Tip Tuesday: Preparing Your Home for Sale – Neutralizing

The next topic in our “Tip Tuesday” series of posts on Preparing Your Home for Sale is NEUTRALIZING:

  1. Be cautious about selecting colors when painting or replacing carpeting. Your objective here is to make your home appeal to the largest possible buying segment. Ask yourself, “How many of the available buyers would be able to move into your house and have their furniture fit in and not have to replace the carpeting or repaint the walls?” Position your home on the market to be as livable as possible to as many people as possible, and allow the buyer to mentally picture the home as theirs.
  2. Forget your personal taste…the “market” is always demand driven. The average buyer will have a hard time looking beyond blue carpeting and bold wallpaper. Consider replacing unusual or bold colors with neutral tones. Two coats of white paint may be the best investment you ever made!

Remember, these weekly posts will guide you through the process of preparing your home for sale in order to achieve the highest possible sales price in the least amount of time. We will concentrate on areas like: (1) Repairing, (2) Cleaning, (3) Neutralizing, (4) Space Management, (5) Atmosphere and (6) Staging.

So look for more home selling tips on Tuesdays and if you are thinking of selling your home this year, please reach out to The Belt Team and let our 50+ years of experience in real estate work for you!

703-242-3975 | Info@TheBeltTeam.com | Contact Us

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Tip Tuesday: Preparing Your Home for Sale – Cleaning

The next topic in our “Tip Tuesday” series of posts on Preparing Your Home for Sale is CLEANING:

  1. Make sure every area of the home sparkles and shines! Every hour spent will be worth it. Would you rather buy a clean car or a dirty one? Would you hurry to buy a pair of shoes with mud on them?
  2. Clean all windows inside and out. This helps make the house sparkle.
  3. Clean all carpeting and area rugs…along with tile and wooden floors.
  4. Clean and polish all woodwork. Pay particular attention to the kitchen and bath cabinets.
  5. Make sure all light fixtures are clean and shining!

Remember, these weekly posts will guide you through the process of preparing your home for sale in order to achieve the highest possible sales price in the least amount of time. We will concentrate on areas like: (1) Repairing, (2) Cleaning, (3) Neutralizing, (4) Space Management, (5) Atmosphere and (6) Staging.

So look for more home selling tips on Tuesdays and if you are thinking of selling your home this year, please reach out to The Belt Team and let our 50+ years of experience in real estate work for you!

703-242-3975 | Info@TheBeltTeam.com | Contact Us

Be sure to follow our blog, as well as our pages on Facebook & Instagram and our YouTube channel, to get our updates on the real estate market, community happenings and much more!

Tip Tuesday: Preparing Your Home for Sale – Repairs

Thinking of selling your home but aren’t sure how to get it ready? Well…we’re here to help! This is the first in a series of “Tip Tuesday” posts about Preparing Your Home for Sale.

These posts will guide you through the process of preparing your home for sale in order to achieve the highest possible sales price in the least amount of time. We will concentrate on areas like: (1) Repairing, (2) Cleaning, (3) Neutralizing, (4) Space Management, (5) Atmosphere and (6) Staging.

Today’s topic is REPAIRS:

  1. The rule of thumb is, if something is in need of repair, fix it! There are probably many small things in your home that you have simply become used to over time…things that you have been promising yourself that you would attend to. Well, now is the time. The buyer will mentally add up the cost of repairing all those minor flaws and end up with an amount that is generally much higher than what it would cost you to do the repairs. And if there are too many items, even if they are not costly, the buyer may choose to buy another home. Many buyers do not have the time or “know-how” to make simple repairs. And because our marketplace is so competitive, they have come to expect a near-perfect property.
  2. Repaint.  If paint is in good condition, check for peeling.  Remove dated wall paper if not in style.
  3. Large repairs: In today’s climate of open disclosure & professional home inspections, the rule is “Treat a buyer better than you would treat yourself.” Repair any problems with major systems. It is to your benefit to address these kinds of issues up front rather than to have to re-negotiate.

So look for more home selling tip on Tuesdays and if you are thinking of selling your home this year, please reach out to The Belt Team and let our 50+ years of experience in real estate work for you!

703-242-3975 | Info@TheBeltTeam.com | Contact Us

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Why You Need an Expert To Determine the Right Price for Your House

If your lifestyle has changed recently and you’re ready to make a move, taking advantage of today’s sellers’ market might be just the answer for your summer plans. With homes continuing to get multiple offers, this could be your moment to get the contract you’re looking for on your house if you’re ready to sell.

And here’s the thing – you need an expert on your side to ensure you make all the right moves when you do, especially when it comes to pricing your house. Even in this competitive market, you can’t stick just any price tag on your home and get the deal you want. A key piece of the puzzle is setting the right asking price so you can help buyers notice your home (and get excited about it) from the very first time they view the listing. That’s where a real estate professional comes in.

Why Pricing Your House Right Is Important 

The price you set for your house sends a message to potential buyers. Price it too low and you might raise questions about your home’s condition or lead buyers to assume something is wrong with the property. Not to mention, if you undervalue your house, you could leave money on the table which decreases your future buying power.

On the other hand, price it too high, and you run the risk of deterring buyers. When that happens, you may have to do a price drop to try to re-ignite interest in your house when it sits on the market for a while. But be aware that a price drop can be seen as a red flag for some buyers who will wonder why the price was reduced and what that means about the home.

In other words, think of pricing your home as a target. Your goal is to aim directly for the center – not too high, not too low, but right at market value. Pricing your house fairly based on market conditions increases the chance you’ll have more buyers who are interested in purchasing it. That makes it more likely you’ll see multiple offers, too. And if a bidding war happens, you’ll likely get an even higher final sale price. Plus, when homes are priced right, they tend to sell quickly.

To get a look into the potential downsides of over or underpricing your house and the perks that come with pricing it at market value, see the chart below:

Why You Need an Expert To Determine the Right Price for Your House | MyKCM

Lean on a Professional’s Expertise 

There are several factors that go into pricing your house, and balancing them is the key. That’s why it’s important to lean on an expert real estate advisor when you’re ready to move. A local real estate advisor is knowledgeable about:

  • The value of homes in your neighborhood
  • The current demand for houses in today’s market
  • The condition of your house and how it affects the value

A real estate professional will balance these factors to make sure the price of your house makes the best first impression and gives you the greatest return on your investment in the end.

Bottom Line

If you’re thinking about selling, pricing your house appropriately is key. Let’s connect to make sure your house is priced right for the local market, for your home’s condition, and to stand out from the competition.

703-242-3975 | Info@TheBeltTeam.com | Contact Us

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Tip Tuesday! How to Make Sure Your Trees Are Healthy

5 things to look for to keep this from happening to your trees!

Huge thanks for Bonilla Tree Expert for taking such good care of our clients!

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Tip Tuesday! Get Your Home Ready for Spring – Tip #4

Our friend Jim Fletcher of Square One Home Inspections shares his expert tips on how to get your house ready for the warm weather ahead!

Tip #4 – And finally…flush out that water heater!

Thanks for sharing your expertise Jim and 4 really great spring cleaning tips!

Are you ready to buy? It’s important to work with an experienced agent who has strong relationships with other experts in the market (like Square One). Give us a call and let our 55 years of experience (and partnerships) work for you! 703-242-3975. Or shoot us an email at Info@TheBeltTeam

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Tip Tuesday! Get Your Home Ready for Spring – Tip #3

Our friend Jim Fletcher of Square One Home Inspections shares his expert tips on how to get your house ready for the warm weather ahead!

Tip #3 – Your Dishwasher!

Stay tuned for more tips from Jim…our team and clients have worked with for years! He’s a great guy who really knows his stuff. Thanks for sharing your expertise Jim!

Are you ready to buy? It’s important to work with an experienced agent who has strong relationships with other experts in the market (like Square One). Give us a call and let our 55 years of experience (and partnerships) work for you! 703-242-3975. Or shoot us an email at Info@TheBeltTeam

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Tip Tuesday! Get Your Home Ready for Spring – Tip #2

Our friend Jim Fletcher of Square One Home Inspections shares his expert tips on how to get your house ready for the warm weather ahead!

Tip #2 – Yard Debris…

Stay tuned for more tips from Jim…our team and clients have worked with for years! He’s a great guy who really knows his stuff. Thanks for sharing your expertise Jim!

Are you ready to buy? It’s important to work with an experienced agent who has strong relationships with other experts in the market (like Square One). Give us a call and let our 55 years of experience (and partnerships) work for you! 703-242-3975. Or shoot us an email at Info@TheBeltTeam

Be sure to follow our blog, as well as our pages on Facebook & Instagram and our YouTube channel to get tips, updates on the real estate market, community happenings and much more!

Tip Tuesday! Get Your Home Ready for Spring – Tip #1

Our friend Jim Fletcher of Square One Home Inspections shares his expert tips on how to get your house ready for the warm weather ahead!

Tip #1 – HVAC…

Stay tuned for more tips from Jim…our team and clients have worked with for years! He’s a great guy who really knows his stuff. Thanks for sharing your expertise Jim!

Are you ready to buy? It’s important to work with an experienced agent who has strong relationships with other experts in the market (like Square One). Give us a call and let our 55 years of experience (and partnerships) work for you! 703-242-3975. Or shoot us an email at Info@TheBeltTeam

Be sure to follow our blog, as well as our pages on Facebook & Instagram and our YouTube channel to get tips, updates on the real estate market, community happenings and much more!

Where to find the perfect Christmas tree in Northern VA

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and Christmas trees are going up! Wondering where to find that perfect tree? Here’s a list of some of the best places to get the perfect tree (thanks to our friends at Patch.com)!

-Merrifield Garden Center, 8132 Lee Highway, Falls Church

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-Optimist Club of Vienna, Maple Ave next to PNC Bank, Vienna

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-Meadow Farm Nurseries, 10618 Leesburg Pike, Vienna & 11254 Leesburg Pike, Herndon

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-Krops Crops, 11110 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls

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-Vienna Host Lions Club, 225 Maple Ave E, Vienna

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-Vale United Methodist Church, 11528 Vale Rd, Oakton

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-Depauls Urban Farm, 2599 Chain Bridge Rd, Vienna

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George C. Marshall High School Boosters, 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church

Head over to Patch.com for more info before heading out!