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The Home Front April 2019

 

Welcome

  • Hope everyone is enjoying the spring weather! We would just like to say welcome to our April tenants who are new with us. Our goal is to make your rental feel like a home!

Go Green

  • April 22nd is Earth Day! Be sure to go out and raise awareness of how to keep the earth healthy! “The world is full of nice people. If you can’t find one, be one”. – Nishan Panwar

Social Media

  • We have various types of rentals becoming available, so be sure to look for our Facebook and Instagram pages, along with our website to find the rental most suitable for you!

April Birthdays

  • Paul Fitzpatrick, Shaquille Ward, Samantha Rozenblum, Joe Williams, Mary Strange, Deshawn Whirley, Elizabeth White, Nicholas Collins, Cody Tyree, Mary Herbert, Qjoyia Crews, Tiffany Rowles, Samantha Buck, Aaron Kalinowski, Makenzie Smith, Duane Ballard Jr., Marcie Krueger, Mary McAlexander.

Our Services

  • Inspections: Routine property inspections are completed by experienced professionals to ensure your property is well maintained!
  • Rent Collections: We offer a variety of methods to pay rent, whether it be online or in person, we guarantee payment is credited immediately!
  • One-Stop-Shop: We have trained real estate agents that can help you take that next step from renting to one day owning your own home!

Spring Cleaning Tips

  • Make a Schedule: Have a plan for what areas of your home you want cleaned so that you don’t fall behind!
  • Declutter: Organizing your clutter around the house will give you peace of mind and a sense of accomplishment!
  • Top to Bottom: Start with your ceiling and work your way down; this will bring all debris and dust towards your floor, so no need to reclean!
  • Bathroom & Kitchen: Don’t forget these areas as they tend to be utilized more by guests as well as yourself!

The Home Front – WFLP Property Management – March 2019

Mint Chocolate Lasagna

  • This no-bake dessert features an Oreo cookie base followed by a mint cream cheese layer and has another layer with chocolate pudding. This holiday dessert is the perfect ending to any meal and can be stored and replicated in many way!
  • Ingredients: 1 pack of Oreo’s, 6 tbsp. butter, 8 oz. cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp. peppermint extract, green food dye, 12 oz. whipped topping, 2 boxes of chocolate pudding, 3 cups milk, and 1/4 cup crushed chocolate mints.
  • Directions: Crush Oreo’s and mix with melted butter. Beat cream cheese, sugar, and peppermint and fold in 1 cup of whipped topping. Add in food coloring and spread over Oreo crust. Whisk pudding and milk until thick and pour over cheesecake. Garnish with mint chocolates and store in refrigerator and enjoy!

Announcements

  • Welcome: We want to welcome our new tenants to WFLP! It is our pleasure to serve you!
  • Social Media: Be sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram pages, along with our website to stay up to date on all things WFLP!
  • Warmer Days Ahead: Spring is right around the corner! The last day of winter is March 20th, so put those jackets away and embrace the sunny days ahead!
  • Giveaways: Stay posted on our social media accounts to learn more about potential giveaways!

March Birthdays

  • We would like to wish all of our tenants born in March a Happy Birthday!
  • Ashley Harris, Alexis Petty, Maria Coyner, Meghan Moran, Angela Ware, Kaleen Moon, William Coyner, Sara O’ Brien, Cassidy Hall, Katherine Corwin, Oliver Rosenberger, Caroline Morton, Chelsey Greenwood, Jacob Williams, Vernell Hodge, Lynnea Kalinowski, Emily Dozier, and Crystal Proctor!

Spring Cleaning

  • With Spring right around the corner, here are some cleaning tips to ensure your home is well kept and void of dust, clutter, and other winter residue.
  • Make a Schedule: Spring cleaning can be an overwhelming task, however, by setting a schedule and detailing what needs to be done, this “chore” can be a fun experience!
  • Declutter: An unorganized home can be stressful on the mind, but by taking time to organize your clothes and closets, sort out that junk drawer we all have, and dusting off months of old residue, you can come home to a stress-free environment!
  • Fresh Start: Spring is the perfect time to go through your home and replace old towels, pillows, table cloths, and other household accessories with bright, vibrant colors that bring in the start of a new season!

Ways To Beautify Your Rental Property

How To Decorate Rental Property

For starters, the choice between renting or buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make, therefore, it is important to weigh both the positives and negatives of each option. Renting gives you the flexibility to move around easier if circumstances such as a new job or family emergency were to take place than if you were to try selling your home in order to move. However, owning a home provides major tax advantages while giving you a fixed mortgage payment so that you know exactly how much you are spending monthly, as opposed to renting, where there are no tax benefits and rent amounts can change constantly. Regardless, we will be looking from a renter’s perspective on how to modify the home you rent without breaking the bank.

Storage Hacks and Decorative Ideas

Making your rental feel like your personal home can be a daunting, often expensive task, however, there are ways to construct the interior of your home, specifically using storage hacks that can create more space for you to do some decorating. One method of utilizing storage space is using pocket organizers; these are sets of pouches that allow you to store whatever loose items you have around the house into an organized area. Another storage hack that can make your home more comfortable is to gather any loose items that you’re unsure what to do with and store them between books on bookshelves to create more loose symmetry. Along with storage hacks, there are plenty of decorative ideas that can eliminate clutter while opening up for space. One method of decoration is to multi-purpose pieces of furniture such as coffee tables or ottomans; these fill out the home without taking up too much space. Another way to decorate is by repainting the interior of the home, however, seek permission from your landlord first because failure to do so could result in losing your security deposit.

Creating Your Personal Quiet Area

Every home should have it is own space that allows the tenant to relax and unwind after a long, stressful day. This part of the home is the most important because unlike the rest of your home, this area is suited just for you, not anyone else, so it is important to spend extra time decorating it how you see fit. Although this room can be whatever you want it to be, having the proper furniture, lighting, sheets, and stationary are all important details that the majority, if not all quiet areas have. Mixing these key pieces of your quiet space with a proper color scheme are what makes the area personable to you. Taking the extra time to make this space your own is the first step in making your rental feel like a home.

Going Green

Utilizing plants throughout a home are a necessity for sprucing up your living space, especially during the winter months where there are no signs of green anywhere. Plants such as geraniums, rubber trees, and peace lilies are great additions to the home that also improve indoor air quality. What is also beneficial about having plants in your home is that they can be placed just about anywhere, so modifying rooms is not as stressful. Not only is going green innovative for the inside of your home, but on the outside as well; utilizing items such as colorful flowers can liven up the home and make it more inviting. Items such as bright lights, umbrellas, and furniture provide an exterior design that will make guests feel welcome.

These are just a few ways to make the task of making a rental your home as stress-free as possible!

 

The Home Front – WFLP Property Management – February 2019

Flooding Concerns

There has been an enormous amount of rainfall so far this year and many people may have troubles with constant flooding inside their home. Here are some facts and tips that can reduce and may even eliminate the future chances of flooding in your home.

  • Lynchburg received 65.70 inches of precipitation in 2018, shattering the previous record of 59.71 inches in 1972. The annual amount of precipitation for this area is 41.57 inches, while the record-breaking amount was a whopping 58% higher in 2018.
  • Flooding ranks number one in the United States in natural disasters and there is a 25% risk of a flood damaging your home within a 30 year period.
  • Ensuring quality water runoff is key to preventing flooding from impacting your home. Cleaning your gutters and inspecting your downspouts to guarantee they are facing the right direction is key in maintaining good water runoff.
  • Check for leaks and dark spots under your pipes and inside cabinets, along with water stains on ceilings. Any loose windows or missing shingles should be monitored to prevent larger problems from arising.

Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew can arise when there is a lingering wet surface in the home that goes untreated. Both are considered health hazards, so it is important that you eliminate these issues as soon as they become apparent. However there are differences between the two. Below are the basics on the differences between Mold and Mildew and some tips on how they can be treated.

  • Mold: Is a green or black fungus that results from tiny, airborne spores that lodge and grow in damp areas.
  • Mildew: Is a more grayish, white color spore and is more common than mold. This type of fungus is easily treatable with typical household cleaners and a scrubbing brush.
  • Common remedies: To eliminate mold and mildew include the use of chlorine bleach, hydrogen peroxide, distilled vinegar, as well as baking soda with borax. These formulas can be used to stop internal and external growth while strongly decreasing the chances of them appearing again.

Golf Tournament Fundraiser

WFLP will be hosting it’s first ever charity Holes for Homes Night Golf Tournament on April 26th from 4:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.! All proceeds from this event will go to both Gleaning For the World and Miriam’s House. Both of these charities have made huge impacts in our community and now it’s our turn to give back to them! Details about this event can be found below.

  • Two ways to participate: An individual can pay $100 for 18 holes, or there can be teams of four that pay $400 for 18 holes.
  • What’s included: Individuals or teams who play will also be given an event shirt, a catered dinner, gift bags, and chances to win door prizes and other awards.
  • Sponsors: Those who want to sponsor can either pay $200 for 9 holes, or $300 for 18 holes. This is a great way to interact with golfers and to network your own business! Sponsors have the privilege of placing booths, signs, and giveaways at your designated hole!
  • How to buy: Tickets are currently available on our Facebook page, so be sure to check us out and stay posted on any updates we make!

Announcements

We hope you all have had a great start to 2019! Here are some announcements to keep you up to date with what’s going on with WFLP Property Management.

  • Welcome to all new tenants: We endeavor to offer the best services a Property Management Company can offer!
  • Thank you: Thanks for helping us reach 600 likes on our Facebook page! Your support of our social media pages it is greatly appreciated. If you have questions or would like to see a specific topic include, let us know!
  • Congratulations Justin Gaver: Justin was the most recent winner of our last newsletter giveaway. He received gift cards to Biscuitville. Be sure to follow up with our newsletter so that you have the chance at being our next winner!
  • WFLP is growing: We are fortunate to be able to offer more residential opportunities, each month, here in the Central Virginia area. For more information about these new rentals, visit our website, our Facebook and Instagram pages, or give us a call at the (434) 660-9092 and we will be happy to assist!

Benefits of the WFLP Website

WFLP Property Management offers state-of-the-art, superior Customer Service to for the benefit of our tenants. Many of you are already taking advantage the services provided but, for those of you that haven’t given it a try, here are some of the benefits that our website makes available to you.

  • Pay your rent online: Quick and simple. No checks lost in the mail. Immediate Credit. No trips across town to pay at the office. Open 24/7!
  • Make maintenance requests online: As quickly as sending an email, your maintenance request is forwarded to the proper Agent and time/date stamped to assure prompt professional service. With the inclusion of your cell phone number, we can set appointments, at your convenience and keep you update on the progress of your repairs.
  • See available homes first – Before the new listings are even advertised, you can find them here!

February Birthdays

We would like to wish all of our tenants with a birthday in February a Happy Birthday!

  • Lindsay Hayden, Munsha Mulenga, Janice Megginson, Saharai Ortega, Matthew Burnside, Ashley Willis, Larry Gallihugh, Michael Gallihugh, Lexi Preston, Pamela Grubbs, Damian Garrett, Perry Young, Allison Towriss, Shakirah Coles, Gloria Rucker, Hunter Fussell, Christian Nava, Sha’mya Ware.

Your Pocket Guide To Renter’s Insurance

If you rent your home or plan to rent a home in the future, you need to do serious research on Renter’s Insurance. We’ll give you a start here with the basics.

According to industry experts, Renter’s Insurance is one of the most under utilized forms of financial protection available on the market. However, it is becoming more important daily and, thankfully, it is quite inexpensive. The typical policy runs about $15 or $20 per month and, when researching this article, we found policies as low as $4 per month (but there are restrictions…read on).

So…What is Renter’s Insurance?

Simply put…Renter’s Insurance is Stuff Protection. Whether you realize it or not, your personal belongings (furniture, clothes, electronics…) are not insured by your Landlord. This may seem to be a way of avoiding liability by the property owner but, in fact, the Landlord (nor anyone) can legally insure property that does not belong to them. Unfortunately for the Tenant, in the event of a catastrophic event (fire, hurricane,flood…), their belongings will be at risk. In today’s world, major weather events are becoming commonplace. As Property Manager’s, we have been witness to severe storm damage that resulted in thousands of dollars worth of personal property losses. For this reason alone, Renter’s Insurance has become the “new normal” in the Residential Rental Market.

But there are many other reasons to cover yourself with Renter’s Insurance. Here are a few:

  1. THEFT – Protect yourself against the dishonesty of others. Many items, that we take for granted and would be very difficult to replace and are quite expensive. Consider your cell phone or your computer…
  2. LIABILITY – What if you, or one of your friends, tripped over a table leg and suffered an injury? You could incur thousands of dollars worth of medical bills or, worse yet, be sued by the Insurance Company of your injured friend (service professional, cleaning service…).
  3. TEMPORARY LODGING – In a case that requires that you seek temporary lodging due to a storm or mechanical failure that renders your premises unlivable, your Renter’s Insurance can relieve the financial burden that would result (Laundry, meals, transportation…). BUT…Most Policies do not cover earthquakes or flood damage.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             **As a word of warning…Insurance Companies have broadened their definition of what constitutes flood damage. Flood Plains are less relevant today. Insurance Company “floods” can happen at the top of a hill, miles from any free flowing water source (creek, river, lake, ocean…). Prolonged periods of rain, causing ground saturation, that eventually soaks through the foundation, will likely be considered a flood by the Insurance Company….even without a puddle in sight…and thus, not their problem…

Hopefully, the minimal cost of these policies, will make Renter’s Insurance an option for you. Peace of mind helps most renters accept the expense of the premium payments but there are ways to reduce the expense if you choose to narrow the coverage options within your policy.

Perils?!

Renter’s Insurance Policies come in two basic forms…either “All Perils” or “Named Perils”. This may be the most important question that you ask your agent. For lack of a better definition, “Perils” are the events that would constitute a “covered” loss. The standard recommendation for Residential Rental Properties is “All Perils”. Obviously, this is the most comprehensive policy. It covers the widest range of possibilities of loss. MAKE SURE, however, that you get a list of these “Perils” and consider them as it relates to your property. Ask Your Agent About Water Back Up Coverage! If there are floor drains or below grade sewage lines, this may be very important. In some cases, Riders may be included on your policy to cover additional circumstances not specifically mentioned in the original policy. The most common examples of this type of Rider, would be for jewelry and high priced electronics etc. Items, such as these, tend to be small and expensive. They are more likely to turn up “missing” and are normally easy to dispose of by an individual who may have removed them from the premises. This additional risk of loss makes these Riders more expensive than coverage amounts allocated to more typical items. Conversely, in a “Named Perils” Policy, you can reduce your cost by eliminating possible events that could result in loss. For example, if you rent a home in a high security building, maybe you could eliminate the Theft portion of your policy (and the associated cost). Perhaps, if you feel that there is no possibility of someone getting hurt in your home, you could opt out of Liability coverage. Insurance Companies have different options. Pick what’s best for you!

RENTER’S INSURANCE IS A SMART WAY FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS AND YOUNG MARRIED     COUPLES TO PROTECT THEIR ASSETS

Don’t make the mistake that many people do, and think the owner of your apartment or the Management Company will have an insurance policy that covers you and your belongings. Fact is, their insurance will cover the physical home but not your possessions or your liability.

Most residential rentals require some form of coverage before the lease is signed. Ours does… Most Management Companies can provide you with contacts to arrange for this coverage. It would be a good idea to factor this expense into your budget when looking for a place to live. Many providers can also help you reduce your cost by bundling your Renter’s Insurance with your Auto Policy. In the case of our company, there is a link provided on our Tenant Portal where, you can arrange for a policy (We do not participate with the Agent or profit from this service, in any way).

Renter’s Insurance has become a modern day necessity for anyone in leased living space. Protect Yourself!

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Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite!

“Good Night…Sleep Tight…Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite!”

For many of us, this little quip was followed by a quick pinch from Mom, a few giggles and lights out. Until recent years, this was the extent of most people’s Bed Bug knowledge. Unfortunately today, Bed Bugs are no longer just an innocent bedtime pinch. They are a growing health concern, no matter where you live.

Bed bugs are not a new problem. They have existed as human parasites for thousands of years. In the early 1940s, they were nearly eradicated in the developed world as a result of advancing science and health practices. Unfortunately, since then, the prevalence of these parasitic creatures has increased due to pesticide resistance, bans on newly developed pesticides (effective but considered a health risk for other reasons), and the increase of international travel.

It is not our purpose, here, to waste your time with a History or Science lesson. We’ll leave that to Wikipedia. Our intention is to offer you relevant information that helps you when you need it. It has been our experience that Bed Bugs are generally not a topic of conversation until a problem already exist. So, here is a basic explanation of how Bed Bug problems arise and a common sense approach of what to do if this happens to you.

First, How do I know if I have a Bed Bug problem?
Generally, the first, obvious, sign of Bed Bugs is personal. Bed Bugs feed primarily on human blood. Although, they will attach to other warm blooded animals, it is rare. These creatures feed on blood so they tend to follow the food “trail”…in this case a vein. Bites tend to come in clusters and those clusters will be located along, visible veins. These bites normally happen when the host (the human) is sedentary for a prolonged period of time. Obvious sedentary times would include sleeping in the bed and “couch potato” sessions. These bites will appear red and leave small spots (blood) on your sheets, upholstered furniture or clothes. Bed Bugs only feed a couple of times a week, so catching them in the act isn’t the same as swatting a mosquito or a horsefly. Bed Bugs are nocturnal, so they generally feed at night. When they have satisfied themselves, they return to the “colony”. These gathering spots probably normally won’t be evident until the problem is already out of hand, so visual evidence of the bugs is best achieved through human ingenuity…Take a flashlight to bed with you. During the night, if you feel a bite, an itch or the sensation of something foreign on your body, check out the spot with your flashlight.  Bed Bugs do not move quickly. They can be spotted. Eventually, left untreated, you will see patches of bug feces and/or clusters of the bugs, themselves. Typically these spots are around the seams of upholstered furniture (beds, sofas…) and adjacent to moldings on the walls.

What’s Next? What do you do if you discover that you have a Bed Bug problem?
Your first, best instinct is to Get Out! … but you need to be prudent. The last thing that you want to do is make this problem worse by not taking the proper precautions, and spreading this infestation to another location. Before you vacate the premises, you should take these steps, if possible:

1) Determine, or develop, a bug free path from your shower to the exterior of your home.
2) Find clean, uninfected clothing for anyone in the affected area.
3) Strip all beds and remove all clothing from anyone in the affected area. If available, put these items in a washer on the hottest setting available.
4) Have everyone on the premises take a thorough, hot shower. When done, dress in the pre-selected clean garments, follow your clean path and Get Out!
5) Once out, immediately call an Exterminator, your Landlord, Sales Agent or Property Management Company.

 

A can of Raid isn’t going to help you here. This problem will require the assistance of a professional and the sooner you make this call, the better your chance of salvaging your possessions, left on the premises.

Now the Detective work. How did this happen?
Things like structural damage, sewage disposal problems, no heat, no water, no roof, etc., are all issues that would violate the implied warranty of habitability and must be corrected before transferring a property to a new inhabitant. These problems are evident through inspection. Unfortunately, Bed Bugs often are not. Bed Bug problems, unless they are quite advanced, will be undetected by visual inspection. With no indication of a problem, there can be no treatment.

So, in order to solve this problem and prevent a recurrence, the best course of action (aside from treatment) is to find the source. In most cases, Bed Bugs are transported into the affected area by humans. Other animals may bring the creatures but it is rare. They also may arrive in traded (used) furniture or in shared clothing. Bed Bugs will not, independently, invade your domicile. They must be transported in. The incubation period is reasonably short; normally not more than a month. Backtrack the stops made by the members of your household or visitors to your home prior to the outbreak. Places that service itinerant people are the most common sources. Hotels, Motels and Group Shelters are good examples of likely sources. Most people assume that the source is an unhealthy or unsanitary looking place but this is far from the truth. Bed Bugs don’t pay rent or make mortgage payments. They merely hitch a ride with a host and travel with that host to a new location. Once in that new location, a new colony is formed. Make inquiries about the suspected, source locations. Unfortunately, there is a societal shame associated with Bed Bugs. You may find that the people responsible for these suspected sources will not be forthcoming about this issue. In these cases, a warning that a problem exist may, at least, make the people at these locations more vigilant about the possibilities of their own infestation.

If the problem has arisen in your residence, it is possible that the insects were there prior to your move-in. However, because the incubation period is short and the Bed Bugs require a food source to survive, it is far less likely than the ways, mentioned, above…but it is not impossible. If you begin to see evidence, shortly after your move-in, make inquiries immediately. Check your furniture and clothing. It is just as possible that the bugs came with you. However, the longer a place has been vacant (ceased to provide a food source), the less likely that this will be a suitable living environment for Bed Bugs. A few weeks of vacancy will normally solve the problem but, in rare cases, gestation and incubation periods may have begun very close to the prior resident’s move out and an alternative food source has been found. In a worst case scenario, there could be undetected Bed Bugs in your new residence, up to 60 days after the prior residents have moved out. A standard cleaning of the premises, after their departure, would not have much affect on an existing colony. In all likelihood, however, if you didn’t see evidence during your first few weeks in the residence, the parasites were imported through one of the sources, mentioned above. At this point, any infestation should lead you to investigate your movements, as well as any of the movements your co-residents, friends or family that may have visited you during the time period in question.

Step 3…Treatment!
Treatment to eradicate Bed Bug Problems is almost always the biggest source of contention. The treatment, though effective, is costly and, generally, requires that the residents find other accommodations during that period. Depending on the level of infestation and the number of rooms affected, this period could mean weeks…sometimes up to a month. Your “soft” furniture, in the contaminated area, will almost certainly be lost. These items should be covered in plastic and disposed of, properly, to avoid the spread of the problem. You should be able to save your clothing with a thorough, hot wash. Bag your garments as they come from the washer and remove them from the premises immediately. Hard surfaces (tables, bed frames, TVs etc) are treatable by the Exterminator.

This leaves the infestation victim in a tough spot. Who Pays?…
Secondary accommodations, new furniture, bedding and Exterminators are expensive and inconvenient. Unfortunately, if you have lived in this residence for more than a few weeks, the burden will probably fall on you. Of course, no one believes that they could be the source of the problem…And in your favor, no one will ever be able to prove that you brought the bed bugs into the infected area. For all anyone knows they were already in the house when you got there (assuming that you have recently moved in). HOWEVER…this ALSO means that there is no proof that they were already in the house when you got there and, for all anyone knows, you brought the Bed Bugs with you when you moved in. Either is a plausible scenario and, when these cases end up in Court, that is normally the finding.

Although there are, undoubtedly, unscrupulous people that knowingly rent/sell infested property, in most cases the Owner (or their Agent) makes a living in this industry. It is in their best interest to avoid these scenarios by delivering a clean property. If you suspect that there is a problem, it is always the best choice to IMMEDIATELY contact the Property Owner or their Agent. Cost to correct this problem will rise with each day you wait before beginning treatment. In cases where responsibility is in question, negotiated settlements are possible. Early detection and warning will abate cost and increase the likelihood of a shared settlement.

In a nutshell…Be Vigilant, Be Prudent, Be Pro-Active and Follow the Steps Listed Above. Money is always an issue but embarrassment or disbelief in the existence of the problem will only make it worse. Worry about the money after you are cleanly and safely out of the infected area.

**In the interest of complete disclosure, it should be understood that, the Author of this post represents a Property Management Firm. A Property Manager represents the Landlord. The Management Company not only has a shared, legal, obligation with the Landlord, to provide the public with safe and sanitary living conditions but they are also held to higher standards by Governmental and licensing authorities than Landlords representing themselves.

 

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FIND YOUR HOME IN LYNCHBURG, VA

Considering a move to Lynchburg, VA?

Let us help to get you started in the right direction. Let’s start with some basics!

 

Lynchburg, is an economically and culturally diverse medium-sized city located in the middle of the state in, an area appropriately named, Central Virginia. Lynchburg has approximately 80,000 residents and 24 recognized, constituent neighborhoods. Lynchburg is the 14th largest community in Virginia.

Lynchburg’s economy is diverse, with a healthy split between white and blue-colar vocational opportunities.  Generally, Lynchburg is a city of professionals, sales and office workers,  service providers, manufacturing/production employees and infra-structure support workers. Lynchburg, maybe most importantly, is a college town. The growth and recent revitalization of our more prominent local educational institutions has become a core industry in Central Virginia. The growth of Liberty University, Randolph College, Lynchburg College and the recent revitalization of Sweet Briar College not only creates opportunity in the education field but also in all other areas that support them. Building and expansion keeps our construction workers busy. The growth of the student population keeps the retail and restaurant community prosperous. In a mirror image to the growth and development of the City, Centra has built one of the largest and most respected Healthcare Systems to be found anywhere. As the City grows, Centra builds, expands and imports more healthcare workers.  To it’s credit, Lynchburg has a, largely, symbiotic relationship within it’s region of influence.

The presence of the student population allows Lynchburg residents to experience many of the advantages of a larger city without the problems and congestion that comes with life in larger population centers. On average, citizens spend only 18.38 minutes commuting each day. Not coincidentally, the overall education level of Lynchburg citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.07% of adults in Lynchburg have at least a bachelor’s degree. The average American community has only 21.84%. Also, Lynchburg has more residents who work in the areas of Computers and Math than 95% of the places in the US.  The per capita income in Lynchburg in 2010 was $21,650, which is lower middle income relative to Virginia, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $86,600 for a family of four. Lynchburg has grown substantially in the past eight years and the income numbers have certainly moved upward.

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