• Why Richmond is a great place to live and work

    People who live and work in Richmond know it is a great place. It is the capital of Virginia and has an estimated population of just over 1 million people, making it the third largest city in the state.

    Many great and notable people have called Richmond home. They have changed our country and the world. They have made history and created innovations. Richmond’s residents include Thomas Jefferson, Edgar Allan Poe, Tom Wolfe and Shirley MacLaine. Amazing things are happening in Richmond. Will you be the next person living or working in this city to do something special?

    One of the reasons people enjoy Richmond so much is for its lovely climate. You’ll enjoy a mild winter in this fine city, and a hot and humid summer. This makes it easy for residents and those who work in Richmond to enjoy outdoor activities year-round, whether it is just taking a walk outside, running or playing other sports.

    The cost of living in Richmond is reasonable while enjoying a beautiful city. If you are looking for a metropolitan area to move to, but also want an area with a low crime rate, Richmond is an excellent choice. Richmond  is a great place to raise a family. The schools are terrific and top rated. U.S. News rated Richmond Community High School #13 out of 100 schools in Virginia and #283 as a nationally ranked school. According to CNN Money, the median family income in Richmond (from 2011) is $49.922. Job growth for 2011 was 6.71% and the state income tax rate was between 2 to 5.75%.

    If you work in Richmond, then you know that some of the top industries in this city include law, finance and government. Government does big business in Richmond, including The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is located here. So is the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Several international companies have their headquarters here, including Genworth Financial, CapitalOne and Philip Morris USA. You’ll find four of the largest law firms in this city: Hunton & Williams, McGuireWoods, Williams Mullen and LeClairRyan. Richmond is also known for being a city where advertising agencies are located, including The Martin Agency.

    Richmond is an active hub for many industries and there are 6 Fortune 500 companies here: Dominion Resources, CarMax, Owens & Minor, Genworth Financial, MeadWestvaco and Altria Group. In 2007 the Greater Richmond area was named the third-best city for business by MarketWatch and was just above Boston in the rankings. [Read More...]

  • Five Tips for New Septic System Owners

    Living in the country can be a dream come true for many harried city dwellers. We have spoken to many people who leave the city in the hopes of raising a family, getting away from the hectic pace of city life, or moving to be closer to relatives. Needless to say, making such a big change will have a few surprising along the way, especially if the new home owners have to get used to caring for a septic system. Stamie E. Lyttle Company has five key pieces of advice for people who have never owned a septic system before.

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    1. Know what to shop for

    There are several basic home supplies that have the potential to upset the delicate natural balance that exists inside your septic system. To prevent this from happening, you need to look for septic system-friendly versions of:

    • Toilet paper
    • Dish soap
    • Bathroom cleaning products
    • All-purpose surface cleansers
    • Laundry detergent
    • Laundry additives (such as liquid softener)

    Septic system-friendly products are not likely to be much more expensive than the products you are familiar with; some might even be cheaper. The ingredients in septic system-friendly products will simply help maintain the natural balance of bacteria in the holding tank.

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  • Create a More Welcoming Home With Outdoor Lighting

    Getting your daily dose of the outdoors isn’t always possible during the day. If you’re looking for creative and unique ways to light up your home, lawn, even office building, there are many companies in the Richmond area providing excellent design options and helping to keep installation stress-free. Making your home more inviting may be as simple as lighting your walkways, or as intricate as creating your very own outdoor living space. Whatever your specific needs are, there are many lighting options available for you.

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    Landscape Lighting

    When you’ve put hours and hours into your flower, furniture and shrubbery placement, you don’t want to haphazardly install lighting to showcase it. It’s important you design your lighting as intricately as you’ve already designed your outdoor area. With the developing technologies, it’s never been easier to discretely place lighting around your home. If you prefer a simpler approach, minimal lighting can be used to help bring attention only to what you wish. Not only is it important to have your own idea for your lighting design, but also choosing a company that knows it’s not only about how bright they can make your lawn, is important and can be helpful when making your decision.

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  • Tiptoe Through Richmond’s Tulips

    When you think of Richmond, Virginia, “gardens” may not be one of the first things that spring to your mind—but it certainly should be! This lovely city, recognized by many for its Civil War heritage and recent urban rejuvenation, also happens to be home to a wonderful variety of stunning botanical gardens that are open to the public. Many keep their doors open year-round—yes, even in the middle of winter! In addition, you may be interested in touring Richmond’s portion of “Historic Garden Week”, the details of which are listed below. Whether you are looking for a romantic way to spend an afternoon with your sweetie, searching for a family-friendly way to have some educational fun, or simply wanting to explore on your own to take in the wonderful sights (and smells) at your own pace, look no further.

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    Share the Gift of Flowers

    Love flowers? Love supporting local businesses? The next time you find yourself needing a floral arrangement for any occasion—or for no reason whatsoever—please keep Richmond’s finest local florist, Vogue Flowers, in mind. But don’t worry—you don’t need to be in the area to place an order, and neither does the recipient. You can order online directly through VogueFlowers.com, and shipping is available anywhere.

    Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

    The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of Richmond’s most well known and well-loved gardens in the region. The land was originally utilized by Powhatan Indians as a hunting ground; later in time, it was owned by Patrick Henry. Initially entering the E. Claiborne Robins Visitors Center, you will find exhibit galleries, outdoor terraces, shops, meeting rooms, and the Garden Café. Passing through the Visitors Center and heading out towards the Central Garden, you may eventually find yourself happily lost within the garden’s 40 wandering acres of perennial plants, flowers, bridges, statues, and much, much more. There is even a garden specifically for children to enjoy. Ginter’s 11,000 square foot classical, domed Conservatory is the only one of its kind open to the public in the entire mid-Atlantic region. In addition to the flora and fauna, there are numerous hands-on workshops, adult education, and family programs held here.

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  • What Do You Risk When Facing Richmond DUI Charges? Hire a Lawyer

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    The consequences for driving while under the influence (DUI) in Virginia are significant. The penalties may vary from one circumstance to another. For example, if you are over 21, then the legal BAC (blood alcohol limit) is .08 percent. However, if you are under 21, then the limit tops off at .02 percent. Another example of the circumstances which can influence the severity of your consequences has to do with the number of times you have received this conviction. The consequences will be much more severe if this has happened several times before. This may also be true if other people were harmed because of your actions.

    If you are currently facing charges for driving while under the influence of alcohol, then you’ll want to contact a lawyer to help you face the charges and minimize the consequences. In order to truly understand the importance of hiring a DUI lawyer, you need to fully realize the severity of the consequences which may await you when you face a judge. You my also  need a Richmond Va Bail Bondsman to take care of your immediate need

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  • 7 Tips for Selling Your Home

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    With the real estate market on its way up, many people are interested in selling their home.  They figure that now is the perfect time to get out of their current home and upgrade to a new one while the prices are still good.  However, since a lot of people are interested in selling, finding a buyer can be more challenging.  Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be impossible to secure a buyer for your home.  Learn how you can sell your home quickly with these 7 tips. Or if you decide on property management, give KRS Holdings a call.

    1 – Make a Video of Your Home

    A lot of shopping for homes takes place online.  Since most buyers are visual, you might attract more attention with a video of your home.  This is much better than a few pictures and it is easy to make with today’s technology.  You can invest in a simple video camera or take a video with your phone.  This video should include the following aspects:

    • A complete walk through of your home
    • The exterior features of your home including the front door, porch, driveway, and backyard
    • The neighborhood you live in and any amenities it includes
    • Local shops that are close by
    • Favorite things about living in the home

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  • Suggestions for a Stress Free Corporate Trip To Richmond Va

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    The idea of a corporate trip sounds exciting, and it can be for a little while.  However, for most people, these trips get old really quickly.  They require employees to work in an environment that they are not familiar with.  In many cases, they have to leave family members, friends, and other responsibilities.  Although they get to see a new part of the world, most of their time is spent in the office.  Therefore, they have little time to sight see in RVA.  In fact, after a long day of work, most people want a nice place to sleep so they are ready for the next day.  For all of these reasons, corporate travel can cause added stress.  To minimize the stress you feel during your next corporate trip, keep these suggestions in mind when booking a place for Richmond Va.

    Pick the Right Place to Stay

    First, one of the best things you can do to eliminate your stress during corporate travel is choose the right  accommodations.  Sometimes it might be beneficial to stay in corporate lodging options instead of a hotel, especially if you are staying for longer than a week.  These alternatives feel more like a home away from home.  Typically they come with the following features:

    • Furniture
    • Privacy
    • Internet
    • Washer and dryer
    • Kitchen
    • Gym
    • Pool
    • Cable TV

    With these features, you will feel comfortable when you are done working.  You can come home from work and resume your normal routine.

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