design work a Rubik’s Cube exercise,” Brostowski says. “You have to change it completely, but the challenge is to stay within the box.”
Place potted marigolds near mosquito entry-points, such as doors and windows, or on a deck or balcony where you spend a lot of time outdoors. They also deter insects that prey on tomato plants — an added bonus for gardeners.
Not only do they make your landscape more attractive, but marigolds also have a distinct smell that repels mosquitoes.
Plant from seed or get a starter plant from a nursery or floral department.
Citronella is found in bug sprays and insect-repelling candles, but for maximum effectiveness, consider planting it. (Photo by David Becken)
Citronella is one of the most common ingredients in insect repellents, due to its strong smell, which masks mosquito attractants.
The perennial clumping grass grows 5 to 6 feet, and can be planted in the ground or kept in large pots.
Citronella plants thrive best in full sun and areas with good drainage.
Catnip grows best in full sun. (Photo by John LaFollette)
Warning: Your catnip might bring all the cats to the yard. The perennial herb, related to mint, is easy to grow.
While Catnip does repel mosquitoes in close proximity, some people apply crushed leaves for more protection.
Dried lavender can be placed in wardrobes to dissuade moths. (Photo by David Becken)
In addition to smelling lovely, aiding in relaxation and promoting restful sleep, lavender dissuades mosquitoes and gnats from invading your outdoor dinner party when planted in the garden or in pots placed by windows, doors and entertainment areas.
The dried flowers can also be placed in wardrobes to repel moths.
Basil leaves don’t have to be crushed to prevent mosquito invasions. (Photo by Mike LaFollette)
Enjoy delicious pesto dishes, and keep mosquitoes at bay, with this insect-repelling herb. Basil is one of the few herbs in which you don’t have to crush the leaves to reap its benefits.
Lemon basil and cinnamon basil are the best varieties to prevent unwanted pests.
Lemon balm keeps mosquitoes away, but attracts pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. (Photo by David Becken)
Also known as horsemint, lemon balm’s aroma wards off mosquitoes, but attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies.
It’s fast growing, drought resistant and reseeds itself, so consider planting in a pot rather than in your yard to avoid a lemon balm takeover.
If you are not able to grow one of these 6 mosquito repelling plants, or for more serious problems that need household pest control, then it’s best to use a reputable company to come out and inspect your home.