Making Your Home Standout in a Crowded Market

Making Your Home Standout in a Crowded Market
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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If you are interested in learning more about the Northern Virginia Real Estate market including Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William Counties give Cindy Jones and Integrity Real Estate Group a call at 703-346-2213.

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Comment balloon 13 commentsCindy Jones • April 27 2009 06:10PM


Hi Cindy~ Hey!  I love that bright pink house...  just kidding!  Painting is the best use of time and money in getting a home sold.  It tends to yeild the highest returns and makes the biggest difference!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 9 years ago

Nice post now more then ever you want to make sure that your  home stands out. Thank you

Posted by Sonja Babic, New Bern NC, PRIME Realty NC, LLC (Sonja Babic/PRIME Realty NC, LLC) over 9 years ago

Start with the exterior and move inside. No curb appeal no traffic. nice post

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 9 years ago

This reminds me of a house on the market about 20 years ago.  The market was slow then also.  At the time I thought the listing agent was crazy.  It was a wonderful old 2 story in a great neighborhood.  Originally white with black shutters.  After 9 months on the market and no offers, the sellers painted a deep mint green.  ( this pink may be worse) One month later it sold.  As you can guess the new owners painted it again, white with black shutters.  The agents said the buyers wanted a home with potential!  I guess it is better sometimes to stand out from the neighborhood.

Posted by Lois Castleberry (RE/MAX Affiliates) over 9 years ago

Cindy.....we did notice the house....lol.  Curb appeal will set the tone for the whole tour.  Make it right on the outside and things will be more inviting on the inside.

Posted by Libby Offnick, ABR, e-PRO, SPS (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Cindy, Good post & info for the vendors. I try to provide some when I meet with them. I love the pink house!

Posted by Karen Singbeil, Living In & Selling Shuswap : Sicamous | Mara Lake (Royal LePage Access Real Estate | Associate Broker | Personal Real Estate Corporation) over 9 years ago

Great post. Love the pink house. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Anonymous over 9 years ago

Vickie-Sometimes paint is the cheapest way to make your house seem fresh.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Sonja-if you are competing with hundreds of other homes making yours move in ready is a must.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Claude-expcept for the investors who are looking for the cheapest home on the block a nice one is a standout.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Lois-sounds like a smart agent.  I personally painted my dining room back to neutral from red when I put it on the market.  What is the first thing the buyer did?  Painted the dining room red!

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Libby-this house has been bright pink for as long as I can remember.  Love it myself because it is different and I'm sure the owners do too.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Karen-thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

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