Preparing Your Eastern Panhandle WV Home for Sale

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Tips on Preparing Your Eastern Panhandle WV Home for Sale

Preparing Your Eastern Panhandle WV Home for Sale Spring is right around the corner! Even though Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter, now is the time to get your home ready if you’re planning to sell. It might be a seller’s market in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, but if your house lacks curb appeal you may not get what your home is worth.

Having good curb appeal is very important. What potential buyers see from the outside is their first impression and will significantly affect their overall attitude towards the property.

Even though it’s still technically winter, try and get outside and straighten up your yard. Rake up yard debris including excess leaves and sticks and get the dormant grass spruced up. Make sure your gutters are clean (which is always a good idea whether prepping your house for sale or not). Debris on the roof should also be removed. If you can’t do it, then call a gutter cleaning company that can.

If there is still snow on the ground, front sidewalks, driveways, and walkways should be cleared off. Having these areas clear shows a commitment to maintenance and shows the potential buyer that you care.

Real estate agents will call before they show your house. If you have a narrow driveway, park your car out of the way to allow potential buyers easy access to the front entrance area. Likewise, be sure to clean off your front porch.

Once you set the expectations with strong outside curb appeal, make sure that the condition inside your house is as great as it is outside! Here are some quick and inexpensive tips to prepare the inside of your house for real estate showings:

  • Kitchen countertops should be clear and clean. If you have granite countertops, let them be seen! There shouldn’t be dirty dishes in the sink, and dishes in the dishwasher should be put away. The dishwasher should be cleaned (potential buyers may check out the kitchen appliances). Ovens, microwaves, and refrigerators should be wiped clean as well.
  • Odors are another turnoff to potential buyers. If you own cats make sure the litter box is clean – and if you own dogs, make sure that the backyard is clean as well. A good professional carpet cleaning is a good idea to get your house smelling nice and fresh.
  •  Preparing Your Eastern Panhandle WV Home for SaleBedrooms should be clean and clear of obstacles. Beds should be made and dirty clothes picked off the floor. Keep closets clean and neat, as buyers will poke their head in to check out the closet space.
  •  Bathrooms need to be sparkling clean. Shower doors should be clear of soap residue, sinks and tubs cleaned, and counter space clear of clutter. Nice bathrooms are an easy – and inexpensive way – to maximize the value of your house.

It might be a seller’s market – especially in Jefferson and Berkeley Counties – but when selling a house, every detail counts! Preparing your Eastern Panhandle WV home for sale is an important part of the selling process.

Linda Kilroy is a real estate agent servicing the Charles Town, Martinsburg, Inwood, Shepherdstown, and Harpers Ferry area. When it comes to buying or selling, Linda has tons of experience. Her team will get you the best deal if you’re buying and won’t leave money on the table if you’re selling! Give them a call at (304) 725-1145.

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How to Prep Your Lawn for Spring in the Eastern Panhandle of WV

prep your lawn for spring Believe it or not, even with some snow still on the ground, it’s time to think about how to prep your lawn for spring. Good preparation will lead to a thick, healthy lawn that will be sturdy enough to take on the heat that is typical during the summer months in West Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle.

Spring lawn preparation should start in the fall with the removal of debris and excess thatch. Snow mold is a fungus that can grow under snow cover and under excess debris and thatch if not removed.

There are two types of snow mold: grey and pink. Grey snow mold is less damaging and affects the leaf tissue, while pink mold is more damaging because it affects the crown of the plant. It’s normal to find both grey and pink mold forming together.

If you see these types of mold, don’t panic! Snow mold is a temporary condition. It can be treated with fungicides and curative treatments; however, this is not recommended. You can speed the recovery along by first raking the area to dry it out and then overseeding and topdressing as though fixing a bare spot. In time, the mold spots will disappear and your lawn will look good as new!

Once the snow is gone, make sure you remove loose debris that has gathered over the winter months, including leaves and sticks. A good raking will also help loosen the soil and fluff up matted grass that encourage airflow to soil.

As temperatures start to rise in March, look for bare spots. Rake the area to open the soil, and then overseed with a mixture of grass seed and new, healthy soil. Water regularly to keep moisture in the soil.

When grass starts growing make sure to water heavy. Heavy means a lot of water versus frequent light watering. You want to make sure the roots reach out downward for water rather than relying on surface water which happens as a result of light watering. When you water, don’t oversaturate; however, a heavy dose of water done in one watering will make the grass much sturdier and durable as roots dig deeper in the soil.

mow_the_lawn_by_hahatem-d3f1pbvAlso, as you begin mowing, make sure your blade is sharp and you mow frequently. The ideal length for most species is between 2-½ to 3-½ inches. Longer grass will promote a healthier root system. A healthier root system will ensure a thicker lawn and repel insects and handle heat and drought better.

Southern States in Ranson has a full assortment of lawn and garden supplies, fertilizers, agricultural products, and seed. Dean’s Lawn Mower Shop in Shenandoah Junction is a great place to get your lawn mower tuned up and your blades sharpened.

If you’re selling your house, having a lush, thick, healthy lawn can potentially add thousands to the price in curb appeal. A healthy lawn starts in early spring. Good preparation ensures solid roots.

Linda Kilroy is a real estate agent in Jefferson and Berkeley Counties. If you’re buying or selling a single family, townhouse, or condo in Charles Town, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Martinsburg, or Shepherdstown, Linda’s Team the group you want to talk to! Preparation matters when you’re getting lawns ready for spring just as much as when you’re finding the perfect home, or selling the one you have. They will work with you to make sure you either find the home that is best for you and your budget, or sell your home for the selling price you’re looking for.

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4 bedroom homes for sale in Charles Town WV

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4 bedroom homes for sale in Charles Town WV

4 bedroom homes for sale in Charles Town WV Charles Town, West Virginia is located in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia in Jefferson County. Charles Town, which is sometimes confused with the state’s capital Charleston, was named after George Washington’s brother Charles Washington. The town is rooted in history. It is also a place for entertainment with the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. Charles Town is also a great place for commuters travelling to Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia as it is close to the Virginia state line.

Below is a list of 4 bedroom homes for sale in Charles Town WV. 4 bedroom homes provide extra space and are great for families who are looking to grow. Are you looking for a little extra space? Perhaps you’d really like your own office at home. Maybe you need a music room for all those instruments in the basement. Having multiple bedrooms in your home allows you to create that space that you’ve always dreamed of having in your home.

For commuters, purchasing a 4 bedroom home in West Virginia is going to be much less expensive than purchasing a home in neighboring Virginia. It may be worth the time to look into the pros and cons of living in Charles Town and travelling a little more to work.

Many families find that Charles Town is a great place to call home. Perhaps you will too. Make sure to check out the listings below of some of the great 4 bedroom homes for sale in Charles Town WV that are currently on the market. If you see one you are interested in, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (304) 725-1145. You can also check out more listings on our website www.lindakilroy.com.

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Good Shepherd Caregivers 14th Annual Potter’s Bowl

Good Shepherd Caregivers 14th Annual Potter's Bowl

Good Shepherd Caregivers 14th Annual Potter’s Bowl

Saturday, March 1st, 2014 – 5:00 pm – Shepherdstown Fire Department

Good Shepherd Caregivers 14th Annual Potter's Bowl Are you looking for something fun and unique to do? How about something that will benefit others in your community? We have a great event for you.

Good Shepherd Caregivers will be hosting its 14th Annual Potter’s Bowl on Saturday, March 1st, 2014. The event will begin at 5:00 pm at Barron Hall at the Shepherdstown Fire Department in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

All the proceeds from the event will go to support the Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers. The Good Shepherd Caregivers is a nonprofit organization in Jefferson County that provides informal, volunteer caregiving to individuals with disabilities, those who are homebound, and the elderly. Thanks to their volunteers, they can provide free, nonmedical care to those Jefferson County residents who need a little extra support. The organization hopes to help foster a sense of community involvement and belonging. They aim to provide great care regardless of income or other circumstances.

The 14th Annual Potter’s Bowl is not your typical fundraiser. All those who attend the event will receive a pottery bowl that has been hand-crafted in the United States. Some bowls are even hand-crafted by people in the local area. Attendees will be able to enjoy a variety of soups provided by local restaurants and people in the community. There will also be a silent auction where everyone will have a chance to bid on items from local businesses.

The cost to attend this event is a $30 donation, which will go to support the organization and all the work they are doing in Jefferson County. If you have any questions about the event or volunteering with the organization, you can call (304) 876-3325.

Good Shepherd Caregivers 14th Annual Potter's BowlJefferson County is an area that is full of people who truly care about their community. It is a wonderful place to live. If you are interested in relocating to Jefferson County, feel free to fill out the form below or give us a call at (304) 725-1145. We can help you make the best decision for you and your family. Linda’s Team knows home and would love to help you find your next dream home.

Charles Town WV Communities

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Charles Town WV Communities

Charles Town, WV is located in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and is the County Seat of Jefferson County. Located in a historic and recreation-rich area, Charles Town is a short drive to Dulles Airport and the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD metro areas. Many established and newer communities are spread throughout the area, and offer homebuyers with almost any budget excellent opportunities to buy homes. Below are a few of those outstanding communities:

  Charles Town WV Communities Arcadia Chase

Brand new maintenance-free living to its fullest, Arcadia Chase is conveniently located right outside Charles Town proper at the intersection of Route 9 and the 340 Bypass. Arcadia Communities offers four models to choose from, with four bedrooms and 2.5-3 baths starting in the mid-200’s. Some of the features include granite countertops, hardwood flooring, 10’ ceilings, two car garages, full basements, and luxury master baths and suites. Energy efficient building practices and materials are standard and help lower utility costs. For example, homes are built with 2 x 6 framing to allow for additional insulation. Most lots are ¼ acre with plenty of outside space for recreation and entertainment.

 Charles Town WV CommunitiesEastland

Right down the road from Arcadia Chase is the subdivision of Eastland which consists of more than 100 single family homes. These homes are designed with a number of special features, including open floor plans, gourmet kitchens, solid oak flooring, recreational rooms, gas fireplaces, walkout basements, and three car garages. Most homes sit on one acre lots with individual septic systems and are priced right around the 400k mark.

The community is located just ten minutes from historic Harpers Ferry, national parks, and abundant recreational activities including a three acre lake and picnic area for residents of Eastland.  Schools that service the Eastland community are the highly rated Wright Denny Intermediate School; Charles Town Middle School and Washington High School.

 Craighill Estates 

Located just outside historic Charles Town, Craighill Estates is close to everything – schools, shopping, cultural activities and the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. These contemporary colonials were recently built and are reasonably priced from the low- to mid-200’s. Most models have 4-5 bedrooms and 3-4 baths including a master suite with walk-in closets and master baths with glass enclosed showers and jetted tubs. With ½ acre lots there’s plenty of space for DIY’ers to sculpt their own custom landscapes and gardens. Have kids in middle school or high school? Craighill Estates is minutes from Charles Town Middle School and Washington High School.

The real estate market is booming in both Jefferson and Berkeley Counties. There are a lot of choices and choosing the right community can be extremely time consuming; however, there’s help! Linda Kilroy has done her homework. If you’re buying or selling in Charles Town and the surrounding communities of Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown, Martinsburg, and Inwood, one call or email will connect you to the most knowledgeable real estate agent in the Eastern Panhandle. With her expertise, you can rest assured you’ll find the home of your dreams! Call Linda’s Team at (304) 725-1145 or shoot them an e-mail by filling out the form below the listings.

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Diners in Charles Town and Martinsburg WV

Diners in Charles Town and Martinsburg WV

Diners in Charles Town and Martinsburg WV

dinerThe diner is a classic icon of American folklore – and nowhere is that more evident than in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia! Whether it’s biscuits and gravy, eggs benedict, or simply a cup of joe, diners are open to serve day and night.

Here are few authentic diners in Jefferson and Berkeley Counties in West Virginia to keep in mind!

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Mountain View Diner

903 E. Washington St., Charles Town, WV 25414

Open 24 hours, the Mountain View Diner serves a classic American menu and popular Italian and Greek items. You can get burgers, a chicken fried steak, meatloaf, or a roast turkey open-faced sandwich as well as ravioli, veal, gyros, and moussaka!

A full menu of breakfast items includes eggs and pancakes, as well as items with a European flair, such as German potato pancakes with sour cream and applesauce. And don’t forget desserts – there’s a wide assortment of homemade pies, cheesecakes, and puddings to choose from!


Grandma’s Diner 

277 W. Washington St., Charles Town, WV 25414 

Grandma’s Diner serves a variety of fresh food – much of it influenced by Hispanic culture. Enjoy homemade tamales and empanadas, and dishes like spicy chicken and ropa vieja (shredded beef with rice and beans).

In addition, if you have a sweet tooth then Grandma’s is the place to be! Choose from a variety of homemade desserts, including red velvet cheesecake, chocolate cake, carrot cake, and cupcakes galore.

Grandma’s is open Monday-Thursday from 7am-3pm; Friday and Saturday from 7am-6:30pm; and Sunday from 8am-2pm. Learn more.


The Diner at Martinsburg Mall

800 Foxcroft Ave. #207, Martinsburg, WV 25401

A quick stop off of Interstate 81 or Route 9 in Martinsburg is The Diner at Martinsburg Mall. Find a traditional American menu with hamburgers and cheeseburgers served with a healthy dose of french fries or onion rings. Choose from daily breakfast, lunch and dinner specials as well delicious homemade chili and soup.

The Diner is open seven days a week: Monday through Saturday 9am to 9pm and Sundays from 11am to 6pm.


Warm Springs Eatery

128 Warm Springs Avenue, Martinsburg, WV 25404

If you are looking for a delicious, home-cooked meal without having to do all the cooking, Warm Springs Eatery is the place for you. A cute little diner located right near Berkeley Plaza, Warm Springs Eatery offers a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner food. The members of the staff are always delightful, and the food always hits the spot. Some favorites include their open-faced hot sandwiches, French fries with gravy, and their great steak specials! With a family-friendly atmosphere, this is a great place to bring the kids.

Warm Springs Eatery is open Monday through Saturday from 6:00 am until 8:00 pm. They are closed on Sundays.


Rainbow Diner and Truck Stop

3511 Berryville Pike, Charles Town, WV 25414

The Rainbow Diner was an original diner of the Mountain View Diners Company which built prefabricated diners with the motto: “A Mountain View Diner will Last a Lifetime”. The Rainbow Diner has a serial number of 243 which is still on display in the diner; #243 was built in 1946. The original diner had a counter with stools and several booths, and an additional dining room was added at a later date.

The property serves as a truck stop in addition to a diner and has parking for trucks.

The menu features a variety of traditional breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. The hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 6am-11pm; Friday and Saturday 6am-4pm and Sunday, 8am-11pm.


Diners in Charles Town and Martinsburg WVLinda Kilroy is an expert in real estate – and the one to turn to when you want to purchase a home near your favorite diner! Whether purchasing a new home, townhouse, or condo in Harpers Ferry, Charles Town, Shepherdstown, Martinsburg or Inwood, you can feel comfortable Linda will provide you service with a smile and help you make the right buying or selling decisions.

 

Diners in Charles Town and Martinsburg WV

Art Galleries in Shepherdstown WV

Art Galleries in Shepherdstown WV

Art Galleries in Shepherdstown WV

Art Galleries in Shepherdstown WV Shepherdstown, located on the banks of the Potomac River, is a historic town dating back to the pre-industrial revolution. It is also home to Shepherd University, which is a school steeped in liberal arts. The area is home to a vibrant art community, and there are multiple venues for artists to display and sell their art. Here are a few notable Art Galleries in Shepherdstown WV:

 The Bridge Gallery

8566 Shepherdstown Pike, Shepherdstown, WV 25443

This gallery features a variety of artists on display including photographers, oil painters, potters, and sculptors, both ceramic and metal. Paintings include landscape, abstract, and photo realism. The Bridge Gallery frequently hosts receptions and exhibitions for local artists, which often include music and hors d’oeuvres. In addition to selling artwork, the gallery has a professional frame shop that includes speciality framing like box mounting and fabric framing. They also have a canvas stretching service for oil and acrylic paintings and custom blank canvasses for artists. Learn more.

Plum

108 E German St, Shepherdstown, WV 25443 

Plum is owned by Cari Aliveto Rosen who is a silversmith and creates and sells custom sterling silver jewelry. The gallery also features work by her husband David Rosen, whose digitally enhanced architectural photography focuses on local Shepherdstown homes and buildings. Other fascinating items include up-cycled and reclaimed pieces that define Plum’s unique artistic eye. Learn more.

Dickinson and Wait Craft Gallery

121 E. German St., Shepherdstown, WV 25443

If you’re looking for a truly unique item to accent your home, then the Dickinson and Wait Craft Gallery is the perfect shop. There are tons of hand-made pieces created from found items, clocks galore, furniture, beaded jewelry, and artwork. The gallery is owned by Debbie Dickinson and Meredith Wait who have been purveyors of fine local crafts since the store opened in 1991. Learn more.

Shepherdstown Paint and Art

102 E. German St. Shepherdstown, WV 25443

A full service frame shop and painting supply store, Shepherdstown Paint and Art is home to the U.S. Country Wildflowers Art Gallery. The shop and gallery are owned by watercolorist painter Roxanne Shields. The gallery features Roxanne’s work, which includes colorful watercolors of county scenes, local West Virginia landmarks, and most notably, decorative wild flowers. Learn more.

Shepherdstown and the surrounding communities of Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, Charles Town, and Inwood are rich in history and have a unique culture tied to the arts. Linda Kilroy, a local real estate agent, has been a longstanding member of this community and is poised to help you on your way to home ownership in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia! Giver her team a call at (304) 725-1145 or check out their website at www.lindakilroy.com. Linda’s Team knows homes, and they will help you find the perfect match for you. and your family.

 

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Million Dollar Homes in the Eastern Panhandle of WV

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Have you seen these Million Dollar Homes in the Eastern Panhandle of WV?

Million Dollar Homes in the Eastern Panhandle of WV The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia is a unique area. It is situated right between Maryland and Virginia and not too far from the nation’s capitol of Washington D.C. It has the beautiful mountainous terrain of wild and wonderful West Virginia; however, it is also connected to larger cities and opportunities for culture, entertainment, and growth. Many people who live and work in the city enjoy the solace they find when they move to the Eastern Panhandle because they can slow down and get away from all the hustle and bustle and noise. Another reason people like to look for real estate in the Eastern Panhandle is the price. You can generally get much more square footage for your dollar here in West Virginia. While this is the case, there are still some million dollar properties on the market.

Whether you are looking to make a large purchase or you simply appreciate real estate, it’s always fun to take a look at some of the high dollar listings in our area. Who knew these million dollar homes were located right here in our humble panhandle?

Aren’t these homes beautiful?

If you see one of these million dollar homes in the Eastern Panhandle of WV that you are seriously interested in, give us a call! We’d love to show it to you and give you some more information. If you are looking for something a little smaller, we can help with that too. Helping people find their dream home is what we love to do, and we are really good at it. We can be reached at (304) 725-1145. For a look at more listings in the area, check out our website www.lindakilroy.com.

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Million Dollar Homes in the Eastern Panhandle of WV

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Shepherdstown Elementary School

Shepherdstown Elementary School

Shepherdstown Elementary School

elementary school Located a few blocks from the center of the historic district on South Church Street in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, just blocks from the Shepherdstown Public Library, is the highly reputable Shepherdstown Elementary School. SES is a kindergarten through fifth grade public school that serves approximately 482 students. Shepherdstown Elementary School is one of sixteen schools in the Jefferson County School District.

The school’s principal is Dr. Suzanne Offut, who lives in Shepherdstown, and holds degrees from West Virginia University and McDaniel College. She is also involved with the Potomac Valley Audubon Society. Every April, she leads the Earth Week activities at the school that are centered around birding.

There are a number of programs available to the school’s students throughout the year in addition to the core curriculum including art, music, and band. Students have access to a state-of-the-art computer lab, as well as a full service library.

The school is focused on health. The physical education department’s role is to keep students active in an effort to fight childhood obesity. Anti-smoking education programs are also incorporated into the school year.

The backbone of every great school is the faculty. SES has over twenty-five full-time, experienced teachers to guide students through the academic curriculum. The hard work the faculty and staff puts into education shows: Students tested well above the state average on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 in language arts, math, social studies, and science.

Test Scores, parental involvement, faculty instruction, and the quality of administration and staff have all combined to produce a 9 out of 10 GreatSchools.org rating. Last November, the school earned an Exemplary Accreditation status from the Office of Education Performance Audits. This status is earned through academic achievements by the students, as well as student attendance. (The announcement of this achievement, with details about how schools are designated as having Exemplary Accreditation status, is here.)

A key benchmark of any great community is the educational system. The opportunities created by an excellent school benefit the entire community. Shepherdstown Elementary School is a excellent example, providing the children of Shepherdstown a solid foundation for learning. Contact the Linda Kilroy Team or call 304-725-1145 to learn all about homes available within the Shepherdstown Elementary School District.