There are a number of ways to make your home stand out in today's market. One of them is to make it noticeable to everyone that drives by. Honestly every time I pass this home it makes me smile. I have no idea what the neighbors think but since it is on a street lined with eclectic homes I'm sure they don't even notice.
If you are thinking of putting your home on the market in the near future you may want to forego the bright pink paint and consider instead some more traditional methods of getting your home ready to sell.
How many times have your heard the words Curb Appeal?
The value of curb appeal is to get the buyers out of their car and up to your door. If your are selling this spring or summer then you need to make sure the yard is green and mowed, the bushes trimmed and colorful plants are on hand. If you have a busy schedule then sometimes the cost of a quick clean up by a landscape crew pays for itself through a faster sale Make sure your door has a fresh coat of paint (if needed) and if your old mailbox has seen better days replace it.
What Will Buyers Find When they Open the Door?
Alright you have done a good job and gotten the buyers out of their car and inside the door. Now what? The first to deal with is pets. If you have them you need to make sure that all evidence of them is out of sight. If you have dogs make sure that they are contained in an area that you can keep clean and smelling fresh. With cats it can be harder to contain them but make sure you scoop the box every day.
Remove as many of the personal photos as you can, take half the books off the bookshelf, organize the kitchen cabinets and if you have a garage make sure you include it on the clean up list. Let buyers visualize their own belongings in the house. When you leave for the day turn on lights, even in the day time, makes your house appear more inviting, cheerful, and even spacious.
Costly Repairs are not always required!
A quick coat of paint and other relatively affordable cosmetic upgrades might take years off a home's appearance. A light neutral paint color has the broadest appeal and may also make rooms look larger. Will undertaking significant repairs prior to putting your home on the market generate the best return or will selling your home "As Is" at a lower price point be the best choice? I can help you with that decision.
If you are ready to put your home in Northern Virginia on the market give the Cindy Jones team a call at 703-346-2213. Let us help you make the right decisions on what you may need to do to get your home SOLD in today's real estate market.
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