FALL in love with Winchester, VA

My dining room table FALL decor!

Leaves changing colors, a cool breeze blowing, the sky a bit more crisp, pumpkins at the farmers market and the smell of hot apple cider tell me one thing: Fall is here in the Shenandoah Valley!

I can not believe it is already mid September! Summer was fantastic and always goes by quickly but I have to say, I am ready for the change in season. Yes- I may have put up fall decor on September 1st and yes- I may have every pumpkin flavor candle I own burning throughout my home as we speak.- I am proud of it!

In Winchester, we embrace FALL and all that comes with it! This weekend in fact, Winchester will have its annual Apple Harvest Festival to kick off the season. Put on by the Rotary Club of Winchester, this festival will have everything from Artisans and Crafters to a kids zone with face painting- and of course more apple butter than you can dream of! Check it out here:Apple Harvest Festival . Many other Apple harvest celebrations exist throughout September and October at the many different farmers markets around town. To name a few:Marker-Miller Orchards & Richard’s Fruit Market .

Another fun tradition that Winchester now has in October is the Old Town Oktober Fest! Attendees Get to sample German inspired beer, wine and food while listening to fantastic live music surrounded by the gorgeous walking mall! For more info Click here .

Finally, another one of my favorite things to do in my hometown in the fall is simply driving the back roads looking at the changing leaves. I forget that we live in such a gorgeous area and sometimes, just taking a moment to enjoy a ride with the family is the best reminder. I would highly suggest taking a ride through the Skyline Drive. Its actually 105 miles of road that runs through the Shenandoah National Park and along the blue ridge mountains and is in one word: BREATHTAKING! Pack a picnic and some hot cider and stop for lunch at one of the many scenic overlook areas.

Skyline Drive (photo cred: NPS/Lewis)

After living here for over 30 years, old and new traditions in the area will forever remind me that fall is here. Its a special time for many in the Shenandoah Valley and just taking a minute to appreciate it can do wonders for your soul!

For now, I’m off to show some homes to some fantastic clients, but you can bet I’m wearing fall boots and a sweater, with my hot cider in hand!  XO – Steph

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Winchester VA Before & After AMAZZING transformation!

One of my absolutely FAVORITE things to do, besides shopping at Home Goods or spending time with my 1 year old granddaughter ;), is styling or staging my clients’ homes prior to listing! Today I thought the transformation was so great, that I’d bring you behind the scenes room by room so you can see that it doesn’t need to cost thousands of dollars to make a HUGE impact on how well your home shows.  Doing things like pulling down wallpaper, painting walls a light, neutral color, scaling down furniture and “stuff” that’s sitting around and changing out outdated curtains and window treatments for a few select white or ivory accessories and simple curtain panels brings HUGE returns in the way of 1) shorter time on the market before getting under contract and 2) bringing you more $$.  You see, in today’s market, buyers are willing to pay MORE for move-in ready!  At the Jan & Dan Team, this up-front work is customary because we do the hard work before we list our clients’ homes  in order to bring them the highest return on their investment! so… enough talk, let’s check out the BEFORE & AFTER pics!





WOW! Brought up to date, got rid of outdated accessories






Bright, new simply Curtain Panels, decluttered! BEAUTY!




WOW! Light, simple & Inviting!! Some updated accessories!!






New $49 ceiling light fixture & removing other outdated fixture and a few carefully placed accys!!







Paint bright yellow wall and remove the TV from wall and “closet” shelf from wall too.. Clean, beautiful, bright bedroom! Voila!


So there you have it… you get the idea!  Looking at your rooms one by one thru the eyes of a camera— helps you identify things that need to take place to show off the BEAUTY of your home!  Some people have an eye for it and love it- We at the Jan & Dan Team have our staging certification and this is a customary part of our pre-listing work with our clients.  We do the hard work up front, partnering with our seller clients; we go buy the “right” light fixture, we have amazing contractors who give our clients discounts on top level work, etc.  Call us 540.931.5050 and let’s talk about YOUR home!  We can’t wait to meet you and give your home the WOW factor so you receive the MOST $ when you sell!  Jan@JanandDanTeam.com

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Jan & Dan Team are now Bloggers

We are so excited to introduce you to our brand new blog site. This is your premier destination for the Real Estate happenings in Winchester, Virginia. We wont stop there though. This site will be filled with interior design ideas, recipes, entertaining information and more. We want this to be your one stop shop for all things Winchester. So stop by to check out new restaurants, things to do with the kids, or places to walk the dogs. You might as well bookmark this page, because there will be new blogs all the time from us at The Jan & Dan Team! We are so happy you are here!


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