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House Hunting In Bedford, Lynchburg, and Roanoke VA

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What is the best way to go about finding your next home? Well, Bedford and the surrounding areas covers a lot of miles. Bedford County is the third largest county in Virginia. The best thing to do first could be to determine where exactly is it that you want to be? Where do you work and what kind of commute are you willing to commit to? What are the schools like in the different areas of Bedford and where do you want your children to attend? Are you a city or county employee? You may be required to live in the City of Bedford or in Bedford County. You may prefer views of the Peaks of Otter and Blue Ridge Mountains or maybe the southern county near Smith Mountain Lake will suit you better.

The best thing to do after being pre-qualified by a lender is to start looking around on the internet, maybe in the newspaper, ask friends and family if they know of any homes that they may know of that could meet your needs. Make a list. Plan a Sunday drive. Do some evaluating of neighborhoods, homes, locations, drive time to your necessities: groceries, gym, shopping, work, schools, etc.

When you have a solid list of homes that meet the “Curb Appeal” test: you like the house and you ready to see the inside and move forward in considering this property seriously, call your agent and set up a time to go see the properties that interest you.

Who should you bring with you?

If you’re married, bring your spouse. You will both need to see it. You may choose to make this life altering decision by yourself but it may not be a good long term move.

Do not bring your parents. No matter how old you are, your parents tend to have a hard time letting go and they will have a hard time approving of any property you may just love. This is YOUR home. You need to make this decision. Now, you may some great parents who just want to see where you’re moving and then, by all means bring them over. Your inspector will tell you if the house is solid.

So, once the home has passed the curb appeal test and you are going to see the property, take a quick look through to see if there is enough room, you like the floor plan, your furniture may fit. Don’t worry about the carpet and paint right now. That can be changed. Do you like to cook? Make sure the kitchen is big enough. Don’t like to cook? You may want a smaller kitchen so you don’t have to clean it. If there is something going on that is small: light fixtures, a rip in the vinyl flooring, that can be fixed. If the rooms on either side of a load bearing wall are too small, that is an issue we can’t get around easily. Whatever you’re looking for, be sure to keep an open mind because you may be surprised at what you thought you wanted and what you ended up buying.

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The Loop, Bedford VA

Bedford,Va Oak
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In Bedford VA, there is an area the locals call the “LOOP”. Its 2.8 miles of sidewalk people use for walking and exercise. Its not uncommon to see people walking with pets or by themselves at all hours of the day or night and this is the same area the Bedford YMCA uses for their Christmas Classic race each year.
This area is perfect for walking /jogging as it has several rolling hills while passing many of Bedford best historical homes. For my map, I have set the starting point at the corner of Whitfield Dr. and Peaks st, as you head northeast on Whitfield you pass several contemporary homes while enjoying a slight downward slope.  As you turn the bend and ascend the first hill, you approach the Bedford Memorial Hospital and by looking to your left shoulder, you have a great view of the Peaks (Sharp Top and Flat Top Mountain). In this area you walk levels off and provides an easy area before you start the next hill.
Turn right on Oakwood and enjoy a mixture of well maintained homes with green plush lawns divided by churches. Bedford has a large amount of beautifully design churches with a variety of denominations. 1st Baptist church of Bedford is along this stretch of Oakwood, with its steeple towering high above its traditionally designed structures. Across the street is the Catholic Church which has a modern A frame design but is a work of art in its own design. A little bit further down the street is Oakwood. A 18th century painted frame home with grandiose columns that stretch two stories. Next, turn right onto Longwood and enjoy some of the most amazing homes Bedford has to offer. This 6 block area is a nice stroll with many fantastic homes to see along the way.
Right after the middle school, you turn on Peaks st (called Peaks as its the main road to the Peaks of Otter). You are greeted by more historical homes, this road almost works like a time-line of older to newer architecture. Finaly arriving at your starting point.
A insider will also tell you going the reverse directions provide a bit more of a challenge.