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Winterize Your Smith Mountain Lake Vacation Home

Now that the holiday season is over, you may be traveling back to your primary residence until the next long weekend rolls around. But before you bid farewell to your favorite home away from home, it’s a good idea to prep it for winter weather.

Even though the climate at SML is temperate, we aren’t immune to periodic cold fronts. When the thermostat dips below freezing, the water that’s in your pipes will harden and expand into ice. Turn off the water at the main shut-off valve, open up your faucets, and drain your toilets before the weather turns frightful and reduce your chances of a flooded basement. Also, adjust your thermostat to around 55 degrees. This will keep your home warm enough so that your pipes don’t freeze.

Give your home a thorough cleaning, and don’t forget your refrigerator. Unless you’re hiring a house-sitter, it’s best to empty the contents completely and unplug it. Just remember to keep the doors open to combat against mold and mildew. Put all of your perishable food (including pet food) in airtight containers, take off the trash, and bring your house-plants with you.

Let your neighbors know when you’ll be leaving, and when you plan on returning. And if you schedule contractors, landscapers, or any other home maintenance professionals, let them know so they don’t assume you’re being robbed. Speaking of which, make sure you arm your security system, and don’t forget to lock your windows.

Making sure that your home is winterized may seem like a list of tedious chores, but when you head back to Smith Mountain Lake for the summer, you’ll spend less time doing maintenance and more time enjoying the lake life.

Source: “How Can I Winterize My Vacant Home?”, AngiesList.com.

Checklist for New Home Buyers

Buying a new home isn’t something one does every day. With everchanging market trends and lifestyle tastes, even a seasoned real estate investor starts with a goal in mind. And if your goal is to find a new Smith Mountain Lake home, here’s a checklist to help you get started:

  • Where on Smith Mountain Lake Would You Like to Live? Are you partial to the Franklin County side, or the Bedford side? Do you prefer Penhook or Westlake? If you’re unfamiliar with all of the wonderful areas of Smith Mountain Lake, ask your realtor to take you on a guided tour of the most popular areas.
  • What Type of Home Are You Interested in Buying? If you’re downsizing, you might be more interested in a townhome or condo. If you want privacy and square footage, you might consider a waterfront estate. Let your realtor know what your intentions are in relocating so that they can show you properties that compliment your plans.
  • Are There Amenities That You Cannot Live Without? Does your ideal SML retreat include frequent golf games, or would you prefer to sip wine on your own private dock? Do you want an on-site clubhouse and maintenance-free living, or a home that’s closer to shopping and entertainment? Making a list of your non-negotiables helps your realtor keep an eye out for properties that closely match your amenities wish list.

Buying a home is perhaps the largest investment you will make in your entire life, and partnering with an experienced realtor is crucial when searching for a new home. With over 20 years of experience in luxury real estate, Vicki Millehan excels in pairing perspective buyers with the right listing. For more information, visit www.VickisLakeHomes.com.

Franklin County Christmas Event Announced

The 14th Annual Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas will be taking place on December 1st in Downtown Rocky Mount from 5:30p-9p. The event is held annually on the first Friday in December and is organized by the Community Partnership for Revitalization.

The event includes a full schedule of events including a parade, Christmas tree lighting, and horse and buggy rides at The Early Inn. Below is a schedule of events:

  • 5:30pm: “Biggest Little Parade”
  • 5:45pm: Christmas Tree Lighting
  • 6:00pm: The North Pole (at Historic Train Depot)
  • 6:00pm: The Friday Night Dance Band (at Farmers Market)
  • 6:00pm: Raise the Barre Dancers (at Franklin Glass)
  • 6:00pm: Downtown Music
  • 6:00pm: Horse and Buggy Rides (at The Early Inn)

Franklin Street will be adorned with white lights, and many food and craft vendors will be available throughout the event.

The Community Partnership for Revitalization was created to restore and preserve historic Downtown Rocky Mount. The volunteer organization was so successful with the project that a second grant was received for revitalization for Uptown Rocky Mount. Both projects have been completed, making both Uptown and Downtown Rocky Mount a more attractive location for established and prospective businesses.

For more information on Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas, as well as details on the Community Partnership for Revitalization, please visit www.HistoricRockyMount.com.