You've found the perfect house, but what about the neighborhood? Sometimes a good or bad neighborhood can make all the difference in how much you grow to love your new home.
1. Talk to neighbors to find out what they like and don't like about the area.
2. Think about your drive to work. If it's pretty far, maybe practice the route to see if you're okay with the distance.
3. How close are you to family?
4. Consider how close you want to be to stores or restaurants.
5. Look around to see if people are outside, sitting on porches, walking dogs. Does it seem like a safe area?
6. Check local crime statistics on police department websites.
7. Research the school systems.
8. Look into home values throughout your neighborhood to see if they're about equal.Do these homes hold value over time?
9. Are city services available? Is trash pick up an option and are streets and sidewalks well maintained?
10. Is growth is apparent? Are new businesses or new homes are being built?
There will be scrumptious dinner stations, an open wine and craft beer bar, a live auction, music and dancing with the Steve Freeman Band. Summer cocktail attire is suggested.
Proceeds from this event remain local and this year will be used to advance treatment of babies born dependent upon opioids, as well as provide medical equipment to treat newborns, infants and children at Central Virginia Baptist and Lynchburg General Hospitals.
School starts back in only a few weeks. Are you ready yet? Here's a few tips to help you save money while gathering the items on your teachers list.
You already need to buy a ton of stuff to get the year started off and will probably need other items throughout, so only buy what's needed to start with.
A lot of clothes can be worn in the summer and fall, plus in winter with a sweater or jacket. Find items that you can layer and use throughout the year on the clearance racks.
The latest thing usually costs more and will probably go out of style quickly. Stick to basic items when it come to pencils, books and other typical supplies.
You buy the pencils, while your friend buys the markers and then divide the supplies. You can also swap items such as books and toys. Dividing the costs can be much more affordable.
You can find coupons in your local paper, online and through a variety of apps. Research before you go shopping and you may be able to save a bundle.
Having worked with the Children's Miracle Network of Central Virginia for over 15 years, it's always wonderful to see news of how Beacon's support benefits the community.
Recently, Children's Miracle Network announced they are purchasing 4 brand new NICU pods for Virginia Baptist hospital. These pods will be used to treat babies who're born with substance addictions. Larry Lilley, NICU manager at Virginia Baptist stated that up to 35% of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit are born addicted to drugs.
Click here to visit WSET's article detailing how the NCIU units will be used.
Beacon has worked with Children's Miracle Network on numerous events throughout the years, including last year's "Love of Children's Ball"... We are again sponsoring this newly titled event, the "Miracle Makers Mingle" on August 25th at the Amazement Square in downtown Lynchburg. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter for updates on this event.