Great guests at the open house today at 353 Cameron Station.
The weather started out misty and gray but ended up being delightfully sunny and perfect. This pretty much sums up the entire day! It started slow but ended on a fantastic note.
Every open house is unique but there is certainly a trend in real estate in northern Virginia right now- What is the trend?
Move in ready homes are THE hot ticket.
Buyers have been waiting and watching for that specific type of house to come on the market and when it does they are ready to buy it.
What specific type of house you ask? Well, as I listened I heard a lot about couples with and without children having their parents move in with them to care for them at home. I heard a lot about people downsizing after retirement and I heard the most about clients who have been waiting for some time to “move up”.
Absolutely none of them wanted to buy a house, then fix floors, repaint, or buy new appliances.
Not even one hinted at it.
If your property needs some freshening up and you need to sell consider what the messenger is telling you.
If there is a property that has been on the market a long time right now chances are pretty good that there is some work that needs to be done on it.
If it is your property and you are serious about selling it, ask someone you trust to tell you what they see that needs some attention. If it is a property you are considering purchasing and you have the time and money to do the fix up yourself, look into getting a deal on the sale. The situation could be a win-win for everyone. It could the perfect way for your house hunt or sale to end on a fantastic note.
In today’s market her home is worth quite a bit of money but the kitchen with outdated and somewhat damaged kitchen countertop tiles isn’t going to compete with the other homes that are move-in ready in her area. Most likely her home will sit for months on the market and have to been dramatically reduced in price while turn-key homes are selling in just days at or above list price. The answer to what she needs to do to help her house sell is simple; update your counter tops!
It is always a good idea to get at least three estimates for any type of work being done on your home. Ask people you work with, friends and family who have had work done for them and if they would recommend the company used.
I have had many renovation projects done on the various homes I have owned. Always there has been a huge price difference in the quotes and I needed to ask questions about what the products were, where they came from and what kind of warranty is offered. Some quotes were simply higher because the contractor pays for insurance and health care for his employees.
Other quotes were never what the project really cost at the end. I make a practice to hunt down previous customers and ask to see the work that was done. Yes this seems like a huge hassle, but isn’t it an even worse hassle to keep calling a contractor to fix the outlets that were never installed in your kitchen 2 months ago? (This has happened to me and fortunately I was able to fix them myself.) All of that aside, stop at the book store or magazine isle at the grocery store and look at some of the currently trending ideas in the magazines for the space you need to spruce up.
You can also click on the current home improvement web sites. They are always full of amazing ideas.
Believe it or not FORMICA is making a comeback. Check out some of the new textures and retro patterns.
Don’t be so sure that your little fix up project is going to cost you a fortune. It may be far more affordable than you ever expected.
Best wishes for your update and remember Things are looking up!
Though Sunday looks like it is to be a bit of a rainy day, it is still going to be a great day to go out and look at open houses. From 1-4 I will be at a stunning Georgian home at 353 Cameron Station in Alexandria. It is a replica of the historic Carlyle house in Old Town but has every modern amenity you could dream of. If you are not familiar with Cameron Station you are in for a treat. Parks, playgrounds, gym, pool, ball fields and shops are just the start of what makes this spot in Alexandria so desirable to call home. The very easy access to the metro makes this location wonderful for anyone who wants to live in a beautiful setting but get to work in D.C. without having to worry about parking or traffic hassles.
Gorgeous large windows, and stunning architecture make this home cheerful and elegant.
I once read a piece about Magic Johnson, the talented basketball player and why he is always dressed so impeccably. His answer is that he only has one chance to make a first impression, so each day he does his best when he leaves the house.
I couldn’t help but think of this when I was out touring open houses in Old Town Alexandria last Sunday. It would seem logical that the more expensive a property, the better the presentation would be, after all a home, just like people only get one chance to make a first impression. If your property is in the top tier for price point you want to do all you can to make the best first impression.
The home I was most eager to see Sunday was the most expensive on my list with incredible views of the Potomac and a garage. In Alexandria this is really saying something. The building was gorgeous brick, fairly new and sturdy but it was all lost on me at the front door. The pots flanking the door had dead plants in them. The rotting leaves, cobwebs and other debris made the home appear to be dressed up for Halloween instead of a gorgeous spring open house.
As is the outer, so is the inner and this didn’t disappoint with this listing. The inside was lightly staged with beautiful modern furniture but the filthy floors, dust bunnies and gobs, yes gobs of long black hair in the showers distracted from the floor plan which was perfect for entertaining. All I could think of while talking to the listing agent was “Why don’t you at least bring a hand vac and use it before the open house ?”
All agents don’t think the same or even see things the same way.
One of the reasons I am 20Twenty20 is because I do clean up at vacant open houses. It is my job to make sure every property gets to have the best presentation for every first impression. Your eyes saw something in your home which led you to buy it, it is my job to be the extra eye to help your home be ready for the next owner or in some cases see past the mess for your potential new home.
If you have a property that is listed or that you need to list, don’t be afraid to ask your agent for assistance in making it sparkle and shine with its’ first impression.