Posted in BEAUTY CONTEST, CORRECT PRICING, CURB APPEAL, HOME OWNERS, HOME SELLERS, Virginia Real Estate News, tagged First impression for home sale, Home maintenance, Preparing a home for sale, Staging a home for sale, Vivianne Rutkowski on February 8, 2010 |
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Now is the time for home owners contemplating a spring sale to spruce up their properties in anticipation of a potentially vibrant home-selling season, especially after our snowy winter this year here in Northern Virginia.
Here are 10 inexpensive ways to make a property more attractive to shoppers.
- Improve first impressions. Touch up the paint on the front door and other areas that buyers see first.
- Clean up the landscaping. Trim the hedges and trees and plant some annuals in the flowerbeds.
- Paint the interior. A coat of light yellow or cream with contrasting white woodwork looks fresh and clean.
- Refurbish the floors. Buff the hardwoods. Install new carpets – or at least get them professionally cleaned.
- Take care of the big problems. If the house needs a roof or the front stoop is crumbling, get them fixed.
- Buy warranties. Putting appliances under warranty gives homebuyers a secure feeling.
- Improve energy efficiency. New windows or improved insulation tell a potential buyer the seller is on top of things plus they come with tax benefits - federal tax credit available up to $1,500.
- Replace light fixtures. Updated fixtures, especially at the entrance way and in the foyer, create a good first impression.
- Buy a stove. Home owners whose kitchen isn’t top of the line can jazz it up for a few hundred dollars by buying a new stove, which gives the room a fresh feel.
- Tidy up the bathrooms. Get rid of mildew, replace caulking and replace stained sinks.
SOURCE: U.S. News & World Report, Luke Mullins
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Posted in 4 - NoVA REAL ESTATE NEWS, ARLINGTON COUNTY, VA, FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA, FAUQUIER COUNTY, VA, HOME SELLERS, PRINCE WILLIAM, VA, USA Real Estate News, Virginia Real Estate News, World View, tagged Staging a home for sale on January 9, 2009 |
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It is possible to sell a house even in 2008-2009 market - within 30 days. Granted, the sale price needs to reflect the existing market AND the Sellers must be willing to deliver a top-notch product: an exciting, well maintained house. Distraught sellers who need to generate more interest in house that has been languishing on the market for months should consider these 10 steps from MSNBC financial guru Laura T. Coffey. Read on:
- Remove the clutter. Pack up knickknacks, pictures, piles of paper and furniture that makes the place look crowded.
- Let the light in. Take down any heavy drapes.
- Scrub-a-dub-dub. Wash the windows. Shampoo soiled carpets, Scrub the front door. Repaint scuffed walls. Tidy up the lawn and trim the shrubs.
- Get moving on the “honey do” list. Fix and replace everything that is in need of repair.
- Enhance the view. Erect a fence or plant shrubbery to improve or obscure the view of unattractive nearby properties or streets.
- Ask for criticism. Consult with others for their HONEST feedback.
- Make the House available for pre-viewing. Leave the house when potential buyers come around so they can talk freely and can envision THEIR furniture in your house. [Note from Vivianne Rutkowski: Once you decide to list your house For Sale, live like you do not own it anymore - the house belongs to the new owner]
- Consider Rent to Own. Becoming a landlord may keep you from having to shoulder two mortgages.
- Drop the asking price. Figure out the absolutely lowest amount you’re willing or able to accept. [Note from Vivianne: Buyers look to purchase the most house for their money - buyers shop by comparison. Wouldn't you?]
[Note from Vivianne: Consider STAGING your house. As an ASP REALTOR, I can testify to the many benefits of Staging, as long as it's done properly.]
SOURCE: MSN Money, Laura T. Coffey (01/06/2009); REALTOR Magazine
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