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3 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your SML Home

Now that we’re finally seeing the sun after what seemed like a never-ending season of rain, you may have the sudden urge to start spring cleaning your home. It’s not a coincidence. Studies show that the brain produces more serotonin (the chemical in charge of mood) on sunny days as opposed to darker ones. A happier mood may encourage you to be more active, which could be channeled into cleaning your home.

If the spring-cleaning bug has you itching to organize, below are three tips that will help you maximize your efforts.

Be Prepared

Nothing is more frustrating than starting a project and quickly realizing that you don’t have what you need to finish the job. Take inventory of what you have and make a list of what you need. Don’t forget to include sponges, rags, brushes, or any other tool that will use with your cleaning agents.

Green cleaning has become super popular, and many cleaning agents now offer an environmentally-safe alternative to their chemical counterparts. This is especially useful for those suffering from allergies or homes with children and pets.

Have a Plan

Cleaning an entire home is an ambitious undertaking, one that can leave you hiding under a pile of clothes wishing you had never started. If you have no idea where to start, consider adopting the KonMari Method developed by the infamous tidying guru herself, Marie Kondo. Kondo, who’s made a lucrative living teaching others how to tidy up their lives, breaks organizing down into four categories: clothing, papers, miscellany, and sentimental. Her method differs from others in that she does not recommend cleaning by room.

For clothing, the KonMari Method states that you should take all of your clothing and put them into one pile. This helps you see what you’re working with from the start. Then, go through each item and keep only those that you love or that serve a purpose (such as snow boots, etc.)

For a crash course in organizing, you can watch her popular Netflix series, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” and watch her help families organize their homes.

Don’t Forget the Outdoors

The biggest draw of living at Smith Mountain Lake is, obviously, the lake itself. Warmer weather begs attention for outdoor barbecues, afternoon boat rides, and lazy lounges on decks and docks. Don’t overlook your outdoor living space so that you will be prepared for an impromptu party.

Examine your sidewalks, walkways, decks, patios, and dock for any loose panels, rocks, or cracks. Take photos of areas that need to be replaced and send them to a professional so that you can get them prepared before you invite guests over. Wipe down or pressure wash your outdoor furniture and replace any cushions that may be worn or ripped.
Now that you’ve got a plan and an arsenal of supplies, put on your favorite playlist and get to work! By the time summer rolls around, you’ll be sitting pretty on your patio enjoying all of the spoils that Smith Mountain Lake living has to offer.


Source: Unraveling the Sun’s Role in Depression, WebMD.


If You’re Buying a Smith Mountain Lake Home, Ask Your Realtor These Questions.

You’ve found your dream home and have asked your realtor to schedule a walk-thru, and it’s even more perfect in person than the listing itself. It takes everything in your power not to shout “I’ll take it!”, and you’ve barely made it past the foyer. Eager to commit, your brain draws a blank on that list of questions you had made prior.

When you’re standing face-to-face with your realtor in the perfect home, take a moment to ask them the following questions just to make sure that all your bases are covered.


“Is the price fair?”

Your realtor will definitely offer this information without solicitation, but just in case your ears are ringing from the sound of angels ushering you into your dream home, make sure you ask. You’re viewing the home through rose-colored glasses, while your real estate agent is viewing the property much more practically. Armed with knowledge of the local market, your agent will let you know if the price is fair or far too high.


“Is this property a part of a homeowners association and are there any upcoming assessments?”

If the home is part of a homeowners association, there may upcoming assessment fees that go beyond the monthly payment. These fees cover improvements or repairs within the development. Having this information beforehand will help you eliminate any unforeseen expenses, so ask your realtor to help you find the answer.


“Is there anything happening in or around this neighborhood that might affect home prices?”

Imagine finding out that a brand-new park or shopping facility is being developed right around the corner. Conversely, what if the gym down the street is moving to the other side of the county, or is closing permanently?

Experienced real estate agents know everything about their communities, so ask them if there are any exciting new developments planned for your area. The answer may play an important role in your decision to move forward.


Source: “Buying a House? 6 Questions You’d Never Think to Ask, but Should,”

Springtime Events at Smith Mountain Lake

The weather is warming up (slightly, but we’ll take it!) and the Smith Mountain Lake community is showing signs of springtime planning. Update your calendar with these not-to-be-missed events.

Vinton Dogwood Festival

April 25-28, 2019

Just over the mountain is the lovely town of Vinton, and 2019 marks the 64th year of The Vinton Dogwood Festival. Enjoy family-friendly entertainment which includes a parade, carnival, craft show, food court, concerts, and more.


SML Business Expo

May 3, 2019, 12p-5p

In its 16th year, the SML Business Expo allows members of the Smith Mountain Lake community to learn about local business and all they have to offer. The event is held at the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA.


Smith Mountain Lake Brews & Tunes Festival

May 4, 2019, 1p-7p

Taste samples from 20 local and regional craft breweries and cideries representing 60 craft beers. Live music and food vendors on site. This is a rain or shine event and children under 6 are free. Located at the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA.


Gretna Strawberry and Wine Festival

May 11, 2019, 11a-6p

Enjoy a variety of strawberry dishes, wine tastings, and live music. The event is held at 405 North Main Street in Gretna.


Tom Maynard Memorial Poker Run

May 18, 2019

This fundraising event gives players the opportunity to play poker on the water! Boats travel to seven card stops located around Smith Mountain Lake to retrieve a playing card. Once finished, each player presents their five best cards to be eligible for prizes! The first player to get four aces receives $5000.00. There is also a $1500 prize for the best hand, $500 for second best, and $250 for third.

To learn more about this event, visit


Smith Mountain Lake Invitational Golf Tournament

June 7, 2019, 11am-5pm

This annual event has become one of the most popular business networking events of the season. Showcase your business or entertain your clients with a relaxing day on the one Smith Mountain Lake’s most beautiful courses.