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Thinking of Selling your home? Get DE-Personal

Thinking of Selling your home? Get DE-Personal

If you are thinking of selling in this competitive market, one thing that’s critical to helping potential buyers “see” themselves in your homes is to remember this: It’s not about you. It’s about creating a neutral zone that allows others to envision the possibilities for their own families.

The National Association of REALTORS(R) tells us that more than 90% of buyers start their search online and list property photos as a top reason to call on -or skip-a listing. Follow these six important steps before taking those all-important photos and opening your doors to potential buyers.

1. Keep a little distance.

Packing away some of the most personal items in your home décor might take a little emotional distancing. It’s not easy, but it will pay off.

2. Safe keep your treasures.

When selling your home, a lot off strangers ( and hopefully a perfect buyer) will be roaming through your house. Now’s a great time to box up your treasured personal items, heirlooms and valuables and consider keeping them in a secure storage unit until you’re ready to move.

3. Create a neutral palette.

While your child might be all about the orange-mango wall color, it may be too outside the box for buyers. Studies show that lighter colors help buyers visualize their belongings in your house.

4. Don’t forget the ‘toys’.

Children’s playthings, sports equipment and exercise items can all create big clutter issues and personalized space as well. While we’re not suggesting you take all of your kid’s toys away, you might want to consider packing some up and super-organizing what you leave in place.

5. Make space.

Think bathrooms and kitchens. Countertops, drawers and closets. walls and shelves. If you have more “stuff” than clear space, it’s time to pare down.

6. Stay neutral.

Let’s face it. We live in a sensitive world. If you have items or art that can be construed as socially or politically incorrect or inappropriate, now’ the time to pack it up. You’ll have a wide spectrum of personalities through your home during the showing process: neutrality is your friend !

If you’re thinking about selling your home now or in the near future, call or text me today to get a free copy of my Home Staging Checklist. It could help you ell your home for thousands more !

Home Buyer Resources, Buying A Home in Virginia, Finding the Right Neighborhood

Home Buyer Resources, Buying A Home in Virginia, Finding the Right Neighborhood

Home Buyer Resources, Buying A Home in Virginia, Finding the Right Neighborhood
Finding the Right Neighborhood

When you think about your dream home, are you seeing the house, or the neighborhood it’s in?

It’s easy to get caught up in bedroom and bathroom counts when you’re shopping for a new home, but the biggest choice you’re going to make in the process is of course the ‘where’ question. So how do you find the home that’s going to be the perfect fit for your whole lifestyle?

Here are three of my favorite tips to see if an area or a particular area is right for you:

  • Check out the basic stats.
    What is the median sale price of homes in a given neighborhood? How do the local and nearby schools perform? What amenities are nearby? How popular is the neighborhood in today’s market?
  • See what the neighbors are doing.
    Get a sense of local activities, and see if it looks like a place with frequent block-parties or if people may keep more to themselves.
  • Learn the traffic patterns.
    Knowing that you’re close to the highway or a public transportation center is one thing. You should find out if there are frequent jams at key commuting times, or if a nearby farmers’ market limits road access during weekends. You may also want to consider how much parking is available, both for yourself and for when you want to entertain.

Give me a call anytime you’d like to discuss which neighborhoods you’re considering. I love to talk about local real estate issues and market conditions you should consider as you’re building your home buying plan.

 
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NVAR Multi Million $$ Club
Associate Broker
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
(800) 961-1328
(703) 946-2526
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