Homes for Sale in Kingstowne VA

Selling Your Kingstowne Home - 5 Maintenance Items You Need To Do Prior To Listing

Selling Your Kingstowne Home - 5 Maintenance Items You Need To Do Prior To Listing

Home buyers are out in full force in the Kingstowne area – hello spring market! If you are going to sell your Kingstowne home this year tackling maintenance items before it goes on the market is key for a successful sale. Check out the below tips to get an idea of the areas you should be focusing on.

Service The HVAC – it’s guaranteed a home inspector will check the HVAC once your home goes under contract. Have it in tip-top shape before that happens. This is something you should have done twice a year as a homeowner to keep the system in good working order. Having the HVAC serviced before listing your home will not only have it ready for the home inspection it’s a chance for you to know upfront if any repairs are needed. If they are, take care of them prior to listing your home.

Check The Smoke Detectors – if you didn’t just change the batteries and test them when we went on daylight savings time make sure you do it before you list your home. This is another item a home inspector is guaranteed to check. If your smoke detectors are getting a yellow look to them it’s time for a replacement.

Deep Clean – this isn’t just your weekly dusting and vacuuming. We’re talking baseboards, molding, cabinets (including the top of them if they don’t go to the ceiling, all appliances, windows, floors, light fixtures, and ceiling fans. Every nook and cranny of your house needs to be cleaned when you’re doing a deep clean. You might want to hire a professional to tackle this task. If you decide to do it yourself break your house up into different sections and focus on one at a time. The details matter for a deep clean.

Organize The Garage – the garage is an area that becomes a catch-all for many homeowners. It’s also an area that’s frequently overlooked when selling a home. Showing buyers that every area of your home has been maintained is key to getting top dollar. Organize the garage and get rid of clutter. Do the walls have holes or cracks in them? Do they need painting? How does the floor look? Maybe it needs painting too. The garage shouldn’t look like a storage unit and is another area of your house that will need attention prior to going on the market.

Make The Exterior Shine – the first thing a potential buyer will see is the exterior of your home. Some buyers drive by a home before going for a tour and if it’s not appealing they never come to see the interior. Never underestimate the power of curb appeal. Trim bushes, mulch, clean the gutters, power wash, wash the exterior of the windows, clean the front door, replace the hardware if it’s worn, and look for any areas that need paint or repair.

Kingstowne home buyers are looking for homes that are well maintained inside and out. It takes time to properly prepare a home to go on the market and an eye for detail. Your investment of time and money towards the maintenance of your home before you go on the market will pay off in the form of strong offers and less time on the market. Have questions about preparing your home for the market? Contact me, Amanda Davidson at 703-431-3755 or 





The Crest of Alexandria A 55+ Community

The Crest of Alexandria A 55+ Community
The Crest of Alexandria is a community that’s been anxiously awaited by many. I drive by on my way to the office every day and while it took some time to get the actual building going they are off and running now. The community is located off Telegraph Road just a few minutes from Hilltop Village Center – home to the sought after Wegmans.


The Crest of Alexandria is being constructed on a portion of land that at one point was owned by Hilltop Golf. The Active Adult Community will be home to single family homes, townhomes with elevators, and condos. Once complete it will feature a clubhouse, outdoor kitchen, and yoga area. The clubhouse will be designed to offer social and wellness activities. There will be a fire pit, gardens, Koi pond, and walking trails. The Crest of Alexandria has been thoughtfully designed to encompass nature and serenity while still being minutes to daily conveniences.

We stopped by to check out the townhomes with elevators being constructed by Craftmark Homes. Lori Windsor the sales manager and I worked together in the past and it was great to catch up with her and get the grand tour. We were wowed to say the least – the attention to detail in the floorplan to cater to the 55+ client is impressive. Craftmark really thought out their product and it’s simply beautiful but, also quite functional.

On the ground level you’ll find a 2 car garage, mud room, workshop/flex room, powder room, and spacious rec room. You can take the stairs or the elevator to get to the second floor – your choice! It offers a kitchen fit for any entertainers dream, absolutely gorgeous, cabinet space galore, gas cooktop, Quartz countertops, and GE Stainless Steel appliances. The center island is perfect for gatherings and has room for everyone to sit and watch the chef prepare the meal. No being stuck in the kitchen and missing out on the fun here. The dining room is over 17’ x 12’ and we immediately pictured kids and grandkids gathering around for a family meal. Have a lot of friends you’d want to have over? Plenty of room for everyone to enjoy each other’s company. We can’t forget the family room with a gas fireplace on the 2nd level either, coming in at 22’ x over 13’ it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind or watch your favorite sporting event. Want to enjoy the outdoors? Just step out onto your covered terrace and enjoy the fresh air.

The 3rd floor really impressed us with its design as well – again take the stairs or the elevator to get there, your choice! The master suite is exceptional. It’s very apparent by its size and setup a lot of thought was put into it, including the walk-in closet that has space to accommodate even the biggest shopping fan. There are two additional bedrooms upstairs, the model is staged having one as an office but, both have ample space for queen size beds if you wanted to have two guestrooms. Having the laundry upstairs will be very convenient as well.

Our office is right up the street in Hilltop Village Center and we’ve been watching the neighborhood since they broke ground, it’s really starting to come to life. If you’d like to learn more about The Crest of Alexandria a 55+ community reach out to us. We always welcome questions and can arrange a private tour for you. Call 703-431-3755 to reach Amanda or email


Top 3 Features That Can Sell Your Kingstowne VA Home

With new and future construction reshaping Kingstowne VA, remodeling is key to your home selling success.

Not only will remodeling put back more cash in your pocket, but it will also turn your home buyers into the happiest campers. Win-win!

The good news is you don't have to break the bank to spruce up homes for sale in Kingstowne VA. If cash flow is an issue, you need only to focus on top three home essentials that most buyers are clamoring for.

These features topped home buyers' "Most Wanted" essentials list in the 2016 Housing Preferences Across Generations report of the National Association of Home Builders.

What are these top three essential home features that will help you sell your Kingstowne VA house today?


Laundry room is a #1 home essential

Did you know that almost 50% of home buyers consider a laundry room as a home essential in Kingstowne VA homes for sale? So essential that this ranked #1 in the NAHB report across all generations of buyers.

Who wouldn't, when everyone needs clean clothes?

While laundromats abound in Kingstowne VA, it's almost inconceivable to visit one, especially with a family of three or more.

Imagine its laundry day but the weather won't cooperate, the baby's getting colicky or an emergency needs attending to. Those unwashed clothes will pile up.

With a laundry room, clothes can be washed anytime, day or night, colic or no colic. Likewise, unfolded garments can be kept here until they're ready to be folded and stored away--all without the unsightly mess.


Get an Energy Star®-rated ceiling fan

Among 86% of home buyers, 44% of them across all generations ranked this fixture as a home essential.

If you'd like to give this a go in your remodeling plans, consider getting an Energy Star®-rated appliance. This type of appliance, according to the report, is a top choice among Millennial’s, Gen X'ers, Baby Boomers and Seniors, alike.

In general, all groups gave a two thumbs-up to Energy Star®-rated appliances. When it comes to energy consumption in your house for sale in Kingstowne VA, give them a reason to tick that box in their “Most Wanted” list.

When it comes to saving energy at home, these tick another box in their "Most Wanted" list.


Place a full bath on the main level

Again, based on the 2016 Housing Preferences Across Generations report, having a full bath on the main level is enough to influence home buyers' purchasing decision. Nearly half of 86% of home buyers will seriously consider buying your home if this one feature alone is present.

Home owners who love to entertain guests think this home feature is a must. Guest rooms located on the main level with a full bath would truly be a nice added touch in houses for sale in Kingstowne VA 22315.

Before you begin remodeling your home, give me a call and we can go over these home improvements in detail. I want to help you sell your home fast! Take the first step in the right direction. Call me, Amanda Davidson, at 703-431-3755.