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Tips for Leaf Season on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Tips for Leaf Season on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 24, 2018

Walden Pond Apartments, Lynchburg, VAThe Blue Ridge Parkway is an immensely popular destination for trips to see the leaves change in Autumn. Many residents of our apartments in Lynchburg, VA are planning for their leaf peeping trips now that Fall has arrived.

When will the leaves be at their peak Fall color on the Blue Ridge Parkway?

During the month of October, usually mid to late month, but it depends on your elevation. Leaves will begin changing first on the highest peaks and finish in the lower elevations.

There is no simple formula for predicting Fall color. The Parkway includes east and west facing slopes, and varies in elevation from just under 650 feet at James River in Virginia, to over 6,000 feet south of Mt. Pisgah in North Carolina.

Folks often find that they cannot go to one spot on one day in October, hoping to find the leaves in full color. A far better plan is to drive some distance along the Blue Ridge Parkway, changing elevations and north-south orientation. Any one who does this around mid to late October will likely catch at least some sections at or very near their peak color.

Why does Fall color vary year to year?

The intensity of Fall color and time of peak color vary and are determined by complex environmental factors, as well as the genetic makeup of the plants themselves. The “best” Fall color for an area occurs during the shortening days of autumn when days are bright, sunny and cool, when nights are cool but not below freezing, and when there has been ideal rainfall. Adequate rainfall also keeps the leaves on the trees longer and enhances the color. Wet, cloudy, warm weather or exceptionally low temperatures in early fall tend to mute the much anticipated autumnal display.

2018 Fall Color Updates

9/24/2018 Update - From the Blue Ridge Parkway

The first day of Fall was this on Saturday, 9/22! The official kickoff for the 2018 Fall Color Season has begun!

We headed up to the upper elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway this weekend to see how colors were progressing in the upper elevations, above 5000 foot.

Good news, they are!

As you approach 5,000 feet and above, you'll begin to see some yellow, oranges, and even a little read sprinkled in here and there. The higher up you go, the more color you can see. The primary color is still very much GREEN, but the change has definitely started and is noticeable!

We drove from Parkway from Waynesville NC up to Graveyard Fields, at MP418.5. Graveyard Fields is one of the first areas to change on the Parkway, due to the elevation, and unique type of foliage. It generally peaks during the first week in October, but seemed to be just a little behind this year.



Improve Your Credit Score by Renting

Improve Your Credit Score by Renting

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 17, 2018

Walden Pond Apartments, Lynchburg, VAOn-time payments are a solid way to build your credit score. Your payment history constitutes 35% of your credit score – the largest contributor among the five factors used in calculating your score.

Payments on most debts are reported to the three major credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) for inclusion in your credit report, and credit-scoring systems use that information to calculate your credit score. However, one regular payment for many Americans is reported to credit bureaus in a purely negative fashion. When renters are late on payments or evicted, that information is typically reported to credit bureaus – but regular, on-time payments are not.

If your credit score needs a little extra boost – or if regular rent payments are about the only good thing you have to report – rent reporting services such as Rental Kharma, RentTrack, ClearNow, and Pinch are available to supply the credit bureaus with your rental payment history, so you can reap credit-score benefits. (Obviously you'll need to make on-time payments to see those benefits).

Some property management groups are already connected with a rent-reporting service, where all you need to do is opt in. Check with your landlord to see what options are available. Otherwise, you'll have to work with one of the services directly. Walden Pond Apartments in Lynchburg, VA does report rent payments to credit agencies, thus helping tenants to improve their credit scores. In fact, all HHHunt properties report on-time rental payments.

As you evaluate services, check out the following:

Bureaus – Some services are linked directly with one of the three major credit bureaus. Others report to two bureaus, and a few (RentTrack, PayYourRent, and Pinch in particular) report to all three bureaus.More reporting of positive information increases the positive effect on your credit.

Fees – Services directly linked to a property management group, like PayLease or PayYourRent, may be free to you. Other fee structures vary from monthly flat fees to fees per transaction to variable charges based on your rent amount. Rent Reporters and RentTrack, among others, offer a potential quick credit boost by the addition of up to two years of past rental payment for a one-time fee.

Payment Logistics – What options do you have for payment? Are there options for linking to a debit/checking account or credit card? Does the reporting service require that you funnel rent payments through them, and if so, what are the timing and terms?

Service-Specific Details – Do you have to opt in to the service? How long should it take for rent payments to appear on your credit report? How is your personal information protected?

Landlord Requirements – Landlords may be required to verify your payments. Make sure your landlord is open to the responsibilities and verify with the rent-reporting company how any disputes with your landlord are handled.

Even if your regular rent payments are reported to the credit bureaus and incorporated on your credit report, your credit score may not be affected in the eyes of some lenders. There are several different score variations tailored for risk factors in specific industries.

To make the most out of your reported rent payments, ask lenders whether regular rent payments are included in your score. It may not make much difference, but every little bit counts when you are trying to get credit at reasonable interest rates in a competitive market.

For more information on apartments in Lynchburg, VA contact Walden Pond.



Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 13, 2018

Walden Pond Apartments, Lynchburg, VALynchburg officials have declared a local state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence. Residents need to prepare for heavy winds, rain, and potential flooding as a result of the hurricane that is headed toward the east coast.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management said Florence may be Virginia's most significant hurricane event in decades.

Lynchburg officials say to prepare now for the storm that is expected to hit Thursday and Friday -- make sure you have your hurricane preparedness kit.

Here are some of the items to include in an emergency kit:

Food and Supplies

  • At least a 3-day supply of water and non-perishable food
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and supplies

Medical Needs

  • Medications for at least one week and copies of prescriptions
  • Medical equipment
  • First aid kit and antibiotic ointment
  • Sunblock

Tools and Safety Items

  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Multipurpose tool
  • Hygiene and Sanitation
  • Antibacterial soap and disinfectant
  • Paper towels, toilet paper and towelettes
  • Bleach and rubbing alcohol
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Also, be sure to have an emergency communication plan set in place, including all contacts of those in your household, as well as relatives and neighbors.

Also, fire and police officials are asking you to stay home once the hurricane lands in Virginia and to not go outside to take photos.

There will be barricades up as the impacts from the hurricane start to happen, officials ask you to not drive around them or move them. Some barricades will be pre-positioned to block certain streets that may be prone to flooding.

Also, do not drive through standing water.

There is an expectation for power outages -- avoid downed power lines and downed trees. AEP will be on standby in the case of downed trees and power lines.

Recent heavy rains have resulted in the ground already being water logged and will set the stage for potential flooding, especially in low-lying areas of the city.

If evacuations are ordered, do your best to comply as there is no guarantee you can get emergency help if you choose not to leave.

You may call 911 for emergencies and 211 for non-emergencies.

If needed, shelter will be available at the Salvation Army on Park Ave, but it is not yet open.

You can call 1-800-RedCross for any information on shelters for relatives in other areas in the path of the storm.

Residents are also encouraged to sign up for Lynchburg Alerts, the City’s emergency notification system online.

All Virginia localities are being advised to prepare for possible flooding, downed trees and power interruptions.



Top Fall Decorating Trends for Your Apartment Home

Top Fall Decorating Trends for Your Apartment Home

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Walden Pond Apartments, Lynchburg, VAThe signs of fall are fast approaching: the first day of school, cooler weather on the way, football games and pumpkin spice lattes! We love autumn and it’s the perfect time to give your apartment in Lynchburg, VA a refreshed look. There are a number of fall decorating trends that are popular this year and we’ve got the top five trends for you:

Fall Hue Fabrics:

Not surprisingly, interior designers are going “all in” on fall hues and colors this season, according to Elle Decor. Oranges and reds will make a splash! You can add some pops of color with new pillows or curtains to give your home that quintessential fall look.

Gold Accents:

Speaking of colors making a comeback, gold is going to be big this autumn, but more muted. Gone are the days of highly polished and bright gold. Instead, muted gold accents with a brushed finish will add understated elegance to any room. What’s great is that this trend doesn’t have to be expensive and HGTV offers more details as part of its fresh fall trends.

Woven Textures:

Woven baskets and textiles provide a warm feeling that is so popular in colder months. Country Living notes many ways to incorporate woven textures in your home or apartment, from hanging baskets to using wicker stands for plants to hand-knit wool throws and more.

Pumpkins and Gourds:

Bringing nature indoors during fall, especially with pumpkins and gourds, is a tried and true fall decorating trend. Instead of spreading them around a table as a centerpiece, spice it up this year by using a rustic lantern to display pumpkins, gourds, and acorns. This statement piece is perfect outdoors or in the kitchen, according to the Simply Beautiful Kitchens Another creative idea is to display pumpkins and gourds in planters, flower boxes or hanging baskets.

Quick DIY Decorations:

Another major fall decorating trend is finding DIY solutions that are quick and easy so you can focus more time on enjoying this season. The Clean & Scentsible blog has a great list of fabulous fall décor projects that can be completed in less than 15 minutes. From dressed up printable artwork for fall to adding fun lights to a fall beverage bar, these DIY solutions will get the job done!

It’s how you live that matters. Feeling cozy and comfortable in your home or apartment is important and that’s what fall decorating is all about. These trends and tips will have your home looking, feeling, and even smelling like autumn. Have fun decorating!



Walden Pond Apartment Homes

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