House Selling Tips in Kingstowne VA

Should I List My Home In The Winter Or Wait Until Spring?

Is The Winter A Good Time To List My Home
 

 

A question I frequently receive this time of year from sellers is should I list my home now or wait until spring. My answer is it depends – the decision should be based on your personal circumstances and what the current market conditions are in the area your home is located.

There are a lot of sellers that think waiting until spring is best but, if you know you want to sell in the spring it is a good idea to contact your agent now and find out what the local market conditions are in your area.

What if very few homes are for sale? It’s proven that when there’s less of something available it sells for more money and homes are no exception.

The myth that homes don’t sell during the winter seems to continue and the truth is that’s just not accurate. Real estate doesn’t stop during the winter. I think because in our area it gets cold and people spend more time inside it causes sellers to think that it’s not a good time to sell. This just isn’t accurate and it may even be easier to sell between January – March than it is in June – August.
 


Things To Consider When Selling Your Home In The Winter

If you are going to sell your house listing in the winter can lead to favorable results. The holidays are over and life isn’t as busy as it was for the last month giving you a little more time to decide when to list your home for sale. Before you decide to list your home in the winter there are a couple of things to consider.

 

Inventory Is Often Lower In The Winter

Let’s think about how many sellers wait until spring to list. More homes on the market equate to more competition for your home. Inventory in Kingstowne and many other areas in Alexandria is extremely low right now. Fewer homes for buyers to choose from plays in your favor.

Homes that are listed in the winter often sell quickly and for an excellent price; all of which are factors to consider when determining if you want to list before April. All markets are local but, speaking on Kingstowne I have found listing just before the spring rush is a great time to sell.

Many sellers are convinced that winter is a bad time to sell and that impacts how many homes are on the market. There are also homes that never sold during the summer and even the fall that have been pulled from the market with the intent to be relisted. Some even state in the remarks they’ll be relisted in the spring.

Our MLS requires a home to be off the market for 90 days before the days on the market will reset and the majority of the sellers who withdrew their home will wait for the 90 days to pass to reset the days on the market.
 


Buyers Are Motivated In The Winter

Keeping the cold temperatures in mind and the overall decline in activity that comes with winter in our area – buyers who are out and about looking for a home during the winter are more motivated than many of the buyers who are out on a beautiful and warm spring day.

Buyers are working with their own agent and they know that winter isn’t the most popular time for home sales but, yet there’s a reason they’re still out looking. Maybe they’re relocating, they may be motivated by the recent decrease in interest rates, and they may have a life change that causes them to need a bigger or a smaller home. There’s an endless list of reasons they could be out looking but, it’s safe to say a nice day to cruise around and enjoy the beautiful weather isn’t one of them. They are serious about purchasing a home.
 


It Gets Dark Early In The Winter

You might be thinking what the heck does that have to do with selling my home. Once it gets dark it’s not a good time for a buyer to see a home. I’m not saying you won’t have some appointment requests after dark but, you’re far less likely to have late evening appointments during the winter than the spring and summer. When I’m representing a buyer I discourage showings after dark because without light you can’t truly see all of the home or get a feel for it.

Winter will provide you with a little more flexibility and peace of mind that you’ll be able to maintain your daily schedule, especially in the evenings than if you sell during the spring.

 

Corporate Relocation Peaks In January

Corporate transfers happen year round but, they peak in January. Buyers who are being transferred for work are not only on a set timeframe they’re also highly motivated. This won’t apply to markets where people don’t tend to be transferred to for work but, in our market, it’s definitely something to consider. The more buyers interested in your home the better, and knowing that January is the most popular month for corporate transfers can mean more potential buyers for your home.

 

Closing Thoughts

Real estate is local and every market varies so if you are trying to decide whether it’s best for you to sell your home during the winter or wait until spring you should consult with a local agent who has a proven successful track record selling homes in your area and who is someone you trust. Receiving the best advice based on your personal circumstances and local market conditions will ultimately help guide you on what decision is best for you.
 

Additional Resources 
Winter Curb Appeal Tips from multiple real estate professionals – article by Inlanta Mortgage

Tips For Winterizing A Vacant Home – article by RISMedia 

 

 

2018 Kingstowne Home Sales Market Review

2018 Kingstowne Home Sales Market Review

The tune of it being a seller’s market played in Kingstowne throughout 2018. Final numbers show that the number of homes sold remained fairly consistent, an increase of 16 from 2017. Sale prices were a different story; up by over 5% in 2018 and days on the market were down by over 11%. Sellers also saw a 98.7% sale to list price in 2018.
 


So what does this mean for Kingstowne real estate? It was an excellent year for sellers. Inventory remained low (and still is) which causes buyers to wait for new homes to become available and they are poised to act as soon as they do. We currently have less than a one month supply of inventory. If you’re considering selling your Kingstowne home reach out to me and let’s talk. Winter might be in full swing but, that doesn’t mean it’s not an excellent time to list your home in Kingstowne.

 

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It’s still important to keep perspective as a seller and not have a pie in the sky price in mind for your home. If you price your incorrectly and buyers perceive it as a poor value it will sit on the market. Bottom line, it’s an excellent time to list your Kingstowne home but, you have to be realistic about pricing and keeping perspective is key.

 

If you’re planning a move to Alexandria, Kingstowne is an area buyer's often consider due to its close proximity to DC, Tysons’s Corner, Old Town, major commuter routes, and public transportation. Kingstowne is an urban community with tree lined streets and over 1,200 acres of green space. You’ll find apartments, condos, townhomes, and single family homes along with amenities including a lake, walking trails, outdoor pools, fitness centers, sports courts, and tot lots.
 

 

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A question I’m frequently being asked” “Is the market crashing? I heard on the news that it’s down.” No the market is not crashing, it is stabilizing in some areas and not everywhere is a seller’s market, some areas are even a buyer’s market but, real estate local. Hyper local. Market conditions vary in different neighborhoods so when you’re listening to the news just understand that what they’re saying isn’t specific to your market. If you’re a property owner interested in knowing the current market trends reach out to me. I’m happy to provide you with a free market analysis for your home! amanda@amandadavidson.com or 703-431-3755.

 

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5 Staging Tips For Selling During The Holidays

5 Staging Tips For Selling During The Holidays

Tis the season for holiday festivities, gift giving, strained budgets, and in this area bitter cold and grey days. This time of year can be hard on sellers but, it doesn’t have to be. Buyers who are out looking in our less than ideal temperatures are serious. They’re certainly not out because the weather is beautiful and the grass is green! Selecting the right holiday décor will have them wanting to toast the New Year in YOUR home.
 

Holidays are personal on many levels but, when selling your home during the holiday keep your décor neutral.

Try these tips to get buyers in the right spirit:

Clean and Stage - this tip is not holiday related but, it will get you ready to decorate. If you already have dust bunnies rolling across the floor and clutter overflowing on the bookshelf adding decorations is only going to make your home feel smaller. So many sellers overlook having their home spotless for buyers and it’s a big mistake. Hire the professionals if you can both for cleaning and staging.
 

Less is more – don’t let this idea keep you from adding holiday decorations to your home altogether. The right touches will make your home feel welcoming and cosy. A holiday wreath hung on the door, a new holiday welcome met, or pinecones in an attractive vase will all make your home feel festive without causing it to look cluttered.
 


Equal Opportunity – remember above when we mentioned neutral décor? This is not the year to break out your life-sized Nativity set. Anything overly religious should not be included when decorating a home that’s for sale during the holidays. You want to attract any buyer and you’re not going to do that if they feel uncomfortable or offended by your décor. Think snowflakes, pinecones, mistletoe, and nutcrackers.

Clark Griswold – leave the inflatables in storage. What might be merry to you could be downright tacky to a buyer. This is not the time cover your yard in inflatables and light up the block. Stick to minimal string lighting, preferably white lights and play up the positives of the exterior of your home.
 


Tree Time – select a tree based off the space you’re putting it in. Have a two-story foyer or great room? A tall tree can be the perfect accent to showcase it. Be mindful of your floor space and don’t get one that overwhelms it. If you have a tight living space go with a skinny tree. Your tree needs a theme, this is not the year for family ornaments to trim your tree.

With the right holiday décor, your home can immediately get buyers into the holiday spirit. You just have to remember you still want your home to look spacious. Don’t decorate every nook and cranny and keep a theme for your decorations to create consistency. For most of us that means using just a tiny bit of our décor and that’s ok. Just remember, your goal is to be in a new home for the next holiday and then you can decorate any way you’d like!

 

 

How Can I Increase My Kingstowne VA Home's Value?

 

 

If you are planning to sell your Kingstowne VA home soon, you are likely thinking of ways to increase its value. One of the most common questions I get from my clients is “How can I increase my home’s value?”

 

How to choose the best project When you want to boost your home value, the best answer is to update and renovate your house. There are many home projects you can do like upgrading the kitchen, renovating the bathroom, adding a bathroom, installing a deck, and more.

 

However, there's a caveat. Home renovation cost a bit of money and not all remodelling projects pay off.

 

How will you know what's the best project to undertake? This is where I can help you.

 

As your real estate agent, I can give you the best advice on what home improvement projects will pay off for your home. Together, we can decide on the best home updates that will add features buyers love and increase your home’s value.

 

Years and years of working with buyers has taught me what they want and I will use that knowledge to help set your home in the best light so that it stands out and impresses buyers.


Best affordable improvements for resale

If you will be moving out and selling the house soon, some general sprucing up and cleaning can do wonders for the house. Minor updates don't cost a lot but can go a long way in making the house look amazing.

 

Here are some affordable updates you can do.

1. General home repairs. The moment you decide to sell your house in Kingstowne is the moment you should start listing down the basic repairs the house needs.

 

Most buyers prefer move-in ready homes. They've just spent a lot of money on buying a house, so any possible repair projects may turn them off.

 

Fix the broken window, replace the leaky faucet, reinforce the kitchen cabinet, do all the minor repairs needed to get your house ready for sale.

 

2. Paint it. When the necessary repairs have been completed, it is time to paint. Painting is one of the most cost-effective ways to beautify the home and increase its value.

 

Choose neutral colors to paint your home. As much as you would love to paint your living room that vibrant red, restrain yourself and go for something that is classic and simple. Neutral toned colors are easy on the eyes and make the home look more inviting and spacious.

 

3. Update the light fixtures. An easy way to give the home a new look is to update the light fixtures. Not only does getting new light fixtures add more life to the living space it also makes the room appear brighter.

 

 

 

4. Add storage spaces. Most buyers prefer homes with storage spaces. Cramped storage spaces are a major turn off. Adding a closet space in the bedroom or several storage areas in the garage will go a long way in making your home more functional.

 

5. Update your kitchen. If there is one room in your house you should update, it is the kitchen. Small, cost-effective renovations like replacing an old and worn out countertop or installing new floor tiles will make your kitchen look modern and well-maintained.

 

6. Upgrade the bathroom. Next to the kitchen, the bathroom is the second room in the house that increases the home’s value when updated. If you have a stained old sink, it is time to get a new one. You can also make the bathroom look new by applying fresh caulk and grout.

 

7. Add a low maintenance landscape. Create a great first impression and add value to your home by improving your landscape. Landscaping is one the three most effective home improvements that have the biggest returns.

 

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to boost the value of your Kingstowne VA home for sale. Minor updates will do a lot for your home without busting the bank.

 

There are so many more home selling tips I can share with you. So before you start taking out any walls and making home updates, give me call so I can help you decide on the best updates that will increase your home value.

 

When you need a real estate agent with superior local knowledge, professionalism, and outstanding service to help with all your real estate needs, call me, Amanda Davidson, at 703-431-3755.

 

In case you can not view this video here, please click the link below to view How Can I Increase My Kingstowne VA Home’s Value? on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbDjTOqkQLA&t=0s&index=5&list=PLloCCxd1NYon2n9y4l6HZ6UzDuET_jCU7.

5 Curb Appeal Tips For Fall

5 Curb Appeal Tips For Fall

Curb appeal is a topic in real estate that we talk about a lot when the weather is warm but, it’s also something sellers need to focus on as we enter the cooler months. Curb appeal is something that can and should be achieved year round! Fall provides a beautiful backdrop and let's face it, the first impression your home makes to buyers is from the exterior. If it’s not the right first impression they’ll never make it inside.
 


Lawn Care – it’s easy to not want to cut the grass one last time or slack off on trimming the bushes and mulching as well. However, now is not the time to slack on the lawn care and landscaping. Rake the falling leaves, patch brown spots in the grass, and if the grass needs one last trim to have it looking pristine it will be time well spent. Plant seasonal flowers such as mums for a pop of color.

Front Door – make sure your front door is clean and free of any dirt. If the paint is dull or scratched give it a fresh coat to make the entrance stand out. Making your front door a focal point of the exterior is always a good idea no matter what season you’re selling your home. During the fall hang a simple wreath with fall foliage for an inviting touch.
 


Windows – summer often leaves behind a coat of pollen and a haze over the windows. Clean your windows! It sounds simple and it really is but, it’s something that often gets overlooked. Clean windows help light shine through and with the days getting shorter maximizing light is a must.

Roof and Gutters – falling leaves mean your home is more exposed and that increases the need to make the exterior shine. If there are missing or loose shingles have them replaced. Check the gutters to make sure they’re secured and free of any debris. Having these items in top shape will not only add curb appeal it will also signal to buyers that your home is well maintained.
 


Driveway – your driveway likely needs some love prior to putting your home on the market. At the very least it will need to be pressure washed and cleaned. If its asphalt, cracks may need to be filled and it may even need resealing. Concrete cracks, depending on their size may be filled but, if they’re large it might be time to have new concrete poured. The driveway is the path that leads buyers to your home, make sure it gives them the right impression.

You have a very limited amount of time to capture a buyer’s attention and make the right first impression. It takes less than a minute for a buyer to size up the exterior of your home and either want to come inside for a tour or keep moving. Putting time and effort into the details to present your home in the best light on the exterior will set the stage to invite buyers in to see all that it has to offer on the interior!

 

 

 

Discover the Best-Kept Secrets for Making Your Home a Magnet for Homebuyers!

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How do you make your home a magnet for homebuyers?

Getting maximum interest in your home can be challenging, especially if you haven’t experienced preparing a home for sale before.

If you don’t get the right agent to assist you, chances are homebuyers will keep driving to the next home on their list and your Kingstowne VA property will end up lingering on the market for months.

In this article, I will share with you some secrets that will help make your home a magnet for homebuyers.

Remember: First impression is everything

When selling your home, the first impression is what counts. The more appeal your home has, the more likely it is to sell fast and be bought at a higher selling price.

Imagine that you are a homebuyer driving around a community to search for homes. If you pass by a home and are not impressed with what you see, what will you do? You will keep driving to the next home until you finally chance upon the home that appeals to you, right?

Considering the current market conditions in Virginia, any advantage that your home has will help it compete with the other homes on the market. If your home is physically attractive to captivate homebuyers, it has the advantage. So, if you are selling your home, try to look at your property from the street and ask yourself, “is my home appealing enough from the outside to make homebuyers want to investigate it further?”


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Make your house feel like home

While curb appeal is a fundamental part of the equation when selling a home, it is not the only part of the equation. The interiors of your home matter, too. If your home is attractive enough from the outside but its interiors are not good enough to make your house feel like home, then any effort you make to make it attractive from the outside is futile.

Say a house hunter who is driving around your neighborhood stops by your home. Are you ready to have the interiors of your house checked? If he comes in, will he look at your house as a place where he can live in the future? Or will he look at it harshly thinking that you have not done anything to maintain it?

Prepare your house for sale and maximize your proceeds!

If you are selling your home, your top goal must be to sell it fast and for the best price possible. You and I can work together to achieve this goal. In fact, there are easy and inexpensive strategies you can do to make your home appealing to prospective buyers while I do the rest of the job.

#1: Improve your home’s curb appeal

In Northern Virginia real estate, there is a saying that “curb appeal is king.” This saying applies whether you are getting your home in Kingstowne VA ready to sell or are simply updating it to adapt to your needs.

You may think that enhancing your lawn doesn’t sound as exciting as modernizing your kitchen, but when it comes to preparing your home for sale, it is in many ways just as crucial as improving the interiors of your home.

Remember: Your curb appeal shows your neighborhood pride; it reflects who you are.

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Especially if you have lived in your house for so long, you might find it hard to see its flaws. As you get started with improving your curb appeal, try looking at your house as though you were looking at your neighbor’s. Does it have overgrown bushes or faded paint areas? How about weeds, a missing shutter or poorly mulched beds?

If you look at your home from a buyer’s perspective, it will be easier for you to not overlook the minor problems with your home. You may think that weeds are just weeds, but they can be a major turnoff to buyers. Imagine losing a prospective buyer just because you failed to pull out those visible weeds from your flowerbeds. You wouldn’t want that to happen, would you?

Pay attention to details!

There are lots of details involved when improving your curb appeal. These improvements are easy to make and won’t burn a hole in your pocket, but they do yield big results.

Here are some of the small projects you can do to make your house catch the interest of homebuyers when they view your house from the street:

1.      Give your entrance a facelift

Nothing sells a house faster than a clean, fresh look. To make the entrance of your home warm and inviting, give it a new coat of paint or a new front door. You can also place large planters with flowers in them on either side of the door to create a focal point where prospective buyers can focus their eyes on.

2.      Wash all your windows.

3.      Clean out your garage.

The Virginia real estate market is very competitive. If you want to increase your chances of a speedy sale for top dollar, one of the small projects you can undertake as you prepare your home for sale is cleaning your garage. A clean garage impresses homebuyers. They want your house as perfect as possible, so don’t expect them to overlook details.

Consider these helpful tips for cleaning out your garage. At the end of the day, you’ll be amazed how much more your organized garage can actually hold!

  •  Take everything out and focus on cleaning the ceiling, floor and walls. Start from the top and work your way down.

  • Pile up all the items you took out of your garage and examine which of them you should keep, throw out or sell. If you find it hard to decide, take it from “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” author Marie Kondo: "If an object isn’t bringing you joy, get rid of it.”

  • Organize. Do some shelving to organize your essential garage items and free up some space. You can also mount ceiling hooks to hold sports equipment, bicycles or camping gear and stack containers to maximize your vertical space.

4.      Landscape your yard

Okay, so you’ve put time and thought into your enhancing your entryway and cleaning out your garage, but what about your lawn?

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I can never stress enough how important landscaping your yard is when it comes to improving your curb appeal. A well-groomed lawn gives buyers the impression that your house is well taken care of, both outside and inside.

When prospective homebuyers visit, your house’s yard is what they notice first. When they see that your lawn is boring or unkept, it will give them the impression that your property looks far from inviting.

I mentioned earlier the importance of a great first impression in luring homebuyers, and your lawn has a lot to do with that. Here are some strategies you can try to enhance your lawn:

  • Create shade areas. Do you have a landscaping plan? If yes, then make sure it provides shade for all areas of your property. You can plan shade trees in the northwest corner of your home to provide shade during times of the day when the owner of the home needs shade.

  • Go for ground cover or low shrub. You can plant shrub around your yard to add visual appeal to your curb. Since you are living in Virginia, however, you must check local Virginia ordinances regarding plantings. Some local governments prohibit tall shrub due to safety concerns.

  • Consider the height of your porch. The landscaping design you choose for your home should take into the various structures. If your house is only one or two steps above the ground, you don’t necessarily need to border it by tall shrubs---ground cover or low-growing shrubs will do.

  • Choose the right varieties of flowers. The climate in Virginia is just right for growing flowers. Flowers play a huge role in landscaping, not only because they add color but because they make your lawn look alive.  And that’s basically what attracts buyers—a property that looks alive.


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Planting flowers is not only cost effective; it is also a dazzling way to improve your curb appeal.

If you want to add some visual appeal and excitement to your home and catch the eye of house hunters, plant flowers! It will also give you the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather in Virginia.

Here are flowers that are easy to grow and thrive in this part of Northern Virginia:

  • Daylilies

  • Bright red salvia plant

  • Sun-loving sedums

  • Hostas

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The flowers you choose for your home depend on your personal preference. You might want an assortment of plants and colors, or incorporate different shades of green and various textures with just a few pops of colors here and there.

And oh, how you set up your plants in your lawn also matters! If you have a front porch, it is best to set potted plants on your front steps. Now if you have a sidewalk that leads to your front door, it will be nice to plant flowers along each side of the concrete path. You can also hang plants next to your front door. Play around with your options to determine which setup suits your space best.

If you haven’t maintained your lawn for long, chances are weeds have already started to gain a foothold in there and you’ll have a hard time accomplishing any of the landscaping enhancements I suggested above. Check out this video to know how to get your weedy lawn back in control:

 

5.      Paint

Whether you are dreaming of a refreshed look for your home to improve its curb appeal or simply want to love what you see when you pull into your driveway, it helps giving your home’s exterior a fresh coat of paint.

Choosing a paint color for the exterior of your home is quite a commitment, especially when you consider the nuance of color. But don’t worry, here are classic exterior color choices for Virginia homes you can pick from:

 

  • Bright and elegant white

When it comes to painting your home, you will never go wrong with white. It does not only make your home look spotless; it also creates the perfect backdrop to showcase your beautiful landscaping.

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  • Beautiful neutrals

Exterior color schemes that include tans, browns and creams usually blend seamlessly with landscaping and help highlight the architectural details of a home.

  • Bold and stately

Dark exterior paint colors that include mid to dark grays, hunter greens and navy blues are beautiful options if you want to find the middle ground between classic charm and current trends.

 

6.      Power wash your outdoor space

As a real estate agent, it is easy for me to tell which homes on the market are going to appeal to active homebuyers. Active buyers can tell that, too!

If you are thinking about how to get maximum interest in your property, remember that nothing impresses homebuyers more than a clean house. I mentioned earlier how important details are in preparing your home for sale, and that pretty much includes ensuring that your house is sparkling clean so it is always ready for showings.

Here’s the secret: Buyers are drawn to properties that give them a “like new” feel. And you shouldn’t wait for them to enter your house to give them that feel. To make them even want to see your house’s interiors, your driveways and sidewalks should be clean enough to invite them in.

So you have already enhanced your curb appeal. What’s next? Make your house feel like home.

Staging your home: Yes, it’s worth it!

Even if it’s your first time to sell a home in Virginia, you’ve probably heard of home staging before, and you probably know that this has to do with cutting the clutter and rearranging your furniture for optimal buyer appeal.

Well, there is actually more to home staging than making your house look beautiful. It’s more about making your house feel like home. It’s about tapping into prospective homebuyers’ emotions when searching for a property and making them visualize your house as their future home. Home staging is your gateway to success!


 

Do you know how much difference home staging can make in your home sale? A world of difference!

Yes, staging your home can make a world of difference in how quickly it sells. In fact, professional home staging can literally be the difference between finding a buyer for your home in days versus not being able to sell your home at all. I know that sounds pretty much like an exaggeration, but every home stager will agree how true that can be, so take it from me.

Check out this video to see how home staging makes your home look bigger:

Take a look at these home staging statistics and see how it actually works.

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As a homeowner, your goal is to make your home attractive to buyers so you can sell it quickly and command top dollar. If you want to achieve this two-fold goal, stage your home. Highlight your house’s best assets and minimize its less-than-ideal aspects. Pare down and cut the clutter.

Local Realtor and stager Sharon Goetz once said, “The biggest crime is that people have too much stuff.” I strongly agree.

I have gathered here some valuable home some staging tips from reputable Virginia-based home stagers that will make your home a magnet for homebuyers.

 

1.      Give every room a purpose.

According to Stephanie Kelley, you shouldn’t be in a guessing game with potential buyers as to the use of the rooms in your home. Place your furniture in their proper places and let your home speak for itself.

2.      Paint.

I’ve discussed earlier how painting the exteriors of your home can give your property a new look. Well, do you know that painting the interiors of your home also affects your home’s selling price? And there’s a study to prove it!

Zillow Digs recently conducted a study on 50,000 homes and found that homes sell for more or less depending on the colors used to paint their rooms! For example, kitchens painted yellow sell for an average of $1,360 more, while kitchens painted white sell for an average of $82 less.

3.      Use proper lighting.

Do you know why a big window at the end of a hallway or an exterior view engages you? Because you are psychologically programmed to move towards light.

According to Virginia home stager Stephanie Kelley, one of the keys to making your home look light, bright and livable is to have at least three lamps in each of your rooms. Who wants to live in a dark and gloomy home anyway?

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Think of these four ways you can maximize lighting at your home:

  • Ask yourself: “What is this room going to be used for?”

There are rooms that need just enough lighting, while there are rooms that need layers of lighting, like your kitchen. When installing your light sources, think of functionality and practicality.

  • Use it to set the mood.

Adjust the brightness of your light sources depending on the mood you want to set for a particular room. You can use dimmers to achieve just the right feel to every room.

  • Use lighting to highlight a space.

Imagine if your dining room does not have a pendant lighting above your dining table. The room looks unimportant, doesn’t it? But when you install a chandelier there, it highlights the table and makes the room look important.

  • Use it to create drama.

Giving your room a mix of light sources adds some drama to your home. In fact, lighting can be considered a decorating touch all by itself. If you want to maximize the use of your lighting, you can incorporate different light sources in a room instead of using just one large glaring light in the middle of your ceiling.

Here are some lighting design rules you may want to consider for your home:

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4.      Clear furniture away from walls.

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Are you guilty of shoving all your furniture away from the middle of your room, thinking that will help make your room look more spacious? You might not have heard this before, but this is actually a big decorating and staging faux pas. Doing this doesn’t make your room look bigger---it only makes it look odd.

I suggest that you float your furniture instead, or pick layouts that will emphasize the function and natural flow of each of your rooms.

5.   Don’t over personalize.

Again, your goal as a home seller is to make prospective homebuyers identify with your home and allow them to visualize it as their future home. How can you do that if your home is filled with overly personal stuff like photos, refrigerator magnets, certificates or books?

As Goetz put it, “it’s tough love.” Don’t let buyers raise an eyebrow at your taste or disagree with your religion. Don’t remind them that the house they’re in is your residence and not their future home.

6.      Don’t overstuff your closets and bookshelves.

Home stagers in Virginia suggest that as you prepare your home for sale, you empty out your bookshelves and closets by at least 20%. Some even suggest that you empty it out by 50%! Why? Because cramming these spaces with too much stuff will only make them look smaller.

Always remember: Homebuyers love space---a lot of it. You are staging your home not because you are selling your stuff, but because you are selling your square footage, so show off as much space as you can.

7.      Repair

Nobody wants to buy a home that looks beaten up. If you think you have failed to keep your home well maintained throughout the years, you have a problem. Otherwise, this part should be easy for you.

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When staging your home, even the littlest things matter. Little issues with your light fixtures and faucets can make your home look beaten up if you don’t repair them, and that’s the last thing you want prospective buyers to see in your home.

Yes, I know every house is subject to wear and tear. But the good news is that there are repairs you can still do to make it seem ship-shape!

 

Ø  Install new caulking around your showers, tubs and sinks

Ø  Make sure all your light bulbs are working

Ø  Sweep your chimneys

Ø  Change your outdated cabinet hardware

Ø  Repair your broken window screens or door knobs

Ø  Make sure that all your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning

Ø  Replace broken tiles and shingles

 

If you are not the handyman type, chances are you will overlook these small details and ultimately turn off your buyers. And I’m not just talking here about the repairs. From enhancing your curb appeal to staging your home, it pays to have a good eye for details.

If you hire me as your real estate agent, I will help you spot the defects of your home and will even recommend service partners to facilitate all the needed improvements and repairs.  

As more and more Kingstowne VA houses hit the market and more and more buyers try to snag a good deal, expect the competition to be tight so keep this in mind—YOUR HOME NEEDS TO BE A CUT ABOVE THE REST. I can do that for you.

Call me today at 703-431-3755 so we can discuss when we can walk through your home together and devise a winning strategy to make your property a magnet for homebuyers. Before you know it, I have already sold your home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Details You Can't Overlook When Preparing Your Kingstowne VA Home for Sale

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Is it your first time selling a home in Kingstowne VA? If yes, then be prepared. Buyers are not only pickier these days, they also have more tools in their belts to make sure that they only end up with the property that is best for them. 

With hundreds of properties vying for homebuyers’ attention, how do you make sure that your Kingstowne VA property stands out among the rest? 

When it comes to selling a home, first impressions are everything. A prospective buyer forms this impression in as fast as a tenth of a second, and this impression is what makes him decide whether he likes your home or not. Considering that, ensuring that your home is able to make the best impression possible is a must. 

Here are the details you shouldn’t overlook when preparing your home for sale: 

1.    Curb Appeal

While some home sellers tend to attach less importance to this part of the home, you shouldn’t. When selling a home, it is imperative that you clean up your yard because that is what prospective buyers see first before they enter your home. Make sure that your curb is not only clean but is visually appealing as well. 

2.    Paint

Paint is another very important detail you shouldn’t overlook when selling your home. Since first impressions are key to attracting buyers, you need to make sure that you give both the exterior and interior of your home a fresh coat of paint. If you fail in this part, chances are you won’t be able to get prospective buyers to buy your home. 

3.    Homey Feel

When checking out a home for sale, most homebuyers try to picture themselves in that home. If your home is full of clutter and too many personal details, a prospective buyer might not be able to see your home as his future home. 

4.    Closets

Homebuyers want closets that are spacious and functional. As you prepare your home for sale, make sure that you have organized your closets, especially in the master bedroom.

5.    Front Door

Since most homeowners are accustomed to paying more attention to the interior of their homes, they tend to forget that their front doors accumulate dirt as well. Buyers usually stare at the front door as they wait for it to be opened during a visit, so make sure that it is always clean. 

6.    Neutral Art Pieces

Pack all those personal, brightly colored art pieces in your home and replace them with neutral ones. With less personal details, it will be easier for prospective buyers to imagine themselves living in your home.

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7.    Fresh Smell

One of the things that initially turn prospective buyers off is a foul smell inside a home. Buyers love scents, so you might want to put some air fresheners in your home to make it smell more inviting. Nothing too strong, just a welcoming aroma.

8.    Clean Surroundings

Remember that even before prospective buyers get into your home, their first impressions begin as they drive towards your property. Make sure that you keep your yard trimmed all the time and that your surroundings are not littered with trash. 

9.    Garage

Your garage tells a lot about how you maintain your property. If your garage is full of junk and is a complete mess, prospective buyers might think that the seemingly well-maintained interior of your home is just a façade. 

10.    Professional Photos and Listing

You can never underestimate the value of appealing photos when selling a home, especially nowadays. With the advent of technology, homebuyers research homes for sale in Kingstowne VA online first before checking out locations in person. Hire a professional photographer to take photos of your well-staged home and ask your agent to create an appealing listing online before actually showing your place to prospective buyers. 

These tips may sound simple to you, but missing out on any of them can make or break the sale of your home. If you want to sell your home fast, pay attention to these details and make sure that you don’t overlook any of them. 

Looking for help with your real estate needs? Contact me at 703-431-3755 and I’ll be glad to assist you! I’m Amanda Davidson, your top real estate agent in Kingstowne VA!

 

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5 Strategies to Keep in Mind When Selling a Condo in Kingstowne VA

 

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This year is a great year for condo owners to sell their homes. Although home prices across the United States have seen a consistent rise in recent years, more and more buyers who want to downsize their homes still rush to buy homes for sale in Kingstowne VA because they want to take advantage of low mortgage rates.

 

If you are a condo owner and are thinking about selling your condo, this may be the best time to do so. However, selling a condo is not exactly the same as selling other types of homes so you need to take a lot of factors into consideration before making any decision.

 

Here are five important things you should keep in mind when selling your condo:

 

Know the DOM range for condos similar to yours

One of the first things you should do before deciding to sell your home is to look for condos for sale in Kingstowne VA that are comparable to yours in terms of unit type, floor location and square footage. Listings usually indicate the DOM (days-on-market) of properties, which refers to the number of days it takes for a property to find a buyer. By considering the DOM of homes similar to yours, you will be able to determine a reasonable timeframe for your condo to sell. 

 

Know everything about your condo

 

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If you want to sell your condo fast, you must be prepared to answer all the questions your potential buyers might ask. You may also need to review the HOA (homeowner association) rules to determine which parts of your unit you need to work on. HOA rules help you know which flaws fall within acceptable standards or need some improvements.

 

Decide which repairs or improvements are worthwhile

Since renovations involve money, you have to determine which improvements are worthwhile and which are not. Of course, you need to prepare your home before officially listing it, but you can’t just do a total makeover without giving it some thought. 

 

Try to reduce listing costs

While there are plenty of ways you can save on listing costs when selling a home, never skip the standard commission of a real estate agent. Having an agent to represent you in your transactions will make it much easier for you to find potential buyers for your property. Some of the ways you can reduce listing costs while working with an agent include staging your home yourself and hiring a contractor that can do repairs at a much lower rate. 

 

Reviewing the clauses in your buyer’s first offer

One of the most exciting things sellers look forward to when selling a home is receiving their first offer. Although receiving an initial offer for your property can be truly exciting, don’t get carried away immediately. Screen the clauses of the offer, especially the timeframe for the buyer’s obligations, closing adjustments and other addendums. 

 

Are you planning to sell your home in Kingstowne VA? Then contact me today at 703-431-3755 and I’ll help you get started! I am Amanda Davidson, Kingstowne’s top REALTOR!

 

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Tips for Selling a House in Kingstowne VA

 

First time or not, selling a house is no easy feat. There are a lot of things to get done, from the paperwork to packing and everything in between!

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It really pays off to do your research before you begin this process. Keep reading to learn these tried and tested tips on house selling from Kingstowne’s top Realtor®!

 

Choose the right real estate agent

 

It all begins here. While the Internet may be a helpful resource from time to time, nothing beats having a professional Realtor® by your side to guide you from start to finish.

 

Each person’s house selling journey is different. You can’t really expect a post you read online to be 100% accurate for your needs. That’s why my first piece of advice is to find that professional who can help you through all your house selling worries and concerns.

 

How to choose the right real estate agent? Make a list of all your candidates. These can be agents you found online or a referral from a friend.

 

Narrow the list. Give each one a call, ask them some questions, and mark the ones that impressed you. Schedule an appointment with these ones, and sit down with them for some time before making your choice.

 

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Remember to read up on their history and background. Take note of how many years they’ve been in the industry, and ask people you know if they have anything to say about the Realtor® you’re considering.

 

Prepare your house for staging

 

Do you want to sell your house fast? Do you want it to sell for the best price? Staging is the way to go!

 

 

Staging is the process of making a house for sale look appealing to potential buyers. Think about the homes you see in magazines. That’s what we’re going for.

 

Home staging brings out the best in your home, accentuating its best features. Some minor repairs might be needed, but don’t worry, your agent should be able to identify the most practical ones with the highest return of investment.

 

One of the major things we have to consider is your home’s curb appeal. This means how attractive your house looks from the outside, including your lawn, trees, porch, doors and windows.

 

First impressions do matter in real estate. If you can’t get your buyer through the door, don’t expect them to buy your house.

 

Consult with your agent and ask them what you can do to improve your home’s overall appeal. If you don’t have one yet, you can begin by packing the things you won’t be needing anytime soon and disposing of all the things you’ll never use again.

 

Start now

 

This old Chinese proverb rings true until today: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.”

 

This last piece of advice is literally worth millions. Some people waste their lives wondering how to begin, when the first step was to just start.

 

Learned something from this article? Get in touch with Kingstowne’s top Realtor®, Amanda Davidson! Give me a call at 703-431-3755 and let’s get started.

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